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The Hectic Podcast
48 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Create with Todd Van Fleet (Founder, TVF Brands)
My guest of the week is a connector. He brings people together, creating and participating in communities that are life-giving to everyone involved. He also happens to kill at it independent creating, giving clients what they want before they even know they want it.I am thrilled to introduce you to Todd Van Fleet, photographer and designer extraordinaire. Whether he’s adding to his popular bicycle landscape photo series or journaling new ideas for future pursuits, he gives 100% to everything he creates. In our episode, he shares how he is able to manage his busy schedule without sacrificing quality and creativity. And it fits very serendipitously with our last episode!In this episode, you’ll hear:How being in a community of people that you love, trust, and/or respect can help you be at your best.Why you have to balance rest, more mundane work, and creativity to live and perform with excellence.The reasons Todd thinks managing expectations is the most important thing you can do to grow a successful freelance business.How his unique way of upselling creative services has given him 100% client retention.What one (or more) thing(s) Todd wants to be best at.All about his bicycle landscape photos, from the start of his interest in photography to the charity fundraiser that sparked the collection.How using his creativity for something more than himself has led to bigger things, plus what those things are.Why ADHD is a creative superpower that inspires incredible ideas.About Todd’s many notebooks, and how they help him process his creativity.Tips for going beyond client expectations and using this extra step to win repeat business, even from major clients like the Denver Broncos.
29 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Rest with Darryl Kelly & Michelle Lee
When was the last time you took a break? Not a vacation where you still did some work or a few hours that you had to use to handle another responsibility, but a time when you focused solely on rest and recovery?For me, it had been way too long and my body had had enough. So we’re doing things a bit different this week. We’re taking a break from guest conversations to focus on the value of rest. Rest for your mind, rest for your body, rest that gives you life. Freelancers and entrepreneurs are notoriously bad at giving ourselves the margin we need to feed our creativity. The more you try to give from an empty cup, the more burnt out, stressed, and unproductive you become. Today, we hope you can learn how to identify the signs that you need rest, along with some easy ways to start taking care of yourself.In this episode, you’ll hear:Why an emotional outburst showed me that I needed to give myself rest this week.How to understand and recognize the signs that tell you when you need rest.The ways I use journaling and a strong support team to understand where I’m at and what I need.My hope that sharing my struggles with rest will help the freelance community become more comfortable with this conversation.How separating from work can help you prioritize what you’re doing and do what matters most more effectively.What rest can look like for different people and at different times.Why you should focus on what gives you life over anyone else’s definition of rest.Plus, an easy way to understand what in your life is either giving or taking energy.Your first Hectic rest-work assignment, which will help you understand what is driving your emotions and how to master them.Why all of this matters so much today and for the future.
60 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Permission with Brittany Charboneau (The Funny Runner)
For Brittany Charboneau, life is about being present in the moment and finding joy in even the smallest things. Even as she has run in some of the country’s biggest races, including the 2020 Olympic trials, she has focused on enjoying every second, keeping a positive outlook, and being wholly her genuine self. She joins me today to talk about her journey to authenticity, what she’s learned since she started pursuing running full-time, and how she combines her love of comedy and running in her brand, the Funny Runner.In this episode, you’ll hear:Brittany’s journey to embracing the pink-wearing, glitter-loving, Broadway-show tune-singing road runner that she is.How she used permission from others regarding her authenticity to give herself the confidence to embrace it.The lessons about understanding and pursuing your genuine self that she tries to give to the kids and adults she coaches.Brittany and Darryl’s favorite Hamilton songs, plus what we can learn from them.What Brittany does to prepare mentally for big races, including her upcoming Boston Marathon run.Why she began focusing on being present and grateful for her running experiences over just reaching her running goals.How and why she is putting imposter syndrome to the side rather than fighting with it.The reasons Brittany stops to pick up all of the loose change she sees.What we can learn from little things that add up over time, even if they’re just pennies.The things she hopes to accomplish by the time she’s an old lady.
36 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
On Mission with Eda Rosa (Let's Talk Paralegal Podcast)
My guest this week is not a fan of labels. She is working to change the legal industry and that is the most important thing to know. Join me and Eda Rosa as she shares how she is pursuing and accomplishing this goal. With hard work, a good support system, and the right perspective, she is fighting for justice and a healthier way of practicing law.In this episode, you’ll hear:That Eda doesn’t do it all by herself, instead staying to true to herself by asking for help when she needs it.What changing the legal industry from the inside out looks like for her brand.The reasons she left her six-figure legal job to try something new.And how she has built a thriving business in the few years since that decision.How her incredible childhood and parental role models nurtured a love of change and determination to live without fear.Eda’s journey to mental strength, healing, and getting what she needed to build her brand.About negative bias and how it makes you your biggest obstacle.What you can do to fight a negative perspective in your life and business.Why the power of numbers only matters for the numbers you create, especially as a Hispanic woman and entrepreneur.What kind of tools for success you can find in Eda’s book.
64 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Fullest self with Odalys Jasmine (Hella Latin@ Podcast)
There’s something different about my guest this week. She practically glows with passion, vulnerability, and authenticity. During this episode, you’ll hear how Odalys Jasmine learned how to own her story and share it with the world. From childhood hardships to current projects, she explores her experience with finding and understanding success on her terms. As a Latino and child of immigrants, Odalys works to make space for minority communities through storytelling workshops for students, modeling for Latino-owned businesses, and her podcast, Hella Latino. She is changing the world with her beautiful story and we can’t wait to share it with you this week.In this episode, you’ll hear:About Odalys’ story, from childhood homelessness and adversity to becoming an entrepreneur and helping others find success.The similarities between her story and mine (Darryl’s), plus how our experiences have helped shape us.How being raw and vulnerable and sharing your story can transform the world.Why trying to fit a fictional idea of success can rob you of fulfillment and make you feel like an imposter in your own life.What (and who) prompted Odalys to find her authentic self.How you can do the same, from learning to talk to yourself to embracing the things that make up the unique and beautiful you.The reasons you need a supportive team at your back to become successful, even as an entrepreneur.Why being vulnerable and authentic makes people respond to you, your story, and what you do.Why Odalys never leads with accomplishments on her podcast. What she is doing (and getting ready to do!) to further her passion, goal, and community
50 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Just data with David Peterson (Founder, Tat2 Marketing Group)
All good tattoos start with a story. The same can be said for brands. For David Peterson, my guest this week, this idea was the inspiration behind his company, Tat2 Marketing Group. Together with his business partner Tammy and their crew, they help companies learn how to promote and share their stories.During our conversation, David shares his love of analytics and data. As the “left brain” of his partnership, he uses his passion for understanding why things work to get big results for his clients. He also offers tips to help you do the same, no matter your field of work.In this episode, you’ll hear:The cool entrepreneurial story behind Tat2 Marketing Group.How asking clients “Why?” helps him find the best angle for marketing that sees results.Why using and following the data is a critical, but often overlooked, part of marketing.Plus, how freelancers in any field can use this advice to improve their work.Why discovering what he sucked at helped David get into the work he does now.What we get wrong about the things that do or don’t make a person creative.Why building partnerships with people who are strong in your weaknesses can help you grow in business.How owning who you are can lead to wild success.And what we can learn about authenticity from kids.Tips for knowing when you need to structure your business better to empower growth.
61 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Better together with Weekend Creative/As Per Our Last Email
Whether they’re creating stunning product pics, hosting their podcast, or scheming to make new friends, Arabela and Elle of Weekend Creative are all about having fun. On their podcast Per Our Last Email, Arabela and Elle share crazy stories about freelancing, all while unwinding with a delicious cocktail. If you’ve done any freelance work, it’s a podcast that will leave you rolling and saying, “I thought it was just me!”They joined as my guests this week to talk about their uniquely cohesive partnership and how they’ve used it to build a powerful freelance business. Give this episode a listen to hear how you can do the same.In this episode, you’ll hear:How their different approaches to productivity complement each other, even when they might occasionally annoy the other person.The ways they each manage boundaries and prevent burnout.How Arabela and Elle met and started a business together, plus how they keep it working.Tips for finding and creating a successful freelance business partnership.Weekend Creative’s backstory, from names to first gigs.Why you should never let clients dictate schedules, prices, and other project details.The reasons there is no such thing as a [insert type of work] emergency.Per Our Last Email’s backstory, from coffee shop conversations to their favorite guests.Why sliding into DMs for business purposes is a big no-no.All about Arabela and Elle’s secret weapon.
58 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Talk legal to me with Nicole Swartz (Founder, Sprout Law)
Today, we welcome back Nicole Swartz of Sprout Law, an expert on everything trademark. She returns to answer many of the questions we got after her last episode, plus offers guidance on choosing the right business registration, checking for trademarks, and building a solid contract. The best part? It’s all focused on freelancers and small business owners so you can easily apply it to your work and business.Nicole joined us previously to share how trademark issues derailed her thriving skincare business. She has used her experience to help others avoid the same problems, becoming an expert on trademark law and shedding light on a hazy area of business. She gave us even more practical advice in this episode, so it’s truly a discussion you can’t miss.In this episode, you’ll hear:Why do so many freelancers and small business owners ignore the legal side of things until something bad happens.How to know when you need to get a trademark for your business, even if you offer services instead of products.The ingredients in a Trademark Sandwich™ and why it’s important to build it correctly.What the different business registrations involve, what they mean, and how to find the right option for you.The potential consequences of working in certain industries without liability protection, even if you’re just providing social media content or graphic design work.How to find out if your business name is trademarked, plus when you may need to get an attorney involved.What to do (and not do) if your brand name is the same or similar to a trademarked option.The two things to double-check when using a contract or contract template to protect yourself and your business.What kind of changes Nicole would make to the SBA to make a better world for freelancers.A sneak peek at what we’re doing behind the scenes at the Hectic Podcast and what we’re hoping to share with it.
42 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Jump with Adrianna Baros (Founder, Second Love Restoration)
Can she fix it? Yes, she can! Adrianna Baros offers furniture repairs and touch-ups, but that is only one of the many incredible skills she offers. She joins the podcast this week to share how she got involved with this craft and what it’s like to live such a wild, fun, and crazy life.Whether she’s plotting how to trade up from a pen to a Tesla or making barn doors for her home, Adrianna isn’t afraid to dive in and try something new. We all have something to learn from her do-it attitude and I’m so excited to share her story.In this episode, you’ll hear:About running such a unique business and the unconventional ways Adrianna connects with new customers.Her experiences with cars and motorcycles, including the plans she has for the Tesla she hopes to trade her way up to.How she knew college wasn’t the right fit and decided on what she wanted to do instead.The meaning behind her brand name, Second Love Restoration.About the beauty, she sees in her work, even in the mundane jobs.Where her drive to try new things and gain new knowledge comes from.Why you shouldn’t be afraid of taking risks and messing up anything you want to try in life.The easy way to start your own DIY projects at home.The advice Adrianna uses to grow her business, knowledge, and skills.Why being the only young woman she knows in her field will take her to the top.
45 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Incremental with Cognoscenti Creative
This week, you get to meet sister duo and creative powerhouse, Carly DeFilippo and Lauren DeFilippo Jackson. Together, they run Cognoscenti Creative, a small creative studio. Though entrepreneurship is in their blood, it definitely wasn’t their plan. Join us as Lauren and Carly share what led them to start a business together and how they developed the skills they use to wow clients. You’ll learn how they both moved incrementally from employment to freelancing and how this journey shapes their business today.In this episode, you’ll hear:Who Carly and Lauren are and how they complement each other in life and work.How they went from working and freelancing separately to starting Cognoscenti Creative together.What they learned from employment and how it empowers them to develop incredible brands.How they knew when it was time to focus on full-time independent work.About the group of female entrepreneurs that inspires, encourages and supports them on their journey.How they surround themselves with the right projects and clients.Why they aren’t a full-service agency - and why being transparent about that is essential.The problems with faking your strengths and hiding your weaknesses as a freelancer.Tips for succeeding and growing in 2022.Why starting their business was a step-by-step process and not a head-first dive into independent work.Show Notes: Cognoscenti Creative Carly DeFilippo Lauren DeFilippo Jackson
37 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
The dictator with Evy Lyons (CMO of Traackr)
Evy Lyons is a builder of brands, teams, and muscles. She has explored her personal brand over the past year, learning how to define what she cares about and stands for. As my guest this week, she shares what she’s discovered, her thoughts on autonomous creativity, and why she has recently focused on strength training.You’ll also get a peek at Evy’s new brand and how it is pushing her out of her comfort zone in the best way.In this episode, you’ll hear:Evy’s new tagline, along with what it means and how she came up with it.How she is refining her personal brand to better reflect her values and passions.Why it was so hard for her to start a personal blog despite years of experience as a writer.About the small steps she took in 2020 to understand where she wants to go in life.The differing approaches Evy and her husband have to leadership.New ways to think about professional hierarchies that offer more autonomy to ideas and actions.What is at the core of brands, particularly the ones that Evy builds in her work.An introduction to The Pleasant Box and how it came to be.How fighting against the feeling of being controlled helped her quit smoking and overcome her insecurities.Where and how you can join Evy’s garage gym workouts and strength training sessions.Show Notes: The Pleasant BoxEvy LyonsThe Score Takes Care of Itself
57 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Partnership with Alex Oh and Samuel Hilbert (Owners, Aluel Cellars)
Whether you are a sommelier or have just watched that one episode of Parks & Rec too many times, you’ll find a new winery to love in Aluel. Partners in both life and business, Alex Oh and Samuel Hilbert started this wine tasting room together and have seen it through many highs and lows, including COVID. Listen this week to hear how they met, what they’ve learned along the way, and why wine is so important to their story.In this episode, you’ll hear:How Alex and Samuel used foreign cuisine and languages to make up for a lack of traveling during the pandemic.The role wine has played in their relationship from the very first date.Why communication has been a key focus of their personal and business relationships.Their journey from working successful jobs individually to also opening a business together. The ways they balance each other out, from time management to the level of structure in their lives and work.Why celebrating the small milestones is just as important as achieving the big dream.How Alex and Samuel are working to make wine approachable and fun for everyone who comes through the door.Tips for building a partnership or team that benefits everyone involved.Their COVID experience and how it encouraged a level of fearlessness that empowers positive change.Which Aluel wines you should try and how you can order a few bottles for yourself.Show Notes: Aleul CellarsTasting RoomInstagram
53 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Rethink work with Megan Williams (Freelance content marketer)
When it comes to living a whole-hearted, well-rounded life as a freelancer, Megan Williams is the person you want by your side. From finding the best direction to take your business to understanding how your relationship with employment affects the way you treat work, she has so many aha! moments to share.In our episode this week, Megan shares what her employment experiences have taught her about work. She also discusses Black Freelance, the incredible community she is building to encourage more people of color to start freelancing. If you want to build a healthier relationship with your work and business, get ready to take notes!In this episode, you’ll hear:How big business thinking can help you raise your rates and decrease the time you work without increasing your stress.Why our job-focused culture is killing us - both literally and figuratively....and why minorities are affected the most by it.The reasons freelancers typically work so much harder than people who are employed.How evaluating the ways you as a boss treat yourself as an employee can help you create a healthier approach to and mindset about work.Why it’s okay to run from traditional employment if it’s not the right fit and what I learned when I did the same.What Megan loves about Hectic and the ways it supports freelancers.Her tips for creating an approach to healthcare that works for a freelance budget and empowers healthier living.Why passion spaces are a bad idea for freelancers and what you should pursue instead.The new interest she is excited to share with other freelancers.Show Notes: Blackfreelance.com Dying for a Paycheck
40 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Find your people with Dr. Sarah Moon (Clinical psychologist & DEI consultant)
To get an idea of who my guest is this week, you only need to look at her Instagram handle, @thequeerkoreanpsychologist. In her work, Dr. Sarah Moon helps immigrants, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community find ways to move from surviving to thriving in their lives. Today, she shares what led to this work and why it’s so important to her.In this episode, you’ll hear:Why it’s important to focus on processing big things like COVID-19 rather than trying to come up with an answer.The reasons so many in minority communities struggle with a survival, scarcity mindset.How this conversation related to my (Darryl’s) personal story.The first step that can take you from survival to healing and being grounded in your life.Which unrecognized stressors can lead to burnout for people in minority communities.And how you can find the time and energy to fight it.How awareness and knowledge are leading to important changes today.How understanding the positives and negatives of normalization can promote empathy and compassion.Tips for speaking up and challenging norms.How you can find more resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion work for your freelancing business. Show Notes: Dr. Sarah Moon's websiteFollow Dr. Sarah Moon on IG: @thequeerkoreanpsychologist
62 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Service mindset with Jessica Lawson (Food blogger & Life coach)
To kick off season 2 with a bang, I had the privilege of speaking with food extraordinaire, Jessica Lawson! In this episode, we chatted about everything from her years living in the Dominican Republic to her hatred of ketchup to the journey that led to her food blog. Most importantly, Jessica shares how her experiences equipped her to take it from a hobby to a business, even if she didn’t intend it. Give it a listen to hear how sharing pics of her food on Instagram turned into a thriving, growing brand (and how you can do it too). Plus, you’ll get a first look (listen?) at our brand new signature question.In this episode, you’ll hear:Jessica’s journey from a directionless college grad to a successful entrepreneur.About the incredible work, she did and continues to support in the Dominican Republic.The struggles she faced in the corporate world, even when everything was going right.Why this led to rock bottom and what she did to rise from it.How the pandemic prompted her venture into food blogging.What fuels her love of cooking and passion for sharing it.Tips for turning your hobby into an income-generating service.How to cook incredible food that makes you feel (physically AND mentally) as good as it tastes.Why you need to get rid of your grocery budget and diets in favor of beautiful, delicious food.And what future collaboration with Jessica you can look forward to!Show notes: Jessica Lawson — Big Delicious Life Allrecipes Cooks to followThefeedfeed.com
36 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Season one wrap with Michelle Lee and Darryl Kelly
As we wrap season one (can you believe we’re already here?!), we wanted to remember some of the best and most memorable moments of our first season as podcasters. We decided to change things up a bit, so you get to hear our lovely Marketing Coordinator, Michelle, interview me! Though this is the end of season one, we already have a ton of amazing guests scheduled for season two. We’ll also be releasing some more casual Saturday morning chats in the interim, so be sure to hit subscribe so you don’t miss out!Until season TWO, my friends, peace! or Cheers :-) In this episode, you’ll hear:How I’ve seen myself grow throughout this podcast and what I would say to episode one Darryl about this experience.Why I stopped saying “I love it” so much, even if I really do love it.About vulnerability and how it surprised me throughout this season.Which quote I keep going back to and what it taught me about the pandemic.The theme that ran through this season and what multiple guests taught us about discomfort.How these conversations helped me own my personal story and struggles.Which habit - positive, negative, or both - I think an aspiring freelancer should start or stop doing.Which episodes are my and Michelle’s favorites and why.What you have to look forward to in season two and our upcoming Saturday morning conversations.Why this podcast couldn’t exist without Michelle and our best wishes as she starts her maternity leave!
48 minutes | May 24, 2021
Next level with Jesse Iwuji (Naval officer, NASCAR driver, business owner)
When Jesse Iwuji has a dream, he already knows it’s guaranteed for the future - he just has to get there. Two-deployment Navy veteran, multiple-business-owner, and rising NASCAR driver, he has so much to share about determination and success. Join me this week to hear his advice and journey.As impressive as his story is, Jesse is already working toward the next big thing. From reaching the top level of NASCAR racing to joining Hollywood’s elite, he is a man with a plan. Our conversation explores his motivations and unique mindset, giving you a glimpse of the person behind the brand he’s built.In this episode, you’ll hear:How his parents used a foundation of personal responsibility to empower their kids to do great things.The secret to building a circle of influence that propels you to the dream you’re pursuing.Why believing that your vision is already accomplished in the future is key to achieving your goals.How to tell when you’ve outgrown your circle of influence and the best ways to move on without destroying relationships.Why staying humble and teachable can lead you to the knowledge and mentors you need to move ahead.What it means to be First, Only Different and how it has affected Jesse’s career.About the ways setbacks prepare you for success and set the stage for amazing comebacks.Why you should always be prepared for the next bout of adversity in your journey.The reasons Jesse doesn’t talk much about his many businesses and what other business owners can learn from it.Why problem solving is your first and only job as a freelancer or entrepreneur.
44 minutes | May 17, 2021
Time freedom with Brandon Fluharty (VP of Strategic Sales, LivePerson)
You may have never heard a kid say they want to be a salesperson when they grow up, but my guest this week is determined to change that. Brandon Fluharty dropped in to share his secrets to becoming a sales guru - and it all starts with becoming a good, grounded person.Once an aspiring World Cup soccer player, he uses what he learned as an athlete to develop a healthier approach to work and sales. This discussion will transform the way you tackle sales and help you feel better while you do it.In this episode, you’ll hear:Why Brandon is so passionate about sales and changing the negativity that surrounds it.No sales techniques and tactics. It’s about building connections, not a persona.His journey to killing it as a salesperson, even if he still sometimes struggles with imposter syndrome.What he learned from his time as a professional soccer player in Romania and how he applies it to his life now.A sneak peek of Be Focused, Live Great, Brandon and his wife’s upcoming project.How hustle culture caused a personal health crisis in 2011 and how this crisis prompted a critical change in his approach to life.About the importance of resting and conditioning as a professional.The benefits of having “flexipline” in your life and schedule.How following a Plan, Rest, Effort, and Reform structure can empower your best work.Why you should always pay yourself first both financially and with your time.
42 minutes | May 10, 2021
Vision with Jacqueline Corley (Founder and CEO, Tech Girls Code)
From the moment Jacqueline Corley’s parents brought home their first computer, she was hooked. Join us this week to hear about her experiences as a woman in tech, tips for finding the vision you were born with, and advice for finding the ways you can stand out in your field.As a published author, speaker, professor, coder, and podcast host, Jackie has so much to share as my guest this week.In this episode, you’ll hear:Her journey from a child intrigued by her first computer to a professor who helps others discover the magic of technology.Why it’s important to have more women in coding (it’s probably not what you think).About the power of perspective - and why your impact might be the missing piece to something great.How to know when you should look inward rather than search for the ideal mentor.Jackie’s attempts to run kicking and screaming from her inner vision....and why she never gave up on it.How you can differentiate yourself from other freelancers in your field.Why Jackie considers herself a 4x minority in her work and what that has taught her.Why her husband Travis is her biggest inspiration.Tips for focusing on the value, not cost, of your work.
45 minutes | May 3, 2021
Growing is knowing with Tennielle Clark (Podcast host and life coach)
My guest this week is Tennielle Clark, podcast host, life coach, mom, and gardener extraordinaire. In our raw conversation, she shares how she turned a period of deep tragedy into a starting point for success. And why it was only possible with the help of *gulp* therapy.Yep, we’re destroying that stigma too.Join us as we explore the importance of partnering with mental health professionals to move from just surviving to finding happiness in all areas of life. You’ll learn how you can grow and bloom in your space, wherever you want that to be.In this episode, you’ll hear:What Tennielle has learned from gardening and connecting with the earth.Why you should learn to stop, breathe, and put everything weighing on your mind onto a shelf for mental clarity and meaningful interactions.Her journey through hardship, loss, and growth, and how it led her to hosting a podcast that creates a safe space for other black women.How being uncomfortable, looking foolish, and sitting in the hard stuff can change your life.About the potential healing and opportunities, you can find through a therapist that just wants to see you thrive.The permission you need to find what you want in life.How The Plant with No Name helped her survive a horrible job experience.Why you should fail and fail hard.The difference between finding support that will hold you back and the yes people that will get you where you want to be.Why Tennielle would shout from pulpits and rooftops to tell you: “Please go to therapy!”
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