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Business with Purpose


Dec 15, 2021

My guests this week are Michelle Myers and Somer Phoebus, the founders of She Works His Way. Their organization counteracts culture’s way with a gospel-centered approach to work and womanhood. They also believe that community is greater than content and that women’s priorities should be Christ, home and work, in that order.

What started as a Google Hangout with four friends has now grow into a global ministry that reaches thousands of women daily.

5:55 – Somer 101

  • Somer lives in Annapolis and is a pastor’s wife. From a young age, she enjoyed working and had an entrepreneurial spirit. She has two daughters, 19 and 21.

9:07 – Michelle 101

  • Michelle despises birds () and lives in Asheville. She is also a pastor’s daughter who married a pastor. She has three kids, the oldest is 10, and the youngest is 5.
  • She quit her job and went to seminary. She wanted to learn more about ministry and find out what God wanted her to do with her life.

12:47 – She Works His Way

  • It’s a discipleship community for working women to encourage and equip them to stop compartmentalizing their faith.
  • When you’re in your purpose, everything, all the hard, it has purpose.

15:12 – Mixing faith with profit

  • This can be done well or poorly. It depends on what your motives are. It’s one thing to put your faith on your company website. It’s another to live it out.
  • If you make decisions based on what you think other people’s perceptions of you are going to be, you’re going to struggle for the rest of your life. 
  • If you’re called to put faith on your billboard, put it on there.

25:35 – Achieving balance

  • When we try to achieve balance, we try to be everything that God has called us to be and then everything that the world expects us to be. But it’s not balance, it’s bondage.
  • Women often feel like they’re on a hamster wheel on a tightrope.

37:44 – Drowning in information

  • The first place they send women is to the local church, because community is so important.
  • We’re desperate to be inspired and get motivation, and we are drowning in information.
  • They suggest informational fasts for women to take a break from consuming so much information.

52:09 – Analysis paralysis

  • If you feel overwhelmed, try these three simple steps:
    • Do a weekly brain dump on a sheet of paper
    • Categorize your brain dump by home, career, big projects
    • Schedule it on your calendar

FEATURED QUOTES

If you make decisions based on what you think other people’s perceptions of you are going to be, you’re going to struggle for the rest of your life. – Somer

If you’re called to put faith on your billboard, put it on there. – Somer

When you’re in your purpose, everything, all the hard, it has purpose. – Somer

What is your view of God, and who are you? – Somer

What are you called to? What is God asking of you? And then you step in obedience to whatever that is. – Somer

CONNECT:

https://sheworkshisway.com/

https://sheworkshisway.com/book/

Michelle Myers had no idea what started as a Google hangout at 5am with three friends would one day result in the title of "founder" of she works His way. But here we are, six years later, with thousands of women gathered for the same reason we started: How can I glorify God, honor my family, and serve others at work? Basically, her happy place is encouraging + equipping working women to live for the glory of God and the good of others. Home will always be her favorite place to be, with her husband, James, and their three children, Noah (9), Cole (6) and Shea (3).

Somer is a lead communicator +  managing partner at she works HIS way. She spent the first half of her career building the businesses of others and the second half building and selling a few businesses of her own. She is also the creator of Productivity Academy + the owner of Somer Phoebus Consulting, where she coaches other working women and female entrepreneurs in the areas of productivity, leadership, brick and mortar business, and scaling for growth -- all while keeping their priorities in line: faith, then family, then business. Somer is married to Kent, a pastor at Redemption Church in Annapolis, MD, and mom to their two lovely daughters, Kennedi (19) and Ava Liz (17).

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