Update: CBB Exclusive chat with The Apprentice: Martha Stewart winner Dawna Stone
Update: Kaelie Joyce was born on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:55 p.m. She was 20 inches and 6 lbs 2 oz. Congrats to Dawna and Matt!
Originally posted September 18th: Dawna Stone is an all-around winner. Really. As the author of the newly released book Winning Nice: How To Succeed in Business and Life Without Waging War, Dawna is not only the Founder and Publisher of Her Sports and Fitness Magazine, but she also won the coveted apprenticeship on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Pregnant with her first child, Dawna chatted with us about babies, books and how you can have it all by being nice.
You have so much going on right now, but first thing’s first: Let’s talk about your baby!
I’m having a baby girl! I wanted to know right away if we were having a boy or a girl. I’m not good with surprises at all — as a child, I would always shake all the presents under the Christmas tree! So when I became pregnant, there was no way that me or my husband, Matt, weren’t going to find out!
Click below for the rest of the interview, including the baby’s name, Dawna’s pregnancy, and Martha Stewart!
Have you picked out a name yet?
We’re naming our daughter Kaelie. We love going to Hawaii, and that’s how Kaelie is spelled there. I think it’s a cute, unique spelling, but we’ll see how she likes it later!
How has the pregnancy been?
I felt great the first three months. After that, I experienced a lot of nausea. These last few weeks though, coupled with the Florida humidity, have been hard. I’m so ready to be a mom! I’m at a point now where I just want to meet her. Everything is ready; we have a pink/lilac theme, and it’s just waiting for her.
Since you’re such a fitness buff, how did the pregnancy affect your exercise routine?
I cut back on running and cycling and instead walked on the treadmill and swam. I take my dogs, Buffett and Valkyrie, for long walks. I continue to eat healthy, although I did have to cut back on my training for the triathlon!
You just had another birth, of sorts. Your first book, Winning Nice, was recently published as well.
Yes, my first book, Winning Nice, just came out. We had a book signing at Barnes & Noble, and I had no idea what to expect. SO many people came; I sat for two hours just signing away. The book is doing phenomenally well, and I couldn’t be happier.
Winning Nice is a business book but it’s also what many consider to be a life coach book. Not only is it listed in the business section but also the motivation section as well. There is a misconception that in order to be successful, you have to be the sort of person to push others down in order to rise to the top. That’s simply not true. You can be extremely successful by pulling others up around you.
I would like my readers to realize that you can be yourself in business. You don’t have to be ruthless. You can be a nice, good person and also be a tough negotiator. I interviewed so many successful people for the book, and all of them are winning nice; they live by the rule “Do unto others,” both in their personal and professional lives.
How was the experience of working as Martha Stewart’s apprentice?
It was a wonderful experience. I learned so much and I even had a radio show on Sirius, “Health and Fitness Talk with Dawna Stone”. I had never been a host of my own show, and it was incredible learning from Martha. I would go on her television show once a month as well. I worked really hard during the year that I was her apprentice. My position was the Vice President of Business Development.
Everyone wants to know: Is Martha really nice? Is she winning nice?
She is. She is very serious about business, but she has to be. She’s running an empire. After my apprenticeship ended, I wanted to go back to Florida and continue running my magazine, Her Sports and Fitness (www.hersports.com). Everyone was shocked that I wanted to leave; Martha was the only one who wasn’t. The entrepreneur in her knew that I couldn’t leave something that I was so passionate about. And yes, Martha is winning nice!
Are you still in touch with Martha? What did she think of your pregnancy news?
I still talk to Martha. After Kaelie is born, I’m going on her show to talk about the book and the baby. She’s really excited for me. She’s hoping for a grandchild, too!
What are your plans for after the baby’s birth?
I plan to continue running Her Sports and Fitness and take care of my baby. I definitely want to continue staying fit, be successful in my work and enjoy family time with my husband and my daughter.
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