The Power of Growth Mindset with Danna Alencar


If you want to change your life or reach a BIG goal, then you know that the most important place to start is by working on your mindset. Changing your mindset means having tools to overcome mindblocks and the people you surround yourself with typically have the biggest influence on what you believe is possible for yourself. 

On Today’s episode Behavioral Health Therapist and Deejay Danna Alencar (aka DJ Jukebox Bully) shares her story about the importance of creative outlets and community for expanding what’s possible for yourself and growing with likeminded women. In today’s episode we are discussing how to believe in yourself when the odds are stacked against you, thriving under the pressure of entrepreneurship and finding creative outlets to live a happier, more productive life.

Danna has been playing events and weddings around Central Florida for over 6 years. Danna graduated from Flagler college in 2011 majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. She works as a Behavioral Therapist, is a mother of two boys and is on the board of the Brazilian Community of Daytona Beach.

Overcoming adversity with creativity


If you have ever started a business, you know how valuable it is to have entrepreneur friends who are going through similar obstacles and milestones. I met Jenni Craig while working together for a university in marketing. She was opening Copper Bottom Craft Distillery in Holly Hill at the same time I had launched Idea Dinners. Because every good dinner party needs a cocktail hour, Jenni and I formed a friendship that led to many creative event collaborations that helped our own ventures grow. Today we are discussing the importance of having a creative outlet, the value of obstacles for bringing creative solutions to life and giving yourself permission to fail. 

Jenni is the Director of Sports Marketing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and the co-owner & co-founder and CMO at Copper Bottom Craft Distillery in Holly Hill with her husband, Jeremy. She's the mother of two daughters, Carmen and Mason. In 2016 Jenni was awarded the Volusia/Flagler Business Report's Woman in Business winner and the area's 40 under 40. 

You can find her at sharing behind the scenes stories about running a distillery with her husband Jeremy. 

Finding Your Purpose Through Spirituality

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In today's episode Lacey catches up with her long-time friend Matthias Martin, who is a divinity candidate at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Lacey and Matthias met at the age of 14 and have shared similar experiences in finding their paths through the evolution of their own spiritual growth and identity. Today we are talking about finding your own spiritual truth and tapping into a higher power to fulfill a greater purpose. 

"Matthias Martin is a master’s of divinity candidate at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. through which he hopes to become an ordained Unitarian Universalist Chaplain. Prior to this he worked for ten years managing websites and online communications for a variety of national associations and organizations including nurses, public health laboratories, law firms, individuals, and small local non-profits. He earned his B.F.A in Photography and Imaging from N.Y.U. in 2007. Matthias is a member of the Church of the Saviour ecumenical Christian community in D.C. and is from D.C. He loves art, music, and media and hopes to meld his interest in public service with broadcast and the internet to counteract unhealthy developments in media, particularly social and news media ethics."

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Building your tribe + finding linchpins for success


When it comes to turning ideas into reality, it often takes a community of supporters who want to see you succeed. And if you can find that one super connector, or linchpin, it can make all the difference. By helping creative ideas get traction, Jack White has been an important force in the Daytona Beach entrepreneurial eco-system and was instrumental in cultivating the guest list for Idea Dinners during its beginning stages. In today’s episode Lacey and Jack discuss how to build a tribe, finding linchpins to success and staying true to your vision no matter how long the road takes to get there.

After graduating college in 2001, Jack White was fascinated by the growing trend of urban redevelopment and downtown revitalization after returning home so he decided to follow the path of redevelopment in his hometown of Daytona Beach.   

Jack and his wife Kelly’s first redevelopment project in downtown Daytona Beach, Wall Street Lofts, was the first urban infill mixed-use project of its kind in Volusia County. Wall Street Lofts has eighteen residential lofts and six commercial spaces. Since then his company has launched several mixed-use residential developments designed to build community, promote pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and draw residents to urban cores. 

When I got an idea to start hosting dinner parties to build community Jack was one of the first people I reached out to and connected me to valuable stakeholders who supported the idea. When starting a new venture it often takes someone who is a linchpin who can connect you to others and help give you credibility. In today’s episode we are talking about how to build a tribe, finding linchpins to success and staying true to your vision no matter how long the road takes to get there.

Showing up for Women



When Lacey met Amy Braswell at a conference last summer she instantly felt like she had a new BFF and cheerleader rolled into one. Not only does Amy have a giant heart but she is a total boss who has over six years experience and 15,000 sales through her travel inspired homegoods and gift design shop, Paper Finch Design. Amy's amazing designs have been featured on websites like and and she is passionate about helping women scale and weather proof their businesses so that they don’t have to close their doors when life gets in the way. Most recently Amy was an expert at Workaway Weekend, a retreat Idea Dinners hosted for female entrepreneurs to work on their big ideas. In today’s episode Amy and Lacey discuss long-term vs. short-term networking goals, the importance of showing up for other women and how to turn challenges into opportunities.

Shout outs 


Taking the Leap Together


Is there someone in your life who pushes you to do better and puts wind in your sails? When I met Bob McIntosh on a Tinder date a couple years ago, I didn't know then what an important role he'd play in my leap into full-time entrepreneurship. 

Bob was there from the moment I had an idea to start a business and together we both leaped head first into our own separate ventures. Bob also happens to be my ex boyfriend and while our romantic relationship didn’t work out we’ve remained each other’s biggest supporters through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. On Today’s episode we are talking about first impressions, risk taking and how to stay friends with you ex. 

Bob is a national speaker and entrepreneur having spent over 2,500 hours on stages and helped more than 7,000 people across the US, he’s a #1 Amazon best selling author and has been personally responsible for helping thousands of entrepreneurs generate millions in profits. He has been featured on over 30 podcasts, is a founding member of the Forbes Real Estate Council providing direction and information in the real estate space for all of Forbes readers. He has been published on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Yahoo News, Small Business trendsetters, The Money Show, The Miami Herald and Wall street select.

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Pivoting in Life and Business


In today's episode Lacey brings on Idea Dinners Creative Director Ciara Ocasio to talk about the value or long-term working relationships in a business. While often rare, those who help you in the beginning can become a valuable part of your team when trust and a shared vision is establish. Two years ago I met Ciara Ocasio through Instagram and she had nothing but pure intentions to lend a helping hand and learn new skills. We’ve worked side by side through the ups and downs of launching a start up and our shared belief in the vision and mission of Idea Dinners has led to a valuable and long-term working relationship. Ciara plays an integral role in designing and organizing Idea Diners events. During this interview we’ll discuss relationships that pivot and evolve, building a strong team and the power of a shared vision for forging relationships.

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Youthful Idealism + Male and Female Relationships


Have you ever met someone who set you on a new path? Can men and women really be friends? In this episode Lacey reconnects with Stephen McConnell. Had Stephen and Lacey not met at a college party 13 years ago, they might have taken very different paths. They both encouraged and supported each other to pursue their creative aspirations, which led to careers as journalists. In this episode Lacey and Stephen explore: youthful ambitions, the complexities of male and female friendships and what it means to live a creative life. 

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