There's no place like home.

March 22, 2017
Let go and come back to your heart-space. One day last week, I really needed a hug. Nothing seemed to go right. Even tiny things felt like giant, annoying frustrations. Punching a wall was looking better and better. But suddenly I READ MORE

I think we need a hug.

March 15, 2017
What the world needs now is love (sweet love). I had every intention of recording a very different podcast episode this week, focusing on Rock Your Talk (now rescheduled for June 15th). But when I pressed record, I couldn’t help but READ MORE

What's your pivotal moment?

March 8, 2017
Break up your story into bite-sized pieces All stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. But sometimes, when we tell them, we skip around, play with the timeline, or leave a few background characters out. When you share your READ MORE

Wanna blend itineraries?

March 1, 2017
I'll hold your baggage if you hold mine. Anything that could possibly be happening right now is happening. And it feels. Like. Shit. I woke up Sunday morning with a huge weight on my heart. I had a friend say something to READ MORE

Baggage, Suitcases, and the Art of Letting Go

February 22, 2017
I Stand With You "Hey you! That Sportsman Expandable suitcase looks like it may burst! I love your beautiful Tumi but that Samsonite seems like it’s been through a tornado. Hang on - is that a vintage Louis Vuitton? Can I READ MORE

Are you living life or just trudging through?

February 8, 2017
On taking big steps & walking the path How many people don’t start really living until something bad happens? They get cancer, a hard diagnosis, lose a parent or child, get a big scare. What if we learned from those who READ MORE

Are you afraid of your own brand?

February 1, 2017
Step up & own it Everyone has a personal brand. Even if you don’t know what it is, it follows you around like a shadow. Most people have a tough time identifying their brand because they worry more about what other READ MORE

Sometimes it's not all about you.

January 25, 2017
Strength, finding yourself & not caring what they think. When you walk into a room, you end up worried about what everyone else is thinking about you. And they’re worried what you’re thinking about them. The reality is - everyone is just READ MORE

What's Your Mount Everest?

January 18, 2017
“Who threw up in my bucket list?” Sometimes you meet someone who makes you laugh like you’re old friends. Someone who just gets you and flawlessly blends with you in conversation. Hilarious banter, fond memories, feel good moments, and deep thoughts. READ MORE

Up in Smoke: Intentions, Goals & Lighting It On Fire

January 11, 2017
Because why wouldn't you light that shit on fire? Finally! An episode where Melanie is talking to another Melanie and it’s not herself. HA! Yes, I know. And happy new year to you, too! It’s 2017 and everyone’s all in a flutter READ MORE

Light That Bitch On Fire

January 4, 2017
Don’t have old notebooks? Start now. “I quit waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel and I lit that bitch myself.” - Allie from   This year, I am lighting things on fire. Not literally. Ok, maybe sometimes literally. But lighting things READ MORE

HERadventures: Our First Adventure

January 2, 2017
Our First Adventure: The Carolinas!   May 16-20, 2016 Leaving Washington, DC - May 16 Enjoying Charlotte, NC - May 17 Rocking Greenville, SC - May 18 Loving Raleigh, NC - May 19 Hitting Richmond, VA - May 20 Returning to Washington DC - May 20 Mary & Melanie jumped READ MORE

Get off your couch & give it away

December 21, 2016
Not really, but maybe “I like to help people get OFF the couch… and you’re giving people couches! We can still be friends.” – Kris Kaplan, K2 Coaching This past weekend, I was called by a girlfriend to meet her at an READ MORE

Belly-Laughing Business Women in Richmond

December 14, 2016
Embrace who you are and stop trying to be someone you’re not. “Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated.” Ingrid kicks off our final episode with the pivotal moment she decided to quit her job. Our final stop in Richmond, VA led Mary READ MORE

Women Know Their Value In The Triangle, NC

December 7, 2016
Surround yourself with people who more than you. The Triangle area in North Carolina includes Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham - Mary and I stopped at the beautiful Umstead Hotel & Spa in Raleigh to chat with the local lady residents. READ MORE

What would you tell your 18-year-old self?

November 30, 2016
...and other adventures of silliness Driving from DC through Virginia to the Carolinas, Mary and I had a LOT of time on our hands. Lots of discussions about the podcast, the women we were meeting, and the adventures we were having READ MORE

It's All Business (Women) in Greenville, SC

November 23, 2016
Greenville, SC is an underrated city with infinite possibilities. When Mary and I drove into this adorable downtown, we knew we were going to find too many things to do for our short stay. Exploring the downtown area with waterfalls and READ MORE

Competitors Turned Coworkers - a Charlotte, NC conversation

November 16, 2016
Fierce competitors, fiercely loyal coworkers You don’t hear THAT every day - especially not when it’s a group of women. Mary and I made our way to Charlotte, NC where I spoke at the American Marketing Association marketing workshop. Three ladies sat READ MORE

5 Days. 4 Cities. 5 Interviews. 17 Women. 1 Sassy MINI.

November 9, 2016
Welcome to HERadventures: the women-focused side of Adventures in Branding! Earlier this year, I jumped in Roxie Jean, the Hotrod Machine with my good friend & photographer extraordinaire, Mary Gardella, and embarked on a weeklong adventure to Virginia and the READ MORE

Melanie vs the Volcano

November 1, 2016
36 hours in a van.  200-ish miles with 12 people. First leg of three. 8.17 miles. Teammate warrior cry - GO GO GO GO GO! I’m READY! I can DO THIS!  The branded slap bracelet hits my wrist. I’m off. Up a little hill, down another. I’m moving. Fast READ MORE




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