Be Bold, Be Brave, Be YOU!

Join entrepreneur and mom-of-four Colleen Mook as she explores how to create the life you want (even if things aren't easy). Colleen is founder and former CEO of Internet retailer Baby Be Hip, she's a winner of several business awards, and she's a public speaker and has appeared on The Today Show and various other media. Tune in for tips and hacks, stories, interviews and more as she entertains and motivates.
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Apr 11, 2021

In this episode Colleen talks to Joanne Ruse, a mom, wife, elementary school librarian and entrepreneur. Joanne discusses her difficult childhood and how it helped her become resilient and develop self-confidence, how she started her business as a side hustle, and even how Jocko Willink helps her develop and maintain good habits.  

Feb 14, 2021

Colleen talks with Vanessa Hornedo, a mom of two young boys who runs a business coaching company and a non-profit dedicated to helping isolated women in the Dominican Republic. Vanessa discusses her choice to say yes to new things, the importance of self-determination through being alone, and how she turned her bi-polar depression into a superpower.  

Nov 23, 2020

Nicole Grady is a former fitness instructor and currently a nutritional counselor, energy therapist and founder of the Mileage Maniacs Peloton community. In this discussion with fellow Maniac Colleen, Nicole shares her perspectives on getting healthy, finding meaning and her pursuit of a life full of love.

Aug 29, 2020

Join Colleen for an inspirational conversation with Nathanael Zurbruegg, who survived multiple unsuccessful kidney transplants as a child and lives with chronic illness yet is determined to change the world. Nathanael's positive mindset and sense of "purpose over pain" carries into his work as a coach and mentor and his ambitious and inspirational life goals. As he quotes from the book Think and Grow Rich, "There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge".

Jan 19, 2020

In this episode Colleen interviews social media consultant Jen Gardella, who shares what she's learned as a mom, divorcee, entrepreneur and social media marketing expert. Jen's perspectives and tips - on subjects ranging from intentional parenting to landing her TED Talk - will inspire and help you in both your personal and professional life.

Nov 9, 2019

In this episode, Colleen interviews health coach Peg Iannone. In her practice, Peg helps women in their 40s and 50s navigate the physical and emotional changes in their lives. As mom of three and wife of a physician, Peg has worked through health challenges of her own and balancing medical diagnosis with intuition and holistic care. In this great conversation, Peg offers valuable perspective and solutions on well-being for everyone.

Sep 8, 2019

Join Colleen for a captivating conversation with Christine George, author of the blog Believe In Balance ( In the episode, Christine discusses the scary but rewarding step of hitting publish when first starting her blog and the connections we can make when we're willing to be vulnerable. She also shares some of the tools she uses to help balance out her type A personality and talks with Colleen about ways to manage the mental load of motherhood. 

Sep 9, 2017

Colleen speaks with Gary Szenderski, branding specialist and author of "Szen Zone: Reaching a State of Positive Change". Gary shares how he gained his uplifting perspective as well as some tips for creating the life you want. His positive frame of mind is a reminder to us all that how we react to things that happen makes all the difference. 

May 4, 2017

In this episode Colleen interviews career coach and podcast host and former Sirius XM radio host Maggie Mistal. Maggie explains how she was fortunate to find her calling early in her career and pivot to a role she loves, and how she goes about helping others find alignment and happiness in their work lives. She shares lots of helpful advice (free coaching!) that can help us all be bold and create the lives we want. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and energy make this episode one you won't want to miss!

Apr 17, 2017

Colleen interviews Carolyn Mara Borlenghi, a photographer, Instagrammer, teacher and mom. Carolyn shares the role creativity plays in her life, how she learned to be bold and brave enough to share her art, and how she makes her children unplug and engage their imagination. This self-described "tortured artist" talks about the healing power of creativity and how we all have it within us.  

Apr 2, 2017

In today's episode, recorded on World Autism Day, Colleen interviews mom, author and activist Erica Daniels. Erica discusses the challenges of being a single mom to an autistic child, the origin of her new book Cooking with Leo, and how she became an advocate for medicinal cannabis. Her calm demeanor, sense of humor and determination set a good example for all of us.  After listening to this podcast, hopefully you will be inspired and motivated to find your voice and be the change that you want to see in the world (even when things aren't easy). 


Mar 27, 2017

In this episode, Colleen interviews Jen Cohen Crompton, a hustling entrepreneur with an infectious "won't fail" attitude. Jen shares how she learned to juggle her many pastimes, which include owning and running a boxing/cycling studio with her husband, running a content marketing firm, teaching college courses, and being a wife and mom. Her mantra of "Make It Happen" is core to everything she does, and is a great takeaway for us as well. 

Mar 23, 2017

Colleen's back with a random riff about her latest adventures, reminding us it's okay to take care of ourselves sometimes and that a strong support network is key to getting through life. Don't be afraid to lean on the help of others...just be sure to do your part to help when it's your turn!

Mar 6, 2017

In this interview episode, Colleen gets deep with her college friend Christine Petrane, a former teacher who stays involved in her community through volunteering and advocacy. Christine talks about how she's overcome confidence issues brought on by childhood challenges and how sticking to the basics helps guide her life, whether she's teaching her children core values, standing up for issues she believes in, or dealing with life's inevitable setbacks.    

Feb 16, 2017

In this week's random riff, Colleen talks about a new challenge she's undertaking over the next month and how she's staying on track despite some early setbacks. She encourages us to get started with our own challenge, to push for change as it's the only way to get results. Are you up for it? 

Feb 13, 2017

This week Colleen interviews Lu Ann Cahn, eight-time Emmy award-winning TV reporter, mom, two-time cancer survivor, and author of the inspirational book I Dare Me. Lu Ann discusses getting stuck in her career and life and how, at her daughter's urging, she embarked on a year-long journey of firsts to find courage and happiness. Lu Ann's story and advice are applicable to all ages and situations as we look to be our best and happiest selves. 

Feb 6, 2017

This week Colleen speaks with the lovely Mary Jane Hurley Brant, psychotherapist and author of the book When Every Day Matters. MJ shares her deep perspective on dealing with loss, finding our passions and learning to accept the life that's in front of us. 

Feb 2, 2017

In this week's solo episode, Colleen riffs about the importance of taking that first step and getting started. No matter what it is you want to do, there's no better time than the present to take the initiative and move forward.

Jan 30, 2017

This week Colleen interviews Nicole Olivieri, mom of two and creator of Gladiator Soap. Nicole discusses how her life pivoted after meeting her husband and what she's learned about dealing with disruptive change, and shares everything from lifestyle tips to life lessons. Above all, Nicole encourages us to embrace opportunity, because failure is temporary but goes on!

Jan 23, 2017

Join Colleen as she talks with make-up artist Beke Beau about her fascinating journey of re-creation, from rock star to waitress to college valedictorian to Harvard Divinity School and make-up artist. Beke shares the twists, turns and challenges she's encountered along the way, what she's learned and even what she sees in her next act. Re-creation, we learn, is not only possible but a great teacher. 

Jan 19, 2017

In this week's random riff, Colleen talks about something we learned as kids that still works as grown-ups...the power of visualization. When combined with action, visualization can serve as the motivation to help us get what we want out of life. Even if that means becoming a rock star!

Jan 16, 2017

This week Colleen interviews Peggy Dolan, Founder and Chief Storyteller of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. Over the past 40 years, the non-profit she started after the loss of her daughter has helped over 27,000 families caring for children with serious illness, injuries and disabilities. Peggy shares her personal experiences and perspective, showing us that even the most devastating setbacks can be turned into journeys of goodness and fulfillment. 

Jan 12, 2017

In this week's random riff, Colleen talks about the KISS principle, which she slightly modified and uses in several areas of her life to keep moving forward and not get hung up.  

Jan 9, 2017

This week Colleen interviews Chris Ulmer, creator of the blog and Facebook page Special Books by Special Kids. A young man with an impressive following, Chris travels the world interviewing children with various diagnoses and posts videos and speaks publicly about the gifts they have to offer and how we can learn to relate to them better. In the conversation, Chris tells Colleen how he started his mission, how he overcame his fear of public speaking and why he thinks he's been able to attract nearly a million followers. The key? Just start, and be true to yourself.

Jan 5, 2017

In her first "random riff" of 2017, Colleen talks about opportunities for new beginnings coming any time of the year and declares her "word of the year". What's your word?

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