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By Elise Swopes
Elise Swopes gives her thoughts about tech, wellness, and culture. With positivity first, anything is possible. New episodes once a month
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Initiative and Comedic Ambitions


It's Been Awhile / Summer 2022 Recap
In the third episode of season four, Elise Swopes revisits her 2022 since her last podcast, as well as touching on how to make your workspace more comfortable for more intention and motivation.
September 29, 2022
The Dis- and Misinformation of NFTs
In the second episode of season four, Elise Swopes dives into the misinformation of NFTs. While many of the points raised hold weight, many do not. When we understand how dis- or misinformation begins, we can protect ourselves and one another and not close ourselves off to live a fulfilled life.
March 16, 2022
2021 Recap
Elise Swopes recaps her 2021 with a quick rundown of everything she accomplished, including the hardships. Learn more about her ambitions, intentions, and thoughts about how the year went.
January 05, 2022
Initiative and Comedic Ambitions
In the fourth episode of season three, Elise Swopes talks with Elizabeth Aziz, an actress from Chicago. In the first half of the episode, they talk about taking initiative, then the conversation shifts into Liz's stories about psych wards, growing up in Chicago, and becoming a comedian, actress, and writer.
June 02, 2021
Overthinking and Directing Culture
In the third episode of season three, Elise Swopes talks with Sulaiman Shabazz, a musician, producer, designer, and culture director. Suli and Swopes made their song "Drugs" more than ten years ago, and since then, life has changed tremendously. Listen as they chat through those changes. Plus, Elise gives tips on how to curb overthinking.
April 28, 2021
NFTs and Healing
In the second episode of season three, Elise Swopes talks with Jetzi Calvin, one of her closest friends of almost fifteen years. Jetzi is a celebrity photographer, spiritual advisor, and political organizer who continues to inspire and change many lives. Elise also shares the back-end of Crypto Art, as well as her behind-the-scenes thoughts and plans for NFTs.
March 17, 2021
Creativity and Calligraphy
In this season 3 premiere, Elise Swopes talks with custom calligraphist, Duong Nguyen. The 23-year-old is the go-to for artists who want custom lettering for their projects. Nguyen has created unique type for artists like Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny, and more, and he's only getting started. But before that, listen as Elise describes how every person is born creative. She shares tips and tricks on how to pull creativity from within. 
February 17, 2021
InstaCouple: Swopes and trashhand
Elise Swopes and her boyfriend of 10 years, trashhand, discuss their relationship in-depth for the first time, ever.
December 02, 2020
100 Questions with Elise Swopes
Elise Swopes thought it would be fun to answer 200 questions only to find out that at 100 questions in, it's already been one hour, and no one wants to listen to someone talk about themselves for two hours... or do they? Want to know more about Elise Swopes? Read her website Support her Instagram Like her tweets
November 18, 2020
Time Perspective, Expectations, and Project Management
Elise Swopes shares a bit about time perspective and how it affects our outlook and actions (based on the book The Time Paradox). She also talks about how we shouldn't confuse expectations for goals and how with a little bit of project management, anything is possible. Want to know more about Elise Swopes? Read her website Support her Instagram Like her tweets
November 04, 2020
Choices, Delayed Gratification, and Veganism
Elise Swopes believes that choices are possibilities and that with a little bit of hope, planning, and forward-thinking, any choice can be the right choice. She also talks about how practicing delayed gratification can provide a more stable financial, professional, and emotional foundation. As well as some myths and facts about veganism. Want to know more about Elise Swopes? Read her website Support her Instagram Like her tweets
October 21, 2020
Hope, Ideas, and Value
Elise Swopes knows that hope is a sense of possibility, not passivity. In this podcast, she describes that hope is not a last-ditch effort, but a lifestyle. She also talks about how some of the greatest ideas come from some of the most unexpected moments, and that value is simply the confidence and awareness of one's development. Want to know more about Elise Swopes? Read her website Support her Instagram Like her tweets
October 07, 2020
Habits, Websites, and Journaling
Elise Swopes talks deeply about what makes a habit good or bad and how to make or break it, plus she chats about what artists and creators should put on their websites. She also talks about the importance of journaling and how to keep up with it.
August 26, 2020
Perfectionism, Privilege, and Influence
Elise Swopes chats about perfectionism and how to overcome it, as well as how to use your privilege for good. She also discusses the importance of being an authentic influence.
August 12, 2020
Prison Justice: The Damien "ToppNotch" Hodges Story
Elise Swopes interviews Damien "ToppNotch" Hodges. He is a father, author, and businessman who has been incarcerated for 11 years. He's currently serving a cruel + unusual sentence of 26 years,  which he was contrived to accept in a plea deal under duress to avoid a sentence of 45 years to life. Listen now as he shares this story from inside. Support Damien "ToppNotch" Hodges now: Buy Blinded By The Lights: A Diamond In The Rough Donate To GoFundMe Sign Petition
July 29, 2020
Friendship, Family, and Forgiveness
Elise Swopes chats deeply and personally about what makes a friendship healthy or toxic and gives tips on how to balance work and family by choosing family first. She also talks about how to forgive yourself and others.
July 08, 2020
Emotions, Restorative Justice, and Personal Growth
Elise Swopes talks about the importance of being aware of your emotions and how to be less emotionally driven, and how restorative justice needs to be implemented more. She also talks about the concept of personal growth and what it should entail.
June 24, 2020
Self-Care, Systemic Racism, and Police "Reform"
Elise Swopes shares tips on how to practice more self-care and how the lack of self-care actually causes systemic racism. She also gives specific details on how we don't need to reform police but abolish them altogether.
June 10, 2020
Being Yourself, Self-Esteem, and Electronic Press Kits
Elise Swopes dives into the concept of being yourself and what that means for your self-esteem. She also gives tips on how to create an Electronic Press Kit for creative freelancers.
May 27, 2020
Resistance, Manifesting, and Freelance Contracts
Elise Swopes discusses the best ways to be less resistant in your everyday life in order to manifest the things you want. She also shares her experience and advice about how to review freelance contracts.
May 13, 2020
Emotional Intelligence, Productivity, and Fake News
Elise Swopes explains what it takes to practice emotional intelligence and the proper steps to being more productive. She even provides the simplest ways to spot fake news.
April 29, 2020
Distraction, Optimism, and Email
Elise Swopes talks about how she handles distraction and how she stays optimistic in trying times. She also dives into helpful email etiquette and tips.
April 15, 2020
Presence, Moving, and Brand Strategy
Elise Swopes shares her tips on how to stay more present in your everyday life and her experience and advice for moving to New York City. Plus, how to decide the direction of your brand with the simple method of brand strategizing.
April 01, 2020
Taking Action, Understanding, and Online Presence
Elise Swopes checks in with another conversational tip list in taking action, as well as how to understand better and provide yourself with a safe and approachable online presence.
March 19, 2020
Stress, Leadership, and Balance
Elise Swopes talks about the ways she deals with stress, as well as the tips on how to be a leader and how we may be overthinking the concept of balancing personal and work time.
March 05, 2020
Accountability, Self-Respect, and Mondays
Elise Swopes shares her advice on how to be more accountable, as well as tips for working on your self-respect and enjoying your Mondays to the fullest.
January 15, 2020
Responding, Confidence, and Fear
Elise Swopes describes the importance of responding instead of reacting, the secrets to more confidence, and how she has fear and does it anyway.
November 10, 2019
Commitment, Discipline, and Comparison
Elise Swopes describes the difference between commitment and discipline and how to stay goal oriented thanks to both, plus the history behind why we compare ourselves to others and how to beat the negativity that comes with it.
August 19, 2019
Soul, Ego, and Compliments
Elise Swopes explains the difference between using your soul and your ego, and how it can affect your everyday life, as well as the best way to use a compliment to your advantage.
July 08, 2019
Goals, Worry, and Anger
Elise Swopes talks about the importance and process of having goals, how to worry less by acceptance, and how to control anger through accountability.
June 03, 2019
Flight Prep, Inspiration, and Morning Routines
Elise Swopes gives her in-depth advice about how to prepare for a flight, the difference between motivation and inspiration, how to stay inspired, and the importance of a morning routine.
May 20, 2019
Organizing, Motivation, and Judgment
Elise Swopes goes into detail about the ways she organizes her day-to-day personally and professionally, the seven secrets steps to staying motivated, and how judgment can make your life more stress free and fulfilling.
April 29, 2019
Time, Flexibility, and Control
In this Uber sponsored and inspired podcast, Elise Swopes dives into the best ways to make more time for your dreams, as well as how to be more flexible for less stress, and the only 7 things you can control in your life.
March 22, 2019
Awareness, Brand Partnerships, and Public Speaking
Elise Swopes dives into the concept of awareness and mindfulness, how she gets the brand partnerships she gets, and her process of dealing with the anxiety of public speaking.
March 18, 2019
Manifesting, Pitching, and Patience
Elise Swopes discusses the not-so-magical idea of manifestations, how to pitch your perfect brand, and how to stay patient after you have reached out.
March 04, 2019
Beginner Business, Freelance, and Negotiating
Elise Swopes talks about her experience with starting a business from nothing, her tips on looking and acting like a professional freelancer, and how to get the money you want in a deal.
February 12, 2019
The Law of Attraction, Taxes, and Being Burnt Out
Elise Swopes discusses the steps to attracting the things you desire, how to handle taxes as a freelancer, and the best ways to get out of being burnt out.
January 28, 2019
Affirmations, Motivation, and Psych Wards
Elise Swopes chats about the importance of daily affirmations, its difference between "fake it til you make it," and how it ties directly into motivation. As well as her experience with a psychiatric hospitals.
January 10, 2019
Influencer Marketing, Peace, and Success
Elise Swopes chats about how brands and influencers can work better together, how to reach out to brands for influencer marketing projects, how to maintain peace in a stressful world and more. *Apologies for the sound. Mic was having issues.
January 02, 2019
Full-Time Job, Passions, and Negativity
Elise Swopes talks about how to balance a full-time job with a creative life, when is a good time to go full time with your passion, the power of community, and how to deal with negativity. Listen in on her second episode.
December 26, 2018
Budgets, Clout, and Mental Health
Elise Swopes gives her advice on money and budgeting, thoughts on the "clout" culture of Chicago, and experience with mental health. Listen in on her first episode.
December 15, 2018