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Ready or Not Podcast

56 EpisodesProduced by Forever Ready ProductionsWebsite

A podcast about growing your family and your business. Lauren & Scott Ready share their experience of running a business together while growing their family through adoption. It's a podcast for business owners, couples, parents and adoptive families all under one roof. You can learn more about their… read more

56 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

S4E4 - Why I Hired A Speech Coach

March 23rd, 2021


In this episode Lauren & Scott do a deep dive with speaker coach, Sally Zimney, about how creating a signature talk can help grow your business and improve your ability to tell your story.  Here why Lauren invested …

S4E3 - One Year Later

March 17th, 2021


It's been a year since our worlds were turned upside-down due to a pandemic.  In this episode Lauren & Scott reflect on what they learned, what they wish they had known and what they are most looking forward to. …

S4E2 - Saboteurs & EQ

March 10th, 2021


In this episode Lauren & Scott discuss how your emotional intelligence can help and hurt your agility to be your best. They walk through the Saboteurs in the book Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. And you'll …

S4E1 - Where Did You Go?

March 3rd, 2021


Where did Lauren & Scott go...again?  In short...2020 got really really really busy.  And this fun little side really really hard. So today we’re going to spend the entire episode updating you on our …

S3E14 - What Are We Doing?

August 26th, 2020


In this episode Lauren & Scott update you on how their business is doing in the middle of a pandemic.  And how their mission continues as they march forward into new territory. 

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S3E13 - Where Have We Been?

August 19th, 2020


It's been awhile.  And in this episode Lauren & Scott explain why they've been gone and catch listeners up on what's going on in their life. It's worth a listen, you might be feeling the same way!

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S3E12 - #FeelGoodFriday - Positivity

July 15th, 2020


In this episode Lauren & Scott pick up where they left off and update listeners on current COVID life.  Hear the story of how #FeelGoodFriday came to be and how you can join in on the fun in your own way. 

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S3E11 - Hey Chicago!

June 24th, 2020


We've expanded!  Our business is now operating in Memphis, TN and Chicago, IL and in this episode Lauren & Scott talk with our Allison Wong and Charlie Grant. The two are in charge of running the Chicago office and …

S3E10 - What Goals?

June 17th, 2020


What happened to your 2020 goals?  In this episode Lauren & Scott revisit their goals and reset them to realistic goals for the second half of the year. 

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S3E9 - Stand Up And Say Something (#BlackLivesMatter)

June 3rd, 2020


In this episode Lauren & Scott sit down with Jason and Lesley Brown Rawlings in Memphis, TN.  Jason works as a filmmaker who spotlights poverty and injustice.  Lesley has worked in education equity and talent …

Out Of The Studio

May 27th, 2020


Happy Memorial Day week...Lauren & Scott are in the woods and have a quick message about next week. 

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S3E8 - Now What?

May 20th, 2020


In this episode Lauren & Scott answer a series of 8 questions that reflect on their quarantine experience (that's not over yet).  Hear their answers and play along at home.  

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S3E7 - A Business Coaching Session

May 14th, 2020


In this episode Lauren & Scott discuss unsaid expectations, loyalty versus commitment and what it's like to have a business coach.  Listen in as Lauren shares moments from her monthly coaching session with John …

S3E6 - What's Not Cancelled

May 6th, 2020


As Lauren & Scott head into week 8 of quarantine (despite some communities re-opening) they discuss what's not cancelled.  Both literally and figuratively.  Hear their list of 10 things that have more to do with …

S3E5 - Social Distancing Across The Country

April 29th, 2020


In this episode hear from couples in Iowa, Washington and Florida. The one thing they all have in common: dear friends of Lauren & Scott. And they have also been forced home with each other (and in some cases their …

S3E4 - Working To Get To The Other Side

April 22nd, 2020


With all this talk about re-opening the country, Lauren & Scott share 5 ways they are spending the next few weeks in quarantine preparing for "the other side." From determining and channeling their "zone of genius", …

S3E3 - Let's Try To Keep Our Head Up

April 15th, 2020


Are we still here? This week Lauren & Scott talk about what they're really feeling during their #SafeAtHome quarantine and how it's impacting their business, relationship and well being. 

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S3E2 - Business During Uncertain Times

April 8th, 2020


In this episode Lauren & Scott dive into what it's like to run a business, lead and team and focus on mission during a pandemic.  Hear 5 ways …

S3E1 - Working From Home (with a toddler)

April 2nd, 2020


We're back!  Yep, it took a pandemic for us to make time to record again. This time we're talking about how we're relearning to work from home, with an toddler co-worker and a company to run.  Hear 10 tips and tricks …

S2E19: 2020 Goal Setting

December 20th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott walk you through their goal setting process, review their 2019 goals and share their 2020 vision. Tune in to see where they fell short, what they crushed and how that will shape the …

S2E18: Grief at Christmas

December 11th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott talk about grief during the holidays. How it sneaks up on you, how they cope and what it feels like to get through …

S2E17: #DecadeChallenge

December 4th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott compare 2009 to 2019. Since it's the last month of the decade you'll hear what has changed over 10 years and just how much of that has impacted how they life live today. Plus, some …

S2E16: Family Differences

November 21st, 2019


As we head into the holidays, Lauren & Scott discuss family differences that have shaped their perspectives on life, tradition and holidays. Hear …

S2E15: 3, 4, 5

November 14th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott are inspired by "Pod Decks" to discuss three topics: 3 silly mistakes to avoid, 4 things you may not know about them and 5 things they are excited about right now. Tune in to hear some …

S2E14: National Adoption Month

November 6th, 2019


In National Adoption Month Lauren & Scott answer questions about their adoption process. The common questions and the ones people are afraid to ask. Send your questions to


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S2S13: Love Languages

October 31st, 2019


A wedding gift from Scott's parents sparked a conversation very early on in their marriage. In this episode Lauren & Scott breakdown "The 5 Love Languages" from Dr. Gary Chapman's book. Find out what they learned, …

S2E12: Why I Quit TV News

October 24th, 2019


This week Scott is out sick and Lauren takes over the podcast sharing two separate talks she's given to different crowds in Memphis. The first is about why she quit TV news. The second, a year later, talks about what …

S2E11: Coat of Arms

October 16th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott participate in a coat of arms exercise. They discuss four impact moments in life, four core values, three things money can't buy and death can't take away, three strengths and …

S2E10: Balance

October 9th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott talk about finding balance in business growth and life. Hear what challenges they face and how they find balance …

S2E9: Q4 - The Last 90 Days

October 2nd, 2019


Have a goal to complete in 2019? Make it fun! No seriously, that's what Lauren & Scott talk about as they head into the 4th quarter (the last 90 days of the year) they discuss their goals, revisit them and …

S2E6: Ready Sister Takeover

September 11th, 2019


In this episode we sit down with the Ready wives and girlfriends to discuss our path to motherhood and how different it looks on everyone. We discuss …

S2E5: Ready Brother Takeover

September 4th, 2019


One brother just became a father, one is a father to be and the other will have kids someday. So what happens when you get them all together to talk about fatherhood? Listen and find out!


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S2E4: What Keeps You Up At Night

August 28th, 2019


What keeps you up at night? In this episode Lauren & Scott share some real and honest answers to that question. Everything from our business, to education for all children, to anxieties of the world. Listen and …

S2E3: Start-Up Adoption

August 21st, 2019


Starting a business with your spouse, studying for exams and adopting a baby all at the same time? That's what Behavioral Science Consulting founders …

S2E2: Start Up Pregnancy

August 14th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott sit down with Truckish founders Aayush Thakur & Deme Yuan to talk about growing their start-up while preparing to welcome a baby into the world. Hear how a somewhat unexpected …

S2E1: We're Back!

August 7th, 2019


After 8 weeks off for summer vacation, Lauren & Scott are back at it and beginning and all new season of episodes featuring interviews and new topics. But this episode recaps some of the changes that happened over …

S1E20: Out of Control

June 12th, 2019


On this episode Lauren & Scott talk about how life feels out of control and what they do to try and regain control. Plus, hear why they're taking …

S1E19: Starting and Growing Your Business

June 5th, 2019


On this episode Lauren & Scott take listeners through the beginning of their video production business, Forever Ready Productions. Hear how it went from a hobby to an LLC and now a company with employees, office …

S1E18: Lucy J's Bakery

May 29th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott sit down with fellow business owners and adoptive parents, Tracy and Josh Burgess. They talk about their dream to run a bakery together and how that happened at the same time they …

S1E17: First Birthday

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode, Lauren & Scott celebrate Max's first birthday. First with a recap of what they wish they would have known about parenthood and …

S1E16: Routine

May 15th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott dive into their routine or should we say, they differences in that topic. Scott thrives under routine, it's his …

S1E15: Goals

May 8th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott dive into the topic of goal setting. Scott's corporate background drives their desire to set SMART goals but Lauren's creative side makes them SMARTER. Listen as they explain the …

S1E14: Fitness

May 1st, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott sit down with their friend and personal trainer, Lisa Sanchez Sullivan of Energy Fitness, to talk about work-life …

S1E13: 7 Years

April 24th, 2019


Scott barely has his voice but he's back to discuss Lauren & Scott's wedding anniversary and in this episode they share 7 things they've learned in 7 years. It's been quite a ride.


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S1E12: Joy & Sorrow

April 17th, 2019


This week Scott lost his voice, so Lauren decides to throw it back to a Theology on Tap talk the two gave in August 2018. It's a fitting piece that …

S1E11: Grandparents Part 2

April 10th, 2019


In this Episode, Lauren & Scott travel to Iowa to talk with Scott's parents (who also happen to be Max's grandparents). They'll chat about becoming grandparents, opening their hearts to adoption and a very special …

S1E10: Grandparents Part 1

April 3rd, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott sit down with two of Max's grandparents, who also happened to be Lauren's parents.It can be nerve-wracking sometimes to tell family members about your decision to adopt, especially …

S1E9: Perception

March 27th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott discuss perception versus reality. How that plays out in success, relationships, family and life. Perception isn’t always reality.


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S1E8: Dreams

March 20th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott dive into the ever so curious topic of supporting each other's dreams. In their case, that mean following Lauren's …

S1E7: Money

March 13th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott talk all things money. From what finance looked like for them in their early 20's to what it looks like in their married 30's. They also touch on business and adoption financing.Scott …

S1E6: Stretching and Growing

March 6th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott discuss their new life as parents and how they find themselves stretching and growing at work and at home. They discuss identity, career, perception and a moment that links their past …

S1E5: Failure

February 27th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott dive deep into life's biggest failures. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."  Hear about the first time they remember failing in …

S1E4: Core Values

February 20th, 2019


In this episode, Lauren & Scott talk about core values in business and life. Plus they host special guest, Shelley Skuster to talk about interracial adoptions. She’s an award-winning news reporter who -- after …

S1E3: The Process

February 13th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott sit down with their social worker, Marlene Siegel. She is the owner of Mid-South Adoptions, Inc. and has years of experience in adoption social work.  Her agency is licensed to assist …

S1E2: The Leap

February 6th, 2019


In this episode Lauren & Scott do a deep dive in their personal adoption journey.  They've broken it down into 7 "easy" steps for adoptive families.  The truth is, this process is complicated and there are a lot …

S1E1: The Call

January 27th, 2019


Meet Lauren & Scott Ready. Hear how they met, dated and eventually got married. But they wanted to wait to started their family. The background will help listeners understand how a heartbreak led them to adoption …

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