Skip to main content
MTG: More Than Graphics Podcast

MTG: More Than Graphics Podcast

By Danielle Meadows-Stinnett
Tune in as Danielle, Cicely and guests put it all on the table, sharing authentic life truths from an array of women (and men) in the tech and creative industries as we sustain and empower each other while in search of our tribe.

Produced by Octane Design Studios.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Possibilities Bonus
Or BONUS guest on 'possibilities' is Bevin Morgan, Financial Wellness Coach who has paid off over $200K in debt to become debt free. She is a real estate investor and self-proclaimed personal finance nerd. She specializes in helping Black female entrepreneurs and creators gain confidence in their financial futures with a touch of "woo woo!"Bevin is a Financial Trainer at The Financial Gym. She is on a personal mission to help bridge the racial wealth gap in this country. Black families hold less than 10% the average wealth of white families. Instilling financial confidence in Black women is one small step she’s taking to help change that. Bevin also very recently celebrated her birthday this month! Happy Belated Birthday Bevin and welcome to the show! Join us for the live watch party THIS THURSDAY at 7:30pm. Follow Bevin: www.bevinmorgan.me IG:@bevinmorgan  FB:Bevin Morgan, Financial Wellness Coach
26:50
March 17, 2021
Possibilities
March brings POSSIBILITIES and for #WomensHistoryMonth Deneen L. Garrett elevates the Voices of Women of Color through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion + Talent Development and Podcasting. She is the Creator and Host of the An Intimate Conversation with Women of Color Podcast and we're thrilled that she could share her story to inspire you to be open to possibilities! Follow Her Podcast:  https://an-intimate-conversation-with-women-of-color-podcast.mailchimpsites.com/ https://twitter.com/IntimatewithWOC https://www.instagram.com/intimatewithwoc/ https://open.spotify.com/show/49wAjyt0TuksZs1IJqCpAy?si=t87hyaHQRgqnDo3FKP7RkA Show Notes: “Where’s the journey in that?” S.W.A.T analysis = strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats “Write your own headline” - Arlan Hamilton "Normalize seeing women of color in spaces that normally don’t have women of color" - Deneen L Garrett “I Nike’d it and just did it” - Deenen L. Garrett BOOK: Renee Brown - Daring Greatly Fear of vulnerability - just get started and build as you go “Grow as you go” - Deenen Garrett  "It’s good for you to know people, it’s better for people to know you" - Deneen L. Garrett How to go from Panel to Podcast? Connect with people who are doing what you want to do. "I’m at that ..." - Deneen L. Garrett "I'm Re-prioritizing how I’m channeling that energy... - Deneen L. Garret
42:05
March 3, 2021
Self Care / Self Love Bonus
Get ready for this gem-packed BONUS FEBRUARY episode with Ted Talk Alum, Mike Veny.  Our next guest managed to overcome a lifetime of mental health challenges to become a professional drummer and a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist. He’s the author of the best selling book, Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. His advocacy work has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS news.  As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, our next guest was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry.  He is also a writer for Corporate Wellness Magazine, Health Central, and delivered a TED-X Talk, titled Mental Illness is an Asset.  He’s worked with a variety of companies including Microsoft, CVS Health, T-Mobile, Heineken, Salesforce, United Auto Workers - General Motors, and The Wounded Warrior Project.  In his spare time, he enjoys weight training, meditating for 20 minutes, twice a day, and eating a good bone-in ribeye steak cooked medium rare. He lives in New York City and is ADDICTED to buying luggage, along while watching YouTube videos on how to pack a suitcase.  His packing checklist for business trips is one of his most prized possessions.  Helping us with chatting all things self care and self love today is Mike Veny. Show Notes:  Escape activities vs self care Self care Structured achieves to grow and love yourself Love is a verb If you’re not doing self care you’re selfish. Dr Stephen Covey - make a keep a promise to yourself Therapy is an opportunity for growth. Good therapy - directory of therapists Therapyincolor.org / the safe space/place app Monica Lewinsky - shame held her hostage, she began to talk about it and got to take her power back Habits are difficult to do and undo Self care/self love practice: start small, prioritize. FORCE it into your calendar! metal/phys/spiritual/social-emotional The miracle morning life SAVERS - done in the morning What am I feeling? Where is it located? And what do i need right now? All emotions are good emotions. It’s important to sit with your emotions. Anger, grief and fear = best emotions, needed for success Fear when dealt with becomes vision/courage Grief when dealt with becomes joy Anger when dealt with becomes passion/leadership/decisiveness Danielle - how can I make this better for the next person? Book: The Power of the Positive No
53:56
February 14, 2021
Self Care / Self Love
Get ready for a FULL month of SELF CARE & SELF LOVE as we chat with amazing entrepreneurs and thought leaders to help remind you of the work on self we all must to be GREAT as women creatives and women in tech. Meet De'Nicea Harper Hilton our first guest of February! Who says you’re Perfect? De’Nicea does! Appreciating the root meaning of “whole and complete,” De’Nicea Hilton creates Playful Healing Spaces for Women to Embrace, Embody and Express Her Perfect Authentic Self. Expanding beyond her expertise in holistic and integrative approaches as a Holistic Well-Being Consultant and Doctor of Eastern Medicine, she guides women to use Play to realize their potential by experiencing serious healing that doesn’t have to be so serious. She founded the Perfect PlayGround healing space that offers experiences such as her signature I Am Perfect! Academy Membership, Perfect Aligning PlayGroup Mentorship and the infamous UnSlumber Party! Retreats. While playing in the Perfect PlayGround, women DISCOVER the holistic, purposeful meaning of her physical symptoms/conditions, EXPLORE the possibilities already available to support her Being in her purpose and EXPERIENCE her potential when aligning her Spirit, Mind and Body. She comes to the point where she confidently stands and claims, “I Am Perfect!”...and mean it! Welcome to the show De'Nicea! Show Notes: Trust the objective more than the subjective What does the body tell you. Be who you are authentically When you feel like you’re always on, you get messages to not pretend to be that person anymore. Playing is the potential to learn about yourself. Self-care -> related to awareness Self-care is also being authentic to yourself. Making what works for you, work for you and your business. Have checkpoints for yourself and your journey. Just because 2020 is over, doesn’t mean your journey to evolve is. A tool to “Resource” - re-source (getting back to self). It displaces the power from yourself to the tool instead. Reassessment Who are the people that will support me in loving myself more deeply? #TGIP = Thank God I’m Perfect #ThickMermaid What you see as a detriment, someone else could see as a blessing. Life works in a cyclical nature. Be aware of these cycles and work with and not against. Book: Brandwashed
01:01:26
February 6, 2021
Eliminate
January's theme of ELIMINATE featuring professional organizer Emily Evans. Evans is the owner of Eliminate: Professional Organizing based in Lexington. She services clients eager for structure and sanctuary in their home. Her offerings include home and office organization, decluttering, unpacking, downsizing, and staging. Emily has been a self-aware neat freak since she was a child. She loves helping folks purge unneeded items and organize kept items in a functional and sustainable way. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Transylvania University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Midway University. She enjoys traveling, live music, and volunteering with local animal rescues. Welcome to the Show! #MTGthePodcast #Community #WomeninTech #WomenCreatives
39:16
January 5, 2021
Spirit
So before this episode airs lets talk about why its special. Its special because we have Co-founder of The Culture LP Michael Tonge as our guest that completely embodies the spirit we need in 2020. It’s special because this was recorded December 2019 the end of our very first season of this podcast. It’s also special because it was the final episode as the founding trio of hosts on this podcasts.  Enjoy every moment we had producing this! Michael Tonge is a Brooklyn Native, and the son of  two creatives. He is born and raised in the city that never sleeps so naturally, hustle, creativity, and intuition are a part of his DNA. As an avid “people-watcher” since childhood, it makes sense that he studied Sociology while at Bucknell University). It was there, on campus that he began his marketing career, + launched The Culture LP. Since then he has worked in a diverse set of roles at the likes of J.P. Morgan, Giant Spoon, and the Dentsu Aegis Network before taking a role as Senior Marketing Manager at the Brooklyn Museum.  Currently, Michael serves as a partner at Launch Angle, and is the co-founder of the Culture LP. When he isn't solving complex problems for brands, organizations, and creatives, you can generally find him wherever there is the trifecta of dope music, people, and food.
59:28
December 9, 2020
2020 MTG Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for THE gift for that special person in your life? We’ve got some suggestions. Its the holiday season and the ladies of the More Than Graphics Podcast are here chatting all things gift giving. Check out our convo on some great gifts that could make your spirits brighter for the new year. Welcome to our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. GIFTS: Promptly Journals TUMAMA Baby Toys - 4 Pack INNOGEAR Diffuser Color Block Loose Knit Sweater Elecktal Retro Game Console Lexeats Under $50 Gift Guide Lexeats Parent Gift Guide LOCAL MENTIONS: Kentucky For Kentucky Y'allidays  The Olive Branch Origami Rabbit Sweet Chocolate Confetti
49:11
December 4, 2020
Soul
On this candid conversation in a heightened month of feelings around the American election, a world pandemic and social injustice , we're discussing all things 'soul' with Business Manifestation Coach, Sara Drury.  Sara is a business manifestation coach, trained in NLP, and certified as a NGH hypnotherapist. She helps business owners learn how to use MAGIK and energy alignment for faster manifestation in business so that they can make more MONEY with less effort. She is a mom to the coolest 8 year old little boy and 3 fur babies and she’s married to her soul mate. When she’s not working with clients you’ll likely find her barefoot in her garden. Sara shares infinite knowledge and action steps to helping us reconnect & protect our soul. OUR TOP SHOW NOTES: “Truest part of yourself. It never ceases.” - Sara “I believe our soul cannot be damaged but we can be disconnected from it.” - Sara “We’re not broken.” - Sara “If its possible for one is possible for another.” - Sara “Lean into what makes you weird.” -Sara “Every successful person has had failure, the difference is the person that doesn’t have success threw in the towel early.” - Sara “Failure only means what we make it mean.” - Sara “Be right with ourselves first” - Sara “Our point of power is always in the moment.” - Sara “How do I want to feel today?” - Sara
50:08
November 5, 2020
Fear
What perfect time of year for this topic! Award winning PR specialist Ameerah Palacios dives deep into the topic of fear for ALL of us to hear!  Ameerah Palacios is an award-winning PR and marketing executive helping organizations elevate their brand. From navigating the public school system as a gifted child in advanced classes as normally the only Black student, overcoming personal adversities and career stints with no shortage of excitement, she knows the importance of facing the very things that scare you. As a former business journalist and TV news producer, Ameerah covered hard-hitting local news and business topics in Kentucky and New York. Then as a public relations practitioner, she would handle crisis communication during Hurricane Sandy and act as a spokesperson for major public sector brands in education, politics and nonprofit sectors. She's been on the other side of cancel culture from personal experience. Now, she handles public involvement, client development and strategic communications campaigns for one of the largest global consulting firms in the world. Ameerah is no stranger to facing fears and our conversation on #MoreThanGraphics will explore her journey in more detail. Welcome to the show Ameerah! Show Notes we Loved: “Don't let fear limit yourself” - Ameerah “When you feel your worst, you’re still enough.” - Ameerah “Who am I going to be in this moment?” - Ameerah “In these conversations around equity we want the luxury to having access to network to grow and groom us.” - Ameerah “Sometimes you walk through the door not doing what comes after it.” - Ameerah “You have to stand on everything you’ve done.”- Ameerah “The universe is trying to tell you something, pay attention.”- Ameerah “What am I fearful of? Is it temporary?” -Ameerah “Protect your peace.” - Ameerah
01:00:49
October 13, 2020
Flexibility & Grace
We're in a mid season Fall break but we're still leaving you with tons of gems in the meantime! Enjoy this mini episodes with your fave co-hosts Danielle Meadows-Stinnett and Cicely Stamper. Our September mini episode topic: Flexibility & Grace with Cicely! Follow @octanedesigns & @bougiebeautybabe on Instagram.
11:02
September 2, 2020
Parenting & Perfection
We're in a mid season Fall break but we're still leaving you with tons of gems in the meantime! Enjoy this mini episodes with your fave co-hosts Danielle Meadows-Stinnett and Cicely Stamper.   Our August mini episode topic:  Parenting and Perfection with Danielle! Follow @octanedesigns & @bougiebeautybabe on Instagram. 
05:05
August 28, 2020
Horizon
July brings the summer horizon and there's a lot to unpack on the topic! Meet our special guest Marie Pullen a Native Kentuckian, Coordinator of the Bluegrass Creative Market, an Artist, photographer, event facilitator and blogger!  With a background in event coordination, Marie organizes blogger and influencer functions to promote small towns and locally owned businesses. As an avid patron of the arts and small business, she is now coordinating opportunities for creators and makers to share their talents with the community at the new Bluegrass Artist and Maker Pop Up Markets. These markets will feature the best that local artists and makers have to offer including woodworking, soft lines, home décor, Kentucky themed, pottery, hand lettering, illustrating, paintings and so much more. In addition, the market features food items including a food truck and drink trailer along with small batch cookies, boozy cupcakes, brownies, cheeses and other items. This new market takes place at the Oleika Shriners Center at 326 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky. Right next door shoppers can also experience the Lexington Farmer’s Market where some vendors have collaborated with local farmers to create their delicious treats. You can find Marie on social media @Bluegrass_Collaborative and the Market at @Bluegrass_Creative_Market. You can enjoy her blog highlighting all things Kentucky at www. BackroadBluegrass.com Check it out, you might discover something new in your own backyard! Welcome to the show Marie! Show Notes we Loved: “Something was always pulling me back to Kentucky.” - Marie “The more I learned the more I wanted to share it with other people.” - Marie “Its what we always did.”- Marie “Its so easy to get to know local people.” - Marie “You can’t expand your horizons without finding out what it actually is.” - Cicely
36:08
July 8, 2020
Pivot
Ready for another dose of awesome sisterhood conversations from women in the tech industry?  With all the things swirling both physically and mentally around COVID-19 (recorded before the current protests) we all could use some inspo on how to PIVOT. Be encouraged and inspired by our special guest Karen Swyszcz, published author, speaker and entrepreneur trailblazer. Karen Swyszcz graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She started Makinthebacon as a hobby blog back in 2012, as a way to escape her monotonous day job. Over the years, it has evolved into a platform, initially providing content on personal finance, to now providing inspiration for entrepreneurs/aspiring entrepreneurs through blog posts and interviews. She has partnered with brands such as Camp Tech, Minted.co, Meridian Credit Union and Supperworks on digital campaigns. In 2019 she co-authored the Best-Selling Book in Women’s Health on Amazon - Fitness To Freedom and launched a business and technology podcast - The Bacon Bits ‘n’ Bytes Podcast. Karen has co-authored another book called Lighting The North, which will be launching this Fall 2020. Karen is the co-founder of Kaibigan Connection - an organization that is dedicated to connecting Filipinx entrepreneurs and professionals in the GTA and beyond. When she is not working on her many endeavors, she can be found at the gym teaching group fitness classes - BodyPump and BodyAttack.  Welcome Karen!  Show Notes We Loved:  “Things have a weird way of working themselves out.” - Karen “Timing is everything.” - Karen “Spending all this time salvaging. I need a complete shutdown and revisit.” - Karen “Sometimes things take longer.” - Karen “Knowing where your energy and passion is going.” - Karen “Having something you like vs something you love.” - Cicely “Pivoting is not a straight line.” - Karen “How can I create options?” -Karen
36:10
July 1, 2020
Ideas Bonus
We're continuing our IDEAS convo with a bonus episode with Molecular Biologist Cagney Coomer founder of NERD SQUAD a local non profit sharing STEM education with young school aged black girls in the community. Cagney Coomer is a Lexington, Kentucky native. She received an Associates' degree in biotechnology from BCTC and a BS degree in biology and chemistry from Virginia State University. Ms. Coomer is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of biology at UK. In the pursuit of her science degrees, Ms. Coomer has noticed a serious lack of representation and inclusion in the STEM fields. She used this as an inspiration to start a non-profit organization called NERD SQUAD Inc. NERD SQUAD empowers girls of color by exposing them to STEM careers and mentors. High and middle school-aged girls design, develop and facilitate STEM-based activities in the community based on the careers and fields they are exposed to. Ms. Coomer has developed a number of STEM-based student and community programs, some of which have been adopted by elementary schools in the area. Welcome Cagney!
27:41
April 28, 2020
Ideas
Happy April everyone! With all the things swirling both physically and mentally around COVID-19 we all could use a few IDEAS on just how to better thrive as a community during this time, which is our April theme! Be encouraged and inspired by our special guest by community activist, teacher and non profit leader Josh Nadzam. Josh Nadzam is the co-founder and director of On The Move Art Studio and an instructor at the UK College of Social Work. He escaped a tragic childhood and went on to run Track and Field at the University of Kentucky and ultimately earned a master's degree in social work. Since then, he has been involved in and led many community initiatives around social justice and community building. Recent honors include: 2016 Lexington Leadership Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2017 880 Cities Emerging Cities Champion and 2019 Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian of the Year Award. Welcome to the show Josh! Show Notes: “How can we reach communities with social distancing?” - Josh “Don’t replace one thing with another thing, take a pause.” - Josh “We’re all essentially a product of our environment.” - Josh “I get today.” - Josh Two common responses from leaving a rough environment: Empathy or Resentment. -Josh Sit outside and meditate. “Our brains have to have moments when we’re bored.” - Josh “Leap and the net will appear but don’t be reckless.” - Josh “There’s no way to actually fail.” - Josh “Communication is a continuum.” - Josh
40:14
April 7, 2020
Movement
This month is themed MOVEMENT and we just so happen to have the perfect guest for this, Samantha Johnson of Samanhattanpr! Given her last full-time position as Director of Communication and Events for the North Limestone Community Development Corporation, Samantha jump started her entrepreneurial career by turning her employer in to her first client. Locally known as the girl who directs The Night Market or even, “The Plug,” Samantha launched her own business in 2018. This two year old company that began as a social media and marketing consultancy has quickly turned in to a collective of partnerships incorporating Black and women-owned businesses. Everyday I ask myself, "What's the best that could happen?" - Samantha SHOW NOTES /TAKEAWAYS:  “I wasn’t ready but I just jumped and took it.” - Samantha “Every time you take a breath, take a step.” - Samantha “Everything always works out.” - Samantha “WTBTCH was birthed from my first solo international trip.” -Samantha “There’s so much growth in being self aware.”- Samantha “Everybody is doing social media. It’s not enough.” - Samantha “We couldn’t have the life we have without being a mom too.” - Cicely “Growing up my business.” - Samantha “It’s greater later.” - Samantha “You just have to put yourself out there.” - Samantha TOOLS Quotes Shower Curtain 
01:08:08
March 9, 2020
Power
Welcome to season 2! Our February episode is themed POWER and we're pumped to share the thoughts of Patch Drury that wields storytelling as a unique power to empower others. Patch Drury is an award-winning writer, published cartoonist, former actor, and professional filmmaker - you know, a storyteller. He has spent his life telling his and other people's stories - these days he coaches businesses and salespeople on how to better tell their stories to increase their sales. He also coaches individuals on how to start and complete their personal Hero's Journey. Learn more about Patch and some free strategy on story in his facebook group, Storytelling Rooftop Garden. HIGHLIGHTS: “I’m going to give you a glimpse of me and when you recognize yourself in me then we’re seen as equal.” - patch “Power is my ability to enact my will in the world.” - patch “Everybody has a six pack, deep down in there.” - Cicely “Storytelling is the skeleton key of your life.” - Patch “Just because I can do something, doesn’t mean I should.” - patch “Why am I doing this? What am I trying to accomplish? And who is it affecting?” - patch “It’s only power if someone else is involved.” - patch MENTIONS: Joseph Campbell - world renowned mythologist,  “The hero with 1000 faces”
49:43
February 18, 2020
Goals
Welcome to season 2! Meet Michelle Franzetti, owner & photographer of Franzetti Photography, educator and influencer! Michelle is a Lexington-based photographer with a passion for building up women through positive experiences in front of the camera. As Kentucky's premier boudoir photographer, she believes boudoir can be a healing, uplifting, and incredibly fun experience for all women. She currently works as the manager of special events for Lexington Parks and Recreation and teaches for the Arts Administration Department with the University of Kentucky. Learn more about Michelle and other women in the area in the Franz with Benefits facebook group. HIGHLIGHTS: Dave Ramsey Teachings My why has broadened, tapped into your why Breaking goals into tiny pieces. “It if takes more than 10 minutes the piece is too big” - Michelle Getting things done system - organizing in bite size chunks “You have to start your day with a WIN” - Michelle Say to yourself everyday before you get out of bed “I’m a winner.” - Michelle “Cannot force something because it’s popular. You have to do what works for you.” - Michelle “Progress over perfection.” - Michelle Write Your Daily Top 3 RESOURCES: Powersheets: https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/2020-powersheets Getting Things Done-task management system: https://gettingthingsdone.com/ Total Money Makeover- first step to understanding how great debt freedom can be: https://www.daveramsey.com/store/product/the-total-money-makeover-book-by-dave-ramsey Debt Free Charts (so fun for tracking and they have some for free): https://debtfreecharts.com/ Extreme Ownership (this is where I got the concept of starting each day with a win): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0739PYQSS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Girl, Wash Your Face (the idea of not breaking promises to yourself): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072TMB75T?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_0&storeType=ebooks
38:38
January 10, 2020
Season 2 Trailer: More Than Graphics Podcast
Tune in as podcast founder and producer Danielle Meadows Stinnett of Octane Design Studios shares the excitement of what's coming in Season 2. Follow the show: Twitter Facebook Follow the Co-Hosts: @octanedesigns @bougiebeautybabe
01:45
January 8, 2020
The Very Merry Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide
Still looking for THE gift for that special creative or techie in your life! Hey guys its Danielle with the MoreThanGraphics podcast. Its the holiday season and the ladies of the More Than Graphics Podcast are here chatting all things gift giving. Check out our convo on some great gifts that could make your spirits brighter for the new year. Welcome to the VERY Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide. Gifts for her Sneakers, vans HP Performance work pants Unstainable workwear Yoga pant business pants  and/or mile-marker heels (flexible, slip-proof, memory foam stiletto). Get $15 off at https://tinyurl.com/mtgbetabrand Gifts for him Dollar Shave Club Shea Moisture for Men Gift sets Dress pant sweatpants, Get $15 off at https://tinyurl.com/mtgbetabrand Gifts for entrepreneurs (productivity, apps) Starbucks gift card Adobe cloud sub Enlight product sub Bluetooth earbuds Switcher Studio Pro sub Temp Office rental (1-2 mo) Professional development tools (coaching etc) Asana plan Any sort of slow cooker or Instapot (it’s sometimes hard to find time to cook) Virtual assistant or task/personal errand assistance Gift certificates for services (e.g. car wash, grocery delivery, house cleaning etc)
24:32
December 19, 2019
Ask / Reach
Enjoy a fantastic episode with Brittany, Cicely and Danielle as they discuss the topic of ASK/REACH with creative entrepreneur Priscilla Aguila of The Meet Cute Co.   Equally right-brain left-brain, this seriously playful mother of two young ones found success in the advertising industry for over twenty years by combining her skills as a copywriter, graphic designer, and project manager. But after returning to her home state of Ohio with her children, Zoey and Max, she chose to shift focus back on her mini family of three. She knows firsthand how creativity strengthens the parent-child bond, and that’s when her “zone of genius” kicked in. Priscilla was inspired when she realized how well she and Zoey worked together on art projects and in life. And that’s how The Meet Cute Co. was born. A youthful party/event branding and parent-child workshop boutique that she runs with her children, The Meet Cute Co. brings the parent-child collaboration to life for their clients. Before becoming a mother, Priscilla was known as the self-published author/illustrator of a series of children’s books “The True Tails of Lex & Toto” based on her fur babies. Her love of writing remains alive in her blog “I’mperfectly Fashioned” which advocates for reframing situations and thought processes by changing perspective. Welcome to the show Priscilla! --- Top Takeaways: “How bad do you want the help?” “Still reaching but giving myself permission to take longer.” “That’s my zone of genius.” “I’m still getting there but I know I’m not, not getting there.” “2020, no. I’m not ready.” “What do you really want?” Brittany: “Choosing to see the good.” “Nobody’s an island.” Danielle: “personal humility - you can’t do it ALL yourself”
52:43
November 12, 2019
Doubt
Relish the Fall Feelings and join Brittany, Cicely and Danielle as they get deep in themed discussion on DOUBT with special guest renown comic artisan Justin Stewart.  If you're a Kentuckian and into comics, Justin Stewart is an MVP in the comic industry. As a creative and comic artist he's founder of Six Bomb Boards that host live public art events throughout Kentucky. Justin is the not only the Art Director for the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention but has done work for Marvel and Image. His latest published work includes art in the latest Netflix Stranger Things fan art book available Oct. 15. Justin is a mentor, parent, entrepreneur and creative community advocate. Welcome to the show! --- Follow Justin3000 for more amazing comic works. Top Takeaways: “As creatives we can spend a lot of time in our own heads and that can be dangerous.” - Justin “Doubt feeds the creative process.”-Brittany “You have to have people that will look at you (your work) with a critical eye but will tell you/give creative criticism.” -Justin “Find people; reach out.” - Justin “Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re doing YOUR thing.” -- Justin “Nobody succeeds alone.” - Justin “Types of doubt: 1) Delorean of doubt: doubt from anywhere and stricken with dark feelings. 2) Dodge Dart of doubt: 'rolling around with you', its not the best but its always there.” - Justin “Give the Dart of Doubt the finger.” - Justin “I always try to do my best to be mindful of where I began.” - Justin “We see people share there “greatest hits” when sharing our low points is (also) part of the journey.” - Justin “As creatives we should always challenge ourselves, do things out of our comfort zone. Those things lead to new things.” - Justin “There’s a scientific method to creativity.” -- Justin “Being a creative is a long game.” - Justin
51:20
October 18, 2019
Empathy Bonus Episode
Join Cicely and Danielle as they unpack a BONUS EPISODE discussion on EMPATHY with special guest renown lettering artist and purposeful fashionista Ciara LeRoy of Pretty Strange Design. Ciara is a native Ohioan but has lived in Lexington, Kentucky for over a decade. She works as an independent artist specializing in hand lettering, illustration and embroidery.  In 2017, she started her creative firm Pretty Strange Design, with a mission to make bold, beautiful, and offbeat creations that inject imagination into everyday life. Her goal is to make work that is well-crafted and aesthetically pleasing, but also deeply thoughtful and socially conscious. She is passionate about connecting art with community development and using creativity to build bridges and explore deeper questions. Top Takeaways: “I’m listening and passing the mic and making artwork in response to that.” “Empathy is something that can be nurtured.” “It’s hard to be something you’ve never seen.” - Cicely “It’s okay to feel. You can empathize and be strong.  You can be a ‘bleeding heart’” “People are not obstacles.”
27:23
September 6, 2019
Empathy
Join Brittany, Cicely and Danielle as they unpack a themed discussion of EMPATHY with special guest Dale Michelle Williams.  Dale is host of the HBCU Kings & Queens Conference in New Orleans and nominee for the 2018 People's Choice Award in EBONY Magazine's Power 100. Dale is a community leader, who's modesty and compassion really helped us unpack empathy both professionally and personally. She gifted lots of digital gems that could help you in your own journey in being #MoreThanGraphics! Top Takeaways: “Being nice is not equal to empathy.” “Not everyone grew up the way you did.” “You can’t serve the community without being empathetic.” “You never know what people are going through.” “The core of empathy is love.” “Empathy isn’t always doing something, it’s saying ‘I understand.’” “Not all heroes wear capes.” - Cicely “So many managers and leaders could help shape people (with empathy) and they don’t even realize it”
53:34
August 21, 2019
Boundaries
Prepare yourself for another amazing episode of the MoreThanGraphics podcast! July is all about BOUNDARIES and while everybody has a story, we wanted to bring someone on the show who's faced and set plenty of them in their rise to success. This month we have entrepreneur and thought leader Tony Forte who's been a national trailblazer for brands from P.Diddy to Nike as our special guest! Welcome Tony to the show!  Follow Tony: @mrtonyforte | mrtonyforte.com | fortellcommunications.com | urbanprofessor.com | woodstack.com |silverspoonfoundation.org Resources:  The Dip by Seth Godin
01:19:38
July 19, 2019
Mindset
It's here! Check out our Mindset Episode featuring special guest Caylie Mindling Grubbs of Cayligraphy on Instagram!  Fave Takeaways: - Do something scary for 5 seconds - Be honest in mindset for projects - "Learn from those in front of you and give to the people behind you." - @cayligraphy - Tools: @FinalStraw_  & @bearfocustimer Links: Caylie's IG Caylie's Website www.mtgthepodcast.com 
01:25:23
June 14, 2019
Milestones
Join Danielle and Cicely as they discuss the theme of MILESTONES with Special Guest Melody Westerfield of Power Your Vision. Follow Melody: https://www.facebook.com/melody.westerfield https://www.facebook.com/PowerYourVision https://www.instagram.com/poweryourvision Follow #MTGthepodcast: www.mtgthepodcast.com www.patreon.com/mtgthepodcast www.instagram.com/octanedesigns
45:14
May 11, 2019
Plan
April's episode is themed PLAN with special guest Lafe Taylor. Lafe is a an Illustrator, a compelling story teller, a high performing entrepreneur, a husband and father, a world traveling speaker, a social influencer, a good Steward of wealth and a humble and upright man. Tune into his thoughts and perspectives on plan & what to do when we get stuck in the planning process. Guest Links: www.lafespace.com www.instagram.com/lafespace www.twitter.com/lafetaylor
43:57
April 11, 2019
Permit
MTGThePodcast Season 1 Episode 3 explores the topic of permit featuring special guest Stephanie Nelson CEO of Nelson of Nelson Legacy Enterprises. www.nelsonlegacyenterprises.com  www.mtgthepodcast.com
50:28
March 16, 2019
Space
It's here! Tune in as Danielle, Brittany and Cicely discuss the topic of SPACE with special guest NYC Photographer Sylvia Hoke. Be sure to rate and review our show via iTunes, Spotify or Google Play.  Special Guest links: www.silviahokephotography.com
01:07:17
February 21, 2019
#MTGthePodcast - Space Teaser
Listen to our teaser for our SPACE themed episode featuring our first ever special guest NYC photographer Sylvia Hoke.
01:03
February 20, 2019