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Adventures in Branding

The Adventures in Branding podcast is here to inspire you to find your brand magic. From business brand to personal brand, these Clusters of Awesomeness will talk you through about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a human. Get ready to make the impact you were born to rock. Follow me, Melanie Spring, and my collection of hardcore co-hosts around the world as we share our experiences on the road of branding. The twists, the turns & everything in between - building businesses and living the adventures. This is the podcast for kickass humans who crave change, push limits, and light fires. Melanie is your Chief Inspiration Officer & it’s her job to spark the magic.
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Aug 30, 2016

If your 13-year-old self came to the current you, what would you have to say for yourself? Thinking about how our teenaged-selves would judge our modern-day selves gives us a lot to chew on. How many of our God-given talents have faded into the background and become something more like how we’re told we “should” do things? But how stoked would our tiny selves be with our families, careers, and friendships now?

No schooling can fully prepare us for this insanity called Adulthood. The end of high school or college opens up a world of independence, whether we’re ready for it or not. We get our knees scraped & scarred in the time it takes to get from graduate to grown-up.

Just because your grown-up report card isn’t all A’s doesn’t mean you haven’t done a great job. We’re all out there, trying to find our way – without a guidebook. Get the idea out of your head that our friends shouldn’t see (or hear) about our failures and wrecks. Check in with your inner child about how you’re doing with this thing called life.

This series, Finding, is all about YOU. It’s about finding your light - from the inside out. It’s about finding yourself, your joy, your strength, your purpose, your direction, and your freedom.

This week is about Finding Adulthood. Rebecca, Cheney and I swap stories about our own ideas of adulthood, and the taxes you have to pay – not only to the IRS – to feel like a grown-up. Give your 13-year-old self  the space to own the heck out of your life. Listen in and feel inspired to to rock your life as hard as your tiny person would want you to. Because #adulting.

 This podcast episode even has video outtakes - because you’re welcome.

 

Aug 23, 2016
What if the only thing that you are missing is accountability? Risk-takers need a kick in the pants, too. Find comfort in being uncomfortable. It’s where growth happens. “This is the way that we’ve always done it” and “just in case” are some of the most dangerous phrases in the English language. If you’re feeling paralyzed to act, you’re in good company. It doesn’t feel great to be uncomfortable – but that’s not a club you want to belong to. Instead, seek out the people who make space for real, raw, honest feedback and brace yourself, ‘cause the changes are a comin.’ It’s for your own good. “Should-ing” on yourself is Bullsh*t, or BeigeSh*t, as we like to call it. If you aren’t doing things deliberately “on purpose” because you’re doing what other people think you should do, then you are most likely “stuck”. You’re trapped in a static, deceptively comfortable state of UNcomfort. Rocking the boat is a scary thought – but so is choosing to remain in pain. Change the story. Instead of being comfortable with the status quo, find comfort in doing the uncomfortable. Re-pitch your job to your team. Become a writer – even when your parents tell you not to bother. Do the thing that scares you sh*tless but also motivates and inspires you. You’ll know you’re there when your body tells you so. You’ll feel alive, sweaty, butterfly-y, and like you’re dancing on marshmallows. This series, Finding, is all about you. It’s about finding your light - from the inside out. It’s about finding yourself, your joy, your strength, your purpose, your direction, and your freedom. This week is about Finding Uncomfortable. Rebecca and I banter about the triumphs and challenges that come along with living “on purpose.” We challenge you to pitch your own job (to your boss and/or to yourself), reject what other people say we “should” be doing, and revel in doing the things that feel right, even if it hurts a little bit. Listen in to get your own kick in the pants.
Aug 16, 2016
What are we all missing because we aren't really here? A minute is SO long when you're doing nothing. A minute is SO short when you have everything to do. How many minutes are we not thoroughly being a part of because we're rushing through everything we need to do? How much are we really missing from life? Everything is asking for our attention these days. Everything wants us to look at it but nothing needs us more than space. Our phones are going off with loads of notifications. We have anxiety, worry, frustration, heartache, anger, fear - and so much of this can be dissipated by taking a deep breath and letting it pass you by. Taking that moment to realize it's going to be ok. This series, Finding, is all about you. It’s about finding your light - from the inside out. It’s about finding yourself, your joy, your strength, your purpose, your direction, and your freedom. This week is about Finding Space. I finished Rob Bell's book How To Be Here and realized how much I don't sit and enjoy the moment. So, I challenge you to pick up your head, put down your phone, drop your shoulders, and enjoy this very moment. Listen in to find out how to find a little space for yourself in the every day.
Aug 9, 2016
Tell the demons to fly off. "Today, I realized that I need my own Melanie.” - last week's status update on my Facebook page. I had a sudden realization that I was empty. I had run out of inspiration and needed someone to inspire me. I needed someone to hug me, tell me that I’m amazing, and tell me to pick myself up off the floor and do the thing. (My mom lives too far away to do it, but she definitely tried.) I needed someone to tell me that the little voices flitting around inside my head weren’t telling the truth. “You’re going to fail. You’re not good enough. No one likes you. You are dumb. No one cares what you think. Don’t bother." But those little demons are BLEEP-holes. Loud ones. You’ve heard them before. We all have. The demons start telling us the things we don’t need to be hearing and we LISTEN to them. Then it becomes a loop. An endless loop that won’t leave our heads. WHY!? Why do we listen? Oh yeah, because we’re human. And this negative self-talk, these thoughts, these mini "Debbie Downers," they’re really persuasive little suckers who are slick and sell you their “truths” in a non-sales-y kind of way. But they’re liars. They don’t know you. They just know how to poke at you and get you to stop doing the thing you’re meant to do. This series, Finding, is all about you. It’s about finding your light - from the inside out. It’s about finding yourself, your joy, your strength, your purpose, your direction, and your freedom. This week, Finding Strength has Melanie comes in to give me a pep talk. Wait… Melanie? Aren’t you Melanie? Yep. Melanie gives Melanie a pep talk. She knows me the best and knows exactly what’s going on in my head. She knows why I had a tough week - but she also knows it’s all bullsh*t. Go grab your tissues (I definitely needed them), lay on the floor if you need to, and listen in. (NOTE: Do NOT watch the video if you can’t handle someone crying.) As much as I’m b*tching myself out for being ridiculous, I’m also the voice inside your head giving you the pep talk you need. Listen in to find out how to find the strength to get up and do the thing.
Aug 2, 2016
You know what’s really hard to hear? “I hate myself.” SMASH. That’s not ok. No one should ever feel that way. When we were thinking of what this podcast should be about, I was perplexed. I had so many topics and wanted to find a way to generate more business for Sisarina. We thought about how we could teach people brand and strategy. We came up with ways to share marketing tips. We even thought it might be interesting to make it workshop-y. None of it fit. Until one day I had enough of people moping around talking about how much they hated their lives. Hated their bodies. Hated their jobs. Hated themselves. CRASH. As soon as people start talking about the things they hate about themselves, I fly into overdrive and want to do anything in my power to help put their ship back together and out to sea. Want to know why? I’m here to be a lighthouse. I don’t want anyone to smash on the shore. I want everyone on the ocean sailing exactly the way they’re supposed to be sailing. In whatever sized ship they’re meant to sail. How’s THAT for a metaphor? This series, Finding, is all about you. It’s about finding your light - from the inside out. It’s about finding yourself, your joy, your strength, your purpose, your direction, and your freedom. This week we start with Finding You. We’ll get straight to the heart of why you don’t feel like you can care about yourself and who I was inspired to create this episode when one of the reviews on this podcast was “I may be nobody to most but this podcast made me ‘somebody’ to me.” It was time to get real and talk about the real questions we all have about our lives and why they’re meaningful. Go grab your sticky notes and listen in. I’ll challenge you to write down all of the things you want to believe about yourself and give you a way to remind yourself daily. Listen in to find out how to find YOU.
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