Business, Beauty & Babies
A podcast for women who require a compass in
navigating the different areas of their lives.
Who is Briony Kennedy
In this very first episode, I'm going back to the start of my ten-year journey and sharing the experiences and lessons that got me to where I am today. Tune in to hear about my ventures into the beauty world and how I've come to let go of the expectations I placed on myself as a business owner and a mum.
Navigating Fear & Comparison in the World of Beauty and Business
The rise of social media means that we now have more opportunities than ever to pursue our passions and make a living. But as I reveal in today’s episode, the glossy facade you see online can often be too good to be true.
How I Started Adorn Cosmetics
This week, I’m sharing the story of how I started and grew Adorn Cosmetics. From filling up makeup pots on my kitchen floor, dealing with often harsh judgement from other women, and digging myself out of heavy debt, I’m revealing all the tears and triumphs it took to get Adorn to where it is today.
The Reality of Being a Mumma
For all the mums out there who struggle to get through the day or feel torn between their duties as a mum and their desire for something more, this episode is for you.
How We Can Practice Self-Care
For so many of us, the idea of self-care has become synonymous with massages, red wine and retail therapy. It causes us to feel wracked with guilt and consumed with anxiety over spending time away from our family, or dabbling in our vices. But, for me, the notion of self-care has become a necessity for my survival.
Luxury Without the Guilt
In this episode, I reveal how the beauty industry contributes to waste and how we as consumers can be more environmentally conscious. I also share how we can stick to our values despite the naysayers and how I educate my children about their environmental impact.
Cultivating A Healthy Relationship With Money
In this episode, I divulge my relationship with money and the strategies I use to manage my finances. I also share how we as women can grow to stop feeling guilty about this area of our life and how we can reevaluate our spending habits and set foundational goals.
The Myth of Doing it All
If you’re feeling the pressure to do a bit of everything – all at once, you’re not alone. When it comes to juggling motherhood and a career, plus your own wellbeing, it’s normal to feel like your best is never enough. But, it simply doesn’t have to be this way.
An Imperfectly Perfect Community
Briony shares how she found a thriving community of like-minded women through a Facebook group, how all of us can embrace vulnerability to seek companionship, and her advice on overcoming feelings of isolation in a world that won’t stop moving.
My Guide to Ethical Skincare
Skincare can be overwhelming. As women, we can spend so much time and money buying the ‘best’ products out there to achieve healthy clean skin, only to be left disappointed. Briony knows what it’s like to be on both sides which is why this episode she demystifies skincare once and for all. She shares her routine for clear skin, the ins and outs of ethical skincare, and her tips on achieving that healthy glow.
How to Parent in the Digital Age
It doesn’t matter if it’s your first, third or last child - parenting is never easy and contrary to what we may be led to believe - technology hasn’t necessarily helped. Navigating parenthood and finding your style of doing things takes time, but teaching your kids boundaries and trust (especially around screen time), can take even longer.
How to be an Effective Leader
How would you console a colleague if they had a tantrum? What excuse would you give your five year old if they asked why next year’s sales projections were late? It’s strange to imagine competing worlds overlapping, but how we react to demands, challenges and responsibilities in both intertwine. In this episode, I reveal how you can step into work and home like a good leader: for your kids, colleagues, and yourself.
How to Build a Personal Brand
We’ve all thought it: I want to make something out of myself. So, we start brainstorming. We ask ourselves, what we could do? We might tell our friends, start a Google drive and make a few contacts but somewhere between the commas and calls, we stagger. Self-doubt, money, and life continue blocking us at every corner until we talk ourselves into stopping. In this episode, I unpack what it means to build a personal brand and become a woman of influence. I’ll discuss how to start finding a cause you’re passionate about, ways to inspire difference, and the importance of backing yourself even on days when you want to back up.
The Road to Self-Love
‘Self-love’ is a term thrown around a lot. We’re used to being told it looks like a bath, some wine and a face mask but self-love is a far cry from the material possessions that we’re encouraged to reach for. It’s not something that sits on a shelf, in a cart or across the counter. In fact, it cannot be touched, only felt. Throughout my life, negative self-talk, and ingrained insecurities distracted me from the hard, but necessary lesson of self-acceptance. Over time, I’ve learnt the importance of maintaining an honest relationship with myself in order to lead a life I am honestly proud of. It’s something we should all strive for: self-love for who you are, not who you should be, and that’s exactly what we’re tackling in this week’s episode.
Business and Pleasure: Navigating Every Relationship
Relationships. Yep, I’m going there. Professional, personal, romantic or complicated, the bonds we build with people throughout our lives say so much about who we are - sometimes for the worse but mostly for the better. In today’s episode, I’m unpacking the importance of loneliness, how to make valuable connections and the strategies I’ve used in both my personal and professional life to build trusting respectful and meaningful relationships. Take it from me, it did not happen overnight (and it certainly didn’t happen in my twenties), but it did happen, and like all good things, it just took some time.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a Mum and a Business Owner
We’re living in the age of opportunity. A time where success is visible, chances are taken and power is served on a buffet. It can feel exciting and hopeful but too often than not, it can feel anxiety-inducing. I started a beauty business well into my adulthood. I started something I had no experience in, in a market that was oversaturated and under the pulse. Others had concerns, I had a case of imposter-syndrome. Can I do this? Why should I start? Who am I to compete with them? In today’s episode, I’m getting candid on why we should stop comparing, how we can get perspective and what we need to enjoy life for ourselves, not others.
How to Start a Business’ Series Debut
Part 1: Coming Up With Your Business Idea
According to Instagram, launching a business will:
- Happen overnight
- End in success
- Involve a yacht.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to filter the truth. So in true Briony form, I’ll come out and say it: starting a business is hard. It’s tiring, it almost never goes according to plan and there will be tears. But here’s the other side of the truth: it is possible, just not in the timeline we expect it to be possible in. In today’s episode, I break down the first steps to launching a business alongside some hard lessons I learnt along the way. We’ll be unpacking where ideas come from, what happens after creating a concept, what to expect in the first few years and how to protect yourself from financial strain.