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Day in the Life of Katherine Pomerantz, Accountant & Money Mentor

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On today’s show, I have Katherine Pomerantz who is an accountant and money mentor for creative entrepreneurs living in Oklahoma.

Katherine and I met at the 2017 FinCon conference here in Dallas after sitting at the same table during the newcomer’s session. When we exchanged business cards, I knew I would eventually ask her to come onto the podcast, and lo and behold, I had an email from her the week following the conference asking about the exact same thing! It was meant to be.

During our conversation, we talk about how she went from being an actress to an accountant (not your normal transition, eh?), her daily routines that help her have a successful day, the most rewarding and stressful parts of being an accountant to entrepreneurs, and more!

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Katherine Pomerantz | Accountant & Money Mentor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Accountant? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

Katherine Pomerantz | Accountant & Money Mentor

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Katherine went from being an actress to an accountant.
  • What she wishes people knew about her career.
  • The daily routines she has that contributes to her having a successful day.
  • Advice she’d give to people who want to become an accountant.
  • The most stressful and rewarding parts about being an accountant for entrepreneurs.

Katherine is a bookkeeper and money mentor for creative entrepreneurs. She helps you grow from a stressed solopreneur into a strategic, money-savvy CEO of your own online empire. It’s her mission to demystify accounting and the jargon of big business so you can build the fun, fabulous business of your dreams.

Key takeaways from this episode

Being an accountant is the most fun I've ever had and I never thought I'd say that. - Katherine Pomerantz Click To Tweet
“All of my friends made plenty of money, they just didn’t know what to do with it.” – Katherine Pomerantz
If you have financial independence, you can quit a job you hate and move. - Katherine Pomerantz Click To Tweet
“Do you like going to Starbucks more or do you want a nicer house?” – Katherine Pomerantz
There are different types of spenders and savers. You're going to be naturally good at one or the other. - Katherine Pomerantz Click To Tweet
“I think too many business owners get too caught up in doing their taxes and they stress about it too much.” – Katherine Pomerantz
“Bookkeeping is how your money talks to you.” – Katherine Pomerantz
“You have to know what you’re spending money on.” – Katherine Pomerantz
“Money is not scary. You should be able to talk about it.” – Katherine Pomerantz

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Day in the Life of Rob Corrall, DJ + CEO of VOX DJs

On today’s show, I have Rob Corrall who is a DJ & CEO of Vox DJs located in Los Angeles, California.

I met Rob through a mutual friend where he DJed their wedding. My husband and I have been to over 30 weddings since we started dating in 2009 (yes, for real) so I’ve seen the spectrum of amazing DJs and ones that make you cringe. Rob was one of the best DJs I’ve seen and I knew I had to have him on the show!

Fun fact: I totally used to want to be a DJ. In high school, I was the go-to gal for making mean mix CD in my group of friends and always loved putting together playlists. Maybe one day I’ll live out my dream (or maybe I should keep my day job!).

We talk about what it’s like for him to be the CEO of Vox DJs as well as talk about a day in his life on a day when he has an event (it’s a long one, that’s for sure!)

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Rob Corrall | DJ & CEO of Vox DJs: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a DJ? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

Rob Corrall | DJ & CEO of Vox DJs

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Rob got started in the DJing industry.
  • One of his biggest struggles being a DJ.
  • How he stays energized throughout an event.
  • His favorite events to DJ at.
  • Questions you should be asking while interviewing DJs for your wedding or other events.
  • How he handles difficult brides, grooms, and other clients he works with.
  • What it’s like working alongside his wife at VOX DJs.
  • How he handles the exhausting hours of being a DJ as well as spending time with his wife and son.
  • Advice he would give to aspiring DJs.
  • Some of the craziest stories he’s experienced while DJing.

Rob was born and raised in England. While studying at the University of Manchester, he took a year to study abroad at UC Santa Barbara. During this year, he not only fell completely in love with California, but also fell in love with his wonderful wife Lara.

After graduating and spending a number of years traveling the world and living in different countries, Rob and Lara settled in Hermosa Beach California, and Rob begun DJing and working for VOX DJs. Fast forward 6 years, and Rob and Lara have a beautiful son, still love by the beach, and Rob is a partner at VOX DJs, while still DJing every weekend.

Key takeaways from this episode

I almost think he employed me to pick up his dry cleaning when that was my job at the start. - Rob Corrall Click To Tweet
“Music was always my thing, but I never DJed or done anything like it before I started working here.” – Rob Corrall
I never thought I'd be a wedding DJ. - Rob Corrall Click To Tweet
“I’m like addicted to my email, so I’m on my email before I go to bed, every moment, even as soon as I wake up.” – Rob Corrall
I pretty much only do the weddings just because they're more satisfying and rewarding. - Rob Corrall Click To Tweet
“It’s almost easier for us to teach someone from scratch how to DJ a wedding than if they’ve been doing it.” – Rob Corrall
“But as a business owner, I try to hire the right people and let them do their job.” – Rob Corrall
“The hardest thing is being able to completely go off the grid.” – Rob Corrall

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Day in the Life of Lauren Ade, Clinical Nurse Specialist

On today’s show, I have Lauren Ade who is a Clinical Nurse Specialist located in eastern Tennessee.

Lauren and I went to college together at Purdue and have stayed close friends ever since. We even took a trip to Ireland together!

I’ve always admired Lauren and her passion for working in the healthcare system. I had yet to have someone on the podcast that works in healthcare, so I knew I had to have her on!

We talk about how a clinical nurse specialist is different from other nursing roles, her thoughts on the current US policy on healthcare, advice she’d give for someone who wants to work in the healthcare industry, as well as how she stays organized and balances family time.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Lauren Ade | Clinical Nurse Specialist: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Clinical Nurse Specialist? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

Lauren Ade | Clinical Nurse Specialist

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • What a Clinical Nurse Specialist does and how their role is different from other nursing roles.
  • Her biggest struggle she has working in healthcare.
  • A moment she was really proud during her career.
  • Advice she would give to someone who wants to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Her thoughts on the current U.S. Healthcare policy and how it effects her job.
  • How she balances family time and her career.
  • What she wishes people knew about working in healthcare.

Lauren is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Knoxville, TN. She has been a registered nurse for 9 years, and has become passionate about improving the lives of people with chronic diseases, and heart failure specifically. She graduated with her MSN in December 2016, and now holds an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license in the state of Tennessee. Her goal is to improve patient outcomes by influencing nursing care on a system-level, as well as provide clinical expertise and guidance to nurses and patients.

Above everything else, she is a wife and a mom.

Key takeaways from this episode

“I was drawn to the Clinical Nurse Specialist role as a way to make a bigger impact on patient care and to improve the systems, policies, and processes in which patients are cared for.” – Lauren Ade
The overall goal for a Clinical Nurse Specialist is to improve patient outcomes by improving the systems that the hospitals or care systems use. - Lauren Ade Click To Tweet
“I found that I was really drawn to the data, evidence, and research regarding patient outcomes.” – Lauren Ade
You have to take care of your body. You can't treat it like garbage and then expect it to serve you well for the long term. - Lauren Ade Click To Tweet
“In order to be a good Clinical Nurse Specialist, you need to be really flexible and really comfortable in that gray area and that’s something I struggled with when I first started.” – Lauren Ade
Getting out of your comfort zone really helps you become better at your job. - Lauren Ade Click To Tweet

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Day in the Life of Andrew Crockford, Former U.S. Air Force Captain

On today’s show, I have Andrew Crockford who is a former U.S. Air Force Captain currently living in Los Angeles, California.

Andrew is married to one of my close friends from college and as I started talking about the podcast premise, she suggested I interview him since he spent time in the military and I jumped at the opportunity.

During this episode, Andrew and I talk about how he decided to go into the Air Force, the hardest and most rewarding aspects of working in the Air Force, what it’s really like to work in the Air Force, as well as what people misconceive and advice for people who want to go into the Air Force.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Andrew Crockford | Former U.S. Air Captain: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a U.S. Air Captain? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

Andrew Crockford | Former U.S. Air Force Captain

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Andrew decided to go into the Air Force.
  • The hardest part about working in the Air Force.
  • One of the most rewarding aspects.
  • How he handled being away from family for long periods of time.
  • What people misconceive about being in the Air Force.
  • Advice for someone who wants to join the Air Force.
  • All of the locations he was stationed and what his experience was like.
  • How he handled working with so many different personality types.
  • What it was like being a younger captain leading people older than he was.

U.S. Air Force trained leader who possesses a unique combination of global cross-functional team leadership experience and technical expertise in Information Systems. Capable communicator with a proven track record of on-time and under-budget project success coupled with top-notch customer-focused performance. An energetic and creative professional who gets excited about interacting with teams in collaborative and technically challenging environments and believes in mentoring junior managers and hands-on technicians.

Key takeaways from this episode

“Going to grad school wasn’t in my set plan of things to do right after undergrad.” – Andrew Crockford
When certain fires happen, those are automatically you're first priority. - Andrew Crockford Click To Tweet
“I almost never really felt a connection to the projects I worked on.” – Andrew Crockford
I'm just one of thousands of people who's touched a small piece of this enormous program that costs millions of dollars. - Andrew Crockford Click To Tweet
“99% boils down to getting to know your people.” – Andrew Crockford
A lot of people think that if you're in the Air Force that automatically means you're a pilot. The vast majority of people in the Air Force are not pilots. - Andrew Crockford Click To Tweet
“What motivates them, what kind of leader do you need to be for them to be an effective worker.” – Andrew Crockford
“If you get one bad leader in a position, it can ruin a whole department.” – Brittney Lynn

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Day in the Life of Jessica Freeman, Graphic & Web Designer

On today’s show, I have Jessica Freeman who is a Graphic & Web Designer located in Atlanta, GA.

Jess and I met via Twitter or Instagram (we can’t remember which!) and she was really one of my first online business buddies I made one I had started my business. I have so much to thank Jess for and I’m so happy to call her a friend.

During the episode, we chat about how early Jess starts her day (it’s EARLY), how she started Jess Creatives, what to do when people ask for refunds, scarcity mindset and how that negatively affects your business, how and why she uses YouTube to market her business, as well as have a lively debate on whether or not fountain drinks should have ice (you’re going to have to tune in to the end of the episode to find out where we stand!).

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Jessica Freeman | Graphic & Web Designer: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Graphic & Web Designer? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

Jessica Freeman | Graphic & Web Designer

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • Her tips for committing to getting up early.
  • The process her clients go through while working with her.
  • One thing people misconceive about being a graphic designer.
  • The best and most difficult things about working for yourself.
  • If she struggles with “turning off” as someone who works from home and how she winds down after a work day.
  • Advice people who want to work for themselves and budding graphic designers.
  • Her advice for how to deal with customers who ask for refunds.
  • How she uses YouTube to market her business and tips for people who want to start using YouTube.

Jessica Freeman is an award-winning graphic and web designer, helping service-based entrepreneurs create a brand that shines through every level of their business. Outside of designing, she also loves producing for her YouTube channel and podcast. Jess lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Aaron.

Key takeaways from this episode

Having an unanswered email drives me nuts. - @jesscreatives Click To Tweet
“Sometimes I have to say, that’s not what I would recommend but it’s their website at the end of the day.” – Jessica Freeman
Video is really great for connecting with people. - @jesscreatives Click To Tweet
“I want to know upfront if we’re going to be a good fit.” – Jessica Freeman
I think a lot of people think we're photoshop monkeys. - @jesscreatives Click To Tweet
“You can’t work from the scarcity mindset. Working out of that mindset will attract the wrong type of people to you”. – Brittney Lynn
“Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.” – Brittney Lynn
“At first it was super scary, I was really bad at it. I call those first 3 months of videos my awkward videos.” – Jessica Freeman (talking about YouTube)
“I think in the online world, sometimes people forget that there are actual people on the other side of the screen.”- Jessica Freeman
“Do you tell your plumber how to fix your sink?” – Jessica Freeman

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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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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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