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Join creative business owners and BFFs Rachel Mansfield & Haley Hardin West as they combine their knowledge and experience in the worlds of business, mental health, and the arts into compact, practical information to help listeners tap into their creative gifts, find the courage and confidence to turn those gifts into lucrative careers, and be the healthiest version of themselves possible. This weekly, listener-lead podcast will feature honest conversations about business, creativity, and me ...
 
Every week, blogger and freelance writer Ayana Lage chats with talented creatives about their career journeys and the twists they've faced along the way. Each episode feels like you're hanging out with two of your friends, so tune in for fun, illuminating conversation.
 
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I'm hanging out with Rachel Mansfield (@rachlmansfield) for today's episode! She's an incredible cookbook author and recipe creator who has a really cool story. We talk about how she didn't get into cooking until she was an adult and how she found a love for it while recovering from an eating disorder, why getting fired from a job made her decide t…
 
Hi there! New York Times bestselling author Kate Baer is today's podcast guest! I love her work and find it so moving, so I'm thrilled to have her. We discuss her writing process, how she started with erasure poetry, the work she did before coming a full-time writer, and the complicated emotions surrounding "mom guilt" as a working parent. Follow h…
 
#52: In this episode, I chat with one of my favorite recipe developers, Yumna, of Feel Good Foodie. Yumna creates such delicious and simple recipes for your family. And in this episode she shares how she got started, her tips on growing her brand and tips for new content creators on social media. And of course we chat all things food. For more from…
 
Author and podcast host Caroline Moss is on the pod today, and our conversation is a treat! We talk about the pressure to always be productive and how to handle it, what it's like writing children's books, and how much authors actually make (hint: less than you think). Caroline also talks about how her podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It! came about…
 
Today, I’m joined by the one and only Lisa Respers France. She’s a longtime journalist who has worked at CNN for over a decade as a senior entertainment writer. She’s the queen of all things pop culture and graciously agreed to share her journey to her dream job with me. We talk about how she became a writer (the story involves Oprah!), her most me…
 
#51: In this episode, we are hosting our first advice segment! And to be honest - this is one of of my favorite episodes yet. We chat through a few listener questions and give our unfiltered feedback and thoughts. Plus at the end Jord and I do a quick life update on his career change. For more from me, I'm over @rachLmansfield and rachLmansfield.co…
 
This week, I’m joined by Emily Amick, better known as @emilyinyourphone. She shares nuanced political opinions from a partisan perspective on her Instagram account, and I love learning new things from her. We discuss her time serving as counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer, going to law school and becoming an attorney for terrorism victims, and what da…
 
#50: In this episode, we give you guys the full run down on all things investing with our girl, Nicole Cogan (listen to this episode on all things influencer marketing with us too!). Here's a sneak peak into what we chat about: What does it mean when you say you’re investing in a brand? Where do you even start? What does it mean to be an angel inve…
 
I’m thrilled to welcome Rep. Anna Eskamani to the pod today! If you’re not familiar with her, you should be — she’s a progressive leader in Florida making a huge difference both in our state and our country. We talk about why she ran for office and flipping her seat in 2018, what it’s like to balance a full-time job with public service, and how she…
 
Hey, friends! I’m back with another episode of Asked By Ayana, this time featuring Arielle Estoria (@arielleestoria). She’s a poet, speaker, author, actor, and model whose words bring me so much joy, and I’m honored to have her here. We talk about how she struggled at the beginning of her career, what content creation looks like for her, and how sh…
 
#49: In this episode, I am chatting with one of my favorite recipe creators, Justine E., of @justine_snacks. Justine is the talented recipe creator and TikTok recipe star that recently transitioned from her full-time job to pursing her own brand. We dive into a ton of topics including how she was pushed out of her job and given an ultimatum between…
 
Stephanie Hayes (@stephrhayes) is on the pod today to talk about journalism! She got her career start 18 years ago at the Tampa Bay Times and has worked for the newspaper ever since. Stephanie is currently a columnist at the Times, and she shares her thoughts on why journalism is far from dead, along with her own journey to newspaper writing. Thank…
 
I’m honored to have Yamel Belen (@yamelbelen) join me to talk about Black maternal health and doula work. I’ve known Yamel for years and she helped me immensely both pre- and post-pregnancy, so I’m excited that she joined me. We talk about why doulas are important, my labor and delivery experience, and how to advocate for yourself while giving birt…
 
#48: In this episode I share more on my own personal journey with food. Starting from my teenage years until now. Some of what we dive into in this episode.. My food story: Have you ever struggled with an eating disorder? Biggest turning point in your relationship with food and you arrived there? Did you ever struggle with binge eating? What were s…
 
Happy Wednesday, pod squad! Today's episode features Grace Baldridge (@gracebaldridge) who releases music under the name Semler. Grace topped the iTunes Christian charts with their incredible album Preacher’s Kid, and they're the first openly queer artist to do so. We talk about music, the American evangelical church, their experience as a queer Ch…
 
I'm thrilled to welcome Emma Cortes (@emmasedition) to the podcast today! After being laid off from her job in the aerospace industry last year, she became a full-time blogger and course creator. In the first half of 2021, she's already secured $100,000+ in brand partnerships. We talk about how she decided to pursue full-time blogging, why influenc…
 
This week I'm joined by the wonderful Amber Fillerup (@amberfillerup) to talk about influencing, entrepreneurship, and what it's like being vulnerable online. Amber is a longtime lifestyle, beauty and family blogger and the founder of hair extension company Barefoot Blonde Hair and haircare line Dae. 08:30 - how she prioritizes family when working …
 
#47: In this episode, I am catching up with one of my favorites, Olivia Noceda. Otherwise known as @olivianoceda on the internet. Olivia fills us in on her crazy a$$ move to NYC from LA, digesting the last year with COVID and all the insanity that went down. And the coolest story of how Olivia and I first connect through Instagram (banana bread is …
 
I’m thrilled to welcome Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) to the pod! She’s an actress, singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and all-around wonderful person who welcomed her first baby four months ago. We talk about balancing motherhood with work, pregnancy during a pandemic, what it’s like to play Rebecca on NBC’s This Is Us now that she’s a mom herself, an…
 
#46: This episode is seriously one of my favorites yet. We get INTO IT on the topic of influencer marketing and what it is really like working with brands. Nicole Cogan AKA NoBread and I sit down and dish the dirt. We openly discuss brand partnerships, growing our own brands and scaling our businesses, how influencer marketing really took off, form…
 
What's up, pod fam! The incomparable Hitha Palepu (@hithapalepu) joins us for today's episode. She's an investor, entrepreneur, author, and blogger based in New York City. We talk about how she juggles all of her roles, brands and inclusivity, prenatal and postpartum depression, and not taking herself too seriously. ⠀ 06:10 - How she started workin…
 
#45: In this episode, I am chatting with two beautiful souls that I met thanks to Instagram - Elizabeth Endres and Dale Borchiver from the very well known brand, Sweats and The City (SATC). Dale and Elizabeth are the fitness gurus who share the in's and out's of all things boutique fitness and SO much more like skincare, body image, brand building …
 
This week’s convo is with Chabeli Carrazana, the economy reporter at the 19th News. She’s worked at both the Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel, and you may have seen her asking Jen Psaki questions in the White House Briefing Room (casual!). We talk about how she got into journalism (6:00), what it was like to cover the Parkland school shooting and …
 
#44: In this episode we are joined by my baby daddy, husband and best friend, Jordan, aka mcjordO and we get juicy guys. We sit down (so glamorously) on our bedroom floor to answer your questions and share the scoop on *so* many things like how we met, where the f we will be in 10 years, what we were like in college, how having kids has impacted ou…
 
In today’s episode, I’m joined by Nicole Modic (@kalejunkie) who has an incredible story about quitting her job as a lawyer to become a food blogger. Nicole opens up about walking away from a prestigious role to pursue her dreams, and she gets honest about how struggling with an eating disorder impacted her journey. We talk about her practicing emp…
 
Hey, pod fam! Today's episode features Caralyn Mirand Koch (@caralynmirand), a plus-size model and style blogger. She was the runner-up on Tyra Banks's "Fiercely Real Teen Model Search" reality show, which kicked off her modeling journey (02:20). We talk about not knowing what you want to do when you grow up (12:00), along with brands and size incl…
 
Happy Wednesday, pod fam! Today's chat is with Theresa Helmer, who's the Executive Director, Integrated Content Strategy at Disney Branded Television. We talk about her career path (fun fact: it includes a stint on the Taco Bell corporate social media team). Theresa offers insight into her daily workday and advice for people interested in networkin…
 
This week Haley is breaking down the signs and symptoms of executive dysfunction and how to manage it, while Rachel goes into the highs and lows of starting a business and some practical tips for surviving the lows. This discussion comes straight from our own lived experience and we get 100% candid about how we've personally struggled in these area…
 
This week, I’m chatting with Tomi Obebe, the full-time content creator behind GoodToMicha.com. We talk about being Black in a mostly white industry, how Tomi went from a pre-med student to a successful fashion blogger who now makes six figures, and whether being an influencer is actually hard work. If you’re interested in learning more about the in…
 
This week we're lightening the mood a little by diving into how to get out of a creative rut! We've all been stuck creatively, but given the last year (or so) we've had, 'creative block' has taken on a whole new meaning. In this episode, Rachel and Haley discuss practical ways to get unstuck, and how shifting your mentality can open up your creativ…
 
Jess Massey graciously agreed to hop on the pod to share what she calls a "dumpster fire" of a career journey. Jess changed her major multiple times in college, decided to become a speech language pathologist, and dropped out of grad school to start a now-popular productivity brand called Hustle Sanely. She has a lot of insight about pursuing your …
 
This week Rachel and Haley continue the discussion about Narcissism! Haley gives a detailed list of how to manage interactions with narcissistic people, Rachel comes through with some mic drop moments, and they discuss how to combat narcissistic tendencies in ourselves. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram (@thecreativebrainpodcast) and please te…
 
Lindsay Silberman (@lindsaysilb) joins the pod to share her journey from magazine editor to full-time influencer. We chat about what it’s like to leave a stable job to do your own thing, her thoughts on the influencer industry, and her experience founding a luxury candle brand that’s getting rave reviews from national media. Follow Lindsay below: i…
 
Rachel and Haley are back with a 2 part series exploring a hot topic this week: Narcissism! This part 1 episode explores narcissistic traits, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), and the subtypes of narcissists. Haley also discusses the works of Dr. Ramani Durvasula, an award winning psychologist and expert on narcissism. Check out more of her …
 
This week, I’m sitting down with my friend Grace Atwood (@graceatwood), the founder of a popular blog called The Stripe and co-host of the fabulous Bad on Paper podcast. We explore her journey to full-time blogging and the jobs she had before this one, including a few horror stories. Grace shares how she stays disciplined and how to navigate a flex…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Asked by Ayana! Today, we talk to Olivia Muenter (@oliviamuenter), a writer, editor and digital content creator. We cover what it’s like moving from a secure job to being full-time freelance and how she did it, along with how she started gaining freelance clients. You can follow Olivia on her social channels linked b…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains detailed conversation about PTSD and CPTSD, including subjects like violence, sexual violence, and trauma. Listener discretion is advised. We're back in the swing of things, and this week Haley is breaking down the difference between PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and CPTSD (complex post traumatic stres…
 
Welcome to Asked by Ayana, a brand new podcast hosted by Ayana Lage (that's me)! I've always been fascinated with the idea of a dream job, mainly because I landed my perfect gig out of college and ended up not liking it. I was discouraged until I talked to friends and learned that many of us have the same experience. Join me as I interview talented…
 
Have you missed us!?! We're back (yes, again 😅 ) and our triumphant return is all about what the past year has taught us, dealing with anxiety from collective trauma, the highs and lows of transitions, and where we're going from here. Hopefully you're not expecting a whole lot of structure because we're 100% all over the place with this one, but we…
 
#43: In this episode, I am joined by my partner in crime and right hand in everything - Jordan - aka my husband as we chat with the Founders of Serenity Kids, Joe and Serenity Carr. Our family are *huge* fans of Serenity Kids and everything they are doing. So much so that we invested in the company last year. Joe and Serenity are completing revolut…
 
#42: In this episode, we are chatting with Valeria Lipovetsky. The social media queen who started her brand over on YouTube just a few years ago. Valeria is such an inspiring entrepreneur, mom and her energy is contagious when you listen to her. We chat everything from why she started her brand and how it has evolved since day one, her story on cre…
 
#41: In this episode, I am sitting down with one of my closest friends - Nicole Modic. Otherwise known as "Kale Junkie" on Instagram. Nicole is best known for her delicious recipes she whips up in her kitchen just outside San Fransisco, her adorable two sons and her openness on her journey with her eating disorder. In this episode, Nicole shares ab…
 
#40: In this episode, I am in the "hot seat" again this year. My husband and best friend, Jordan, and I chat about the last year and reflect a bit over the last 5 years since I was fired from my job. We dive into the crazy transition, building my brand and answer SO many of your questions about running my own business and more on the behind-the-sce…
 
#39: In today's episode I am chatting with one of my close friends, Cameron Rogers, the content creator and podcast host behind Freckled Foodie. Cameron and I quickly became friends after meeting at a few events in NYC. Cammie is one of those people who I can thank Instagram for bringing into my life. She is unapologetically herself in the best way…
 
#38: In today's episode, I am chatting with two of the founders of one of our favorite brands - Hu! You likely know Hu because of their kickass dark chocolate bars, hunks, gems and crackers and they are exploding everywhere right now. And pre COVID you probably could have seen me in their restaurant in Union Square about 4x week. I have been a grou…
 
#37: In today's episode, I am chatting with two of my favorite humans! The Co-founders of Wild Friends Foods, Erika Welsh + Keeley Tillotson. I have known these two amazing ladies now for years and they are truly the kindest most bad ass nut butter makers out there. They not only make the best creamy drizz-able peanut butter in the world but they u…
 
#36: In today's episode, I am chatting with the go-to Registered Dietitian on all things Prenatal, Lily Nichols. Lily is a complete genius when it comes to taking care of our bodies before, during and after pregnancy. Lily shares all of the nutrients we need from the time we are trying to conceive through your entire pregnancy. We also chat about t…
 
#35: In today’s episode, we are chatting with our fertility doctor, Eric Forman. Dr. Forman is the medical laboratory director at Columbia University Fertility Center and he oversees the IVF laboratory there. He helped us get pregnant with both Ezra and his baby brother and we love love everyone at the Columbia University Fertility Center. Dr. Form…
 
#34: In this episode, I am chatting with one of most favorite people on the plant, Lisa Hayim. Lisa is an amazing Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist who is on a mission to help everyone fork the noise. Lisa is an expert at helping others overcome food fears and live their lives without that annoying voice in our heads saying "eat this" and "don'…
 
#33: In today's episode, we chat with our very own Functional MD, Dr. Frank Lipman. Dr. Lipman is one of the most intelligent wellness experts and he is here in this episode sharing some of his wisdom with us. We dive into into a handful of topics in just one episode. A few of the topics we touch on: Why vitamin D is so important to take Thoughts o…
 
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