“I want to build relationships and foster community – and I want to use stories to do that.” – Stuart Jones
This week, I’m talking to my good friend Stuart Jones – a people person, videographer and photographer from Raleigh, North Carolina, and the current producer of this podcast. In this episode, we take some interesting turns – creating your own opportunities, being unconventional in the way we apply for jobs (and the way we post for them too) #noresumes, roadtrips to see Rob Bell, and the importance of sharing your story.
We’ll also share about Stu’s uncanning resemblance to Chris Pratt.
And of course, I couldn’t leave you without posting the amazing video that landed Stuart a job with the mayor of Raleigh. As Stu told the lone guy and dog watching him dance in the middle of the park: “Enjoy the show!”
Mary & Melanie jumped in the MINI (AKA Roxie Jean – The HotRod Machine) & headed through the beautiful Carolinas on May 16. They sang songs on the radio (wait, people listen to the radio?!), went ziplining through treetops, and found new adventures. In between, they had conversations with incredible women about the adventures of their lives along with photographing them for the project.
The Triangle area in North Carolina includes Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham – Mary and I stopped at the beautiful Umstead Hotel & Spa in Raleigh to chat with the local lady residents. Mary-Ann Baldwin, Suzanne Miglucci and Jennifer Hoverstad gave us three different perspectives on life, politics, infertility, and business.
We wondered why people ask “innocent questions” about younger women and their position on having children while some aren’t interested in having kids and others are struggling with infertility. We talked through getting into the political game locally and how each of these ladies got to the place they are in their careers. We even got a chance to talk about knowing your value and learning how to choose the right mentor for you.
Most of us have a hard time asking for help, saying what we mean, and then we end up inviting our frenemies over for dinner – why? Sometimes we have to listen for the pivotal moments and grab them when they show up. Listen in to hear their favorite books and discover how to be more proactive in learning from the women who have been-there-done-that.
Welcome to HERadventures: the women-focused side of Adventures in Branding!
Earlier this year, I jumped in Roxie Jean, the Hotrod Machine with my good friend & photographer extraordinaire, Mary Gardella, and embarked on a weeklong adventure to Virginia and the Carolinas. Logging hundreds of miles, we interviewed 15 rockstar women about their own personal brands and professional journeys, examining just what it means to be a woman today, in life AND in the workplace. We even went ziplining!
“Fear is invited to come along but Fear is not allowed to drive, choose the songs on the radio, select the snacks, or suggest detours.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
In this inaugural episode of HERadventures, Mary and I got together to reminisce and rehash our epic road trip. We get to share our perspective and what we learned as a result of our crazy adventure, touching on everything from Jennifer Aniston’s recent Huffington Post article to the role fear plays in our lives.