The books we would write, and why we don’t give a $h!t about our kids swearing: Conversations with Sisters

Courtney and Dana unpack last week’s episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify) with Inez Ribustello, author of Life After Windows and owner or Tarboro Brewing Company.  They talk about why it’s ok for their kids to swear, when they can stop caring about other people’s opinions, and what books they would write (and maybe one day will).


Courtney: Like you have to allow that space to like process and to grieve and to get to the other side, because there’s always going to be things that you’re grieving in life. Not necessarily just the finality of losing a person, but it could be a business, it could be yourself. It could be an idea. It could be, you know, a relationship.

Courtney: Welcome everyone to Hustle and Gather, a podcast by inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Courtney

Dana: and I’m Dana 

Courtney: And we are two sisters who love business. On this show, we talk about the ups and downs to the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey. 

Dana: And we know all the challenges that come with starting a business. Between operating our wedding venue, doing speaking and consulting, and starting our luxury wedding planning company, we wake up and hustle every day 

Courtney: And today we’re talking, just the two of us, about last week’s episode with Inez Ribustello, owner of On the Square restaurant, owner of Tarboro Brewing Company, and author of her self published memoir Life after Windows. If you haven’t heard last week’s episode, go give it a listen and come back to hear our thoughts.

Dana: All right. Court let’s get started. 

Courtney: Oh, that was so good. 

Dana: It was so good. I like, I had to hold back some like an emotion. 

Courtney: I know I was captivated by her story. 

Dana: I just couldn’t stop like listening to her talk. She has a very soothing voice. 

Courtney: I felt that same way, but it was just so, so good and so relevant. I love that she was speaking of years that I remember greatly and think about as like the heyday, right. so that was super fun too. But yeah. What an inspiring story. 

Dana: I know. I feel like today’s going to be a little bit heavier. Yeah. Like a lot of heavy things are, think are still valid to talk about and go through. I really loved, when she first talked about the book, how she did it for herself and that that was enough for her, that she just did it for her. And I made me think about what book would I publish. That would be for me, that I would feel like I would need to help move on with life or something 

Courtney: like a processing book?

Dana: Yeah. Like what would that, what would it be that I’m trying to process through? 

Courtney: I don’t know. What would it be that you’re trying to process through? 

Dana: I don’t know. I honestly think like, it would be about like becoming a mom. Like it’s, I think that there was a lot of excitement and expectations. And as you become a parent, I feel like there’s a lot of fear and trepidation of you’re doing the right thing and yeah, and really like that first, like four or five years of coming into my own. And like now, like as a mother, as a mother, like, I was so nervous about what everybody else thought.

And I was so nervous to like speak up for my kids. You know, like when I think about like pivotal moments, like Ada being really sick, like my gut told me something was wrong, but I was so afraid to say anything, because I was like, I’m in front of a doctor. Like, why would I know more than a doctor? Yeah, you know, and recognizing like that doctor doesn’t know Ada more than I know Ada, you know?

And when people try to tell me something about my kid and I’m just, it makes me like second guess things, and I’m like, no, like I know my child, like I know that’s not an accurate accurate representation of who they are, you know, like just kind of coming into that confidence of being a mom, yeah. 

Courtney: So it’s about being a mom?

Dana: Maybe not being a parent, a little bit more inclusive. 

Courtney: Interesting. 

Dana: What would yours be about?

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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