We love asking the folks that inspire and excite us about what inspires and excites them. Check out their responses below.

Jamia Chenevert | Chef

I started working on a food truck called Luchals when I was 16 as a cashier for the summer. I watched the company put in effortless time into insuring customer satisfaction and more importantly how they built customer relations. It is very scary putting your talents on the line while being criticized, critiqued, or even being told something is not good enough. But ultimately having all these odds stacked watching them come back day in and day out showed me that you can do anything you set your mind to if you love what you do. Read more>>

Elaine Appleton Grant | Podcast Coach and Public Speaker

I run a business training podcasters and producing branded podcasts for mission-driven organizations. But I started my career as a magazine writer and editor, and I am inspired by fantastic storytelling in many forms — books, essays, films, theater and speeches. The fundamental combination of rules, flights of fancy, and hard work that combine to create amazing stories are the same no matter the platform. Read more>>

Sonali Sahu | Engineer & Travel Blogger

I haven’t grown up hiking/camping back in India because it wasn’t part of the culture back then. When I first moved to United States in 2017, I was inspired and intrigued by the idea that people go on vacation to hike. Even though I started hiking back in 2017, it was never my priority. I used to do easy hikes occasionally while visiting the National Parks. Read more>>

Annaleah Moon Gregoire | Sculptor & Painter

I’m inspired by a powerful pull toward the strange. I find beauty in looking at the remnants of transformation – what is present yet invisible, what rots and how it transitions over time, and what evokes a visceral reaction. I seek to destabilize traditional beauty standards by exposing vulnerable and sometimes disturbing aspects of my body. When we are confronted with images and experiences that defy our aesthetic conventions, we have been culturally conditioned to label this as grotesque. It seems the more violent one’s repulsion, the more apparent it is that the individual has unresolved issues regarding the subject at hand. Read more>>