Category Archives: Inspire Me

LEARNS // My Favorite Podcasts

I know. I know. Podcasts are nothing new…especially the ones I’ve listed below. However, they are new to me. Up until about a year ago I had never listened to a podcast in. my. life. But I found myself commuting quite a bit every day and always in the car…I felt very unproductive. Rather than sing and dance along to my favorite songs…what can I do to maximize my day? First, I got hooked on the ultra-popular Serial podcast. It was perfect thought-provoking entertainment for my ride to and from work. Plus, it was just so easy to play from my phone through my bluetooth in my car. So…my search was on to find something similar once Season 1 was over. I have found some really good podcasts and some that bore me…but I wanted to share the 5 I listen to on a regular basis. 5 that I look forward to new updates every week! 


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The Lively Show – Jess Lively is my new best friend. You know how some people carpool to and from work every day? Well I carpool with Jess and a super interesting guest of hers every week! I get to work super motivated and/or inspired. There has yet to be an episode that I haven’t finished by saying out loud “Wow.” And believe me when I say that…because I’ve gone back through archives and listened to every. single. one. This show is for all women entrepreneurs. Whether you are single, married, with kids, career transitioning, small-business owner – you will find something that inspires you (and add a little extra intention to your everyday – her great words, not mine!)



TED Radio Hour – Ah I really enjoy finding a new TEDtalk. But this podcast doesn’t deliver an entire talk…instead it goes “behind-the-scenes” in a sense and interviews TEDtalk speakers and gives snippets of their talks. I’ve become hooked to this format, because if I find an interview interesting…once I get to work, I search for the full talk! Most speaker stories’ are incredible and worth diving into.



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Song Exploder – I love music and I love finding new artists. This podcast takes one song and interviews its artist. Listeners find out the story behind the lyrics. Most of the time, it is artist I have not heard of making it even MORE interesting. And then there are artists I have – and it makes me an even bigger fan. This podcast is also on the shorter side…so its a great quick pleasure.


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Marriage is Funny – I found this podcast through The Lively show. The wife of the MIF team, Jesse Artigue, was a guest on The Lively Show. Her and her husband, Gerard, discuss every day topics that most couples grapple with or are amazed by. Usually I don’t listen to a lot of “couple” centered podcasts/blogs/tvshows because its hard to relate since my relationship is SO different. But I found Jessie and Gerard to be refreshing and I usually get some good laughs.



Serial – I mentioned this one above. If you aren’t a podcast listener – you still have probably heard about the Serial craze. Serial tells one true story throughout an entire season. Season one focused on Adnan Syed and his conviction in the murder of Hae Min lee. The host, Sarah Koenig, goes back through case files, interviews and any holes in the story looking for answers. Sarah does a great job of not swaying you one way or another…but allowing you the facts to base your own opinion. SO good.










THIS book. I was anxious to read it. So I bought it…and it sat on my shelf for a good seven months…


WHY? I’m not sure. When I eventually started reading, I was just as excited. I think the only thing I could possibly explain was I knew Sophia Amoruso and I are world’s full of different, so thinking deeply what could I possibly learn?!




There is no doubt Sophia and I had very different backgrounds. We hung out with different people, our paths to business couldn’t be more extreme. She wasn’t afraid of being different and/or fired from many jobs. Where I have always wanted to be perfect or was expected to be perfect. I feared failure. (I admit it, I still do!) But I could argue there are days at age 28 where I’m not quite sure I’ve found myself and Ms. Sophia KNOWS her stuff.


Once all of that bias was out of my way, I dug deep into Sophia’s story. I cringed, I laughed, I was in awe and I was motivated. ALL OF THE EMOTIONS followed me in this book.


I wanted to share with you an excerpt from an interview I read that Sophia gave to Fast Company in April 2014:

The reporter asked: “Why the title? (GirlBoss) You’re explicit that it’s a feminist book in certain ways. Why is that important to you?

My story of female empowerment, if you can call it that, comes from rejecting everything that the feminist who works at the bookstore in Portlandia would believe in. That’s like living less of a life. I think it’s more of a challenge to wear a skirt and makeup and be a wife and be a mom and have a job and feel sexy, while also keeping your boyfriend in check and making sure you don’t get treated like shit in the workplace. There’s a difference between making compromises and being compromised, which a lot of women do let happen. 


THIS is what drew me to her. I want to be strong and bold in the workplace, but still be proud of my feminine values. I am proud to be a wife, but I am even prouder my husband respects my wish to have a career. I hope to be a mom someday, but still hope I can be a career role model to my children. I truly believe you do not have to sacrifice one for the other. There may be compromises along the way, but in the big picture women, if they should wish, should strive to have both.


I wanted to give you an example of three things I took away from the book, even though I could write all day about what I’ve learned! I’ll let you read it for yourself!


- The Four Worlds Thou Shalt Never Mutter – “That’s not my job” This alone is powerful. It is amazing to me how entitled youth are today. Be passionate in your job. Dig in and give it all you got. There are plenty of times you need to climb the ladder. Any job you are given – give it your all.


- Cover letters. I was surprised to hear how important Sophia thought they were. I believe they are a bit of a dying breed. However, I do agree with her it is the first opportunity you have to show creativity!


- “Money Looks Better in the Bank Than on Your Feet” – oh…for someone who loves to shop this sunk in. I have been really trying to re-evaluate what I personally spend the past few months. I imagine it is the same thought process I would want to have come naturally if and when I own my own business. Always live within your means. And keep working hard to live the way you want.


I highly recommend this book for women up and coming in their professions. Whether you can relate to Sophia or not, a variety of point-of-views can only benefit you!

Chatting with Trina Turk

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I had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Trina Turk before her appearance at Belk and The Junior League of Raleigh’s Fashion Forward Event earlier this month. In my opinion, Trina is a down to earth, engaging and passionate business woman. Talking to her was easy and she is definitely a girl after her own dream. What made it even more fun, I was able to talk to her with my fellow Raleigh blogger Nikki.


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Here are a few snippets of our conversation -

In regards to knowing when she wanted to design - “I grew up sewing. I wanted more clothes, so the solution was to make my own. I would create a garment over and over again in different colors and prints.”


In regards to her brand - “The industry demanded the print in both apparel and interior. I have loads of print but this has lead to brand recognition without seeing the label first! Of course the California (home) had a lot to do with my color inspiration.”


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In regards to her workday - “I try to workout 4 days a week. I try to do it first thing in the morning and then I start my workday a little later. I get settled into my work day by reading, most often Women’s Wear Daily.” 


In regards to a must staple this season - “A white shirt. I believe it has been a long time since a classic white shirt has been important. Chambray is also having another moment this spring!”


In regards to what she does not walk out the door without - “Sunglasses! I also like to layer on my jewelry, both vintage and new!”


Here are a few other shots of the fabulous Belk event including the fashion show that concluded the event and the delicious treats that were passed around. I want to congratulate the Junior League of Raleigh and Belk on putting such a classic, fun event together!


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Trina with Arlene Goldstein – Belk’s VP of trend merchandising and fashion direction. I absolutely adore both of these women!


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Outfit details can be found here. 


All photos courtesy of Bradley Rhyne Photography – you can also check out his stunning menswear line – Ole Mason Jar.

NCAA FOOTBALL: APR 06 Nebraska Red and White Game

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If you were following me this Fall, you know that I like a good college athletics story. I posted a few this past year and even though we haven’t reached the 2013 Fall season…I have a great one to share with you! Below is a video of the Nebraska Spring Game from Saturday. I am an alumni of Nebraska and this is so heart warming and just plain cool.
Below you will see Jack Hoffman, a 7 year old Nebraska kid fighting brain cancer, score the longest running touchdown in a Spring Game in Nebraska’s history.  I’m proud of the players and coaches that created this moment and the pure joy they showed as they ran the field with Jack. You may have already seen this clip, I know it was even highlighted on my local evening news in NC! Way to go Jack!

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