Voted Least Likely

Do you feel alone in your struggle? Do you feel like you know there is something special in you to give, but you feel stuck? Do you feel like the least likely person to be able to succeed? Ya, me too. The good news? You’re in the right place. Welcome to the Voted Least Likely Podcast. I’m Leah, and I’ll be your host on this messy trip. I am a high school drop out who accidentally became an entrepreneur (aka: a certified ”Failure Expert”). When starting my jewellery business Leah Yard Designs, I struggled to find peers in the industry I could relate to. I felt completely alone and was tired of hearing entrepreneurial stories where everything seemed to ”fall into place” at the right time. Because starting something new? Building a business? It’s messy, heartbreaking, and often embarrassing. After failing over and over, I finally stumbled my way into success. But I’m not here to tell you how to be successful. I started the Voted Least Likely Podcast to share stories of failure, and demystify what it really means to be successful so YOU don’t feel alone. Welcome to the Voted Least Likely Podcast, I hope you didn’t get dressed up for this ;) Website: www.leahyard.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leahyard/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@leahyard

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19 hours ago

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.For years I waited to be "saved". And you know what? In some ways I think I am still waiting...We're taught that if we're good enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, talented enough-- we will be discovered.But what if no one comes?Does this mean we haven't waited long enough?Does this mean we aren't enough?Over the last decade I have watched other business owners be "picked". And every time, I would question myself: "why not me?"But here's the thing: you'll never know why.We have no way of knowing how anyone has truly accomplished anything we see online. Everyone's story is different. But I can say something with 100% certainty: don't wait to be chosen. It's no one's responsibility to pick you. Tune in to hear what other lessons I had to learn the hard way;)
Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday May 15, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.This week on the Voted Least Likely Podcast I sat down with Ally Matos, the talented photographer, videographer and business strategist behind Allyfotografy Media Co.
I met Ally years ago in person at a networking event (one in which I may or may not have hid at). Since then we have virtually cheered each other on. In this chat, Ally shares her journey with grief, how her curiosity has sparked her business trajectory, and how PAUSING her business allowed her to come back stronger. 
May is mental health awareness month and today's episode touches on the importance of prioritizing your whole well-being. A huge thank-you to Ally for her vulnerability and for sharing her story on the show.Learn more about Ally Matos here: https://www.allyfotografy.com/Ally's personal IG (the "Hot Mess Express" as she calls it):https://www.instagram.com/allymatos/Allyfotografy Portraits IG:https://www.instagram.com/allyfotografyportraits/Allyfotografy Media Co. IG:https://www.instagram.com/allyfotografymediaco/
Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday May 08, 2024

DISCLAIMER: this episode covers mental illness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. These topics may be difficult to listen to. If you, or someone you know is struggling, please seek support. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/mental-health-services.html
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I had originally scheduled an episode with tips on how to manage your mental health as a business owner.But instead, I am publishing today's episode about my own struggles with my mental health. I had a lot of hesitation around publishing this episode. I decided to do it, because there was a time in my life when I needed to know I was not alone with these feelings, and hearing my story might help someone else.This episode covers my mental health struggles starting at age 9. Though it has been an on-going journey for me, I am grateful to have support in my life allows me to now be healthy and happy.Tune in to today's episode to hear the story.A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

The "B" Word: Burnout

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Wednesday May 01, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.
If you Google burnout, here's how it's defined: a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress
If that felt like it was written for you, you're not alone. Over the last few years I have spoken with lots of small business owners who have been feeling the same. So, it doesn't seem like burnout is going away anytime soon, but there are things we can do about it.Tune in for tips on taking back control.Mentioned in this episode: Eliza Trendiak's story (listen here) Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.
This podcast has turned into the most fulfilling project I have ever done.
And I almost didn’t do it.
Because I didn’t have what I believed to be the main skill required to pull this off.Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.This week on the Voted Least Likely Podcast I had the HONOUR to sit down with Karen Khunkhun, co-host of the Jeff O’Neil Morning Show on CFOX.I'm not exaggerating when I say: I had the biggest smile on my face for the rest of the day after this chat.Karen is an absolute ray of sunshine. But she doesn't hold back on the real stuff. Imposter Syndrome, self-doubt, and dealing with rejection are all challenges Karen has had to face in her impressive media career spanning over two decades.Her work ethic, mental toughness, and grateful attitude are not only inspiring, but a powerful reminder that dreams are possible, if you are willing to do the work and be kind along the way. A huge thank-you to Karen. I'm so grateful for having spent time with one of the most gracious and supportive women I've met. She's the real deal. Tune in to this week's episode for a boost of encouragement from the North Shore's brightest light.More about Karen:
As a co-host of the Jeff O’Neil morning show, Karen Khunkhun enjoys waking the city up with a little music and a ton of fun. Her big break in radio came as a traffic reporter on the popular Larry & Willy morning show. From traffic reporter to show producer at CFOX, it was only natural for Karen to take on other exciting challenges - TV. Karen started at City TV with their Breakfast Show, entertainment specials and as the community events spokesperson. Her career has spanned the broadcast spectrum from the weekend weathercaster for CTV News and later CBC Television. With a particular knack for entertainment journalism, Karen has had the opportunity to interview an array of celebrity figures including Jim Carrey, Kate Beckinsale and Ray Liotta. Interviewing the stars has led to many memorable moments ranging from an impromptu Vegas poker match with Bradley Cooper and the cast of The Hangover to being served cocktails by Motley Crue’s infamous drummer, Tommy Lee. Karen sat down in L.A. with Oscar-nominated actor, Jeremy Renner, who revealed an unexpected fondness for Metro Vancouver’s own Pitt Meadows. Karen had a baby girl in 2010 and then returned to work to join The Jeff O'Neil Show on CFOX.  In addition to spending her free time acting, most recently on Supernatural and series like Bates Motel and Wayward Pines. Most recently she was on Worth the Wait and Kung Fu and So Help Me Todd. One of Karen’s most cherished projects was her video series with The Vancouver Sun called ‘Letters to a Younger Me’ – featuring local celebrities and inspirational figures sharing the advice they would give to their younger self.Karen holds many charitable initiatives close to her heart. She is the spokesperson for the Hometown Heroes Lottery, where proceeds go to the BC Burn Fund and UBC & VGH Hospital Foundations. She is a big supporter of Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Pink Shirt Day, Anti Bullying Campaign and Karen proudly supports the Santa Fox Food Drive, where proceeds go to Lower Mainland Food Banks. She served as a Media Ambassador for Woman2Warrior, benefitting Easter Seals Camps in BC and Karen took part in The Covenant House Sleep Out, working to help keep homeless youth off the streets of Vancouver.Learn more about Karen here: www.karenkhunkhun.com Follow Karen on X: https://twitter.com/KarenKhunkhun Follow Karen on IG: http://instagram.com/karenkhunkhun 
Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

A huge thank-you to Anthony at 12th Street Sound for hosting us in the studio! It was an honour to have the Voted Least Likely podcast recorded by a true professional and without a cardboard box on my head:)
RE-AIR: On this week's episode I'm chatting with Victoria Cowan of Wordplay Inc.I'm going to be honest, I had the hardest time writing a description for today's show since we covered SO MANY important topics.Here's the key takeaways (if I had to narrow it down to just 5):
The beauty of being labelled "too much"
How to show up with vulnerability in business
How to grieve mistakes and loss in business 
The importance of using your "darkness" as a motivator
The power of genuine connection
I want to thank Victoria for her heart. This woman is as genuine and authentic as they come, and I am so grateful for the wisdom she has shared.Follow Victoria Cowan on IG: https://www.instagram.com/victoriajunewritesLearn more about her work here: https://www.wordplaycreative.ca/
Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.
There’s a lot of advice out there about finding your “why”: something inspirational, fulfilling, something for the greater good.And while I wholeheartedly AGREE that this should be the main focus and motivator when building your business— I also know that sometimes this just won’t cut it.When you *inevitably* get kicked down, fail miserably, lose out, be left out, etc., you’ll need something deeper, and likely, darker…This week on the Voted Least Likely Podcast I'm diving into what everyone is avoiding talking about: using your darkness.If you've been feeling stuck, lost your spark, or frustrated with your progress-- this one's for you.Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday Mar 27, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.
I've said it a million times: entrepreneurship is personal development 101.When you embark on an entrepreneurial journey, you will uncover EVERYTHING you are bad at.You will discover a few hidden talents too, but in my experience, I have found many more things I am bad at, versus things I am good at. Now, what I love about this journey, is that you get better. And you get better, because you have to.When the progress of your dream relies on you getting more skilled, and more resilient, you make it happen.So lets get into the three main FLAWS I've uncovered while building Leah Yard Designs.Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

A huge thank-you to the Georgia Straight for ranking the "Voted Least Likely" Podcast as the 3rd best podcast in the BOV 2023 Awards! I am so honoured to have this show recognized. Thank-you to everyone who voted, together we can make others feel less alone on their journey.
Billie Aadmi is the CEO and Founder of Go Mindspire Inc where she trains and coaches people to get into rapport with their unconscious mind using the worlds most powerful mind-body tools!Billie guides her clients so that they can tap into the infinite resources that the Universe has waiting. She is a single mother of two beautiful children and a fur baby. She is also a passionate and purpose-driven international real estate investor and is dedicated to cultivating a prosperous mindset in others through the transformative tools of NLP, Time Line Therapy, and Hypnotherapy.Billie emanates a gentle yet powerful energy to hold space to empower individuals to unlock their full potential to reach all their goals and dreams. She is transitioning from almost 2 decades of Policing into her new mission of upleveling mindsets for lifelong success.Tune in to hear our conversation about the importance of taking responsibility, how manifesting ACTUALLY works, and how to become your best self.Learn more about Billie's work here: https://gomindspire.com/Follow Billie on IG: https://www.instagram.com/go.mindspire
Learn more about the Voted Least Likely Podcast here:www.leahyard.comIG: @leahyardTikTok: @leahyard
Our sponsor is our very own jewellery brand: Leah Yard Designs
5% of all profits are donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Shop the full collection of demi-fine jewellery at: www.leahyarddesigns.com
IG: @leahyarddesignsTikTok @leahyarddesigns

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