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Amy Smith, brand strategist & creative badass

GUEST SPOTLIGHT: AMY SMITH Amy Smith is a brand strategist, website designer, and creative badass. She lives in Georgia with her husband and daughter, but they hope to someday move to California or Canada. Amy says she's, "definitely a Hufflepuff and an ENFP and I'm pretty good at peopling ;)"


Andi Forness, online dating coach

Learn how online dating coach Andi Forness runs her business, plus we talk about just many similarities there are between dating and business. Full show notes at Learn more about The Kindling, the online community for millennial women starting online businesses, at Guest Spotlight: Andi Forness "Andi Forness is an online dating coach who helps women ditch their love sabotaging patterns so they can successfully use online dating to...


Ashley DeLuca, digital marketing consultant

Today's Guest: Ashley DeLuca My mission is to utilize my story and passion for digital marketing to inspire entrepreneurs to rise and bloom. I work with creative female entrepreneurs who struggle with their digital marketing strategy and would like to rise into their fullest potential online. I provide actionable strategies and because of this, my clients receive the step-by-step attention they need to be successful. I have been creating websites since 2009 and working with digital...


[S2 Trailer] Something new for Season 2...

Hey everyone! Before we jump into Season 2, I wanted to talk about a few exciting changes coming up in the new season, along with a quick recap of Season 1. As I’m sure you might know, starting something new is hard. It takes guts, it takes hard work, and as things develop, you can’t be afraid to change and grow. After 14 great episodes for millennials talking about work, relationships, and lifestyle, we've decided to pursue a more specific audience. I'm excited to announce that Figuring...


How to find your perfect roommate (Cara Zelaya)

As I'm sure you know, not all roommates are created equally, and that’s why I have a guest here today to share how she found her roommate of two years. Cara Zelaya is a friend of mine, and when I recently heard how she used Google forms to survey prospective roommates on the internet, I knew I had to bring her on to share more about her process. By the end of this episode, you'll learn where to search, what to look for, and how Google forms are involved in the roommate hunt. For the full...


How stories influence work & play (Molly Zeff, CEO Flying Leap Games + Rich Lovejoy, Actor)

Imagine that you live in a home that’s all synced up to the Internet of Things. You can turn on the lights with a snap and use your voice to control anything in your house. The only problem is….your vacuum has started going haywire. The whole house is going nuts, and you’re pretty sure your neighbor is to blame. Well, technically you might be to blame since you’ve been using his wifi, although that’s a technicality. But the question is….what do you do? And how is a human pancreas...


How to work from home productively (Hilary Sutton, Author and Host of "Hustle and Grace")

The 9 to 5 is evolving. Working from home is becoming an option for more freelancers or even full-time employees, but this week we’re asking, “What’s it actually like to work from home, and how do you get anything done without getting distracted by cute puppy videos on the internet?” I worked from home full-time in 2016-2017 alongside 50 other employees at a fully remote company. And people always asked me questions like, “How do you get anything done?” and “What’s does a work from home...


10 lessons learned producing the first 10 podcast episodes (Melissa Guller, host)

Today I'm here solo to share some of the biggest lessons I've learned on this podcast journey so far. A few are about podcasting, but most of them fall under the broader category of “things I’ve learned about launching something brand new.” Well, and some stuff I haven’t quite cracked the code on yet. You'll learn why I started this podcast in the first place, and where the name came from. Then I’ll talk through what I’ve learned so far, including just a few helpful tools and advice about...


How to write a dating profile that actually works (Em Hammel,

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and in today’s modern dating world, that first impression is often your online dating profile. So today we’re going to talk about how to write a great dating profile that’ll help you stand out from the the good way. Tinder, Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, OK Cupid,…the sheer number of dating apps and websites available in 2018 is incredible. Maybe you’ve tried a few, or maybe you haven’t, but if you’re anything like me,...


Why should men advocate for women in the workplace? (Krystina Banahasky, CDO & Zephan Fischl, VP Sales)

Every single professional woman I know has at least one story about being treated differently in the workplace because of her gender or ethnicity. I’ve personally been excluded from meetings and politely told that the opinions I’ve brought to said meetings were unwelcome. Women are talked over. Minorities aren’t given credit. The wage gap is real. I could go on, and it’s easy to think that if it hasn’t happened to you, it’s not your problem. How can YOU make a positive difference as an...


How can I negotiate my salary? (Krystina Banahasky, CDO & Zephan Fischl, VP Sales)

How confident are you in a salary negotiation? Most people shy away from negotiation out of fear. Fear of losing the job, fear of being seen as pushy, fear of rejection….the list goes on. But the truth is that your prospective employer or your boss expect you to negotiate. An Elle magazine survey found that 89% of people who negotiated succeed in getting that higher number, so the risk is much lower than most people realize. But I know it’s much easier said than done, which is why I’ve...


How can you recover from getting laid off? (Corey Shelton, founder/owner Lime Life Media Co)

Getting laid off is like a punch in the gut. Even if you see it coming, it's still a shock, and until it happened to me, I didn’t realize how little we talk about it. So what DOES happen when you're laid off? And what should you be doing today in case it someday happens to you? By the end of this episode, Corey Shelton will walk us through his journey from getting laid off to starting his own business, Lime Life Media. Full show notes: Join the conversation on...


What's the right way to give feedback? (with Samantha Ku, Dir. Operations, Square Capital)

Welcome to Figuring It Out, the podcast for millennials navigating life in our 20s & 30s. I’m your host Melissa Guller, and each week, we’ll explore a new topic on work, relationships, lifestyle, and more. First time managers, this one's for you. In this episode, Samantha Ku is back to talk about compassionate feedback, mentorship, and the single most transformative choice she's made in her career to date. Most of us come into our first management role through a promotion, or a job well...


How does startup culture compare to corporate? (Samantha Ku, Dir. Operations, Square Capital)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to leave a stable corporate job for work at a tech startup? Well today, Samantha Ku is here to talk about her experience in banking compared to her current role at Square, a FinTech startup. And yes, there IS more to startup culture than just ping pong tables and snacks in the office. Aside from the wardrobe - suits vs hoodies - what are the real differences between working for a corporation versus a startup? That's what Samantha Ku is here to talk...


How can I profit from my passion? (Jossie Perlmutter, Chef/Owner Sweet Affairs Charlotte)

"Pursue your passion" feels like common career advice these days. But this week we're asking, "If I want to pursue my passion, how do I actually turn a profit?" Shows like Shark Tank are more popular today than ever before, and it's easy to think that pursuing your passion is the surefire way to achieve the success trifecta of purpose, joy, and of course, a ton of money. But how do I know if my passion is profitable anyway? And beyond that, will I even enjoy turning my passion into a...


Why won't most men date ambitious women? (Jenna Birch, Author "The Love Gap")

Author Jenna Birch introduces The Love Gap, a new modern dating phenomenon that explains why men don’t always pursue the smart, ambitious women they claim to want. Learn how generations of male and female relationship roles influenced modern dating, plus we'll identify a "Real Deal," someone ready for a lasting relationship. Lastly, Jenna offers her best dating advice for both men and women, and she addresses one of the most common dating questions: "How do I know if I'm settling?" Full...


How can I network authentically? (Jena Viviano, Career Coach & Business Strategist)

Job hunting is...the worst. We spend hours searching through job boards, perfecting our resumes, and brushing up on our interview skills, but do any of those efforts pay off? It turns out that most hiring managers only spend 6 seconds (?!) on your resume, so you'll need to do way more stand out from the crowd. To help us network authentically and land the job, I'm excited to host career coach Jena Viviano (formerly @ The Muse). Full show notes: Instagram:...


Why are bullet journals so popular? (Alec Fischer, Filmmaker)

The bullet journal has grown into a viral social media and YouTube sensation, and by the end of this episode, filmmaker and bullet journal user Alec Fischer will help us learn why the bullet journal is so popular, how it can help your productivity and your mental health, and how you can easily start one of your own. Full show notes: Join the conversation on Instagram: @melissaguller


[S1 Trailer] The modern millennial playbook

How do I negotiate my salary? Should I start a side business? And do really I have a shot at finding love on a dating app? Hi, I’m Melissa Guller, the host of Figuring It Out, a weekly podcast about navigating modern life in our 20s and 30s. As a kid, I thought adults knew everything. But you know what? The big secret to adulthood is that no one else knows what they’re doing either. So join me as I talk with authors, career coaches, business owners, friends of mine, and listeners like you...