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Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Impossible Things Before Breakfast

By Cara and Scott Nava
The Impossible Things Before Breakfast is unfiltered business and self improvement podcast intended to inspire entrepreneurs, creative professionals and people who want to invest in their personal and professional development.

Everyone wants to live their best life and we are here to offer inspiring stories, wellness and education resources to help you visualize and achieve what seems to be impossible.

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Tackling Mental Clutter : Three Steps to Tidying Up Internally

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Change Making and Activism: Interview with Bushra Amiwala
About This Episode: We are kicking off international women’s month with a very special guest. We are interviewing Bushra Amiwala, the youngest Muslim elected official in the United States who gained national attention in 2018 at age 19, running against a 16-year incumbent to serve on the Cook County Board of Commissioners 13th District. In this episode, we explore her experience running a campaign while in college, lessons she’s learned while serving on the Board of Education and  representation of women in technology.  Special Guest Bio: At the age of 19, she announced her candidacy for the Cook County Board of Commissioners, with the goal to serve  as a voice for her underrepresented generation and other marginalized communities. Her campaign has been covered nationally by outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times,Teen Vogue, and landing her on the cover of TIME magazine. Bushra recently went down in the Chicago History Museum as the Youngest Muslim Elected in the United States. Her leadership has extended far beyond her campaign as she’s inspired countless others to increase their civic participation. As a result, she’s been named Glamour magazine’s College Woman of the Year, Seventeen magazine’s Voice of the Year, and internationally as CosmoGirl’s Change Maker of the Year. Bushra was awarded the Public Peace Ambassador award sponsored by the United Nations, and has been named as one of the 18 people to remember from 2018. In addition to these awards, Bushra is the subject of an original PBS documentary called And She Could be Next, the female candidate on Amazon’s RUN the Series, is currently filming for a Hulu documentary and she has made hundreds of TV and radio appearances, including outlets such as Fox, NPR, ABC, and PBS. Bushra has spoken at countless colleges and universities, organizations and international companies, with live audiences ranging from 25 to 15,000 people. She is recent graduate from DePaul University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO), GenerationVote, Women Empowering Women in Illinois Legislation (WeWill) and SheVotesIL. She holds her elected seat on the Skokie Board of Education, as its youngest member. To learn more about Bushra: Website: https://bushraamiwala.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bushraamiwala/?hl=en
18:55
March 1, 2021
Perseverance + Passion: Behind the Ines Di Santo Brand
In this episode, we interview Veronica Di Santo, Managing Partner of one of our favorite bridal designers, Ines Di Santo. Ines Di Santo is an internationally renowned bridal gown and evening wear designer.  Inspired by her upbringing in Buenos Aires, Ines connected to the romance of the art world as a young woman and went on to study fine art and design in Argentina and Italy. During the interview, Veronica is sharing the inspiring origin story behind Ines Di Santo and how gratitude for the “little gifts” led her to launching her first sold out collection. Special Guest Bio: Born in Toronto and blessed to grow up in an atelier, Veronica has worked alongside her mother, Ines Di Santo, since the tender age of five. She joined the business in her own right in 1998, expanding the Ines Di Santo brand to become one of the fastest-growing luxury bridal companies in North America. As both her mother’s business partner and her daughter, Veronica remains her most trusted critic and adoring fan. With Ines running the design room and Veronica as Managing Partner, the duo’s commitment allows them to play on their strengths and continuously grow the Ines Di Santo brand philosophy To learn more about Ines DiSanto, visit: Website: https://www.inesdisanto.com/ IG: @inesdisanto Follow Us on Instagram @impossiblethingspodcast If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @impossiblethingspodcast podcast and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts https://lovethepodcast.com/impossiblethings
28:40
January 19, 2021
Tackling Mental Clutter : Three Steps to Tidying Up Internally
In our second episode of Season 2, we interview Erinne Brown of Live Well with Erinne. She is a coach and well-being advocate. And this past summer, we interviewed her on the topic of Emotional De-shedding in light of the Racial Reckoning. It goes without saying that 2020 was a year that taught us so many lessons, brought more gratitude and more insight for the future. And while,  as we learned the last year,  cannot control the future, there are some parts of our lives that we can manage in a way that leads us to the life that we want. In this episode, we are exploring Erinne’s three steps to tackling mental clutter so you can attain your goals and desires. About Our Special Guest: Erinne is a wellness coach who guides overachieving women on their journey to reclaim their wellbeing. She believes in the importance of developing deep awareness for what one's mind, body and soul needs, and feeling empowered to take action to serve those needs. By coaching her clients through holistic lifestyle changes and mastering their everyday habits, they find the inner resources to show up as the best version of themselves. Erinne's wellness journey started after she experienced burnout from her career in management consulting, which left her searching for answers on how she can be ambitious and successful, without sacrificing her physical and emotional wellbeing. As Erinne found fulfillment in the changes she was making in her life, she decided to get her certifications as a Health coach and Life coach to help other women who had a similar struggle. She launched Live Well with Erinne, and is now coaching clients 1-on-1, in groups and leading workshops to help others step into a new normal of wellbeing. To learn more about Erinne Brown: Website: www.livewellwitherinne.com IG: www.instagram.com/livewellwitherinne @livewellwitherinne Follow us on Instagram  @impossiblethingspodcast If you loved this episode, please leave us a 5 star review: https://lovethepodcast.com/impossiblethings Also, share with your friends and tag @livewellwitherinne  and @impossiblethingspodcast and let us know how you plan to practice emotional wellbeing. Everybody needs a cheerleader, right? We’ll be there rooting you on!
28:58
January 12, 2021
Simple Ways to Keep Your Home and Workspace Clutter Free 
Happy New Year!!! In our first episode of 2021, we are interviewing Eryn Donaldson, founder of The Model Home, full-service professional organizing company. More than home organization and unpacking company, The Model Home’s mission is to help change the homes and lives of their clients with long-term solutions. So many of us are spending more time and home, making workspaces all over the home and she is going to offer her expert advice on how to maintain your space and eliminate clutter.  About Eryn Donaldson  Eryn Donaldson is a Maryland native who attended Auburn University in Alabama and currently calls Washington D.C. home – although most of her time is spent traveling for work. Before founding The Model Home, Eryn was thriving at work but quickly realized that traditional corporate jobs were not for her. It was not until she took up the task of organizing her parent’s garage that she realized transforming spaces for functional efficiency and curating aesthetically pleasing spaces was her forté. In 2017 Eryn dove in and created her own business that now serves over five areas across the country and is continuously growing.   To learn more about The Model Home, visit them at:  Website: https://www.themodelhm.com/  IG:  @themodelhm https://www.instagram.com/themodelhm/ If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @impossiblethingspodcast https://www.instagram.com/impossiblethingspodcast/ and review us: https://lovethepodcast.com/impossiblethings. Need help organizing your digital content for social media? To purchase our Ultimate Social Media Organizer, use our discount code IMPOSSIBLETHINGS2021: https://carascophoto.podia.com/2021-social-media-organizer
25:60
January 8, 2021
Redefining Beauty: How to Feel Beautiful from the Inside Out
In this episode, we interview Aga Rhodes, a Chicago-based professional makeup artist and global educator with 20 years of experience working with a diverse clientele from celebrities, brides within her company Bridal by Aga to commercial clients through her affiliate brand, Makeup by Aga. For anyone that knows Aga and follows her on social media, you’ll quickly learn that she is committed to a positive energy work and wellness.  And in this episode, we are talking through her experience as an artist and entrepreneur as well as touching on the very subjective idea of beauty and how we can all work toward feeling good from the inside out. Guest Speaker Bio: Aga Rhodes is a Chicago-based professional makeup artist and global educator with 20 years of experience, and a love for art, color, light, and texture. Aga’s signature look of timeless, classic beauty has earned her an impressive bridal following. She has helped hundreds of brides look and feel dreamy and picture-perfect on their special day. Aga's impeccable eye for detail, flawless artistry, airbrush expertise, and poise set her apart as one of the best in the industry. Her work has been featured in countless online publications—Vera Wang, Inside Weddings, Carats & Cake—and has graced the pages of magazines such as Modern Luxury Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and Chicago Style Weddings. To learn more about Aga Rhodes: Bridal Website: https://www.bridalbyaga.com/ Commercial Website: https://www.makeupbyaga.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bridalbyaga/ https://www.instagram.com/makeupbyagarhodes/
37:17
November 17, 2020
Closing the Gender Gap in Technology
In this episode, we are interviewing Julie Novak, CEO and co-founder of PartySlate a content-rich marketplace that inspires people planning events and connects them with the leading event companies across the country and the world -- all in one place. She shares her experience of co-founding a tech company, the difficulties for female mobilization in venture capital, and the importance of keeping a resilient attitude. Special Guest Information: Julie is the CEO and Co-Founder of PartySlate, a Houzz-like website where leading event professionals share their work, build their brand and drive leads. Before founding PartySlate, Julie held executive positions at top-tier digital agencies such as Razorfish, Vibes Mobile, and Agency.com. With over 20 years of digital marketing experience with some of the biggest brands in the world, Julie is excited to bring this expertise to the events industry. Julie received an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan To learn more about our special guest: Website: https://www.partyslate.com/ IG: @partyslate https://www.instagram.com/partyslate/ If you loved this episode, we would love if you gave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcast via the link below: https://lovethepodcast.com/impossiblethings
38:06
November 6, 2020
Sneak Peek of Interview with Julie Novak, Founder of PartySlate
Next week, we are releasing our interview with @julierothnovack, CEO and co-founder of @PartySlate a content-rich marketplace that inspires people planning events and connects them with the leading event companies across the country and the world -- all in one place. Special Guest Information: Julie is the CEO and Co-Founder of PartySlate, a Houzz-like website where leading event professionals share their work, build their brand and drive leads. Before founding PartySlate, Julie held executive positions at top-tier digital agencies such as Razorfish, Vibes Mobile, and Agency.com. With over 20 years of digital marketing experience with some of the biggest brands in the world, Julie is excited to bring this expertise to the events industry. Julie received an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan Website: https://www.partyslate.com/ IG: @partyslate https://www.instagram.com/partyslate/ To follow us on the Gram, visit: https://www.instagram.com/impossiblethingspodcast/
00:21
October 30, 2020
Interview with High-minded Events: Setting a Higher Standard for Cannabis Concentrated Affairs
In this episode, we are interviewing Phil Cooper, founder of High-minded Events which is a luxury event planning service that educates clients and their guests on responsible cannabis consumption for an elevated, infused event experience, sophisticated, cannabis-concentrated affairs and provide full-service Cannabis Bars, Virtual Reality, Sound, Projection, and Interactive Activities. Special Guest Information: From sandcastles to scenic designs for Jennifer Hudson and Keith Urban, Phil has spent a lifetime building beautiful moments for others to enjoy. This need to create is what drives him to lead creative teams and tell brand stories through incredible live event experiences ranging from engaging dinners to corporate programs for thousands. To learn more about High-minded Events, visit them at: Website: https://www.highmindedevents.com/ IG:  @highmindedevents https://www.instagram.com/highmindedevents/ If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @impossiblethingspodcast podcast and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts https://lovethepodcast.com/impossiblethings
43:05
October 20, 2020
Planning out your Pinterest Long Term Marketing Strategy
For those of you who think Pinterest is dead, think again. With over 40 million viewers on the platform, Pinterest is great for driving traffic and sales. We’ve tapped Marketing Strategist, Kara Brodhecker on her tips for optimize your Pinterest profile for better engagement and maximum exposure for your online brand. This is a must listen for anyone offering creative services or products. Kara Brodhecker owner and lead destination wedding planner of Love at First Travel - a destination wedding travel company that helps Canadian couples plan their weddings in sunny locations like Jamaica or Mexico. When COVID hit, she quickly pivoted into offering done-for-you marketing services and quickly specialized in what worked best for her own wedding business which is Pinterest! Kara offers “done for you” marketing services for wedding (and event) pros so they can focus less on marketing and more on making money. To learn more about Kara Brodhecker, visit her at: Website: https://karabrodhecker.com/instagram/ IG:  https://www.instagram.com/karabrodhecker/ If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @impossiblethingspodcast podcast and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts https://lovethepodcast.com/impossiblethings
47:47
October 20, 2020
Beyond the Runway: Creating Transparency in the Modeling Industry
In this 9th episode, Cara Nava interviews Marie P. Anderson, model industry expert, author, public speaker  and co-founder of Boss Babe Models.  Anderson has over three decades of experience with the top model agencies around the globe. We explore the “roses and the thorns” of her experiences ranging from haute couture photo shoots for Vogue Magazine, working with Valentino himself in Rome to being a pioneer in seeking industry reform and advocacy for models long before the #MeToo movement. In this episode, we discuss Marie’s fight against sexual impropriety, the ever-changing model industry landscape and the importance of advocacy and improved work culture for women and models at large. **Please note that our conversation may be sensitive to some listeners and we advise you to review the trigger warnings below to decide where or not you are comfortable listening.** Trigger warnings: Sexual Assault against minors Eating Disorders Threats of Violence Suicide Special Guest Information: After over 30 years of scouting and placing models with top agencies and later starting her own agency (which she later sold to Ford Models), Marie was ready to change the game. She was tired of seeing confident young models be scammed by multiple agents and other industry creatives by the harsh industry standards that said, “you’re not good enough.” Through her courses and private coaching, Marie shows aspiring models how to build a successful modeling career without compromising their values. She provides coaching in all areas of their careers including personal branding, mentorship, portfolio prep, agency recommendations and placement. Today Marie P. Anderson is a mother agent, is a black belt in Shidokan Karate and teaches women’s’ self-defense.  To learn more about Marie P. Anderson, visit her at: Website:  https://www.bossbabemodels.com/ IG:  @bossbabemodels      https://www.instagram.com/bossbabemodels/ Follow Us on Instagram @carascophoto @carascocreative If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @carascophoto Resources: If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, please reach out to RAINN (National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones) which is available 24-7 Phone: 800.656.HOPE National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
58:19
August 31, 2020
Sweet Justice: When Pies and a Social Mission Meet
In this episode, we connect with Chef Maya-Camille Broussard who shares her story as an entrepreneur, business owner and philanthropist.  Broussard established Justice of the Pies in honor of her late father, Stephen J. Broussard. Steve, who dubbed himself the Pie Master, was a criminal defense attorney with a passion for baking and eating anything made with a crust! Justice of the Pies was created to celebrate his love for pies and to honor his belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to reform their lives.  Formed as an L3C, Justice of the Pies considers itself to be a social mission in a culinary art form. The bakery has previously partnered with DreamOn Education to activate the I KNEAD LOVE Workshop. The one-day workshop provides elementary-aged children from lower-income communities instruction on nutritional development, acquiring basic cooking skills, and encouraging creativity in the kitchen. The primary goal of this program is to contribute to efforts in ending food insecurities.  Justice of the Pies also partners with the Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). CGLA was created to serve legal needs arising from the lack of opportunity, criminalization of poverty, and racial inequity experienced within the Cabrini Green community. Since then, CGLA has grown beyond a single neighborhood to become a citywide, countywide, and now recognized statewide leader in supporting low-income individuals negatively impacted by the criminal justice system. Justice of the Pies and CGLA collaborate on a yearly “pie drive” to raise money for the organization.  Justice of the Pies is committed to providing decency and equality while consistently seeking ways in which it can be a steward for fairness. To learn more about Justice of the Pies, visit them at:  Guest Speaker Bio:  Website:  https://www.justiceofthepies.com/ IG:  @justiceofthepies  Follow Us on Instagram @carascophoto @carascocreative  If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @carascophoto and Justice of the Pies @justiceofthepies
47:56
August 5, 2020
The Universal Language and Spirituality of Music
In this episode, we interview DJ Megan Taylor and explore how music and travel can play a transformative role in emotional and spiritual discovery. Megan Taylor is a DJ, music curator, and vibe creator. She is passionate about traveling and has visited 34 countries to date. Recognized in Chicago for her leadership and training, Megan received her Masters in Social and Emotional Intelligence at Wright Graduate University. She is passionate about creating memories through experiences. She works with international brands, organizations, and people to tell a story through music and events and likes to use "psychology to create magic through music.” To learn more about DJ Megan Taylor, visit her at: Website: http://figgy.net/megan-taylor IG: @djmegantaylor https://www.instagram.com/djmegantaylor/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/124522779 If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @carascophoto and @djmegantaylor
48:28
July 30, 2020
Five Ways Travel Can Make You A Better Entrepreneur
Like most people, we are currently daydreaming about travel. In this episode, we are talking about the transferrable skills that come with becoming a seasoned traveler. We chat about a tuk tuck tailor scam in Bangkok, getting lost in southern Italy and how adventures in travel can be so similar to entrepreneurship. There are a variety of challenges and potentially tough situations that can arise when traveling just like running a business. And every one of them demands immediate action while requiring you to be multidimensional problem-solver. Travel teaches you flexibility, optimism and so much more. We discuss five ways that travel can make you a better entrepreneur.  SPECIAL OFFER:  To download the General Essentials Travel Checklist we mentioned in this episode, sign up for our newsletter via this link:  https://exceptional-inventor-7728.ck.page/d41cd7a099 Follow Us on Instagram @carascophoto @carascocreative If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @carascophoto
20:41
July 21, 2020
How to Get Out of Your Own Way in Representing Your Brand
In this episode, co-host Cara Nava discusses overcoming the fear and judgement that is connected with showing up on social media and answers a listeners question about whether or not it is important to post photos of yourself to connect with your audience to your brand. We explore how reprogramming your brain to think differently and allow yourself to move forward with everyday courage. Shout out to Mel Robbins @melrobbins who introduced us to the 5-4-3-2-1 method in her book "Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage." If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag @CarascoPhoto. Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and receive a free Simple Guide to taking a Lifestyle Portriat
13:22
July 14, 2020
Community Over Competition: Interview with Dawn Davis
In this episode, host Cara Nava features special guest, Creative Director Dawn Davis of Bob and Dawn Davis Photography and Design. Bob and Dawn Davis Photography and Design is an international wedding photography and design team based in the Chicagoland area. Their work has appeared in publications such as Inside Weddings, People Magazine, US and more. Her studio has photographed for celebrities like Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, designed books for Oprah, Forest Whitacker, Maya Angelou and Tyler Perry and the list goes on. In this episode, we discuss how faith has shaped her passion for her business and the role of character in building in your brand and reputation. Dawn also shares tips on how aspiring and new photographers can represent another studio and the etiquette for image use. To learn more about Dawn Davis and her photography and design studio, visit: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bobanddawndavis/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BobandDawnDavis/ Website: http://bobanddawndavis.com Follow me on Instagram @carascophoto @carascocreative If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag us at @carascophoto
57:30
July 7, 2020
How A Planner and Photographer Work Together Toward a Cohesive Client Experience
Co-host Cara Nava features special guest, Akeshi Akinseye, celebrity party planner and founder of Kesh Events. Known for her eye for details, opulent over the top florals and design aesthetic, Kesh Events has become the go-to planner for clients with discerning tastes internationally. As an author, educator and speaker,  Akeshi offers strategic tools to building a successful luxury wedding and event planning and design business. In this episode, we are talking about how planners and photographers can work effectively together to create a cohesive client experience. We will cover the following topics: What role does a photographer play with regard to how you function as a planner (or designer)? What can photographers do to be most helpful to coordinators prior to AND during the wedding day? What piece of advice do you offer clients with regards to photography? What are the benefits of collaborating and relationship building with photographers? What photos are most beneficial to planners for their portfolio and press? To learn more about Kesh Events, visit her at: Website: https://www.keshevents.com/ IG:  https://www.instagram.com/keshevents/  @keshevents Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-talk-about-it-with-akeshi-akinseye/id1493037623
01:04:52
June 30, 2020
Spiritual Shedding & Emotional Wellbeing in view of Racial Injustice
About this Episode: Co-host Cara Nava features special guest, Erinne Brown, Founder and Creator of Live Well with Erinne where we explore the emotional aftermath after COVID-19 and then racial injustice. In this episode, we discuss how to cope with complex post traumatic stress, emotionally shed intergenerational racism and how to gain clarity on self care without escapism. Erinne is a wellness coach who guides overachieving women on their journey to reclaim their wellbeing. She believes in the importance of developing deep awareness for what one's mind, body and soul needs, and feeling empowered to take action to serve those needs. By coaching her clients through holistic lifestyle changes and mastering their everyday habits, they find the inner resources to show up as the best version of themselves. Erinne's wellness journey started after she experienced burnout from her career in management consulting, which left her searching for answers on how she can be ambitious and successful, without sacrificing her physical and emotional wellbeing. As Erinne found fulfillment in the changes she was making in her life, she decided to get her certifications as a Health coach and Life coach to help other women who had a similar struggle. She launched Live Well with Erinne, and is now coaching clients 1-on-1, in groups and leading workshops to help others step into a new normal of wellbeing. To learn more about Erinne Brown, visit her at: Website: www.livewellwitherinne.com IG: www.instagram.com/livewellwitherinne @livewellwitherinne Follow us on Instagram @carascophoto @carascocreative If you loved this episode, share with your friends and tag @livewellwitherinne  and @carascophoto on let us know how you plan to practice emotional wellbeing. Everybody needs a cheerleader, right? We’ll be there rooting you on!
47:09
June 15, 2020