Birmingham Shines

A show about the makers, creators, and innovators of the Magic City: Birmingham, Alabama.
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May 28, 2015

Amy Bickers is a professional writer and has had successful careers in feature writing, as a newspaper journalist and editor for Southern Living.

In 2009, Amy saw her ex-husband commit suicide. She used writing to make sense of the tragedy and deal with the grief. Ultimately, she turned from journaling to writing her truth of the experience and that turned into a memoir, The Geography of You and Me.

After literary agents turned down the manuscript because "no one knew her," Amy put the book aside for a while. Later she turned to Kickstarter and had a successful campaign. The memoir is now in production and will be available for sale by September. 

In this conversation, we talk about writing as catharsis, life as a journey, and taking the plunge into doing the thing that makes you shine.

Complete show notes are available at



May 21, 2015

Taylor Peake Wyatt, co-founder of MotionMobs, shares the story of starting the software development company in 2010. We also talk about the path from idea to funding, how to address the shortage of tech industry talent in Alabama and the benefits of growing a tech business in the Magic City.

Full show notes and a PDF transcript will be available at


May 14, 2015

Javacia Harris Bowser talks about founding SeeJaneWrite-Birmingham when she couldn't find the writing group she was looking for.

 Javacia Harris Bowser, my guest for
Week 3 of the Birmingham Shines
podcast, is a writer, teacher and
entrepreneur. She’s also a successful
blogger and founder of See Jane Write
Birmingham—networking group for
women writers that has turned into a

As we learned in episode 3 of
Birmingham Shines, Javacia moved to
Birmingham several years ago from
Louisville, Kentucky to teach English at
the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Before
embarking on her teaching career,
Javacia worked professionally as a
journalist and she continues to do
freelance writing work today.

Do one thing every
day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt
That’s the inspirational quote that
Javacia shared with me when I asked
her for something to inspire others to
Discover. Grow. Shine.™

If you want to grow, you must be willing
to get out of your comfort zone, even
just a little bit. When you do, you usually
find that it wasn’t so bad after all—
especially if you’re taking little steps. No
need to take up hang-gliding. Just send
an email to someone you admire and
don’t know and invite them to coffee.
Take a different route home from work.
Or maybe do your grocery shopping in
reverse order from your usual routine.
It’s pretty clear that Javacia is willing to
take her own advice.

When Javacia couldn’t find the type of
writing group she was looking for, she
decided to start one. The first “official”
meeting of See Jane Write Birmingham
was a simple dinner meet-up on March
24, 2011 at a Mexican restaurant in
That meet-up led to a “next event,”
which was all about using Twitter to
network, connect with others and build a
blogging audience. The successful
Twitter event led to a blogging workshop
and into one-on-one consulting and
even bigger events.
See Jane Write Birmingham has grown
immensely in the four years since that
first informal meet-up and today Javacia
offers consulting and online courses for
women who aspiring writers and
entrepreneurs. Find out more about the
See Jane Write Birmingham story by
listening to episode 3 of Birmingham
Shines—if you haven’t already!
Javacia Recommends
What to read…..

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will
to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Where to eat in Birmingham….
Where to caffeinate in Birmingham….
Urban Standard
Church Street Coffee & Books
Goddess by Banks
Anything by Beyoncé
Where to get fit….
Lakeshore Trail
Birmingham Blogger…..

Jennifer Dome King: Stellar Fashion
and Fitness
I love Jennifer
Dome King’s blog
Stellar Fashion and
Fitness. It has such
a great message
about body

Life Hack
Get up early.
I’ll echo this one—I got up before 5 a.m.
to start writing this blog post. I’m a big
believer in “early to bed, early to rise.” If
you know me at all, you probably know
how I go on all the time about Ben

What makes Birmingham Shine……
The Creative Class

I hope you are inspired by Javacia as I

May 7, 2015

Tripp Watson, Birmingham attorney and business adviser, talks about the entrepreneurial scene in Birmingham and how it's changed in the years since he began practicing law and advising entrepreneurs.

Tripp was recently named one of the Birmingham's Top 40 under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal.

A transcript and full show notes available at

May 1, 2015

We also have a conversation about what it means to "shine" in an entrepreneurial context and whether Birmingham is now shining as a destination for entrepreneurs, makers, and creators.

Full show notes will be available at:

Birmingham Shines is a featured show on the Shinecast media network. Shinecast is a registered trademark of Sheree Martin.

May 1, 2015

Sheree Martin explains how and why she created Birmingham Shines, the podcast, and the larger Shinecast® brand.

Sheree is a Birmingham, Alabama entrepreneur, lawyer and former college professor. She's also a professional writer and speaker. The Shinecast® media brand grew out of a vision for inspirational and educational media content to help others Discover, Grow and Shine in all aspects of life.

The Shinecast brand began in 2012 with the first Shinecast show, the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. [Shine Springs Farm is so-named because of a geological landmark known as "Shine's Spring" which is located on the property, not because Sheree was originally fixated on the word "shine"....:)]

The preview episode of Birmingham Shines podcast was published April 30, 2015.