Motivational Millennial | Passion | Dreams | Overcome Challenges | Purpose | Fulfillment | Motivation

The Motivational Millennial Podcast co-hosts, Ivy LaClair and Blake Brandes, speak with leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, altruists and other Millennials living life with a sense of purpose and achieving their dreams. We explore the discovery of their passions, the beauty in the pursuit of their dreams, and how they overcome challenges on their paths.
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Jul 26, 2016

Colleen Kinder is a travel writer and photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, The, National Geographic Traveler,, Creative Nonfiction, and The New York Times Travel Section.


Colleen is the author of Delaying the Real World (Running Press, 2005), a book about avoiding cubicle life after college. Over 25,000 noble slackers bought this book, and Colleen loves when they write her to say, "still in Jakarta…"


In 2013, Colleen co-founded Off Assignment with Vince Errico. The idea sprang out of Pico Iyer's visit to Colleen's travel writing class at Yale. Rather than just tell her students about his essays, Pico shared what he'd left out of his essays. It was riveting. Colleen created Off Assignment as a reading series in the fall of 2013, and is currently working with Vince to make OA a non-profit and an online publication, devoted to the stories behind glossy magazine and front-page news stories.


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Jul 19, 2016

Andrew Thomas is a co-founder of SkyBell Video Doorbell, a smart home security company with a video doorbell that lets you see who’s at your door from a smartphone. Andrew heads business development and platform strategy efforts for SkyBell – working with Honeywell,, Nest, Amazon and more.  Andrew is an Internet of Things expert, writes for, Forbes and the Huffington Post Blog, and has been interviewed on TV, podcasts and in print.

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Jul 12, 2016

Sarah Maslin Nir is a staff reporter for the New York Times, covering Brooklyn. She is the author of Unvarnished, a 13 month investigation into the working conditions of manicurists in New York City.  Her report prompted swift response from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a new law aimed at making workplaces equitable and safer for manicurists.  Sarah was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in recognition of her investigative journalism.



What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Covering Brooklyn as it represents the world
  • Sarah’s unintentional path to journalism
  • Politics, fashion, hip-hop: How they intersect
  • Distinction between Advocate and Journalist
  • Telling stories through other people’s eyes
  • Having a beer with a homeless guy
  • Seeking fascination in everything
  • Find the tip of the iceberg
  • Challenges
  • Sarah’s Unvarnished story
  • Handling negativity
  • Why you should be the BEST
  • Advice to millennials
  • The Old Girls’ Club
  • Sarah’s good day
  • Find a twinkle
  • The pure joy of passionfruit soda
  • Sarah’s favorite motivational quotes: From her father, “Let THEM say no first.” From MLK, Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” 
  • From Sojourner Truth, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, then these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again. And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”
Jul 4, 2016

PG Sittenfeld currently serves on Cincinnati's City Council, where he chairs the Education & Entrepreneurship Committee and was the youngest Councilmember ever elected in Cincinnati. He was a 2016 candidate for the Democratic nomination for Ohio's United States Senate seat - a race in which he finished 2nd, earning nearly a quarter million votes in his first bid for statewide office.


PG also co-founded the non-profit Community Learning Center Institute, which included an innovative proposal to turn school buildings into around-the-clock learning hubs featuring adult education, co-located health and dental facilities, and recreational programs.


Listen to the episode as PG discusses:


  • Why PG got into politics
  • Why local politics can actually affect the political discourse on a national level
  • The issues that PG and other millennials care about that motivated him to get involved in politics
  • Why leading by example is important
  • Are millennials wrongly stereotyped as cynical and apathetic about politics?
  • Why millennials may feel frustrated by politics and is it a justified feeling?
  • How young people in elected office can provide much-needed diversity
  • How PG wants to inspire other millennials to get into public service
  • What’s fun about being an elected official
  • The 2 roles that PG feels are important in his political career
  • Why a community-based approach to improving people’s lives is important
  • How a holistic approach to education is really a whole child approach
  • Why millennials are really outward facing in their outlook
  • Lessons learned from his failed Senate bid
  • Positive outcomes PG accomplished by being in the campaign
  • Why millennials crave work that has meaning

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