“To see people believe in what you’re doing, not just professionally but on a personal level, gives you self-worth.” #P2P Vol. 9: David Daneshgar
Maybe you’ve heard of David Daneshgar — he won the 2008 World Series of Poker at the age of 26. Over the years, he’s used his success at poker to pave the way for his professional success as a businessman.
Now at 32 years old, David’s a dangerously ambitious combination of hustler and entrepreneur — leading to the creation of his own start-up company called BloomNation in Los Angeles. He’s looking to redefine the business of connecting florists to their consumers, making that relationship more organic so that those ordering flowers get the most bang for their buck. It’s about giving back to the community, ensuring that customers get quality products while florists have the opportunity for return business.
It’s been 11 years since 90’s children from all over world had their hearts broken by the break-up of teen sensations Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Since their dramatic break-up, neither have spoken much of one another in the past.
Last night, during a fan Q&A on Twitter, Britney Spears was the first to break the trend and speak of Justin Timberlake — and we absolutely love what she said!
“I’ll always be in love with Justin Timberlake,” Britney tweeted to a fan.
YES! 90’s kids, start your kickstarter campaign to get these two lovebirds back together. ❤
LOL j/k. Sorry, I wish this was real, too. But hey, while you’re here, check out #P2P.
Have you ever met someone who truly inspired you? Have you ever been friends with someone who you can talk to for an hour, yet when that hour runs out you’re ready to take on the world? Have you ever known someone who has taken terrifying risks to chase their dreams — and accomplished more than they could have ever imagined in the process?
I have. These are the people that inspire me. These are the people whose stories should be shared with the world.
These are the people who inspired me to create #P2P, a blog series that chronicles influence, inspiration and fearlessness.
I’ve interviewed people with powerful stories of risk, change and pursuing their passions — some who are friends, some who are strangers, some who are personal idols. Follow these stories below, click the photos for more information and be sure to subscribe to stay up to date with the latest #P2P profiles.
“I know any of the pain I feel … pales in comparison. That’s all the motivation I need.” #P2P Vol. 8: Brad Kloha
Brad Kloha is a 29 year old who lives in Mount Pleasant, Mich. and he has a mission: 100 races. 52 weeks. 1 goal: $1 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s one man’s journey to spread awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and the need for a cure through his Run To Remember initiative. He’s accomplished 78 races so far; just 22 more to go.
For Brad, running 100 races — which include marathons and obstacle courses like the Spartan Race — is about more than just supporting a cause he’s passionate about; this is his way of honoring the memory of his grandmother and great-grandmother, two women in his family who both succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. I caught up with him to discuss his initiative, what keeps him motivated and what response he’s seen since starting his very first race June 15, 2013.
My friend Spencer Bing is a 26 year old soccer enthusiast mere days away from one of the biggest journeys of his life: he’s packing up his things and catching a one-way flight to South America, where he’ll be living for roughly six months. A New Baltimore, Mich. native, Spencer’s going to be leaving behind the world he knows to make his way across a new continent — and he couldn’t be more excited about it.
I caught up with Spencer to see what motivated him to take such a risk, what he hopes to accomplish and what he hopes to find while he’s there.
“That wraps up the Detroit attitude. We don’t need someone else’s approval; we’ll do it ourselves.” #P2P Vol. 6: Tifini Kamara
Tifini Kamara is a 23-year-old entrepreneur attending Central Michigan University with a plan to take her love of journalism and admiration of music into Detroit to help reignite the spirit of the city. A West Bloomfield, Mich. native, Tifini spent years thinking she wanted to move out of state and tackle a new challenge before she finally realized that home was where her heart is.
Now that she’s found what motivates her, she and her friend Leah have established an initiative called Never Say Die — creating independent film projects to tell the story of Michiganders from all around the state. For the individuals they feature, it’s a chance to get exposure and join a community of Michiganders doing great things. For Tifini and Leah, it’s their opportunity to combat the negative press the city of Detroit gets by telling the stories that the media aren’t here to discover on their own.
Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I really do appreciate everyone who is interested in hearing more about the stories of some of the most influential and inspiring individuals I’ve come across.
You may or may not have noticed that there was no profile last week. Unfortunately, there won’t be one this week either. I have been working hard to pack for both my move to Seattle and my vacation in Austin — which I’ve just returned from. As I work through this transition to Seattle at the end of this week, I’m going to need to focus all of my attention on getting my move situated and seeing my friends and family one more time before I head out west.
I already have several profiles in the works and plan to continue them the moment I am settled. When I have the time, I hope to catch back up and continue releasing profiles once a week. Thanks for understanding, stay tuned!
In the meantime, revisit some of our previously shared profiles:
“I’m the poorest I’ve ever been, but I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”
#P2P Vol. 1: Timmy Moutrie
“I said to myself ‘I’m not going to let this big, scary city defeat me.’”
#P2P Vol. 2: Ciara McVey
“Now, I know who I am and I just keep feeding the fire. It’s sick.”
#P2P Vol. 3: Courtney Fraley
“Before people said that Detroit was dead, they said that Detroit was the best.”
#P2P Vol. 4: Jeff Wegner
“Go do something crazy, random, spontaneous. That’s when you’re going to have the best time of your life.”
#P2P Vol. 5: Krystal Penrose
“Go do something crazy, random, spontaneous. That’s when you’re going to have the best time of your life.” #P2P Vol. 5: Krystal Penrose
Krystal Penrose could be an inspiration to us all. She’s a 25-year-old writer and blogger who recently quit her job to pursue her true passions. A Clinton Township, Mich. native, six months ago she took one of her many risks when she picked up her things and moved to Austin. She was not moving for a job, but rather because she visited Austin in July and felt as though she had found her new home. By the end of August, she and her friend Rachel were all moved in.
This speaks to Krystal’s spirit of finding what makes you happy and pursuing it with nothing holding you back. Ever since she and I met, she’s always been an inspiration to me. In fact, she is one of the most inspirational people in my life. When I conceptualized this blog series, Krystal was the first person I wanted to speak to (I had to wait until this travel enthusiast returned from a trip in Thailand before I could). Keep reading and you’ll see why.
Nearly a month ago over the holiday break, I read this article. It wasn’t the first time I had read it; I originally read it in 2012, leading into 2013. After reading that article again, there was one quote I pulled out that I made a mission to abide by in 2014:
“Remember, misery is comfortable. It’s why so many people prefer it. Happiness takes effort.”
This pursuit of happiness is the reason why, on Jan. 7, 2014, I gathered up whatever courage I had left in my body, stepped into my supervisor’s office and quit my job. I had no job lined up, I had no interviews before me and I had no way of making money to cover my living expenses. All I had in front of me was the uncontrollable desire to take back my power and pursue happiness without excuses. All I had in front of me was a blank slate.
“Before people said that Detroit was dead, they said that Detroit was the best.” #P2P Vol. 4: Jeff Wegner
When I had the opportunity to speak with Jeff Wegner, I was more than excited to catch up with him. Jeff, a 24-year-old Saginaw, Mich. native who attended Central Michigan University, recently relocated to Detroit to work on a few projects he’s passionate about. Jeff is an entrepreneurial artist interested in telling the story of Detroit through his love of cinematography and photography.
Jeff and I both have a passion for the city of Detroit. Being raised in Detroit, I am always irked when people make generalized statements about the state of affairs there. Though things have been rough, Jeff’s experiences in Detroit speak to how this is a city that may be down, but it’s far from out. There’s a reason the Spirit of Detroit is a community symbol that represents the determination and motivation of people in the city; I think Jeff’s found out why. When he and I spoke, I searched for the answer.