Category Archives: Feature Interviews

Feature interviews with inspiring people who share their experiences, inspiration, and advice

“I’m inspired by people who are strong where I am weak” – Interview with Brian Cicioni at I May Roam

Brian Cicioni is a travel blogger at I May Roam, who caught the travel bug after getting his driver’s license and traveling to see his favorite rock bands. His blog focuses on exploring cities via public transportation, featuring hidden cultural and food attractions. Today he shares about his love of music,  the people who inspire him, and the best advice he’s ever received.

Photo provided by and used with permission from Brian Cicioni at I May Roam

Name and Blog:
Brian Cicioni at I May Roam

Fun fact about you:
I was afraid to fly and didn’t do it on a regular basis until I was 20 years old.

Funner fact:
I’ve been to 40 countries and every United State except Alaska.

Funnest fact:
I own everything ever recorded by AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Boogie Down Productions, Metallica, Ozzy Osboourne, Pantera, Pearl Jam, Slayer, Sleater-Kinney, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, The Clash, The Ramones, U2 and Van Halen.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a travel blogger?
I’m blogging about the most important thing in my life for the past 16 years.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
The amount of time that goes into making a post stand out from the rest.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Food, Music, Travel, Trains

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who are strong where I am weak. As far as the type of travel (and more recently) blogging I’ve been doing, Lynn Chen, Henry Rollins and Rick Steves.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Forest Hills High School (The Ramones went there!)

If you aren’t doing anything related to travel, what are you doing in your free time?
Cooking, eating, exercising or sleeping.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
In an interview shortly before his death, Cliff Burton said that once you discover what you love, don’t get caught up in all the other things life has to offer. Although I can’t travel all the time, everything in my life revolves around it, so I think he would be proud.

Readers: Join me in thanking Brian for sharing his time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about him, check out his blog I May Roam, with all the links to the usual social media sites.

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“Everything always works itself out” – Interview with Molly Sydnor

Molly Sydnor is a fine artist who works in multiple mediums including drawing, painting, textiles, jewelry, and performance art. Today she shares about her inspiration, how consistency and discipline leads her to success, and the advice she thinks about all the time.

Molly

Molly “dancing on heaven at sunset” at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico – Photo via Instagram (@mollymargaretdesigner), provided by and used with permission from Molly Sydnor

Name and website:
Molly Sydnor

Fun fact about you:
I am an artist with a BFA in fibers

Funner fact:
I am an athlete

Funnest fact:
I have a heart condition requiring a pacemaker

What do you think has been essential to your success so far as an artist?
Continuing to make work even when I do not have the inspiration or desire to do so.

What was something that surprised you about art?
The connections you can make from being inspired by other artists and creatives!

If you had to describe your art in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Color, texture, bright, fun, body, experimental

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the body and human experience. I’m also inspired by color and textures. I get inspired everyday by different artists both famous and found on Instagram.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
To travel the world!

If you aren’t doing anything related to your art, what are you doing in your free time?
I like to work out in my free time.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always tells me not to worry so much because everything always works itself out. I pretty much think about that advice all the time for both little things and big things.

Readers: Join me in thanking Molly for sharing her time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about her, check out her blog and Instagram (@mollymargaretdesigner).

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“Follow your bliss” – Interview with Jill Weisenberger

Today’s feature interview is with Jill Weisenberger, dietitian, nutrition and diabetes expert, author, consultant, speaker, and spokesperson. I asked to interview Jill because I liked what she said in another interview: when asked about how she got into self-employed work, she replied, “Dreamed it and went for it.” Below, Jill shares her strategy for writing three books (and tackling other large projects), her four favorite foods, and the best advice she’s ever received.

Photo provided by and used with permission from Jill Weisenberger (jillweisenberger.com/) for The Goal List (thegoallist.com)

Photo provided by and used with permission from Jill Weisenberger

Name and website:
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, CHWC

Fun fact about you:
My four favorite foods are strong black coffee, dark chocolate, peanut butter and dry red wine. I like to say that if I didn’t have good portion control strategies, I’d be a hyperactive fat drunk.

Funner fact:
Most nights after dinner, I chase my dog and pretend to be one. It doesn’t matter how late it is or how tired I am, he rarely lets me escape this duty.

Funnest fact:
Other than eating a delicious, nutritious, home-prepared dinner, my favorite family activity is mountain biking.

What do you think has been essential to your success as an entrepreneur? 
I am forward thinking and very organized. I am able to look at a project, divide it into multiple tasks, anticipate obstacles, brainstorm possible solutions and execute a well-designed but flexible plan. That’s how I had the stomach to write more books after my first, Diabetes Weight Loss-Week by Week.

What was something that surprised you about entrepreneurship? 
It still amazes me just how many opportunities are out there for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. I feel as if I have multiple professions: nutrition counselor, coach, recipe developer, author, freelance writer, media spokesperson and on and on.

If you had to describe your blog/website in 6 words or less, what would you say? 
Science-based, practical nutrition and health advice.

Who or what inspires you? 
My Registered Dietitian Nutritionist colleagues have inspired me so much over the years because of their great accomplishments and career paths that have seemed to be out of the box. It is my husband, however, who has encouraged me and led me to believe that I can do nearly anything I want to do.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Most items on my bucket list have to do with traveling, including some type of an African Safari. One big one is to participate in a culinary course in Italy, France or other European country.

If you aren’t doing anything related to your businesses, what are you doing in your free time? 
Jogging, playing with my dogs, spending time with my daughters and husband.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 
Follow your bliss.

Readers: Join me in thanking Jill for sharing her time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about her, check out her website (which also has a blog with recipes, practical tips, and links to the usual social media sites).

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