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Day in the Life of Alli Hoff Kosik, Freelance Writer

On today’s show, I have Alli Hoff Kosik who is a freelance writer living in New York City.

I found Alli’s blog a few months ago while reading a Brit + Co article and quickly realized we had a lot in common. Alli started her freelancing career about a year after I started my business and I could really resonate with many of the struggles and successes that happen to you as someone who’s self-employed.

During the episode, we chat about what it was like for her to leave her dream job and work as a freelance writer, how she got started, advice for people who want to break into the freelance writing industry, how much she gets paid per article, and a whole lot more!

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Alli Hoff Kosik | Freelancer Writer: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Freelance Writer? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

Alli Hoff Kosik | Freelance Writer

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • What it was like for her to leave a dream job to work as a freelance writer.
  • How she got started as a freelance writer.
  • What she thinks people misconceive about being a freelance writer.
  • What makes a really good pitch.
  • Advice for people who want to bring into the freelance writing industry.
  • The price range she gets paid per article.
  • Her struggles with being a freelance writer and working for herself.
  • Her proudest moment thus far while being a freelance writer.
  • The one thing she’d stock up on if she found out it was no longer being sold.

In September 2016, Alli Hoff Kosik walked away from her what she thought was her dream job to pursue her love of writing professionally, with only a few contacts and a general idea of how to make that happen. Today, she is a full-time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire and on a variety of Web sites including Racked, Bustle, Brit + Co, Refinery29, and The Kitchn. You can also find Alli blogging at Finding Plan A. She is passionate about reading, running, rainbow sprinkles, her lipstick collection, watching embarrassing reality TV, and wandering her neighborhood listening to podcasts. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and (in her dreams, at least) three golden retriever puppies.

Key takeaways from this episode

I'm a rule follower. I played by the books my entire life. - Alli Hoff Kosik Click To Tweet
I think being in New York jumpstarted me and motivated me to meet with people more quickly. - Alli Hoff Kosik Click To Tweet
“About 90-95% of what I’m doing, I’m pitching myself and coming up with the idea”. – Alli Hoff Kosik
I think the biggest struggle with being a freelance writer is that you're both working for yourself and employed by many people. - Alli Hoff Kosik Click To Tweet
“I’m a creature of habit and I’m most successful working from home when I’m on more of a routine.” – Alli Hoff Kosik
“I have to be more forgiving of myself if I can’t always stick to my routine because it probably means I’m setting myself up for better work.” – Alli Hoff Kosik
“I have trouble being kind to myself.” – Alli Hoff Kosik

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Alli Hoff Kosik | Freelance Writer Alli Hoff Kosik | Freelance Writer

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Day in the Life of Elle Drouin, Product Stylist Photographer & Insta-Famous Pet Owner

On today’s show, I have Elle Drouin, Product Stylist Photographer & Insta-Famous Pet Owner, who is located in New York City.

Elle was one of my first business friends who I found on, you guessed it, Instagram. We’ve partnered together on several projects and hang in the same online business groups and she’s such a fun person to know!

Obviously, I had to have someone on that owns a Insta-famous pet because I know there’s a LOT of you out there that either 1) are really curious about this and want to start your own Instagram for your beloved pet or 2) are totally clueless about this world and are intrigued at learning more.

Elle and I chat about her background in finance and how it led her to start her own business, how she grew her dog Mochi’s Instagram account strategically, the weird requests she gets, and her biggest struggle she has managing both businesses.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Elle Drouin | Product Stylist Photographer & Insta-Famous Pet Owner: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Insta-famous pet owner? Listen to this Day in the Life podcast episode interviewing Elle Drouin to find out!

Ell Drouin | Product Stylist Photographer & Insta-Famous Pet Owner

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • Elle (and Mochi’s) morning routine.
  • Elle’s background in finance and how it led her to start her own business.
  • How & why she started Mochi’s Instagram account and how she grew it strategically.
  • How she determines what Mochi’s audience wants to see on Instagram.
  • Her advice for those who want to grow an Instagram account authentically.
  • Why she decided to start her own styled stock photography business.
  • If she feels pressure to make everything in her Instagram feed look perfect all of the time.
  • How she batches her project tasks and the tools she uses to stay organized.
  • Elle’s favorite partnership Mochi was a part of.
  • The weirdest request Elle’s gotten for a brand collaboration with Mochi.
  • How much does Mochi gets paid per sponsorship.
  • The biggest struggle she has running her business and Mochi’s account.
  • Which Bravo celebrity Mochi is most like.

Elle Drouin is the product stylist and photographer behind wonderfelle MEDIA. After several years working as a marketing director for fashion and beauty startups, Elle launched her business to focus on helping female entrepreneurs build brands that are as profitable as they are pretty. Elle currently runs the Styled Stock Society, a feminine stock photo membership, as well as works with individual clients to capture their style and brand through custom photography. Elle’s work has been featured on Refinery29, Mashable, InStyle, the TODAY Show and a number of other media outlets. She is based in NYC and loves exploring the city with her husband Zach and Instagram-famous dog @mochiandthecity.

Key takeaways from this episode

“I’m actually super left brained, analytical; I love numbers, spreadsheets, and data.” – Elle Drouin
The fastest way to grow your Instagram account is to give your followers what they want. - Elle Drouin Click To Tweet
“It wasn’t until Mochi had 10,000 followers that I thought I should start getting serious about this.” – Elle Drouin
Mochi does have bad hair days just like humans do. - Elle Drouin Click To Tweet
“To stand out in a sea of dogs of Instagram, it’s not enough to just post cute pictures. You really have to create a brand and personality around your pet.” – Elle Drouin
I'm not one that believes in balance in the traditional sense. - Elle Drouin Click To Tweet
“I find when I see everything I have to do, I get really overwhelmed, so to narrow it to 2-3 things I need to do on a daily basis make it easier for me to actually get things done.” – Elle Drouin

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Elle Drouin | Product Stylist Photographer & Insta-Famous Pet Owner Elle Drouin | Product Stylist Photographer & Insta-Famous Pet Owner

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Day in the Life of Andrew Brockenbush, CEO of a Web Design & Inbound Marketing Agency

On today’s show, I have Andrew Brockenbush, CEO of Beefy Marketing, which is a web design and inbound marketing agency previously based in Houston, but just recently moved to Nashville.

Andrew and I belong to the same mastermind and from the first meeting I had with him, I knew he was someone I wanted to know. Andrew journey to becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t the easiest, but I love how candid and honest he is during our conversation on how everything happens for a reason.

We chat about why he left a lucrative job at Apple to start his own business, how he manages and leads his team, how growing up in a low-income family has affected him as a business owner, and a whole lot more!

Andrew Brockenbush | CEO of a Web Design & Inbound Marketing Agency: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like as a CEO of a web design agency? Listen in to this Day in the Life episode interviewing Andrew Brockenbush to find out!

Andrew Brockenbush | CEO of a Web Design & Inbound Marketing Agency

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why he left a lucrative job at Apple to start his own business.
  • His recent lifestyle changes, why he decided to focus more on his health, why he outsourced these tasks.
  • Where he reads his emails (honestly).
  • How he prioritizes his tasks and the tools he uses to write his to-do lists.
  • Why he chooses to use yellow legal pads over white.
  • How he uses Evernote to stay on track.
  • How he manages and leads his team.
  • His biggest struggles being a CEO of a web design agency.
  • How growing up in a low-income family has affected him as a business owner.
  • The two moments he’s most proud of as a business owner.

Andrew Brockenbush is the founder and CEO of Beefy Marketing, an inbound marketing & web development company located in Houston, TX that works with companies in the B2B industry. Beefy Marketing focuses on growth driven design for small business owners to help them generate more leads from their website.

Beefy has worked with former Navy SEAL and author Marcus Luttrell of Team Never Quit and fitness expert Amanda Adams, as well as a variety of clients in the fitness, salon & spa, and local small business industries.

Andrew has been quoted in publications such as Forbes and Huffington Post.

Key takeaways from this episode

“Sometimes we need to hire an expert in our lives. Whether it be a marketer, writer, or even a personal trainer.” – Andrew Brockenbush
Many people don't use their email inbox as their task list, but it's a great way to manage tasks. - Andrew Brockenbush Click To Tweet
“If there’s something in my email inbox, it means I need to do something with it.” – Brittney Lynn
“I always try to take care of client needs first.” – Andrew Brockenbush
As a CEO, one of my most important tasks is business development. - Andrew Brockenbush Click To Tweet
“I don’t want to be a leader that’s so busy taking care of clients that I don’t take care of my employees.” – Andrew Brockenbush
How can I utilize the things in front of me to be successful? - Andrew Brockenbush Click To Tweet
“We’re not your typical web design company. We want to know what your goals are as a business owner so we can build a website that reflects that and helps you achieve those goals.” – Andrew Brockenbush
“I took a salary cut to hire a business partner.” – Andrew Brockenbush

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Andrew Brockenbush | CEO of a Web Design & Inbound Marketing Agency Andrew Brockenbush | CEO of a Web Design & Inbound Marketing Agency

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Day in the Life of Sarah Bruggeman, Pastry Chef

On today’s show, I have my good friend Sarah Bruggeman who is a Pastry Chef at Pangea Kitchen located in Evansville, Indiana.

Sarah and I went to high school together and we all knew that Sarah would go on to work in the restaurant industry in some way because she’s always had a passion for baking.

Sarah talks about how she got started in the restaurant industry and what led her to be a key person to starting and growing Pangea Kitchen to what it is today.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Sarah Bruggeman | Pasty Chef: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Pastry Chef? Listen in to this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interviewing Sarah Bruggeman to find out!

Sarah Bruggeman | Pastry Chef

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why Sarah decided to become a Pastry Chef.
  • How Sarah was approached by a new restaurant owner to run her own gelateria.
  • What her number 1 priority is every day when she goes to work.
  • How she prioritizes her to-dos as a pastry chef.
  • One thing that customers do that annoy people in the restaurant industry.
  • The difference between gelato, ice cream, and custard.
  • Where she gets inspiration for creating new pastries.
  • Her favorite and least favorite parts of working in the restaurant industry.
  • Her most stressful moments being a pastry chef.
  • How her favorite Real Housewife is.
  • Our favorite Netflix shows.
  • Sarah’s love of Celine Dion.
  • How to properly order a Vodka Cranberry.

What started out as a sweet tooth grew to a full-fledged career in the restaurant industry. Sarah has performed as head pastry chef at various restaurants in the southern Indiana area. Featured in multiple local publications and TV appearances, Sarah is currently renowned for her gelato and macarons at Pangea Kitchen. Outside of the gelateria, Sarah researches fervently into the latest works by her most innovative contemporaries while crafting ideas of her own.

Sarah resides in Evansville, IN dangerously close to a winery with her husband.

Key takeaways from this episode

I could go to the library and spend hours looking at recipe books. - Sarah Bruggeman Click To Tweet
“The first few months we were open, I lost 10 pounds.” – Sarah Bruggeman
“My number one priority is getting the pastry cases full for when we open at 11.” – Sarah Bruggeman
I'm very much a multi-tasker, I thrive on juggling multiple tasks. - Sarah Bruggeman Click To Tweet
“My lunch break consists of going to the office, sitting down for 10 min and talking about something work related.” – Sarah Bruggeman
“I’m really not good at sitting down and taking a lunch.” – Sarah Bruggeman
“The best part of my day is when I can just focus on baking.” – Sarah Bruggeman
“Working in the restaurant industry does take a toll on you. It’s fast-paced and you know right away if someone doesn’t like something.” – Sarah Bruggeman
If something goes wrong, even if I didn't do it, it's on me. That's very stressful. - Sarah Bruggeman Click To Tweet
“Sometimes I say yes to projects where I should say no.” – Sarah Bruggeman

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Sarah Bruggeman | Pasty Chef 

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Day in the Life of Jacob Breach, Speechwriter for the Dept of Defense

Jacob and I first met in college during our Purdue days and it’s been fascinating to see him grow in a career he’s so passionate about.

When I first started making a list of potential people to interview, Jacob was at the top of my list since his career as a Speechwriter for the Department of Defense is vastly different than mine (or anyone else I know!).

It’s a super fascinating conversation and I’m excited for you to tune in!

Jacob Breach | Speechwriter for the Dept of Defense: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Speechwriter for the Dept. of Defense? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interviewing Jacob Breach to find out!

Jacob Breach | Speechwriter for the Dept of Defense

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • How Jake got into working for the government.
  • How he fell into his current role being a Speechwriter for the Dept. of Defense.
  • His tips on becoming a better writer.
  • How he starts his day and what websites he first checks in the morning.
  • The difference between working in politics and working for the government.
  • His thoughts on political dramas on tv and how accurate it is to real life.
  • One of his biggest struggles working for the government.
  • Resources he pulls from to help him start to create the pieces he’s writing
  • What he thinks people misconceive about working in the government and a speechwriter.
  • The time he felt most intimidated while working in the government.
  • The importance of communication skills in our world today.

Jacob Breach is the speechwriter to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a national security professional and public affairs officer with the U.S. Department of Defense. He has written for two directors, Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, USA, and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, USMC. Previously, he served as a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House, on the personal staff of a Member of Congress, and with the Department of State. He is a photographer in his spare time.

Jacob’s speeches have been delivered around the world, and have covered topics as diverse as geopolitics, security challenges, technological and organizational adaptation, mentorship, and lessons from American history. At the White House, Jacob served as a staff officer and editor for the National Security Advisor and the President of the United States, reviewing briefing memos, directives, and reports to Congress. He managed the briefing paper process for presidential trips to Jamaica, Panama, and France.

Jacob earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University with majors in Political Science and History. His graduate thesis was a historical comparative study of the early 20th and 21st Centuries to forecast possible emerging threats to the United States and develop strategic warning indicators for conflict.

Previously, Jacob worked for the House of Representatives with Congressman Joe Heck. He began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2011 and served on the National Security Council staff from 2014-2015.

Jacob is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Theta Tau Fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. He is also an alumnus of the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Jacob is an Eagle Scout as well.

Key takeaways from this episode

“No assignment I work on is ever the same.” – Jacob Breach
I do thrive on getting to work on new and exciting projects. - Jacob Breach Click To Tweet
“There is an exhilaration of having to turn something around really fast. The pressure can be exciting.” – Jacob Breach

Sometimes the urgent drowns out the important. - Jacob Breach Click To Tweet
“Our job is to execute the government’s policies and not think about politics at all.” – Jacob Breach

“I like to view my job as contributing to protecting the people of the United States and protecting our national interests.” – Jacob Breach

“A speech is a story. It’s starting at one point and getting your audience to another point and getting them to accept your premise along the way.” – Jacob Breach

“At the end of the day, our customers are citizens of the United States. We’re trying to keep this country safe.” – Jacob Breach

“There’s a lot of people in D.C. and around the world who are just trying to keep this country safe and so that we can live our lives free.” – Jacob Breach

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Day in the Life of Katie Hunt, Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp

Katie Hunt of Tradeshow Bootcamp was one of my first PR clients that I started working with late last year and I’m so honored to be a part of her incredible team.

If you aren’t familiar Katie, Tradeshow Bootcamp offers educational workshops (both online and in person!) to creative entrepreneurs who want to learn how to sell wholesale, exhibit at tradeshows, and learn about a variety of business topics.

She’s coached over 700 brands, some of who have products in Anthropologie, Hallmark, Target, and more. The TSBC alumni community and the support they have for one another is exceptional and I feel super lucky to get to be a part of it.

P.S. Katie just launched Paper Camp+ On-Demand, an online program to help you streamline, systematize, and scale your business. Definitely check it out if you’re a creative entrepreneur!

Katie Hunt | Founder Tradeshow Bootcamp | Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for Katie Hunt, the Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp? Now’s your chance! Tune in this episode Day in the Life podcast to find out what a day is like for Katie Hunt!

Katie Hunt | Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why she doesn’t schedule meetings before 10am.
  • How her and her husband tag team the mornings.
  • What she prioritizes on her to-do list.
  • Her experience in her corporate job in the law industry and the transition working as a creative entrepreneur.
  • How Tradeshow Bootcamp came to be and what motivated her to start this business.
  • The moment she felt ready enough to finally leave her full-time corporate job and take her business full-time.
  • Why she doesn’t outsource her social media management for the TSBC brand.
  • One of her biggest struggles she’s had running a business and being an entrepreneur.
  • Her fears about outsourcing and hiring a team.
  • What she asks her kids every day and why it’s one of her favorite part of her days.
  • A big misconception people have about being an entrepreneur.
  • Decision fatigue and how it affects you as a business owner.
  • What she’s the proudest of from building TSBC.

Katie Hunt is the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp, a business strategist, and mentor to creative entrepreneurs. She’s connected hundreds of creative entrepreneurs through her in-person conference Paper Camp and online courses she offers.

She is a firm believer in professional development, surrounding yourself with community and pushing ‘go’ even when you might not feel 100% ready.

Earlier this year Katie also launched her podcast, Proof To Product, which debuted at #19 on iTunes in the Arts category and most recently hit 50K downloads since its launch in May. Proof to Product takes listeners behind the scenes of growing a product-based business. Guests share their successes, struggles and how they’ve made difficult but important transitions in their business to continue growing.

Katie has taught classes for CreativeLive, The Savvy Experience, Seanwes Conference, Be Sage Conference, Unique Camp, and Makers Nation. She frequently speaks about strategies for creating a product line, selling wholesale, business planning and the importance of community for entrepreneurs.

Key takeaways from this episode

Recognizing that I needed help was one of the biggest struggles I had while growing @Tradeshowcamp. - Katie Hunt Click To Tweet

“In the entrepreneur world, we’re so quick to be hard on ourselves and not give ourselves enough grace.” – Katie Hunt

We're so quick to point the flaws instead of our successes. - Katie Hunt of @tradeshowcamp Click To Tweet

“We’ve got people selling in Anthropologie, Target, & Paper Source.” – Katie Hunt

“We’re all small businesses, we all face the same challenges.” – Katie Hunt

“I view social media and email marketing as a conversation with my audience.” – Katie Hunt

“The minute I hired my first person, my world opened. My business grew, my revenue grew. It was astounding.” – Katie Hunt

A misconception people have about being an entrepreneur is that it's easy. - Katie Hunt of @tradeshowcamp Click To Tweet

“I love the work I do. I have a purpose. I’m making an impact. I feel rewarded as a person. But being an entrepreneur is hard.” – Katie Hunt

“We need to be more forgiving if we don’t get all of the things done.” – Katie Hunt

“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be an overnight success and that’s exhausting.” – Katie Hunt

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Day in the Life of Kali Rogers, CEO Blush Online Life Coaching

Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Online Life Coach? Now’s your chance!

Kali Rogers of Blush Online Life Coaching was one of my first business BFFs and now good friend and client.

Kali’s story of how she started her business is so inspiring to me and I love her witty personality and generous demeanor. She’s helped me have a lot of business breakthroughs and I feel so fortunate to call her a friend.

In addition to chatting about how she started Blush, we of course chat about a typical day in her life. She doesn’t stick to the traditional entrepreneur mindset of getting up at 5 am, which is a refreshing revelation as many people assume to run a successful business you have to be a morning person.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Kali Rogers | CEO Blush Online Life Coaching: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a life coach? Tune in to this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out what a day is like for Kali Rogers!

Kali Rogers | CEO Blush Online Life Coaching

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why she’s not a morning person and why she gave up coffee for good.
  • How Blush came to be and how she pitched herself to a big company (and failed).
  • How Blush works and who it’s for.
  • What Kali thinks people misconceive about being a life coach.
  • What the difference between life coaching and counseling is and the stigmas behind each.
  • Why Kali hates having her day completely planned out ahead of time and why setting intentions work best for her.
  • Why Kali doesn’t formally “exercise” and walks instead.

Kali Rogers is the Founder and Janitor of Blush Online Life Coaching. She and her team of master’s level coaches help females from around the globe get over their quarter-life crisis, grow their self-confidence, get over nasty breakups, and work on bettering their relationships all via video conference for only $79/mo.

She is also the author of “Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your 20’s” and has been featured on Bustle, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Elite Daily, and Thought Catalog. Kali attended The University of Texas at Austin where she studied psychology and grew accustomed to butting her nose into other’s problems while living in a house of 40 other girls.

From there, she attended SMU in Dallas where she received her M.S. in counseling. Kali now resides in Los Angeles, California where she likes to walk around Beverly Hills and wave at the pretty houses, watch reruns of The Office and Parks and Rec (Leslie Knope is her hero), and attempt to make healthy meals in her bruised-up kitchen.

Key takeaways from this episode

“People were experiencing high burnout, people are quitting left and right, they’re having breakdowns, because of course they’re having breakdowns. They have no emotional support and they’re being worked to the bone in an industry they probably didn’t set out to work in.” – Kali Rogers

With that amazing culture, you've also created a monster. - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“When I wake up and my day is already structured, I can feel my throat closing up.” – Kali Rogers

I've always been more concerned with the authenticity behind it, and I don't produce good work if it's forced. - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“What matters at the end of the day is finding a process that works best for yourself.” – Brittney Lynn

You have to develop thick skin. I sometimes feel like a black sheep for my age and what I'm doing. - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“I don’t want to work 80 hours a week on my own business, that’s going to make me hate it.” – Brittney Lynn

Should I be doing more and if I were doing more would I be more successful? - Kali Rogers Click To Tweet

“The whole point of being your own boss is knowing you aren’t going to get fired for not working 40 hours that week.” – Kali Rogers

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Day in the Life of Jacqueline Sutherland, Counterterrorism Expert & Senior Security Analyst

Welcome to the second episode of the Day in the Life podcast!

In today’s show, I talk with Jacqueline Sutherland who works for The Chertoff Group. Jacqueline is a Senior Security Analyst who has extensive knowledge in counterterrorism.

Jacqueline’s career couldn’t be more different than mine and it was incredibly insightful to learn about her experiences studying abroad and a day in her life is like.

Jacqueline Sutherland | Counterterrorism Expert & Senior Security Analyst | Learn what a day in the life is like for counterterrorism expert and Senior Security Analyst Jacqueline Sutherland is like!

 

Jacqueline Sutherland – Counterterrorism Expert & Senior Security Analyst

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • How her family reacted when she decided to study abroad in Istanbul in 2012.
  • What it was like going to school amidst protestors who were getting tear gassed and water-bombed, and having to crawl through a window just to get to an exam.
  • What the counterculture shock was like after getting back to the States.
  • The first thing she does when she gets up in the morning that changed her life.
  • Her thoughts on the huge DDOS attack that happened earlier in 2017.
  • Where to start when you’re figuring out what to do when a huge cyber attack happens.
  • What it’s like working for the government on counterterrorism efforts vs. working for private companies.
  • How she stays organized in the midst of having a schedule that can change within minutes.
  • Why employing a younger generation is so important to the counterterrorism industry.
  • How she established credibility with older generations / with new clients when she was just starting out.
  • Advice for anyone who wants to get into the counterterrorism industry.
  • How she got her first BBC news interview.
  • How she turns her brain off at night after a long day working in a chaotic environment.
  • Her thoughts on the current state of affairs and what she thinks the US should be doing to fight against terrorism right now in 2017.

Jacqueline currently serves as a Senior Security Analyst at The Chertoff Group, a premier security and risk management firm, where she works to advise Fortune 500 clients on how to best assess, mitigate, and monitor risks related to terrorism, cyber breaches, fraud, border protection, and supply-chain issues.

In addition to her work at The Chertoff Group, Jacqueline is the Terrorism & Asymmetric Warfare Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), through which she has published in The Hill, The Huffington Post, The National Interest, Real Clear Defense, and Real Clear World. She also serves as a non-resident Counterterrorism Fellow at the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation, where she has been interviewed as a counterterrorism expert on the BBC, NBC, Fox, and CTV News, and has authored numerous reports in the aftermath of terrorist attacks that have been used to brief high-ranking officials in government, military and law enforcement. In April 2016, Jacqueline was invited to present her research at a conference hosted by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), where she briefed cadets, CTC staff, and experts in the field on terrorist propaganda and recruiting methods.

Jacqueline holds a Master of Science (MSc) with highest honors (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wake Forest University, where she served as the President of the Student Body.

Key takeaways from this episode

It's all that much more important for me to enjoy life, knowing how fragile it is and how random it can be for it to end. - Jacqueline Sutherland Click To Tweet

“With terrorism, social media and understanding radicalization via social media is a brand new thing. Now it’s such a huge portion of understanding ISIS, recruitment, and ISIS radicalization”. – Jacqueline Sutherland

The last thing that these susceptible sympathizers are wanting is to be hearing from the United States why they are wrong, that's not going to be a credible source for them. - Jacqueline Sutherland Click To Tweet

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Day in the Life of Tonya Dalton, Productivity Expert & Founder of inkWELL Press

Welcome to the first every Day in the Life podcast episode! I can’t believe it, it’s finally here.

If you’re new around here, welcome! I’m thrilled that you’re here.

This first episode was released simultaneously with two other episodes (you can check those out here and here) to give you brand new listeners a reason to binge on the show and to hopefully get addicted.

So, onto today’s guest…Tonya Dalton from inkWELL Press!

Tonya and I started working together earlier in 2017 and we immediately hit it off. I love the inkWELL Press mission and core values and I just ordered my first liveWELL planner that I’m so excited to implement for 2018.

I admire Tonya not only as a business owner but as a person and parent as well and I know you guys will get a lot of value from her episode.

Can’t wait to hear what you think and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes!

Tonya Dalton | Productivity Expert & Founder of inkWELL Press | Learn what a day in the life is like for productivity expert and founder of inkWELL Press is like!

Tonya Dalton | Productivity Expert & Founder of inkWELL Press

Show notes

In today’s show, you’ll learn:

  • Why Tonya doesn’t check email first thing in the morning or in bed at night.
  • The time of day Tonya is most productive.
  • Why spending time with her kids in the morning is important to her.
  • How to give yourself more whitespace in your life.
  • How she structures her to do list and make it achievable.
  • Her thoughts on work-life balance and why it doesn’t exist.
  • The struggles she has being a parent and being a business owner.
  • What she’s felt guilty about while being a parent.
  • How she co-works with her children.
  • Her tips on using a planner to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  • How to consolidate multiple digital calendars for work, school, and personal.

Tonya Dalton is a productivity expert who started her first business in 2009 working out of her dining room juggling two small kids. By 2011, she had grown the business to the point where her husband could leave corporate America and come work with her. By combining her entrepreneurial spirit with his MBA and marketing experience, they were able to grow a small niche business quickly into something that could support their family.

The company continued to flourish, but something was missing. In the summer of 2014 she closed up shop to follow her true passion of starting inkWELL Press – a company centered around productivity tools and training. inkWELL Press launched in November of 2014 and has been able to rapidly grow its online presence and expand into a national retail partnership thanks to a commitment to quality, focused marketing efforts and fiercely loyal fans. Recently Tonya launched her podcast, Productivity Paradox, which debuted at #12 in iTunes in the Business category and surpassed 100,000 downloads in the first few months.

Tonya believes that too many women feel overwhelmed with all that they have to do each day, and many times their own dreams get pushed aside – she helps women use productivity to pursue their big goals and end each day feeling satisfied and successful.

Key takeaways from this episode

“Emails are other people’s priorities and divert our attention from what we really want to do.” – Tonya Dalton

“People vastly undervalue the beauty of whitespace in their life.” – Tonya Dalton

There is no one size fits all system for productivity. - Tonya Dalton, of @inkwellpress on the Day in the Life podcast. Click To Tweet

“You don’t have to work so hard every single day.” – Tonya Dalton

“Balance is bogus. There is no balance.” – Tonya Dalton

There's no need to struggle alone. - Tonya Dalton, of @inkwellpress Click To Tweet

“Productivity is not about getting more things done. It’s about living with intention.” – Tonya Dalton

“Busy does not mean happy. Busy means you’re doing too much.” – Tonya Dalton

You need to give yourself a little more grace. And by a little, I mean a lot more grace. - Tonya Dalton Click To Tweet

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