A Creative Approach Podcast
About This Show
Karen began her life in the Canadian prairies followed by several years of studying medicine in Montreal. Marriage, family, and career brought her to California where “Snow is optional. You can drive to it.” With a large extended, blended family and a love of travel, Karen’s hobby of scrapbooking has endless resources. An enthusiastic world traveler, she still has the continents of South America and Antartica to cross off her list. Karen loves meeting her network of online friends on her journeys. Karen came to podcasting through scrapbooking and has been a co-host on "The Digiscrap Geek Podcast" (now on hiatus) and a guest on many other shows including a recent episode of “Shift Your Story” with Beca Lewis.
Karen remains a licensed physician in California, though currently retired. Karen has wide ranging interests including podcasting, blogging, medicine, and scrapbooking. She is a self-admitted genealogy nut, and life-long learner of art, history, science, business and anthropology with a passion for a sustainable world. She is an artist and a student and is fascinated by people's stories of creating who they are and what they do. She is delighted to share her conversations on “A Creative Approach Podcast.”Read more »
Most Recent Episode
43: Crafting The Life You Love With Amy Tan
Joining me on the show today is award-winning author, Amy Tan, aka Amy Tangerine. Although Amy is known for writing about cultural and generational differences between mothers and daughters, she has recently written a book titled Craft A Life You Love, a book that shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. The book was a passion project for Amy that was written to inspire others to live their creative lives. Amy self-published her book, and after it was on Amazon for a while, some publishers contacted her asking to publish her book. It was a great honor for Amy too have been contacted by publishers so she hired an agent to help her shop around for a publisher. It has been really great because it now has color pages and is now selling in bookstores all over the world. Amy’s life has been a winding journey but she has always used her creativity to ground herself. Some of her earliest craft memories include making friendship bracelets and tie-dying shirts. Her crafting progressed through the years and continues to bring her great joy to make and share her creations. More creativity in this episode: Amy believes everyone is creative in some way. Amy shares how she switched colleges because of her love of fashion. Amy’s successfulness in crafting/fashion-fueled her entrepreneurship. Amy found scrapbooking to be a special experience/release during a very stressful time in her life. If you want to get creative on paper, just do what you feel. Scrapbooking can involve taking pictures with your phone and printing them out so you have something tangible to hold. Crafting the life you love means infusing creativity into your life every day. Amy collaborates with American Crafts and has many scrapbook collections. Finding your strengths in crafting can make you money Find a craft that makes you feel happy and fulfilled. Be intentional when selecting your crafts so that you have freedom, fulfillment or fun. Amy is involved with City Year and will design their invitations this year. Wearing “a lot of hats” is not a bad thing if you balance them effectively. Carve out time each day to enjoy your creative endeavors. When working on a project, don’t focus on perfection. Give yourself and have fun! Links: Connect with Amy! Amy’s Website Amy’s Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest YouTube Channel VimeoRead more »