My Podcast Addiction Pt. II

It’s been a while since my last podcast post so I thought I’d share a few that I’ve been listening to lately. The content that I’m interested in changes with the different seasons of life.  Right now, I’ve been listening to podcasts that are either business-oriented, branding-focused shows or those that tell a unique story. It’s very similar to the way I read books. I’m always reading at least 3 types of books: non-fiction, light/fun fiction, and business depending on my mood. This diversity is helpful when you’re working through a challenging project, trying to develop a more balanced perspective, or just simply need a mental vacation!

  1. The #AskGaryVee Show – If you’re not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuck, he is an expert and successful entrepreneur in the world Social Media Marketing. He is the CEO of Vayner Media and speaks at a variety of events around the world. Gary packs a lot of ego, but makes some excellent points. His is quick and to the point. Listening to his show is one of my favorite ways to kick off the Monday morning commute.
  2. The Art of Charm – While I’ve only listened to a few of their episodes, I’ve loved the variety of speakers they bring on board. What makes their show unique is the raw nature of the conversation and unfiltered advice.
  3. Bodega Boys – Speaking of unfiltered, I feel like I should add a word of caution about the Bodega Boys. It’s best to listen to this one when you’re not around any sensitive ears. That being said, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are absolutely hilarious! They aren’t talking about much of anything, but just laughing about current events with a true bodega, cornerstone vibe. Their perspective and humor is raw, but reminds me so much of the way my brother and I crack jokes with each other.
  4. This American Life – If you’re new to the podcast world, you definitely want to start here. This American Life captures the true essence of powerful storytelling. Each show has a different theme, usually unexpected. Listening to the show is like getting lost in a great fiction book with a surprise ending.

P.s. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share that my fiancee was just featured on 2 incredible episodes the Blogs of War podcast, a natural security show. Check them out here and here

Cheers to a great week!

Rainy Day in the Bay

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Hello 2016!

It’s been a few weeks, but I’ve taken some time to rest up and recharge for the New Year. Sometimes you need to give yourself a little break from the Holiday break to fully relax and indulge in the things that make you happy.

This time away has given me the opportunity to put some thought into the content and direction of this blog. Here are some of the things to be on the lookout for in 2016:

  • Career – Moving to Silicon Valley has challenged me in a variety of ways. You have to seriously be on your game here because there are lots of brilliant people (10 years younger than you even) doing HUGE things in the same amount of time you have. I will share some of things that have helped me grow in my career and what I’m learning along the way.
  • Home – We are making strides to make our little over-priced San Francisco apartment into a home! The design process comes with the added fun of working with my fiancee to find things that match both of our taste and at a good price. We will share how this develops over time.
  • San Francisco (and beyond) – Lots of travel is on the books this year. Also, there’s still so much to see and do here in the Bay. I’m excited to share this on the blog for those thinking of visiting the City by the Bay.
  • Wedding Planning – I’m getting married! It has still yet to sink in. We have a long engagement planned with lots to prep for the Big Day. I plan to share the process in hopes that it can help others planning for their wedding day, and get some advice in return!
  • Beauty – Thanks to being raised by a mother who is a makeup artist and model, I’ve picked up lots of tools of the trade along the way. I look forward to sharing some of these tips here  as well as some of my favorite products.

In the meantime, we are experiencing a downpour here thanks to El Nino. This is an interesting change of events after 5 years of a drought. This Saturday the rain stopped just long enough to take a walk out to the beach and the Palace of the Fine Arts. It’s a pretty incredible sight after near constant rain!

Afterwards, we grabbed a drink at our favorite bar, The Interval, and dinner at A16 in the Marina. If you’re looking for a cozy, upscale, Italian pizza spot after a day sightseeing by the Golden Gate Bridge, A16 is a must.

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My Podcast Addiction

When I made the move to live in San Francisco full-time last Fall, I knew I wanted to remain working in our Silicon Valley office. Hey, who can blame me for wanting the best of both worlds?! 🙂 With that decision came a commitment to a near daily 1 hour commute…on a good day. While this may seem crazy to some, I’ve found ways to make the ride enjoyable. When I’m not catching up with my mom on pressing world affairs, like Vicki and Shannon’s fight on the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, I’m listening to a slew of podcasts. The podcasts have been so fascinating that now I actually look forward to the commute and feel 100x more prepared to take on the workday. Here are a few I can’t get enough:

  1. The Lively Show – Need to get inspired to live your most creative, fulfilling life? This show is all about that. There are 2 episodes in particular that I’ve listened to countless times: The Elizabeth Gilbert interview on her new book, Big Magic (more on this book later), and The Myleik Teele interview on Radical Authenticity. Both are “Must Listen” episodes and very inspiring!

  2. Myleik Teele – Speaking of Myleik, she also has her very own podcast and it is ON POINT! This is my go-to for quick bursts of high impact motivation to stay on your grind and get organized/focused about your goals. Plus, listening to Myleik speak reminds you of being in conversation with a friend.

  3. TED Radio Hour – This is an obvious choice if you’re a lover of TED talks, like me. The episodes usually covers 1 topic from 2-3 different speakers’ points of view. Topics range from subjects like leadership to creativity to health, and everything in between. One of my favorites is Disruptive Leadership.

  4. Dear Sugar – This podcast is very raw and very real! It is an advice column that deals with all of the very personal things that are rarely discussed. Nothing is off limits! Cheryl Strayed (writer of Wild among many other things) is one of the narrators if that gives you any insight into how good this is!

  5. HBR Ideacast – This is one that I’ve recently started to listen to. It combines the witty intellect that HBR represents with the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit present in Silicon Valley. Not to glorify the concept of the entrepreneur, which can be over-hyped IMHO, but it does get the gears turning. I like that it shows you how you can apply an entrepreneurial mindset to the current work you’re doing, even if it’s at a large corporation, which is something that is useful for so many!

So, these are my favorite podcasts of the moment, but I’ll be back with more. Bookmark ’em, or check them out on the Fireside or Podcast app next time you’re at gym, cooking, winding down, or battling the rush hour commute! If you’re a podcast lover as well, I’d love to hear what you’re listening to right now. Please share below!

Friday Favorites: Back to Business

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1. Forget going to business school, Breaking Bad teaches us all of the business skills you need to know for less time and money. {theeconomist.com}


2. What life is REALLY like as a small town girl in a big city. {thoughtcatalog.com}

3. The location of breakouts are incredibly indicative of what’s happening in your body and face mapping tells us just that. {laurenconrad.com}

4. The top ranking powers that be in the year 2013. Any guess as to which American royal family came in numero uno? {vanityfair.com}

5. When getting your way the usual way doesn’t work, sometimes you just have to know how to plant the idea in someone else’s mind. {lifehacker.com}


Happy Friday from a very rainy (and much appreciated) Seattle!
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A Fresh Start

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In one of my favorite movies, “The September Issue,” Candy Pratts Price famously says, “September is like the January of Fashion.” Candy is absolutely spot on. Many months (or perhaps, years) out, fashion magazines begin the prep work for the much-anticipated “September Issues,” designers work tirelessly on the September debut of their Spring/Summer collections at the world’s largest Fashion Week, and retailers ready their stores for the onslaught of mixed back-to-school and Holiday shoppers.

For me, September represents a month of rejuvenation and renovation. I saturate myself in the September issues and consequentially, my wardrobe gets a much-needed facelift. Still carrying a bit of that collegiate attitude, I also feel ready to charge full force ahead with my work. Or maybe I’m just excited to use all of the back-to-school notebooks I bought up at Target last month before any students could get to them. 

Nevertheless, many of us feel like September gives us the opportunity to start with a clean slate. For my blog, it means FINALLY dropping the “.blogspot” and graduating to http://www.VastAspiration.com. Also, getting a new email address at said domain (see About page). This September, maybe you’re reinventing yourself, rediscovering your true passion, or simply trying to figure out what it is you want to do with your life (because that’s simple, right?!). Whatever it may be, always remember that it’s never too late to make a fresh start. 
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