On-Air with the Millennial Girls

On-Air with the Millennial Girls

Racquel Goldy and Natasha Salehi are the entertaining and relatable duo known as the Millennial Girls. On their podcast, they share personal stories and behind-the-scenes fun from their experiences as Miami radio personalities. I am excited to have them on the blog to share their opinions and insights as millennials and women who work in media.

I asked them questions all about podcasting, millennial stereotypes, working in radio, and personal branding. We also discussed the topic of imposter syndrome. I hope you can learn something from my Q&A with the Millennial Girls; I know I did!

Let’s get into it, and let me introduce you to Racquel and Natasha!

About the Girls

Racquel hosted the afternoon drive-time radio show for Revolution 93.5 FM. In addition, she has covered red carpets as a correspondent for events like the Billboard Music Awards, iHeart Fiesta, and the Creative Arts Emmys. Her second passion project is creating Kpop Reaction Videos on YouTube.

Natasha graduated with a BA in Advertising. She started out managing social media for Revolution 93.5 FM. Then, she moved into a co-host spot on the morning show. Most recently, she was in the solo midday slot. Her second passion project is cooking live and sharing recipes on Instagram.

Q: Why did you start a podcast together?

A: Both being radio personalities in Miami, magic would happen when we would do things together, like getting featured in Billboard for our exclusive with Martin Garrix. We considered starting our own podcast on the side to “keep the dream alive”, so to speak, then the pandemic hit and we were let go from our jobs. We really had no other option but to create our own brand! 

With the podcast world booming, we felt this was the right place to keep ourselves relevant but also niche. As a radio personality, you are really only showing 20% of your “real” personality on-air. We knew this was a place to not take ourselves so seriously, and we wanted to be as real and relatable as possible.

We’re both experienced in public speaking, Natasha is the master editor for all things video/audio/social, and Racquel is the Queen of PR. So what better partnership right? That’s how the Millennial Girls Podcast was born.

Q: What inspired you to choose the name “Millennial Girls”?

A: Natasha woke up in the middle of her sleep one night at 3 am and texted Racquel “MILLENNIAL GIRLS”. Both being millennials, we felt it was broad enough to create a brand name as well as title our community made up of millennial females.

Q: What millennial stereotypes do you disagree with?

A: People think our generation is lazy and entitled, but in reality, we bust our butts to do what makes us happy, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a large paycheck! Not to mention we are the guinea pigs of social media which leads us to comparison culture.

Q: What millennial stereotypes do you agree with?

A: Having the confidence to question authority, achievement-oriented, and obsessed with technology. I mean we did create social media… Mark Zuckerberg, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger are all millennials.

Q: What has been your favorite opportunity that you’ve had through working in media?

A: Our greatest accomplishment was when we were given the opportunity to interview Martin Garrix shortly before Ultra and Miami Music Week. Our goal was to get an exclusive, and we did! The interview went viral on all EDM platforms including Billboard. 

Q: How do you view social media and personal branding in your field?

A: Social media and personal branding are part of your resume. Especially being in entertainment and radio, everything is based on how much engagement and how many followers you have across all platforms from YouTube to TikTok. If you don’t post on all platforms or don’t consistently post, unfortunately, you become “irrelevant”.

Q: Do you ever deal with imposter syndrome or comparison? How do you overcome it?

A: All the time. When you know you have to continuously post on social media, not only post, but also post great content, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of insecurity and comparison culture.

We overcome it by not concerning ourselves with other people and “cleaning out our social media closet” by unfollowing profiles that don’t motivate or inspire us. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we compare our own content to our past content and ask ourselves if it’s better and more creative. If it’s not, we go back to the drawing board and improve ourselves.

Q: What advice would you give to others who want to start a podcast?

A: Starting a podcast that you want to ultimately build as a brand on your own is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. First and foremost, the podcast has to be entertaining and bring value.

You have to have the right equipment, acoustics, editing software/tools, decide where to host your podcast, outreach to potential sponsors, outreach to potential guests, get your audience to share, consistent social media promotion, weekly episodes, keep your numbers up and growing, find ways to start making an income whether it be through retail sales or collabs… it’s not easy.

If you’re in it for the long haul, have patience, are consistent, and are ok with not being an overnight success, then get on that microphone and start podcasting!

Q: Where can we keep up with you?

A: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Apple Podcasts, and on our website.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

A: Sharing, following, liking, commenting, reviewing, and subscribing are all ways you can support our podcast! We know it’s a lot to ask, but it’s a simple click, right?

May Highlights ’21

May Highlights ’21

We have a lot to catch up on.

First things first, I graduated college in May! It still feels a bit unreal that I don’t have to check Canvas every day, but it feels good. Having a bit of extra free time without coursework has allowed me to recharge and re-energize. I look forward to using some of my newfound time to work on the blog and other projects.

Right after graduating in mid-May, I started a new job in the marketing/communications field! It was a goal of mine to get hired before graduation, and I met it just a week before walking in the ceremony. The job search was a challenging process, but I am grateful that I ended up in the position that I did. I feel like the saying “rejection is redirection” rings true.

In May, I also decided that it’s time to move! I’ve lived in the apartment I’m currently at for about two years now, so I’m craving a change of scenery. My new place will still be in Green Bay, but I’m hoping to upgrade a bit. Stay tuned for some new apartment and decor content in a few months!

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My College Experience

My College Experience

I officially graduated with my bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay! It took 4-years and a bottomless cup of coffee to do it, but I made it.

When I first started my college education, I was not sure where it would take me. I knew that I enjoyed the communication field, but I did not know much else. To get started, I decided to go to a 2-year university and pursue my associate’s degree. I liked the idea of smaller classroom sizes, and I wanted an affordable option.

Looking back, attending UW-Waukesha was one of the best decisions I made. The university became a second home to me. I ended up working on campus in the main office and the tutoring center. I got involved in student government. I even became the Milwaukee Bucks brand ambassador on the UW-Waukesha campus. While I did not live on campus, it almost felt like I did. And, the connections I made there feel like family.

You may be wondering how I ended up graduating from UW-Green Bay then? Well, after completing my associate’s degree, I was able to transfer into a 4-year university. I knew that I wanted to continue my education, so I made the choice to attend UW-Green Bay.

There were a few reasons why I made this decision. First, they have a great communication program, and I knew a few people that could vouch for it. Second, I am from Green Bay, so I thought it would be nice to return home. Also, when I thought about my future and where I saw myself, I saw living and working in Green Bay as a good possibility.

This decision was also a pretty good one if I do say so myself. I think the biggest highlight was getting involved with UW-Green Bay’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. It offered great networking opportunities, and it helped me to get more involved in the communication program. I got to know more students, and I got to know my professors better. As a transfer student, it can be tricky to navigate a new campus. Getting involved definitely helps!

I truly believe that your college experience is what you make it. You can choose to be involved or not. You can choose where you go to some extent. You can also choose who you surround yourself with. Being involved, going to UW-Waukesha as well as UW-Green Bay, and connecting with the people I did is what made my college experience. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

Are you a current college student, or have you graduated? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Last year, around this same time, I posted my first vision board blog. I didn’t realize that when I created a new vision board the other day. I guess something about spring makes me want to refresh and reset.

The major themes of my previous board included self-care, chasing dreams, and wanting to adopt a cat. Some of those themes have definitely carried over to my latest vision board, yet in a new way with a different aesthetic. Personally, it has been interesting to compare them and see the development in my goals and style.

If you vision board too, I recommend reflecting on old boards after you create new ones. It’s interesting to see your creative process over time. It’s also interesting to see what mattered to you then and what matters to you now.

But, without further ado, I want to show you my new vision board and point out some highlights.

First, I want to chat about some of the words on the board. The big three are confidence, creativity, and joyful. When I feel these three things, I feel my best. Of course, I can not be confident, creative, and joyful 24/7. But, the board serves as a reminder to make choices that help me to be confident, creative, and joyful.

Second, let’s address the cute cat image. Due to everything that has been going on in the world, I haven’t moved yet. So, I haven’t been able to adopt a cat yet. But, a move is coming soon! I hope that the next time I show you my vision board, a cat is sitting right next to me.

Third, I want to talk about the ear on my vision board. It may look a bit random, but if you look closer it is very pierced. I have quite a few piercings, but I want to dress up my ears some more. Also, I want to visit my favorite piercing shop again. My goal is to make an appointment for this summer.

Lastly, you may notice some roller skates and plants on the board. I want to learn how to keep plants alive first, and then I would like to add some more greenery to my home. The roller skates represent getting back on my rollerblades. It’s a hobby that I’ve had a very on-again and off-again relationship with. It would be great to reconnect.

I tried to keep the mood of the board fresh, minimal-ish, and cohesive. I really enjoy how it turned out, and I’m excited to work towards the things on it! I am most skeptical of gaining a green thumb, but I will try.

What’s on your vision board? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

April Highlights ’21

April Highlights ’21

May is here! Let’s chat about April.

During the month, I tried to switch up my typical coffee runs. Of course, I still enjoy Starbucks and Dunkin’, but there are some great local cafes downtown Green Bay that I could visit more. There are also some great tea shops.

While exploring my own city I stumbled upon Pink Guava for a midday pick-me-up. It was absolutely delicious, and I will be returning. I want to continue to challenge myself to shop local when I can and try out new places.

In April, I also joined the Very Important EatStreeters crew! I actually used to intern with EatStreet, so it has been great to reconnect with the brand in a new way and see some familiar faces.

For some background, EatStreet is a food delivery service that started in Wisconsin. They partner with a lot of local businesses (and even Kwik Trip). EatStreet has been my go-to delivery app for a while now, so I’m looking forward to creating more content with them in May.

I’m also looking forward to my graduation in May! On the 15th, I will officially have my bachelor’s in communication. It will feel so good to be done with online classes and celebrate.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

What I Eat in a Day with a Plant-Based Diet

What I Eat in a Day with a Plant-Based Diet

Eating plant-based doesn’t mean that I only eat kale, but I wouldn’t say that I don’t include it in my diet. Instead, I view eating plant-based as enjoying fresh and colorful foods. To show you what I mean, I tracked everything I ate in one day this past week.

Let’s start from the beginning, at 7:30 am on Wednesday…

When I start working remotely, I also have breakfast. This morning, I made an egg sandwich on oat nut bread (I always add hot sauce for flavor). I enjoyed the sandwich with coffee and some lemon water.

By 10:30 am, I felt in the mood for a snack. I grabbed a Peanut Butter Banana Clif Bar (I am always fully stocked on these). It paired well with my second cup of coffee.

Around noon, I went out to lunch at Bona Fide Juicery with a friend. It’s a super cute local spot in Green Bay. The açaí smoothie bowl I got was amazing, and I highly recommend trying it if you’re in the area. Typically, I make something at home, but sometimes I want to treat myself.

When 3:30 pm hit, I had some more snacks. This included carrots and some homemade applesauce. I try to keep pre-chopped veggies in my fridge. This makes it easy to reach for healthy options.

Around 6:00 pm, I made dinner. My entree included Banza noodles, broccoli, cauliflower, and some zesty Italian dressing. The cool thing about Banza noodles is that they are made from chickpeas, so they have more protein than just regular noodles. This is great if you don’t eat meat like me.

Later in the evening, I had some tea with honey while watching TV. I also had a few Dove chocolates that I got for Easter; they are one of my favorite treats.

It may go without saying but, I don’t eat “clean” every day. Somedays, I go out to eat and get greasy sweet potato fries. Other days, I enjoy snacks that aren’t just fruits and veggies. But I believe that this blog post captures a pretty average day for me (give or take eating out).

Overall, I try to make food choices that make me feel good and give me energy. It helps to find whatever balance works for your needs and your tastes!

What are some of your favorite meals? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

March Highlights ’21

March Highlights ’21

No April fools here! Let’s recap March…

This year’s spring break looked a little different, but I still made it to Milwaukee for a day trip. I visited a friend, grabbed some delicious food, and did a little thrifting. It felt good to safely get out a bit and enjoy the time off. Also, I adore the pre-loved finds that I brought home like this $10 Coach purse. I think it will be perfect for spring style!

On International Women’s Day, I collaborated with Per The Work Edit on my podcast. They created a forum for women in the workplace to connect and network. I love the community, and I encourage you to join! You can still use my code, “Midnight21”, and my link to get free access.

Speaking of podcasting, I created new cover art for my show! If you have listened lately, you may have noticed it. I believe it captures the Megan Till Midnight aesthetic nicely.

I also released a couple of new episodes in March. Most recently, Alyssa Coleman joined me for a discussion about all things productivity. You can tune into the latest episodes here.

I’m quickly approaching graduation, so it has been easy to get caught up in planning. Yet, it’s important to appreciate the moment too. March allowed me to slow down a bit to relax and recharge. I’m looking forward to what April may bring.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

As we spring forward, I think it’s important to reset and refresh. Discovering more productive ways to work can help us do just that.

Recently, I had a chat with Alyssa Coleman on my podcast. She’s a Productivity Strategist for creative entrepreneurs, and she’s an entrepreneur herself! It was so great to connect and hear her story. Also, I learned a lot about productivity from our conversation.

Below I have summarized some tips from the show that can help all of us create more productive days and achieve our goals…

Reframe your view of productivity. You don’t have to be super busy to be productive. You also don’t have to take part in “hustle culture.” Alyssa describes productivity as simply making as much impact as you can in the shortest amount of time.

Set a schedule that works for you. If you’re a morning person, then plan to work on large tasks in the morning. If you get your best ideas on walks, then prioritize time for a stroll in your schedule.

Alyssa says it’s important to discover your natural rhythm and when you are most productive or creative. You’re in charge of your schedule, so make it work for you.

Create daily non-negotiables. Alyssa has her own list which you can find here. Essentially, these are things that you do every day to work towards what you want. They keep you accountable and productive!

Understand what holds you back. If you’re procrastinating, ask yourself why and get to the root of the problem. Sure, you could just “power through,” but will that really help you the next time this holds you back? It’s easier to sort things out right away. Also, it feels a whole lot better.

Make goals and plan for them. Alyssa says she loves to reverse-engineer her schedule. Figure out what you want to accomplish in a month, and then plan little tasks for each day to help you reach that goal!

Experiment, yet focus. Admittedly, I enjoy trying a lot of different things. In fact, experimenting is kind of how I started blogging! I’ve found that you have to try things out to see what sticks. It helps you to discover what you enjoy and what you don’t.

Yet, it is important to experiment strategically. You have to focus on the things you want to nurture and grow. We can’t do absolutely everything, and we don’t have to.

What tip will you put into action? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Learning Photography: My Camera Starter Kit

Learning Photography: My Camera Starter Kit

This semester, I challenged myself to learn something new. I enrolled in my first college art class to learn photography. It’s a skill that I admire and have wanted to learn for some time. But, the process of figuring out what I needed to do photography was a bit overwhelming. I didn’t know what camera would be best for me.

Through class lectures and some personal research, I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted and needed to get started. If you want to get into photography too, I hope that this blog helps!

Here’s my camera starter kit:

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR: I ended up getting this camera for a few reasons. First, the reviews gave me confidence in it. Many said good things about this camera and said it was great for beginners. The price also wasn’t too bad since it included the camera body, the lens, and a few other accessories. Also, I noticed that there were a ton of free resources online for this camera. So many people have created YouTube video tutorials on how to use the Rebel. I have found this extremely helpful in learning.

32GB Memory Card: Honestly, this was the memory card that was suggested to buy with the camera online. In short, it works! Do I necessarily need 32GB’s worth of space right now? Nope. But, could it come in handy? Yes.

Camera Cleaning Kit: My professor recommended not to spend a lot on a camera cleaning kit. They all contain about the same things that do the same jobs. In this kit specifically, I have used the blower brush the most. I’ve found YouTube helpful in learning how to properly clean my camera.

Pink Cross-Body Camera Bag: It’s very cute, functional, and protective. It has been convenient to take on the go when shooting.

Lens Filters: The first lens filter I got was a polarizer. This type of filter comes in handy in some lighting scenarios. Now, I want to get a UV lens filter. This type of filter is good for general lens protection. Looking back, I would’ve bought the UV lens filter first.

What camera do you currently use? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

February Highlights ’21

February Highlights ’21

Let’s catch up and recap February!

Early in the month, I had the opportunity to attend a yoga event led by Janice Liou. If you don’t already keep up with her on Instagram, you should! Her feed is very creative and inspiring.

The event was so relaxing and made me realize that I should make more time for movement in my days. Even doing a quick cardio routine in the morning can make all the difference with my mood and productivity.

Right in the middle of February, I had a great time celebrating Valentine’s Day with my significant other. We ordered some delicious takeout and watched our favorite show, Doctor Who. I even made some chocolate covered-strawberries sprinkled with cacao. Yes, there were as yummy as they look.

Later in the month, I attended another event, but this time it was a podcasting webinar. Scott Seidenberg hosted and shared his story along with podcasting tips and tricks. It was cool to gain some more insight into podcasting. Also, I was able to learn some ways to further develop my podcast, Megan Till Midnight.

And speaking of podcasting, my episode with Lexy Panterra came out in February! I thought this was very fitting since one of her albums is named “Gemini Valentine.” You can listen to the show here.

Before closing out the month, I want to say thank you and welcome to anyone new! In February, viewer records were broken. It makes me happy to see this space grow, and I am excited to share more with you all in March.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!