Finding Your Spark

I decided to start the "Finding Your Spark" series to shine a light on different types of people who are following various paths – their OWN paths, whatever those may be.

The whole idea is that there's no single way to live life and a person doesn't have to be "famous" to inspire others. These individuals have found what inspires them, motivates them, makes them happy. And they've run with it.

This conversation sheds a light on something that is often kept under wraps: infertility. In December 2016, Selina went off birth control and started her fertility journey. Her and her husband tried for a full year with no luck. At that point, a woman is medically considered infertile. Throughout 2018, Selina had seen various doctors, eventually trying treatment, and now starting testing to get ready for IVF. We talk about her experiences with doctors, how a person's race, class, and age can impact their experiences, advice she has for others who are going through the same struggle or know someone who is, and more.

At the beginning of her sophomore year of college, Hattie was diagnosed with a contagious skin virus. Along with the obvious physical affects, the illness affected her mental health and her relationship, leaving her feeling isolated and scared. Hattie bares all as we talk about how it affected her, how she got through it, how it shaped the kind of person she is today.

Moving to LA as a starry-eyed dreamer is a tale as old as time, but this interview is with someone who did it and has a lot to show for it. After graduating college in Chicago, Jamie moved to LA to pursue her passion for dance. She attends classes five days a week and has been in a handful of music videos. We talk about her move to LA, common misconceptions about dance, the auditioning process, and how she's working on herself first as a human, then as a dancer.

Originally from Nigeria but now living in the Caribbean, Afoma Umesi has been blogging for seven years, finished medical school and earned her M.D., and runs her own photography business. I am constantly impressed with how much this girl gets done. With experience in so many different areas, I knew I wanted to talk to her to learn more about the history of her blog, behind-the-scenes details of her photography business, and how she keeps up with all of it.

Eileen is one of the most courageous, big-hearted, and inspiring people I know. After working together for two years, she quit her job to embark on a 90-day road trip, most of which was by herself. We talk about how she planned her trip, how it felt to experience new things alone, some of her most memorable destinations, and what the trip taught her in the end.
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In this interview, we're shining a light on the beauty of home and family and establishing roots for your future. Andrea is a dear friend of mine from college. Since graduating, she had a few jobs before settling in to her current position, bought a house with her long-term boyfriend, and then, a few months later, they bought a dog together. During our chat, we talk about how she's grown, independently and in her relationship, and the beauty in the beginning of her own little family.

Finding Where You Belong And Enjoying The Ride
My very dear friend Nicole moved solo from Illinois to Chicago, and during her first year, I loved watching her thrive and explore life in her new home. And she's loved it too. We talk about what it felt like for her to move to another state at 23 and the advice she has for others wanting to do the same.

Rachel Del is an author who moved from Ontario, Canada to Las Vegas at the age of 26. She married her now-husband, had a baby boy, and has published two novellas and one full-length novel. We talk about when she first considered herself a "writer," what scenes she finds difficult to write, where she gets her inspiration, and more.

Neddy is an author, a blogger, and a podcaster. Ultimately, she is a creator. In 2012, she quit her job to write a book. Four years later, she started a blog and podcast. Driven by a mission to share stories and help others, her journey has been one filled with learning, adventure, and self-growth.

From graduating college in 2015 to the time of our interview in 2017, a lot happened in Melissa's life. She married her boyfriend of nine years, had a daughter, created her own parenting blog, started working full-time, and became pregnant with her second child. During our chat, we talked about depression, anxiety, feeling whole, blogging, motherhood, jumping back into the working world, and how the sun will always rise the next morning.

After graduating college and enrolling in classes to earn a master's degree, Brianne became a Zumbda instructor at a local park district. Even with a lot on her plate, she continues to pursue her passion, proving that no matter how busy our schedules are, there's always time for us to follow our dreams.

Big Dreams, Epic Fails, And A Flare For The Dramatic
Comforting, inspiring, and refreshingly honest, 24-year-old Brigid talks about how she spent a semester in Los Angeles as part of her university's Hollywood Semester Program and eventually moved there herself. Her journey teaches us that not everyone has it together, dream jobs aren't always as perfect as we imagine them to be, and that chasing whatever will bring us longer-lasting joy is what's most important.