Sydney as told by Breanna:
She’s a sparkle. Inside and out. Upon meeting her, she’s engaged, curious, and wants to learn who you are. Energetic, enigmatic, and exploratory. Her curious mind is full of ideas yet to be born and her honesty is refreshing. Her spirit is like a fluttering butterfly — mysterious whimsy, yet charismatic and comforting.
Syd is the creator, the idealist, the connector. Of all the things detailed in her 16personalities.com assessment as an ENFP, this best describes her: “Can’t I fly helicopters AND be an oceanographer who writes songs and cooks.” She’s one to explore whatever excites her. Get ready to be enraptured by everything she says.
Professionally, she works in development and is committed to providing more opportunities for students in higher education. Additionally, she pursues board positions and volunteer opportunities with the community organizations she supports and launched a young alumni leaders program. Next on the agenda? A Masters of Science in Human Resource Development. Now that’s a Queen!
Celebrity Spirit Queen
Tracee Ellis Ross — why? Tracee is FUNNY! She is a biracial Queen, and someone who helped me find my identity. Also, she doesn’t take herself too seriously — how can you not look up to one of two women who actually dressed the Rei Kawakubo/Commes de Garcons theme at the Met Ball in 2017?? She is a strong, vocal advocate for women’s empowerment, AND has impeccable, fun, loud style! She gives me life, and I look forward to her posts/words/next steps Every. Single. Day.
September 4th, 2020 | 19 mins 11 secs
#teamqs update, an intentional pause, reflection, rest
It’s scary to slow down, but we’re going to be taking time off from the podcast for rest and reflection as we manage life in a pandemic and many moments of change.
August 28th, 2020 | 39 mins 28 secs
alaina talks therapy, can’t do it all workshop, stress and anxiety, values, workshop recap
In early March, we attended the “Can’t Do It All Workshop” hosted by licensed marriage and family therapist, Alaina Brubaker at Rochester Brainery. Since many of us feel trapped by pressure and expectation to do more, we're recapping her tips to organize our lives according to our values and priorities. (Originally aired 4/17/20).
August 21st, 2020 | 38 mins 30 secs
day off, how to, staycation, take a break, vacation
Not all days off are created equal. Sometimes we need to take a PTO day to do nothing or tackle chores and appointments—a day off for no reason! We’re talking about how we all should make time off a priority for ourselves even if we’re not going on a full blown vacation and how to ask your boss for it. (Originally aired 9/20/19).
August 14th, 2020 | 49 mins 6 secs
how to, how to find meaning outside of work, identity
Your career does not define you! We discuss how we show up in other areas of our life to feel fulfilled, how to recognize those roles, and give them room to breathe. (Originally aired 2/22/19).
August 7th, 2020 | 53 mins 36 secs
career development, gallup cliftonstrengths, how to, strengths, strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment
Learn how to tap into your natural talents as you pursue your own career development. We share our experience taking the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, our top five strengths, and how they show up for us in the work we do. (Originally aired 11/9/18).
July 31st, 2020 | 51 mins 4 secs
reading list, reading recommendations, what breanna’s reading
We’re sharing Breanna’s top recommendations for the newsletters, magazines, blogs, books, and more!
July 24th, 2020 | 47 mins 19 secs
branding, content, creativity, values
We’re exploring how to create content when it feels like nothing is truly original anymore — from finding your voice and values, to staying creatively inspired, and picking your lane.
July 17th, 2020 | 41 mins 23 secs
reading list, reading recommendations, what syd’s reading
We’re sharing Syd’s top recommendations for the newsletters, magazines, blogs, books, and more!
July 10th, 2020 | 39 mins 54 secs
adulthood, boundaries, commitment, expectations, growing up, perspective, self reflection
A question we ask ourselves: What makes someone an adult? Traditionally, it’s a mix of milestones reached, but what if it’s also perspective gained or owning your choices? We’re digging into how we’re feeling about adulthood, and perhaps creating our own definition.
July 3rd, 2020 | 35 mins 17 secs
favorite tv, hot take on tv, quarantine tv recommendations, queen speaking tv watch list, tv shows
As we head into summer, we’re sharing our favorite TV shows to stream and what we’re watching right now.
June 26th, 2020 | 37 mins 58 secs
micro vacations, mini vacations, road trips
As we head into summer, it’s hard to imagine it being vacation-free. We’re sharing how we can plan micro vacations, where we’re road tripping instead of flying to get out of town for a few days. Our mental health needs it!
June 19th, 2020 | 45 mins 13 secs
cooking tips, how-to, meal planning, meal prep, organizing tips
This episode is inspired by the method Christina Chaey from Bon Appetit shared about how she organizes and keeps track of what she has in her freezer, fridge, and pantry. It got us thinking about tracking what we have on hand and how we use it up (or store it) before our next trip to the grocery store.
June 12th, 2020 | 42 mins 1 sec
embolden podcast, vulnerability
We're sharing a rebroadcast of Sydney and Breanna's episode on the Own Your Bold podcast with Natalie Sinisgalli where we talk about vulnerability in all its forms, specifically as content creators and how to show up truly as ourselves.
June 5th, 2020 | 51 mins 22 secs
anti-racism resources, black lives matter, resources to support black lives matter movement
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Amaud Arbery, David McAtee, and Tony McDade have re-sparked the conversation around racism in America and the Black Lives Matter movement. While there’s a lot to take in right now, the ultimate goal is to make sure the action, conversations, and resources shared leads to sustainable change in our world. This episode covers what we have been reading, listening to, learning from, and sharing in order to uplift Black voices, while also owning our responsibility to make our world a more equitable place.
May 29th, 2020 | 48 mins 16 secs
how to plan a wedding, how to plan an elopement, planning a wedding
As some people re-evaluate their wedding plans, we wanted to discuss what to consider when planning an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration. We're sharing Breanna's tips from her recent elopement as well as Syd's officiant insight.
May 22nd, 2020 | 43 mins 50 secs
mindy kaling, witqs, women inspiring #teamqs
We’re back with a new Women Inspiring #TeamQS episode about Mindy Kaling. She’s a creator, producer, writer, actor, author, fashion maven, and many other things. Her commentary about her life and work is refreshing and we’re excited to share why she’s this month’s pick.