Comparison Sucks + Other Thoughts About 2019


Welcome back to The Refined Collective podcast! Did you notice our new intro music? We’re so excited about it. On this first solo show of the new year, I’m chatting about all of the lessons I learned in 2019 (because it taught me some big lessons), my vision for 2020, and of course before I do all of that I share all of my favorite pop culture tidbits with you!

Lessons Learned

  • Comparison sucks.
    • My Challenge to You: What if you used someone else’s breakthrough as evidence of what’s possible as opposed to getting stuck in comparison, jealousy, and a victim mentality? How would doing that impact your life?
  • Celebrate your wins.
    • Life is busy. Often before we finish the one thing, we’re already chasing the next. I don’t know about you, but this feels exhausting. What if before rushing off to the next goal, we allowed ourselves to pause, acknowledge, and celebrate the wins—no matter how big or small.
  • I can only change me.
    • Much to my dismay as much as I try to change others, the only person I can truly change and take responsibility for is myself. Instead of spending so much time focusing on other people’s drama, what if you used that time to look inward, and noticed areas in your own life that needed some extra love?
  • God lives in the space between.
    • Life is a “both and,” not an “either or.”

2020 Vision

  • (Get it? 2020 vision? 20/20 vision?)
  • What if you had the courage to receive and believe that you deserved to be here?
  • What if you were the girl for the job?
  • What if you no longer let insecurity dictate your reality?
  • I spent too long believing I didn’t belong on the tennis court or I didn’t belong as a writer. But guess what? I’m writing a freaking book. And then I’m going to write ANOTHER one.
  • My new mantra: “Why not me?” Thank you Mindy Kaling for that.
  • What if you spent more time thinking about how things could go well for you instead of always planning for and expecting the worst case scenario to unfold? How would your day-to-day life change?


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Don’t Take it Personal: Kat’s End of Year Tell-All


Hi, friends! Welcome back to The Refined Collective podcast—it is our final episode of the year! It’s a solo show so you bet there will be random singing and Beyoncé references! This week, I’m not asking the questions… YOU are. You guys sent in your questions over on Instagram and in this episode, I’m answering as many as I could fit into a single episode. You guys know how weird I feel about recording solo shows so please let me know your feedback and if you’d want to hear more of these types of episodes.

  1. How do you deal with unhealthy overthinking and constantly taking things personally?
  • It’s important to let your community into your overthinking.
  • When you find yourself taking something personally, think: “They have something coming up for them that has nothing to do with me.”

  1. How do I give space and patience towards my boyfriend who is struggling letting go completely from his past relationship?
  • There’s an important conversation to be had here about recognizing emotional availability and standing in your worth.
  1. I’d love practical language on entering a conversation with a friend of mine who is a Christian and is dating a someone who is not.
  • It’s important to check in with your own heart on what you afraid of happening in this situation.

  1. How long have you been a Christian?
  • I went to a summer camp at 16 because all of the popular kids were going— but even from the very first night, this inexplicable thing ignited in my heart.
  • This is not to say that there haven’t been hard moments—because there have.
  1. Highs and lows for 2019/What is your vision for 2020 and TRW?!
  • My year started really painfully, but it gave me perspective to focus on spending the rest of the year enjoying time with the people I love.
  • Biggest high of the year is very exciting: I signed with a publisher for my book!
  1. Best and worst date of 2019?
  • Best: We went to a café, went hiking, and had a picnic. He kept surprising me!
  • Worst: I liked a guy + thought we were on the same page until he went MIA.

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From Wall Street to Career Coach: Shifting Roles and Shifting Mindsets


Jena Viviano is an ex-Wall Streeter turned career coach and entrepreneur who helps go-getter professionals articulate their personal branded career story to land their dream jobs. Stay tuned to hear us chat about Wall Street, faith journeys, shifting mindsets, eating disorders, and hear me drop Beyoncé’s name because of course! (Bonus: we have a quick chat about dating because Jena has an incredible boyfriend!)

Wall Street

·      We chat about what happens when we achieve the thing we think is going to fulfill us… and turns out it doesn’t fulfill us at all.

·      “God, I don’t know if you are real, but if you are: get me out of here.”

·      During her time on Wall Street, she developed an eating disorder.

·      “Instead of trying to fix the things that are “wrong with me,” why don’t I just lean into the things that I’m really good at.”

·      Jena shares how she was able to make a career pivot.

Integrating Faith at Work

·      “For a long time, I thought about my job being my provider, but really the reality is God is my provider. That mindset shift helped me take bigger risks from taking that side hustle to full hustle.”

1.     Stay silent vs. Bible beating—it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Hear how Jena balances sharing her faith at work.

2.     Are we using our gifts? Are we encouraging others to do the same?

3.     Pray and put action behind it.

4.     Take a redemptive lens to work.

5.     How does generosity play into your work?

6.     Instead of compartmentalizing, show up as a whole person.

Battling an Eating Disorder

·      Jena sought counseling, health coaching, and rewired her thoughts.

·      The first step to healing was changing the environment she was in.

·      Bottom line: there is hope!

Keep up with Jena at her websitepodcastInstagram, and LinkedIn. You can get her free devotional at www.jenaviviano.com/wordatwork.

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