Adapting Wherever You Are… Even While Hiking the Appalachian Trail – with Jeremy Scroggins

Adaptability…

I remember deciding to have this conversation around being adaptable and what that looks like in our lives, but when I sat down to talk to Jeremy about hiking the Appalachian Trail, it took on a whole new meaning. 

What kind of person willingly takes off six months of their lives to hike over 2000 miles… Jeremy Scroggins, AKA Timber.

I might be a little biased, but this is one of the most interesting and fun conversations I’ve ever had with a human. I hope you enjoy it as much as we obviously did. 

We originally had this conversation in 2017.

Right now, this is the adventure.

 

About Jeremy Scroggins

Jeremy Scroggins

Jeremy Scroggins is the best humans on the planet. Yep, I get to say whatever I want – it’s my show!

But seriously, besides being the most amazing husband, Jeremy Scroggins finished the Appalachian Trail after six months and 10 days in September 2013. He is also an English and Creative Writing graduate of UT Austin and has a knack for uncovering, cleaning up, and showcasing the earth’s forgotten treasures. He’s currently the VP of the AMDC (Austin Metal Detecting Club) and a video editing and production specialist at Treaty Oak Distilling. Jeremy lives with me and our children (our cat children) in Texas.


SHOW NOTES

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • Going your own way
  • Challenging yourself
  • Adapting to the unknown and not letting it terrify us
  • We inform culture

 

LINKS & RESOURCES 

Jeremy logged his entire AT journey – Hitched Hike

Check out our very own hiking journey in the UK – WayPair

Appalachian Trials by Zach Davis

 

OTHER FUN THINGS

Things are topsy turvy in the world right now. I have compiled some of my favorite resources for spending time. Check them out here

Got a project you need to voice? Interested in working with me? Email me today. I’d love to hear about your project!

Need podcast production support? Check out what I can do for you here.

Our Relationship to Time – with Dr. Dawna Ballard

Time is an ever-present character in our lives. 

Two years ago, Dr. Dawna Ballard and I dove into a conversation about our different relationships to time and deconstructed how we interact with and treat time – both culturally and globally. 

This was one of my all-time favorite conversations and, now, is an even more relevant topic to share. 

We originally had this conversation in early 2018.

 

As members of a community, in our relationships, we get to decide how we will use time… our negative relationships with time comes from having forgotten that this is just a tool.

 

About Dr. Dawna Ballard

Ballard_landscape_headshot Our Relationship to Time with Dr. Dawna Ballard

Dawna Ballard (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002) is an expert in chronemics—the study of time as it is bound to human communication. She researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and longterm vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals. Her research and commentary have been featured in mainstream news outlets such as QuartzHuffington Post, PBS MediaShift, NPR, and at venues such as Creative Mornings and SXSW Interactive 2016.  In March of 2018, she spoke at SXSW Interactive on her recent research:  It’s Time: How to Find Alignment & Abandon Work-Life Balance. 


SHOW NOTES

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • Pacers and how they set the tone for our relationship to time every day.
  • The 24/7 lifestyle and expectations that come with that.
  • Temporal commons.
  • Honoring alignment over “work-life balance”. 
  • There is nothing convenient about being human.
  • Taking back control of your time.

 

LINKS & RESOURCES

One of my favorite videos of Dawna speaking

Edward Hall

Children’s Advocacy Center of Texas

 

OTHER FUN THINGS

Things are topsy turvy in the world right now. I have compiled some of my favorite resources for spending time. Check them out here

Got a project you need to voice? Interested in working with me? Email me today. I’d love to hear about your project!

Need podcast production support? Check out what I can do for you here.

 

Featured: Creator Series

With all of the stress and confusion going on in the world right now, I thought it would be a good idea to re-purpose some of my old audio story content. 


For those of you that don’t know me, you may not know that before I became a voice actor and podcast producer, I had a business called Mine Space. We won’t go into super detail about it here, but I created a complimentary podcast dedicated to outlining human emotion and having conversations with people in my life.

During this time in my life, my husband and I were living in an RV on the coast of Oregon while he worked at the Bureau of Land Management. So, you know, when the husband’s away – make a podcast! I’m a  huge fan of Jad Abumrad’s production style with Radiolab, so I took some time to emulate my podcast, and the conversations I had, after what he does in his shows. 

I still go back and listen to these stories and discussions with my friends and family members because they truly moved me. 

My audio chops have come a long way, but it’s fun and interesting to go back and hear how I did things three years ago.

But from an online content creator perspective, re-purposing content is super useful and important for making your old content work for your business. And these discussions are super relevant to what’s going on in the world right now. Plus, it reminds me of all the creativity inside of me, and hopefully listening to these will do the same for you.

 

Creator Series - Speak Podcast by Melanie Scroggins - Angela Ferrari, Jeremy Scroggins, Dawna Ballard

 

I have edited these episodes down and given them new life! To listen to more, click the “Creator Series” category on the right sidebar.

If you’re looking to collaborate on projects or need help re-purposing your podcast content, reach out to me at hello@melaniescroggins.com. 

Podfest 2020, Y’all!

If you didn’t know already, Gina, Hailey & I will be at Podfest 2020 this week!

NOTE: This page contains affiliate links. 


Podfest 2020 & Podcast Assist

This is going to be our first get together in person! We meet via video chat once a week for four hours so I feel like we know each other pretty well already, but now we’ll be able to hug each other and laugh super loudly in person. It’s going to be epic.

ALSO – We’re super stoked to host a booth and share about all Podcast Assist has to offer. 

Our New Podcast!

And speaking of Podfest 2020, check out our new podcast – Becoming Internet Famous! We’re sharing our journey starting after the creation of our course to building our brand to scaling to 7-figures. While that’s super crazy weird to type, we’re on a freaking mission. We hope you’ll join us!

becoming internet famous podcast

Our Next Course Launch!

If you’re interested in purchasing Podcast Assist, our next course launch is March 5-9th! We’ve spent time updating the course to give you even more goodness. 

How to Get in Touch With Us

If you haven’t already, find us on Facebook and like our page! That way you can get the inside scoop on Podfest 2020, see us make fools of ourselves and have a great time while we’re at it. If you’re attending Podfest 2020, come by booth #208 and say hello. We’d love to meet you!

There always seems to be a lot going on, so I figured updating you on my website is a place to start. 

OTHER FUN STUFF

Got a project you need to voice? Interested in working with me? Email me today. I’d love to hear about your project!

Am I not what you’re looking for? Here’s a helpful guide for finding quality voice talent. 

Need podcast production support? Check out what I can do for you here

Simon Says… Starting with Why & What You Miss Out On When You Don’t

There are hundreds of thousands of articles out there walking people through the basic “whats” and “hows” of online business. 

But these articles are designed to excite readers so they’ll keep reading. I’m not saying the articles are necessarily false or misleading, I’m saying it’s easy to get wrapped up in the read, read, read mentality because you’re already primed to search for a way out of your current work situation. 

I get it. I’ve been there. And not too long ago, in fact. 

But if you decide to take the entrepreneurial jump and don’t end up starting with why you could miss out on a lot more than you bargained for personally or professionally. 

 

 

Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?   – Simon Sinek

SHOW NOTES

What Is Your Why?

Simon Sinek talks about the golden circle – starting with why in the center, then how in the middle, and finally what on the outside.

simon sinek's golden circle the science behind why productive with a purpose
Source: Productive with Purpose

Everyone knows their “what”, or should. Very few know their “why”.

What is my why? Why do I care?

We act from the outside in, but those who are inspired – no matter how small their business may be – start in the center with the why vs those who are “uninspired”.

I make X product. X product will help you with X. Buy X product. (Where is the why here?)

Reverse your why – people don’t buy what you do but why you do it

I think the same is true in life. Go with me for a second…

If you have your why then your what directly follows and is more complete – inside out. However, if you do your what and aren’t guided by a grounded why… then what you do doesn’t really matter.

The circle, the cycle, is incomplete. 

You can have a why without a what because anything after is doing. But what without a why is playing it safe, not smart. 

I have seen this concept play itself out in the lives of friends and family – this idea is made to be so complicated when it’s really not.

Some Backstory

A year ago, I was driving for Lyft… kind of full-time. I’d reached a point at work where I was done with the office and senseless meetings that more often than not never happened. 

So I left to pursue podcast production full-time. While doing that I decided to also offer voiceover services. I had no training and no direction so I thought Lyft would fill some time and help my husband and I make some extra cash for groceries and our basic needs while I learned a few things. 

We. Were. Broke.

But we were confident that the path I was on would get us to where we needed to go financially – and put me in the place I always wanted to be. 

I quit my job BECAUSE I knew I was meant to do other work.

I drove for Lyft BECAUSE I wanted to make some money to support our family while I pursued my dreams. 

Do you see what we’re talking about here? There has to be a BECAUSE in everything we do and pursue.

Because… Guess what? If you solely exist and work in the WHAT by the HOW… you’ll run yourself ragged and not have much to show for it.

Working towards a goal is one of the most beautiful journeys we can take ourselves on. Even better if we have someone to share it with, but working towards something for the sake of the thing (without a why) is just working hard toward a reward that isn’t real or satisfying. 

Word of Caution 

If what you are working toward is substantially interfering with your personal life and priorities, you need to stop and reassess. Define your why with others in your life who are directly affected by your behavior and your work. 

Accountability is key. If you don’t have a partner or spouse, seek out a friend or colleague to come alongside you. 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF 

If it’s time to assess your why, here are some questions to ask yourself for the process of starting with why

  1. What behaviors have I noticed that are affecting my personal or professional wellbeing?
  2. Have my behaviors affected anyone in my immediate circle? How? 
  3. Do I need to bring in a trusted family member or friend to talk out my why?

OTHER FUN STUFF

Got a project you need to voice? Interested in working with me? Email me today. I’d love to hear about your project!

Am I not what you’re looking for? Here’s a helpful guide for finding quality voice talent. 

Need podcast production support? Check out what I can do for you here

Repressing the Need to Share Everything on Social Media

Oh, boy. Social media.

It’s everywhere and we’re all using it, yet we can’t seem to figure out the best way to utilize it – especially for our businesses. 

What is personal or private? What is acceptable to share publicly? 

I think there is a huge grey area with social media, but one trend that’s GOT TO GO is the desire to complain and whine. 

 


NOTE: I’m breaking one of my rules by recording this episode on my phone and not in my studio. I’m learning I won’t have as much time to produce this podcast if I don’t record on my phone when I’m thinking of things! So, that will probably be the norm from here on out. 

 

 Nothing will make you feel better except for doing the work. – Jordan Ferney

 

SHOW NOTES

A fellow voice actor and friend of mine shared about a post that was published on Twitter this week. I want to dive into it without sharing the person’s identity or the post itself because the reason for even talking about this today has nothing to do with him or the post but the gentle reminder that not everything needs to or should be shared online. 

I’m sure this guy’s post came from a place of genuine fear – fear of being inadequate, or not enough. But the reality is, we all struggle with this at times. What separates individuals who post like this guy and other people not posting their complaints is the ability to recognize one’s place. Like my friend said, “…have the humility to know that you aren’t the best in your field and that you’re blessed to have what you have.”

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF 

Because when we stop and take stock of what we have, it directly informs what we can do. If you feel like this guy often, take a moment ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What am I currently doing that is working/not working?
  2. Do I need more training? 
  3. Does this moment have power over my entire career or am I just venting?

And guess what, these questions apply whether you have 35,000 followers online or not. 

 

OTHER FUN STUFF

Got a project you need to voice? Interested in working with me? Email me today. I’d love to hear about your project!

Am I not what you’re looking for? Here’s a helpful guide for finding quality voice talent. 

Need podcast production support? Check out what I can do for you here

Why Should I Have a Podcast?

Why Should I Have a Podcast (When There Are 800,000+ Out There)?

 

It’s a good and reasonable question businesses face in 2020. Another way to put it would be:

Why would my business spend time and money getting a podcast off the ground when there is so much competition already? 

I don’t know what the answer is for you specifically, but I do have one answer to throw into the conversation. 

You should have a podcast when there are 800,000+ out there because at the end of the day everyone else’s show have little to nothing to do with your show. 

What did she just say?!

Hear me out…

Yes, there are lots of podcasts floating around online, even some which make six-figure incomes on the regular, but I want to remind you that you don’t have to make plans to reach every single person who listens to podcasts just like you don’t do business with every single person who does business elsewhere.

There is only one audience that should truly matter to you.

Your network. 

Your network wants to get to know you and they want to be able to have the option to hear what you are up to in a medium that almost half of the US population utilizes for media consumption.  


P.S.

Want to learn how to podcast or train someone on your team?

Last year, I was fortunate to come alongside Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook and Hailey Thomas of BrainSpace Optimized and create a course dedicated to teaching virtual assistants on how to do all things podcasting.

In Podcast Assist, you or your team members will learn how to master the skills and strategies needed to launch, manage, and grow podcasts for small businesses.

For more information, get on the email list today!

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You ready to do this thing yourself? Here’s the Podcast Starter Kit ? Because you should have a podcast and I’m into making things easier on you. 

Questions? Reach out to me