Color Your Dreams

Color Your Dreams

Are you an overachiever? Is your professional life amazing, but your personal life feeling neglected? Do you feel like the career you’ve chosen OR the business you’ve built may not be for you anymore? Here, you can move from identity crisis to your next evolution. Your host, Elaine Lou Cartas, a first-generation Filipino immigrant, is an award-winning Business and Executive Career Coach for women of color and allies. She’s a former grassroots organizer and nonprofit fundraiser. LA Weekly awarded her as the #1 Thought Leader to follow, LinkedIn named her as a Top Communication Voice, and Apple News featured her as one of the top 5 business coaches to follow. On the Color Your Dreams® podcast, Elaine and her guests provide you with actionable strategies, and invite you to do less and live more. As a business owner and career leader, you aren’t a machine, you’re a human first. This podcast is here to help you build a life around what you want in this current season of life. So bring your coffee, tea, or boba for some conscious conversations every Thursday! @elainelou_ //


December 7, 2023 25 mins

Time flies! Is it me, or does 2000 still feel like five years ago!?

I still want to party like it’s 1999, which means listening to NSYNC’s albums all day while thinking of the most clever away messages for AIM.

My AIM screenname was SnowyLolyPops. What was yours lol? IYKYK lmao.

My team and I are getting ready to do an End of Year Planning session for our clients, and if you’re interested in the exact pro...

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It's the holiday season and all the new products and ads are popping up left and right.

You know the ones! They’re designed to make us think we’ll never have this life-changing opportunity again.

And those Playstation and Nintendo “launches” were successful because Mario Kart 64 was EVERYTHING!

And now, small businesses launch using money and time to promote one thing. I used to be a launcher myself,...

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Did you know before I turned 28, I’d been fired three times and quit two jobs? I’ve changed careers a few times, actually! Sometimes by choice and sometimes… not (lol).

Right after college, I worked in campaigns -- working as a grassroots organizer and fundraiser living in 6 different states: California, Iowa, Indiana, Montana, Massachusetts, and New Mexico.

I was on a weekly flight to big cities like DC, NYC, and...

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Are you tired of being glued to your phone or computer screen, especially during virtual meetings like Zoom? You're not alone. 

Many people, including companies, are realizing the negative effects of too much screen time. So, what does this mean for us now? There will be more in-person events, conferences, and networking.

Even if you’re ready to meet more people in person for your career or business, this can be a lot ...

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I’m #1 on Google. Go search for yourself in the search bar with the following keywords:

  • WOC Business Coach
  • Women of Color Business Coach
  • Business Coach for WOC
  • Business Coach for Women of Color

Yep, I’m #1 on Google search after the ads.

I decided to delve into the world of Google SEO because I was burned out from creating content on social media every day. I just wanted to serve. After asking clients how they found me and how t...

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Is it me? But where did summer go? The 1st month of the 4th quarter is practically done. And I’ve been hearing from all my clients and my own body -- WE ARE TIRED.

I’ll be honest: I am burned out in a good way cause SO MANY opportunities have been coming.

There are so many that it’s been NECESSARY to navigate saying NO and establishing boundaries for self-care (aka taking breaks from humans) lol.  

As we approach t...

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Is Terminator happening in real life right now? With AI becoming a part of our every day, it seems like it’s a machine vs. human world.

For example, remember the early days of social media? Now, social media is an integral part of life.

And AI is already part of our daily lives as we open up our phone, which uses face ID, or when we write an email or text, and AI suggests phrases or words to use.

The important question is… h...

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Have you ever attended an event, retreat, or conference that left you feeling overwhelmed?

There were so many guest speakers, and the information was thrown at you, and none of it was individualized or even felt applicable to your business.

Often, I found myself at industry conferences, completely exhausted and inundated with information.

On the other hand, what truly stood out for me during these events were the i...

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Do you or a friend have ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety or you’re neurodivergent? Or experience any of these yourself?

Not sure how to express and share how to best work with you? Or if you work with someone who has shared these things with you, do you want to know how you can better support them? 

Today, I am joined by my client, friend and marketing strategist, Monica Schrock (she/they), who has ADHD, Bipolar and General Anxiety Disorder.


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September 21, 2023 21 mins

PSA: this is a public apology to my exes and old friends. 

I used to be SO BAD at giving and receiving feedback. I was emotional and reactive because I didn’t have the right skills, tools, and scripts to allow me to give and receive feedback in a healthy and productive way. The only good thing to come out of that? I learned from my mistakes, so now I do have those skills, tools, and scripts, and I can share them with you. 


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How is it September already!? Summer is officially over and PSL season is here.

Now that it’s time to get back to business, has anyone else noticed that online engagement has been super low or is it just me? I’m pretty sure everyone has just been offline and living life. I was lucky enough to be in Tanzania climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and going on a safari, and I made sure I was completely off the grid. I was on airplane mode th...

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Do you eat lunch with your laptop? Do you find yourself in back-to-back meetings and you can't wait for a call to end because you really need to go pee? Or do you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day because now you're supposed to make dinner? 

Sorry if I'm triggering you when asking these questions, and I am not here to call you out! I'm just here to call you in for a deep conversation about the wo...

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We often see influencers and business owners showing off that they're on vacation while they're on vacation. I don't know about you, but I can't help but ask myself: are they really on vacation? 

If you’re always on your phone posting on social media, can you be present with yourself, your partner, or your loved ones? If you’re using your vacation to pitch and sell, it’s going to interfere with your relaxati...

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We all have the same amount of time, so the question isn’t how do we get more time; it’s how do we protect the time we have.

In this episode of Color Your Dreams, I’m joined by Amy Fritz to talk all about time management. Amy is sharing some of her most valuable tips for getting back your time. I’m pretty sure all of us could use at least one of these tips, if not all three, to reassess how we are spending our time and eliminat...

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My business has survived another trip around the sun! Will you join me in this episode to celebrate six years in business? 

My anniversary gift to you is a look under the hood of my business. You know we keep it real here, so I’m sharing the triumphs and the flops, including the $30,000 mistake I made when I first started… yikes. You’ll also hear my tips for creating more revenue, building the life you want, and leading your le...

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As a woman, you’ve been taught to put other people’s expectations before your own. How do you unlearn this behavior and start putting yourself first? 

Christene Joy is joining me in this episode to talk about how she learned to live joyfully and authentically and how you can too. We’re covering a lot of ground, including how to listen to yourself, honor your own wants and needs, set boundaries with loved ones, and challenge soc...

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Do you have an established brand or are you trying to figure out your branding for the first time? Either way, this episode is packed with branding advice that you can use for years to come. 

The thing about branding is that it evolves over time just like you do as a human being! You’re meant to evolve and the same goes for your business. 

In this episode, I’m joined by my brand strategist Tiffany Neuman to discuss how my b...

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Marketing, systems, or strategy: which one should you be focused on?

I’m joined by certified project manager Juliana Wise and marketing strategist Monica Schrock for a smackdown to determine whether marketing, systems, or strategy is the best. Just kidding… kind of. 

We’re sharing how to use marketing, systems, and strategy to work for you as a whole. We might get a little competitive at times, but ultimately we want you to...

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Do you struggle to find the right words when you need to say “no,” enforce a boundary, give feedback, or navigate other difficult conversations? Listen up because this episode is for you! 

Brittney Richardson and I sat down to have a conscious conversation about boundaries and negotiation as WOC leaders. In this episode, you’ll hear us talk about saying no, asking for help, setting boundaries, and giving and receiving feed...

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Do you wish that you could have been on the Color Your Dreams retreat with me?

Good news! In this episode, I’m bringing it to you! 

After getting back from the best retreat my team and I have ever held, I wanted to share the experience with you, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. 

I’m sharing my five retreat reflections after spending two glorious days with seasoned business owners and corporate leaders. You’ll hear...

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