Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe: Being a female entrepreneur in Arizona.

Marion Houghton sat down with us for the……wait…..wait…….THIRD EPISODE of Up in Smoke !

The show has already proven that there is a Walmart-Supercenter-sized-amount of incredible women doing art and starting their own thing in Arizona, and Marion is no exception. The co-founder of Anidaso – an Arizona company that circulates beautiful, handcrafted purses and accessories from Ghana and resells them in the US –  gave us the scoop on her company and its focus on mindfulness, as well as her life-changing road trip.

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Now pause this reading nonsense and go listen to episode 3 of Up in Smoke here!!!

“So what exactly is this Anidaso company and why is it in Arizona?” you ask. (Although technically I asked because I was the one on the podcast with the mic…but here’s an answer below so plz don’t hate my awkward parenthesis statements. Listen to the question on the podcast here. bye.)

In Twi, a dialect of Ghanaian, “anidaso” translates to hope. The company and it’s official name came to be after a serendipitous meeting between Marion and her co-founder, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald. Kaitlyn sprouted the idea of a for-profit company after she experienced firsthand some of the drawbacks of mission trips. She began selling the bags from the trunk of her car and met Marion shortly after. The two combined to form a company that focuses on the concepts of mindfulness and community building.

“We consider our company currency to be mindfulness. Mindfulness is what moves us, it’s how we operate everything that we do,” Marion said.

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The “Diana” Dora Bag from the Anidaso website.

The young entrepreneur talked about the creation, concept, and mission of Anidaso on the podcast (which you can listen to here) and quickly spoke about the blog she curates, before moving more onto her own background and how she navigates Arizona.

Some of her biggest advice? “Your vibe attracts your tribe.”

Marion went on to explain the rhyme in that she is who she hangs out with and is a big believer in attracting supportive friends and giving a big Beyonce BYE to the rest. She also goes out of her way to attract similarly minded people in Arizona by planning small meetup events around the valley. Currently, she organizes Phoenix “Mindful Meals,” and “Mindful Morning,” sessions, always filling her creative guests with food and thought.

unnamedOne of the best parts of this podcast (other than Marion’s wonderful startup advice) is her story about how she got in her car solo and took a road trip across country.

SO LISTEN. IT’S GOOD. I PROMISE. YOU’LL LEARN THINGS. LAUGH AND FEEL BETTER.

Listen to episode 3 of Up in Smoke here!!!

Then ask me about the roadtrip I’m planning this summer….. ;]

—-Jamee

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe: Being a female entrepreneur in Arizona.

Female Musicians in Phoenix: Get a Mentor

Local Phoenix and Arizona musicians, heed the advice of Nicole Laurenne, the international rockstar of the all-female band, The Darts. Nicole doubles as a Gilbert judge by day (read the first sentence again if you do not yet feel any sense of amazement) and a musician by night.

Nicole has toured internationally and sold a hell of a lot of music in France with her previous band, The Love Nots — as seen on the cover of France’s Rolling Stone, and you will just die, literally I will bury you rn, DIE— after you listen to her session with us on Episode 2 of Up in Smoke.

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Nicole as featured on the French edition of the Rolling Stone.

 

Listen to Nicole Laurenne on Up in Smoke Ep. 2 here.

Not only does she rock a bang cut like Bettie Page and live a rockstar lifestyle that puts Mill Avenue to shame, but she is also a mother to twins (HOW. WTF).

Nicole talked to Raina and I about playing shows with other law students while attending The University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law as well as the steps of becoming a (then) small-town judge. Her podcast also includes stories about the beginnings of her music career at local mall venues and an interesting last-minute interview in the Red Light District in Paris that skyrocketed her career and landed her on the cover of France’s Rolling Stone.

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Nicole singing below The Dart’s guitarist Michelle B. during a show. Photo CC: Sergio Garcia

The rockstar spoke about using rejection as a tool to go forward in her creative endeavors and attributed the majority of her music marketing luck to showing up to interviews that she didn’t necessarily feel like going to, much like her last minute interview in the Red Light District.

The black-banged goddess also told Raina and I that the key to her success in music and in law school was having a good mentor.

“You gotta find a mentor. I’m telling you, this is the key to everything single thing I’ve ever done that I think I’m even barely succeeding at– it’s because of meeting the right person who could sort of guide (me) into it,” Nicole said.

She pointed out the importance of finding locals who are doing things successfully and asking them how they are doing it in order to take her own creative endeavors to the next level.

You can check out the full conversation in our second podcast episode here.

Be sure to also check out The Dart’s next show, ROCK Like A GRRL, on May 6th at Last Exit Live —– (P.S. Raina and I will be there so if you need a ride you should text Raina because she’s nicer).

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Also shoutout to The Dart’s drummer, Rikki Watson. I have never met you but Raina and I think you are a drumming goddess.

–Jamee

Female Musicians in Phoenix: Get a Mentor

Advice for Arizona Photographers: Up in Smoke presents Natalie Allen

With her charming laugh and almost 80,000 Instagram followers, Natalie Allen helped Raina and I kick off the first official episode of Up in Smoke.

Highlights of the very first Up in Smoke podcast include Natalie’s awesome advice for other Arizona photographers: The Arizona native discusses her growth in photography as well as how much her success has depended on being able to collaborate with other Valley artists, putting her art out there, handling mental break downs like a champ, and learning how to schedule downtime as a freelancer.

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Listen to the podcast here or continue to read about Day 1 of Up in Smoke Episode 1 below:

On a rather busy Saturday morning Raina and I scurried to the third floor of ASU’s Walter Cronkite Building. One of the (few) perks of still being a college student is that I can take advantage of the free podcast studio equipment that my college tuition is funding.

As first-time podcasters, we expected to face a few obstacles. For this first episode, the morning began with locked doors and a lost guest…..

Luckily, everyone in our group had enough caffeine and optimism to overlook these WTF-R-WE-DOING moments, so we continued on our mission to make Up in Smoke a reality.

Both of these issues were fixed in about five seconds (more like 20 minutes) and we were able to escort out guest, Natalie, away from the ASU parking lot and towards the ASU Blaze studio (Thank you Blaze & J!), and get the first episode going.

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The talented photographer had been in Hawaii only 24 hours before our show, and I still have no idea why she agreed to be our first guest (WE ❤ U NATALIE) but I am beyond grateful that we are starting this podcast off right with Natalie Allen.

If Hawaiian jet lag is a thing then I will never know because Natalie was just as excited and goddess-like on the morning of our show as she was in this photo of her on a surfboard in Hawaii.

(Sidebar: Is Hawaiian jet lag a thing and if so can I go to Hawaii and then come back and cancel all of my plans because of said island jet lag or nah?)

As stated above, Natalie was more than willing to share her story about how she got started in photography, as well as advice that she has for those getting started in the business in Arizona.

If her amazing photography (which you can see on her Instagram here or on her blog here) isn’t enough, Natalie’s whole lifestyle revolves around the concept of sustainability. (Read: and she only wears sustainable clothing items).

WHICH IS AWESOME AND EVEN MORE OF A REASON TO FANGIRL HER (but be cool about it… don’t tell her I sent you).

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Again, I can’t capture all of what Raina and I found out about Natalie and her crazy behind-the-lens talents in this blog post alone ——so go listen to our first episode and find out why Natalie is one of Arizona’s magical photographing unicorns in a sea of cacti and sand.

P.S. If you want to know what type of food that unicorns eat then you should know that Natalie’s favorite cereal is “multigrain cinnamon honey-something from Trader Joe’s” and once you find that you should ship 1000 boxes to her house.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to the Up in Smoke podcast and find out for yourself!

–Jamee

 

 

Advice for Arizona Photographers: Up in Smoke presents Natalie Allen