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.
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
Quotes Shower Curtain
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.
“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
Joseph Campbell - world renowned mythologist, “The hero with 1000 faces”
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.
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
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
Tune in as podcast founder and producer Danielle Meadows Stinnett of Octane Design Studios shares the excitement of what's coming in Season 2.
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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
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
Switcher Studio Pro sub
Temp Office rental (1-2 mo)
Professional development tools (coaching etc)
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)
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!
“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”
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.
“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
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.
“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.”
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!
“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”
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!
@mrtonyforte | mrtonyforte.com | fortellcommunications.com | urbanprofessor.com | woodstack.com |silverspoonfoundation.org
The Dip by Seth Godin
It's here! Check out our Mindset Episode featuring special guest Caylie Mindling Grubbs of Cayligraphy on Instagram!
- 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
Join Danielle and Cicely as they discuss the theme of MILESTONES with Special Guest Melody Westerfield of Power Your Vision.
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.
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