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Mary Doodles, a Doer Ready to Live Like Forrest Gump

But still, Mary is human.  She spoke about struggling with overcommitment or working endless hours in one day.  She talked about trying to get better at knowing when she has done enough for one day.  “I feel really good on a day I upload or finishing shooting something.  But most days end with me thinking I didn’t do enough, that I could do more.”  Alas the daily balance of accomplishment with self-care.
And there is much more Mary has in mind going forward.  She hopes to amp up her Mary Doodles channel, along with collaborations with other YouTubers.  She also has children and comic book ideas.  The video below is her most recent production, called A Very Rare Panda Bear:

If this is the first you have heard of Mary, I hope this post has inspired you to get know her more, if not in person then online.  Her cheer and encouragement in all forms is contagious.  I was extremely proud of her, when in January she was awarded a Streamy, an award given to honor excellence in video programming.  She specifically was awarded ‘Best Use of Fashion & Design.’
Mary is one of the few Doers in this series that takes on the “Art of Doing” literally.  Beyond the canvas, her approach to life-like Forrest Gump is refreshing.
She closed our interview with the following advice, “Always be willing to say yes to opportunities, even if it leads you to a dead-end you got that experience.  Or fizzle fat.”  The mix of the fact with funnies, (and little sugar and spice) that is what Mary Doodles is made of.
Find out more about Mary at any of these links below!
YouTube * Website Twitter * Facebook * Deviant Art *
Mary also drew my cat while house sitting!  Check out that video here:

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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