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Hosted by Josh Haroldson and Stasia Haroldson, each weekly episode of the Our First Drink Podcast shares the story behind an interesting, creative, or entrepreneurial couple doing great things together in business, blogging, design, entrepreneurship, social media and more.

Always starting with one simple question, “What was your first drink together?”, you’ll get a deep dive into where they were in their lives when their relationship started.

Then, through the unique questions of the Our First Drink Couple’s Quiz, you’ll see how they make their relationship work today and why it has supported their success. Plus, every question and answer is guaranteed to get you thinking about what they mean for your own relationships (sometimes in unexpected ways).

Our guests include couples you already know from places like Instagram / Online Business / Media and others you'll be meeting for the first time, but every episode is an opportunity for you to learn how to recognize a great partner when you meet them and to keep that relationship healthy long into the future from some amazing people.

Our First Drink: Conversations w/ Interesting Couples on Marriage, Relationships, Dating, Business & Social Media + Advice Josh Haroldson & Stasia Haroldson: Married Couple, Cat Lovers, Creative Ent

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Hosted by Josh Haroldson and Stasia Haroldson, each weekly episode of the Our First Drink Podcast shares the story behind an interesting, creative, or entrepreneurial couple doing great things together in business, blogging, design, entrepreneurship, social media and more.

Always starting with one simple question, “What was your first drink together?”, you’ll get a deep dive into where they were in their lives when their relationship started.

Then, through the unique questions of the Our First Drink Couple’s Quiz, you’ll see how they make their relationship work today and why it has supported their success. Plus, every question and answer is guaranteed to get you thinking about what they mean for your own relationships (sometimes in unexpected ways).

Our guests include couples you already know from places like Instagram / Online Business / Media and others you'll be meeting for the first time, but every episode is an opportunity for you to learn how to recognize a great partner when you meet them and to keep that relationship healthy long into the future from some amazing people.

    Ep. 10: Love March Madness. How college basketball and our relationship intersect.

    Ep. 10: Love March Madness. How college basketball and our relationship intersect.

    We're back! Sort of. After 9 episodes in a row to launch the podcast we decided to take a short break to recuperate. But in between recording interviews for "Season 2", Josh got inspired to write something while watching our beloved Iowa State Cyclones during March Madness.

    These shorter episodes are something we'll be doing from time to time in the future. Sometimes they'll be essays and other times they'll just be a quick chat between Stasia and I.

    Don't worry though, our interviews aren't going anywhere. We've got some great ones already in the can! 

    In this episode

    Why Josh and Stasia love March Madness.
    Cat football jerseys from your alma mater.
    The importance of choosing a great college even if you don't use your degree.
    All the reason's Josh loves Iowa State.
    The best decision of my life.

    We're on Spotify!
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    Best,

    Josh and Stasia

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    • 8 min
    Ep. 09: Best friends, will travel (plus baby). Jonny and Michelle Hoffner of Paper Antler Photography.

    Ep. 09: Best friends, will travel (plus baby). Jonny and Michelle Hoffner of Paper Antler Photography.

    As we’ve mentioned before Stasia is a CPA so this is a busy travel time of the year for her and that means I’m flying solo again in the intro while she is...literally...in the air flying home.

    And I am so happy for her to be coming home because frankly...I really miss her when she’s gone. She is my best friend in the world and my evening just aren’t the same....or as funny without her.

    That same kind of friendship is what immediately comes to mind as I look back on our interview with our guests for Ep. 9 of The Our First Drink Podcast, Jonny and Michelle Hoffner of Paper Antler.

    They are a super talented husband and wife photography duo who since 2008 have been traveling the world capturing gorgeous images for numerous weddings in addition to Pixar, The Huffington Post, Satchel & Page, and Doomtree Records to name a few.

    But most importantly they are unabashedly best friends and doting parents to their daughter, Dottie.

    It was such a pleasure to meet these two in person a couple of months ago because they are one of those couples you meet and can instantly tell that they really, REALLY like each other. And that is why we are so happy to have them as our guests this week.

    If you follow these two on Instagram @paperantler...and you totally should...it is crystal clear how much fun they have with each other and now with their daughter.

    So we were really curious to learn about what the secret to their relationship is.

    In this episode

    Why starting a relationship as close friends is hard to beat.
    How getting outside of your normal environment can help you see someone in a totally different way.
    How having a baby has changed their perspective on their business and their professional identity.
    Inspiration that comes from watching your partner do something that takes real gumption.
    The importance of liking each other in your relationship
    Celine Dion karaoke...your heart WILL in fact go on.

    Our First Drink Couples Quiz

    Who is the CEO and who is the COO?
    What's more important to you...experience or accomplishment?
    Who is the straight man and who is the comedian?
    Make it happen or let it happen?
    Karaoke? Yes or no?

    About Michelle and Jonny Hoffner
    Lovers of: Dottie, pressing onward and a nice afternoon of Chipotle + Settlers.

    Haters of: the game.

    Since 2008 we've been your friendly husband + wife photography duo, traveling the world to capture the beauty and endurance of transient moments. From Argentina to New Zealand, and every corner of the United States, we thrive on being present, intentional and relational in the environments we inhabit.

    Also, sometimes we rhyme slow. Sometimes we rhyme quick.

    You can see their work on Instagram @paperantler, the Paper Antler website, and you buy their beautiful prints with...

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    Thanks again for listening!

    Best,

    Josh and Stasia

    p.s. If you liked the show will you help us create an awesome community of couples by clicking on this link to give us a five star rating on iTunes?

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    • 48 min
    Ep. 08: eHarmony and Marriage Between a Wolverine and a Buckeye w/ Ashely Minear and Bryan Minear.

    Ep. 08: eHarmony and Marriage Between a Wolverine and a Buckeye w/ Ashely Minear and Bryan Minear.

    A lot of couples these days have a period of time in their lives where they’re dating long distance or someone is traveling for work (like Stasia is this week) and so they have the task of trying to maintain their relationship over things like the phone, texts, and skype. And it's definitely not always easy.

    Fortunately, most couples don’t start their relationship that way. Usually there’s a fair amount of in-person time before you deal with anything long distance.

    However, without giving too much away our guests for Episode 8 of the Our First Drink Podcast, Bryan and Ashley Minear, had a lot of ground to cover before they could finally share their first drink in person after meeting on eHarmony.

    This interview went way over our normal interview time, but we had so much fun with their story that we just couldn’t cut it down.

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    In this episode

    Designing One Direction and Frozen Fatheads - enough said.
    eHarmony marriage bonds despite bitter college rivalries.
    Beginning a relationship in two different states and the communication skills that come from it.
    Inspiration that comes from watching your partner do something that takes real gumption.
    How life can give you a nudge in the right direction.
    The balance between wanderlust, creativity, and impending parenthood.

    Our First Drink Couples Quiz

    List or no list?
    Who is the straight-man and who is the comedian?
    Get to work early or stay late?
    Curate or accumulate?
    Fight or flight?

    About Ashley Minear and Bryan Minear
    Ashley is a Michigan-made marketing manager by day and a combination artist, cat-lover, tea-drinker, and photographer in her free time. She is a soon-to-be mommy and couldn’t be more excited.

    Bryan is an Ohio-born photographer & designer currently based in Michigan. He spends his free time up early and out late shooting Midwestern city & landscapes. This soon-to-be daddy is still hoping he has matured enough to be in charge of another human by the time the baby comes.

    Listen to more about Bryan's photography on the Hashtagged Podcast.

    You can check them both out on Instagram @ashleylminear & @bryanminear as well as their wedding photography portfolio Ashley & Bryan.

    Thanks again for listening!

    Best,

    Josh and Stasia

    p.s. Win a lifetime sub to Lynda.com + Amazon Voyageur Prizes from our friends at AppSumo.

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    • 59 min
    Ep. 07: Two lanes will take us anywhere. Etsy seller Krizia Villanueva (Oak and Olive Home) and Scott Leslie (Majestic Theatre).

    Ep. 07: Two lanes will take us anywhere. Etsy seller Krizia Villanueva (Oak and Olive Home) and Scott Leslie (Majestic Theatre).

    Although we both went to Iowa State, Josh actually graduated 18 months before Stasia. So we definitely have a ton of experience with the long distance thing.

    And as you’d expect there were times it was tough, but if we're being honest, it wasn't all bad.

    While Josh was working and saving money in Minnesota, he loved getting to come and visit Stasia every couple of weeks. It was like going back to college without the homework.

    Speaking of homework, funny enough Stasia had her best GPA ever after Josh was gone. So if anything, that time apart let us both focus on the things we needed to do in order to build our lives they way we wanted to with some fun memories in between.

    That's something that our guests for Ep 7 of the OFD podcast, Krizia & Scott, can totally relate to. Their story spans a continent, a band, the boss, and well, we'll just let them tell you the rest.

    In this episode

    Bonding over "Thunder Road" and Boxed Wine in Buffalo.
    Making the classic, LA to Buffalo move.
    Why living in separate states was actually good for their relationship and the major projects they were working on.
    Making the switch from Occupational Therapy to Maker on Etsy.
    How starting a business is like starting a band.
    What the arts can teach you about being ok with failure.

    Our First Drink Couples Quiz

    Early Bird or Night Owl?
    Are you introverted or extroverted?
    Tortoise or the Hare?
    Would you send a meal back to the kitchen?
    Would you rather host the party or attend the party?

    About Krizia Villanueva and Scott Leslie
    After starting her career as an Occupational Therapist, Krizia is the owner and maker behind Oak and Olive Home where she finds and restores vintage furniture. You can find her work in her new studio space in Madison, WI or on her Etsy Shop.

    Originally hailing from Chicago, Scott Leslie spent time as a member of The Push Stars before transitioning to the role of concert promoter and co-owner of the Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI and The Blue Note in Columbia, MO. He enjoys long walks on the beach, short walks on the beach, dogs, Bruce Springsteen, and Seinfeld.

    You can find them both on Instagram @oak_olive_vintage & @majesticscott.

    Episode Links

    Oak and Olive Home
    Majestic Madison

    Thanks again for listening!

    Best, Josh and Stasia

    p.s. If you liked the show will you help us create an awesome community of couples by clicking on this link to give us a five star rating on iTunes?

     

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    • 46 min
    Ep. 06: Fashion Blogger to Farmhouse Fixer Upper with Lauren Felix (La Petite Fashionista) and Kyle Anderson.

    Ep. 06: Fashion Blogger to Farmhouse Fixer Upper with Lauren Felix (La Petite Fashionista) and Kyle Anderson.

    If you've ever watched an episode of Fixer Upper on HGTV you've probably had the desire to fix up a farmhouse of your own. We certainly have.

    Fortunately for our Episode 6 guests, Lauren Felix of La Petite Fashionista and her fiance Kyle Anderson, that dream is actually going to become a reality when they embark on their own fixer upper project with Kyle's 100 year old Wisconsin family farmhouse.

    Oh, and did we mention they're also going to be planning a wedding at the farm?

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    In this episode

    Finding love at work and over sushi.
    Pivoting your personal brand.
    Blogging and sharing your life online.
    Being an #instagramhusband.
    What digital marketing and conversion optimization has taught us about simplifying our lives.
    Why a Florida girl had dreams of living on a farm.

    Our First Drink Couples Quiz

    If you have to be somewhere at 7PM when do you arrive?
    Take the last shot or pass the ball?
    CEO or COO?
    Is experience or accomplishment more important to you?
    Get take-out or eat at the restaurant?

    About Kyle Anderson and Lauren Felix
    Lauren is a Wisconsin-based blogger & social media consultant with coastal Florida girl roots. She started her blog, La Petite Fashionista, in 2007 as a creative outlet to share her outfits & latest inspirations. Kyle is a digital marketer by day, outdoorsman, and craft beer brewer. They are newly engaged and making plans for their wedding and renovation of Kyle's childhood home, a 100-year old farmhouse. They love traveling, coffee dates, rustic modern design, and listening to podcasts!

    You can find them both on Instagram @lapetitefashionista & @kylejanderson.

    Episode Links

    La Petite Fashionista
    Sushi Muramoto
    Follow @lapetitefashionista & @kylejanderson on Instagram.

    Thanks again for listening!

    Best,

    Josh and Stasia

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    • 38 min
    Ep. 05: Navigating marriage, the globe, and life as digital nomads with Adam Nubern and Lindsey Nubern

    Ep. 05: Navigating marriage, the globe, and life as digital nomads with Adam Nubern and Lindsey Nubern

    If you've ever gotten in a fight with your significant other while traveling you might take a little more time before getting stressed out after listening to this episode of the Our First Drink Podcast.

    Our guests, Adam Nubern and Lindsey Nubern, have spent the last 18 months traveling around the world together all while building a strong system of communication to support their marriage and the digital nomad business they started while on the road.

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    In this episode

    Sharing a first drink at a famous southern institution.
    How a flipped truck and getting fired were blessings in disguise.
    Camper vanning in New Zealand.
    What picking out cereal in Vietnam taught them about efficient communication in their marriage.
    The importance of community (both in your marriage and online) while you're traveling.
    Why their mantra is, "It's not wrong. It's just different."

    Our First Drink Couples Quiz

    Driver or the passenger?
    Time optimist or time realist?
    Map or no map?
    Who is the straight man and who is the comedian?
    Would you ever send a meal back at a restaurant?

    About Adam and Lindsey
    Adam and Lindsey Nubern ended their 9 to 5 lifestyle in June 2014 when they packed up their house and began traveling the globe together. Over the next 18 months they made their way around the US, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand by camper van...all while starting a pretty nontraditional online business, Nuventure CPA, to support their travels.

    Episode Links

    Nuventure Travels
    Nuventure CPA
    Follow @nuventuretravels on Instagram and Twitter.

    Thanks again for listening. If you liked the show, would you mind helping us out and by giving us a five star rating on iTunes or on Stitcher?

    Best,

    Josh and Stasia

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    • 46 min

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