15. Colorism

MEANINGFUL CONVO ALERT:) Yes, EVERY cast is so very meaningful AND this one in particular is a necessary PSA for everyone. The world is evolving and this convo is proof (we have some work to do tho). KO sits down with the wonderful Raven Roberts of Own Your I Am, to discuss the state of the world today- colorism, fashion, marketing, and how the society and ideology around all of those things coexists and collide. We go in on this one! Raven might be small in stature, but her presence and voice are to be heard, seen, and felt. Her personal and professional missions work around creating space and grace for everyone that might not be in “the know” and it’s a beautiful thing (especially when it comes to her styling abilities!). The patients are real! We can all take notes here on several levels here. 

Raven and KO also discuss bringing the unconscious conscious, the importance of representation, the impact of money and politics and business. It is an unlevel playing field, but they see light at the end of the tunnel and believe in the power of conversation. Raven’s sound advice around “maybe not changing a person’s mind right away, but planting a seed for the future or long game” is a solid idea we can all carry in our back pocket with every conversation we have with everyone. Conversation and communication just might work:)


Colorism, white privilege, representation, and empowerment. HAIR. Medical camp? Nurture vs. Nature. Racism, we are not born that way. Authenticity. Gucci in the hot seat and a round of applause for Starbucks. Diversity training. Responsibility in business and as an influencer. Our kids kids. Organic actions vs. trends. The ripple effects. Doing what you can to make the world a more aware, loving, and accepting place.

Raven Roberts 

Celebrity Fashion Stylist & Founder of Own Your I Am 

Celebrity Fashion Stylist and advocate, Raven Roberts, who about seven years ago began styling in Los Angeles, California. Today Raven is based in New York City and has quickly become one to watch in the fashion industry. Raven recently founded Own Your I Am.

She aims to help women of color erase the lines of colorism and the social injustice that comes from it. By empowering women to own who they say they are and not what the world says about them!



Own Your I Am

Erasing the lines of colorism by empowering women of color to Own Their I Am and not what the world says about them.


14. Expanding Your Awareness

Building a business/life from divine intervention… even when you had a plan:) This is an awesome cast where hard work and the larger order merge to put you exactly where you need to be as a person and as a professional. KO sits down with fitness professional (and borderline life coach), Sunny Bayne. Sunny is a personal trainer and long-time horse enthusiast, in fact it’s her spirit animal. Sunny shares her fitness business journey and everything that helped guide her to where she is right now. They cover all things horses- from riding, to taming (ish), to training, to how horses helped Sunny deal with humans on a deeper level. The discussion mainframes around the acknowledgment that the answers and guidance we need are all around us, we just need to be aware and conscious. Because we are here in fact, to evolve. Continuously. Being aware of your moral and natural compasses are legit cardio workouts, look alive. 


Animals teaching humans, intro to spirituality, evolution, awareness, consciousness. Meeting people where they are at. Focusing on the people that show up for you. Letting the opposition be. Hawks. Collective consciousness. Control vs. the universe. Ecology. Nonverbal communication and the natural myopic narrative we live in as human beings. And a pony named horse. 

Sunny Bayne 

Trainer & Yoga Teacher 

Sunny is a fitness enthusiast and personal trainer from Lexington, KY.  As the owner of Sunny Bayne Fitness, she specializes in corrective exercise, sports exercise, and yoga. Her style of yoga is focusing on releasing the things that no longer serve you to raise your own personal vibration and help you find your purpose. Sunny loves meeting new people and connecting humans through movement, love, and positivity. “I believe that movement is the best way to uplift and empower your soul. When your soul is empowered and you’re living without fear, then you can begin to change the world around you.”

Be Golden Conference. From equality to politics to environment, It’s overwhelming to see and know all the work that needs to be done to make the world a better place AND these two have found a way to make a large scale difference. Listen in how they have done this and are continuing to blaze trail in pursuit of continuous positive impact for the world and all of its people at large.

More at TurmericAndTequila.com 

13. Body, Mind, Spirit…Humanizing Your Brand

All things CBD! We cover all the good questions you SHOULD ask before you purchase something you’re about to put into your body…mind, and spirit! Being a Colorado native, you’d think KO knows a lot about CBD and anything to do with weed in general, not so!  KO sits down with Erba Essentials Founder, Briana Austin, and covers everything from sourcing, to dosage, to stigma around CBD. Did you know there is a difference between CBD and marijuana? Don’t laugh, most people don’t and will be disappointed they don’t get a high from CBD… but might be less inflamed:) Bri shares her path from her holistic upbringing Armenian roots to her deep passion for mental health (not to mention her master’s degree in it) and how her good practices in a mostly unregulated space are in place for long term, positive societal impact via CBD. Bri also shares how these core values stem from her family and their support- entrepreneurship is in her blood. Thanks Mom!  Major point of the conversation is around humanizing your brand, bring transparent with what’s in your product and who is behind it. How refreshing! We discuss the impact of CBD and the traditional medical and pharmaceutical space, the audience that should be taking CBD, and why it might be ideal for your pet AND your kids?! It’s all about responsibility, as a business owner, consumer, and human being.


Quality> Quantity, responsibility, marketing and supplements, the right fish> the big fish, questions to ask when buying CBD, holistic healthcare, inflammation, help with sleep, pro sports and retired athletes, seeking the truth and voting with your dollar. Mental Health. The universe speaks, you just need to listen.  

Briana Austin, Erba Essentials:

Erba Essentials is a hemp CBD oil company based in Boca Raton, Florida. Founded by its all female team, Erba was inspired by the natural beauty of Florida, from its famous beaches to the everglades. These places are known for bringing peace, relaxation, and happiness to those who get the chance to experience it. We aim to create those same types of experiences for people who use our products.

Our products provide our customers with a sense of peace, relaxation, & happiness by being held to the highest standards of quality. Our full spectrum, CO2 extracted hemp CBD oil comes from organically grown, NON- GMO industrial American hemp in Kentucky, that is free of pesticides, herbicides, solvents, and other harmful ingredients. After the product is grown & extracted, it is sent to our headquarters in Connecticut where your final product is finished, packaged, and sent
right to your doorstep. We guarantee a high quality product & experience, from start to finish. Don’t just take our word for it though!! Take a look at some of our customer reviews and the 3rd party lab results that we provide with each product on our site.

Erba Essentials is a brand that you can trust to produce a high quality hemp CBD oil product everytime you order. Your satisfaction and well-being are essential to what we do! You can feel confident that when you buy a product from us, that you’re getting the most affordable, all natural, eco-friendly product on the market.

12. Breakdown, Breakthrough

This is the first of the Be Golden Podcast Series… that’s right, had the pleasure of doing 5 casts in 3 days with some incredible speakers, attendees, and hosts of the 2019 Be Golden Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. 

On this first one we check back in with Sara McInerney- our first, 2nd time guest:)! The timing could not be more perfect. On our first cast with Sara and The Chloe Barnes, we discussed life and what was on the agenda for both of them in the coming year. We quickly learn on this cast, sometimes our plans don’t align with the universe’s plans, and that’s ok. The best lessons are usually leaned the hardest way, and then stick the most. Sara and KO cover breakdowns and breakthroughs…an easy flowing convo on some tough pills to swallow. Ideally you can pull from our leanings on this one and streamline some process in your own world. And if not, just know the lessons are worth the process- take it from us:) The importance of slowing down, actually feeling, and getting back in touch with your athletic self is a process that never ends, needs to be honored, and if you don’t do it, the universe will… for you own good! Getting EMOSH, the new fave cardio. Here we go!


Busy=Numb, transition, self-care, self-check-in, getting knocked off the rails= clarity, challenge to change, when emotions become physical, more is not more, updating the narrative, evolution, sharing the voice, privilege= responsibility, chasing fire and impact. Process and practice and not perfection. Progress and reflection. Take care of you and you can take care of everyone else more. 

Sara McInerney:

Sara is honored to be T&T first returning guest. The universe brought KO and Sara together for this conversation where this otherwise confident young woman doesn’t feel so grounded in certainty at the moment. Sara is listening to her gut and trying to follow her intuition into this next chapter she feels coming. Today she took a big step in writing that new chapter by launching her own podcast called Facing Fear. Sara attempts to follow her own advice and face this next chapter with courage.

Be GoldenConference.From equality to politics to environment, It’s overwhelming to see and know all the work that needs to be done to make the world a better place AND these two have found a way to make a large scale difference. Listen in how they have done this and are continuing to blaze trail in pursuit of continuous positive impact for the world and all of its people at large.

More at TurmericAndTequila.com 

11. Life Skills via Sports

HEART FULL! This cast takes us down memory lane…running in sweat pants , holding a Natty Light, late to class and/or practice. Priceless memories, experiences, and relationships that have paved our foundation for “adulthood”. 

Yes, this one is about colligate athletics! To be or not to be a student athlete? KO shares convo, laughs, and tequila (cuz we grown-ish now) with collegiate classmates and fellow D1 student athletes of George Mason University: Meg (Dentler) Thomas (lacrosse) and JP Clark (swimming). AND we were lucky enough to have Kristin Clark (actual student), JP’s wife, in the house sharing the student experience sands athletics. Kristin is a James Madison alum, reading enthusiasts, former sorority member, and overall ground voice to this cast. Thank you in advance to Kristin for chopping through the GMU weeds the 3 of us provided on this one- the counter balance is perfect:)!!

They discuss the experience of the student athlete from the friendships to the schedule, managing the social with a 48hr rule… and everything in between. Committing to be a student athlete is no small commitment, but all agree on this one; it’s worth a try if you think it’s for you. The college experience is only 4… 5, or 6 years (we’re doctors, like Dr. Dre), but the relationships, self-discovery, and all-around life skills you gain through sports allows you to graduate a leg up, with a network, and few great storied in tow… that should and should not be shared down the road- in our opinion. We are honest about our experience, so if you are a soon to be HS grad or a parent with a kiddo questioning college sports- this is a good one for you! Pack a helmet… for the cast and life, 18 is crazy either way.


Life skills through sports, teamwork, college sports = full time job, life long friends, cheap booze, commitment, Chanello’s Pizza, running groups, pleading the 5th, professors who see you before you see yourself, find your value and voice, arts and crafts: making your own graduate cords, not going to NY, fun, practice, building a bond. 

Special SHOUT OUT: This came up in a GMU IG group the other day… when pulling back to reflect, I couldn’t believe we got to spend every day together- laughing, training, studying, and just growing up. So cool. SO appreciate all my GMU friends, fellow student athletes, and even my professors (that may or may not say it back haha)… such a wonderful period in life, so grateful I got to share those times with all of you. Cheers to acting the same, but now having jobs that can fund the party. xo

Quick Bios:

Meg Thomas: I am an ex-laxer from George Mason University. I went to school to play lacrosse, and for some reason they gave me an art degree. 

I extended my college days by being a Div 1 coach for about 11 years.  Although it was fun,  I decided it was time to grow up in 2016 and got married and a “real” big girl job as a graphic designer. 

I now live in Rockville, MD with my husband, Brendan, who still works in college athletics. In 2018, I decided I needed to switch gears again and I joined a political mail consulting firm (yes all that political junk mail) where I am the director of production. I coordinate everything on the art side of our printed and digital pieces.


JP and Kristin  Clark: 

From Fairfax VA, Kristin and JP  moved to Richmond VA 7 years ago, been married 11 years

I’ve been in Wine Sales 14 years 

Was a founding member of the George mason Swim and Dive team 99-03

Sat next to and graduated with Queen K after many communication classes together. 

We own a cutie/pain in the ass Boston terrier named Penny Lane

Music aficionado and go to many many of shows. 



10. Beauty Biz + Wild Kidz (Journey Of Entrepreneur)

Oooooooh we spill some tea on this one! KO sits down with Ashley Knight, Colorado native, business owner, and all around life advice giver… and more importantly LISTENER! Ashley shares her journey from grade school to  now and they cover the details on intentional steps to be an impacting and “successful” member of society to the things that “just happen” that help pave the way and help us find alignment with what we are supposed to be doing. 

From college student to entrepreneur , Ashley shares the 411 on starting a business, the importance of communication, life hacks, and beauty secrets (male waxing?!)…. and “trash juice”. It’s a long one, with a good amount of tequila, you’re welcome.


Not drinking before your 21, starting a business, knowing your value, career transition, keeping the faith, communication, listening, social media tips, core values, questioning a better way. and making sure New Year’s Eve  is done right!

Ashley Knight 

Ashley Simone Knight  is an Esthetician, Model, and Colorado native. She started modeling when she was 20 and gained her experience in the growing Colorado market. She has been an Esthetician for the past 6 years and has recently evolved from working at various spas and salons to starting her own business. Ashley loves balance: Caring for others as a Skin Care Therapist, imparting all of the lessons she’s learned to others who are navigating life in her industries, as well as dancing and singing karaoke