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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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“A continuing cycle of learning and experimentation” – Interview with Amar Hussein of Gap Year Escape

Today’s feature interview is with Amar Hussein, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Gap Year Escape. On his Instagram profile, Amar describes himself as a “7 Continent World Traveller, Editor, Author, Pug Lover and M&M Connoisseur” and today he shares about his irrational fear, three amazing adventures crossed off the bucket list, and the best advice he’s ever received.

Skydiving over the Alps - Photo provided by and used with permission from Amar Hussain at GapYearEscape.com for TheGoalList.com

Skydiving over the Alps – Photo provided by and used with permission from Amar Hussain

Name and blog:
Amar Hussain at Gap Year Escape

Fun fact about you:
I have an irrational fear of tomato ketchup but will eat tomatoes or have tomato sauce on pizza.

Funner fact:
I quite frequently get stuck in toilets [stalls], normally when the handles break off. This has happened more times than I’d care to admit.

Funnest fact:
I once went in a submarine to 2000ft to explore a petrified ice age coral reef. The best part about it… the submarine was yellow.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a travel blogger?
Being adaptable and always willing to learn and try new things. It’s been a long time since blogging was purely about the writing. If content is king then marketing is certainly queen. You have to constantly stay on top of what is happening in internet marketing to ensure you stay in touch and can get your content and blog in front of people.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
When I started I never thought about how many doors it would open, the skills I would acquire and most importantly the connections I have made. I wouldn’t have half the friends I do now if it wasn’t for blogging and the world it introduced me to. Blogging has afforded me so many opportunities and been a definitive part of my 20’s.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
The best thing I’ve ever done.

Who or what inspires you?
Cheesy answer but my parents do for how hard they worked in raising me. Outside of that, I know a lot of entrepreneurs who are doing great things and I look up to them and the work they are doing in creating great businesses.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Tough one, but I would have to say my top three would be going to Antarctica, experiencing zero gravity and cage diving with Great White Sharks. Blessed to say that I have done all three and all were incredible experiences to tick off the bucket list.

The list is never ending and I am constantly adding to it. Despite a trip to the Arctic Circle last year I am still yet to see the Northern Lights. I’m also keen to go on safari in Botswana and also try ice climbing!

If you aren’t doing anything related to travel, what are you doing in your free time?
I don’t travel full-time anymore and use London as a base to do shorter trips. I just got back from snowboarding in France and a entrepreneurs meetup in Portugal. When I’m not working on my travel blog I work on developing my new venture, Suave Grooming, which is a grooming and skin care company for men.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve always been partial to the saying that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Life, business, blogging, and even travel is a continuing cycle of learning and experimentation and the best way to do this is to surround yourself who you can learn from.

Readers: Join me in thanking Amar for sharing his time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about him and the rest of the team, check out Gap Year Escape (links to the usual social media sites are located there).

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