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Creating Your Own Path
41 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
147: Navigating This Season of Change: A Final Chat Between Me + Malia Tong
Today, I’m chatting with our CYOP artist resident Malia Tong as we wrap up Season 6 of CYOP. Listen in as we talk about what we’ve both learned over the course of the season, what’s changed in our lives and careers and some of the surprising things we see on the horizon for our respective work.SHOW NOTES:Episode 134 with MaliaEpisode 139 with MaliaMalia on InstagramMalia on EtsyTechnical production by Ray OrtegaMe on InstagramCYOP on InstagramGet the Creative Digest
51 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
146: Innovating with Intention and Staying Present with Maritza Davis of the Sacramento Kings and Roshaun Davis of Unseen Heroes
On today’s show, we catch up with past CYOP guests Maritza and Roshaun Davis of the Sacramento Kings and Unseen Heroes, respectively, to talk about Maritza’s recent decision to take on a full-time role outside of Unseen Heroes and what it’s meant for their business, their family and their personal career goals. We also talk about what it’s been like for Roshaun as he’s taken the reins at Unseen Heroes, why he’s assessing how they want to scale the business next and what he does to stay grounded when both he and Maritza are moving a million miles a minute.Unseen Heroes websiteUnseen Heroes on InstagramRoshaun on InstagramThe Sacramento Kings websiteThe Sacramento Kings on InstagramMaritza on InstagramCapitol FloatsDigital Minimalism by Cal NewportArt by Malia TongTechnical production by Ray OrtegaMe on InstagramThe official CYOP Instagram accountGet the Creative Digest
33 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
145: Taking the Unexpected Route and Finding the Right People with Writer and Illustrator Ludi Leiva
On today’s show, I chat with illustrator and writer Ludi Leiva about how she’s transitioned from working in media full-time to working for herself. We also dive into what it means to be a creative in a place like New York (and why she’s decided to move out of the city), why she believes we all need to stop worrying about the perceptions of others, and why her family history has her dreaming of some really beautiful projects. SHOW NOTES: Ludi's website Ludi on Instagram + Twitter Ludi's work for Refinery29 Art by Malia Tong Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram CYOP on Instagram Get the Creative Digest
47 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
144: Stepping Away from the Hustle and Finding Flow with Multidisciplinary Artist Tia Keo
Today’s show is an interview with multidisciplinary artist Tia Keo. Her story is one I think many of us can relate to — especially if we’ve been working creatively for a while. In the episode, we discuss how she’s been playing with different mediums over the years to stay creatively inspired and to combat the burnout that comes with working in one medium for so long. We also chat about the dangers of the creative hustle — pushing and pushing to find success — and how she’s discovered a certain amount of flow that is opening up opportunities she may have never considered. I loved hearing how intentional Tia is about creating habits while also making space for the unexpected. I hope you’ll get just as much as I did from this interview. SHOW NOTES: Tia's website Tia on Instagram Tia's laser cut jewelry designs at Silvercocoon Art by Malia Tong Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
32 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
143: Claiming Your Narrative When You’re Going Through the End of Something
Today’s episode will get you a front row seat at my recent talk at Sacramento’s Creative Mornings event last month. In it, I discuss the challenges I’ve faced, both personally and professionally, as I’ve navigated significant losses over the last several years. The theme for this talk was END and I cover how I’ve worked to claim my narrative while I was going through the grief process surrounding my divorce and the death of a loved one. As always, my goal in sharing these kinds of topics is to help others who might be going through something similar. SHOW NOTES: My Creative Mornings talk (video) Sacramento Creative Mornings on Instagram Creative Mornings Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
45 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
142: Lessons Learned Through Collaboration with Alejandra Magana of Echeri Ceramics and Meagan Lewis of Brown Pigeon and The Spottery
On today’s show, I sit down with Meagan Lewis of Brown Pigeon and Alejandra Magana of Echeri Ceramics to talk about their respective businesses and a joint venture — the Spottery — they submitted to the Calling All Dreamers contest. In the short time between our conversation being recorded and this interview going live, they made some major decisions about their business. Listen in to hear all of the lessons they’ve learned since initially jumping into the contest. Vote for The Spottery in the Calling All Dreamers Contest! The Spottery on Instagram Brown Pigeon on Instagram Shop Echeri Ceramics Echeri Ceramics on Instargam Art by Malia Tong Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
70 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
141: Dealing with Traumatic Life Events While Managing Your Career
Several months ago, I was lucky enough to be on my friend Non’s podcast called “You, Me, Empathy,” which is a show about mental health and wellness. He kindly shared the audio and today’s show is his interview with me as a guest. In the episode, I chat about my recent experiences with loss, both through death and divorce. We also discuss the importance of sitting with the uncertainty that is the grieving process and allowing ourselves to slowly make our way through it. SHOW NOTES: Original interview on You, Me, Empathy You, Me, Empathy on Instagram Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
32 minutes | Jul 18, 2019
140: The Art of Showing Up as Yourself with Interior Designer and Content Creator Shavonda Gardner
Today’s episode is an interview with blogger, interior designer and content creator Shavonda Gardner. In the episode, we chat about how her military background actually helped her as she’s built her business, why she shares so openly about many different topics on social media, and the importance of choosing who and what we surround ourselves with every day. SHOW NOTES: Shavonda's interior design and lifestyle blog Shavonda on Instagram My favorite highlights from Shavonda's Instagram stories: White Women Do Work Race Resources Education System Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
45 minutes | Jul 11, 2019
139: To All the Jobs We’ve Known Before: A Chat Between Me + Malia Tong
Today’s show is a chat between me and our CYOP Artist Resident Malia Tong. The artist residency includes several co-hosted conversations on topics that are either timely, top of mind or both, and this is one of those chats. On the show, we catch up on what we’re working through in our careers right now, what previous jobs have taught us about life, work and everything in between, and what skills we feel like we’re collecting and perfecting on the job right now. SHOW NOTES: Malia’s initial CYOP interview Malia on Instagram Malia on Etsy Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
33 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
138: Balancing Creative Discipline and a Sense of Adventure with Paper Artist Zahra Ammar
In this episode, you’ll meet Zahra Ammar, whose work can only be described as mesmerizing. She works primarily with paper and uses styles like quilling and origami to bring stunning imagery to life. Listen in as she talks about the big leaps she’s taken in her life and career, how important it is for her to watch people experience her art and why she believes that both taking breaks for outdoor adventures and sitting down to do the work have helped her succeed. Zahra's Website Zahra on Instagram More about paper quilling Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
31 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
137: Changing Industries While Blending Your Interests with Fiber Artist Dani Ives
n this episode, you’ll hear from fiber artist Dani Ives who has managed to blend her early career of working at a zoo with her love of creating art out of wool. Dani not only dives into the changes she and her husband had to make in order for that career transition to work, but she also shares how she’s created multiple income streams for her business and why building community is becoming so important to her. Dani's Website Dani on Instagram Dani's book Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest For the full episode and show notes, visit creatingyourownpath.com.
41 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
136: Stepping Into Who You Were Meant to Be with Educator and Comedian Amy Estes
In this episode, you’ll meet the incredibly talented and hilarious educator and comedian Amy Estes. Listen in as she talks about how she navigated a devastating experience at a former job, the steps she’s taken to be open and honest about who she is across all parts of life and why she is fiercely committed to prioritizing a creative outlet. Amy's Website Amy on Instagram Amy's newsletter More about the harassment Amy endured on the job Technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest For the full episode and show notes, visit creatingyourownpath.com.
50 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
135: The Art of Getting Started with Podcast Producer Ray Ortega
In this episode, you’ll meet professional podcast producer Ray Ortega, who is currently helping out with technical production on CYOP. Listen in as we chat about what it’s like to produce audio and video for a large nonprofit, how Ray landed a creatively fulfilling day job and what it takes to start a podcast (or any creative endeavor) these days. SHOW NOTES: Ray’s Website Podcasters’ Studio Podcasters’ Roundtable Ray on Instagram Ray on YouTube Ray on Twitter Crooked Media More Information: Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest For the full list of show notes, please visit [creatingyourownpath.com](creatingyourownpath.com).
30 minutes | May 30, 2019
134: Representation and Energy Management with 2019 CYOP Artist Resident Malia Tong
In this episode, you’ll (finally!) meet 2019 CYOP Artist Resident Malia Tong — an artist and maker who currently calls Arizona home. I cannot wait for you all to get to know her and hear more of her story throughout the season. Like many of us, she has a lot of different facets to her career and we discuss everything from how she manages her energy while juggling multiple projects to why she rarely feels represented in the art world. SHOW NOTES: Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy Northern Arizona University Malia on Instagram Malia on Etsy Podcast technical production by Ray Ortega Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest
10 minutes | May 2, 2019
133: Welcome to Season 6: A Look Back + What’s Ahead
In today’s episode, I’m excited to kick off the start of CYOP Season 6! First, we’re taking a trip down CYOP memory lane with 10 past episodes listeners have resonated with the most over the years. We’re also diving into some exciting updates about the show this season, some behind-the-scenes improvements, announcements about the company and more. 10 Shows Listeners Have Loved: CYOP #1: Janna Marlies Maron + Jeremy Maron CYOP #46: Lisa Congdon CYOP #57: Grace Bonney + Julia Turshen CYOP #68: Simone Anne CYOP 76: Jen Hewett CYOP #78: Trisha Hughes CYOP #91: Tina Essmaker CYOP #95: Rosa Ng CYOP #121: Keah Brown CYOP #124: Sami Abdou More Information: Me on Instagram The official CYOP Instagram account Get the Creative Digest You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com
13 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
CYOP #132 - The One About the Future
In this final episode of our mini Season 5, I’m sharing some future plans. I chat about what I’ve learned from having a day job, dreams for my business that I’ve haven’t told many people and why you can expect changes from CYOP in the coming months. Have a great holiday season, my friends and happy listening! You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.
11 minutes | Dec 6, 2018
CYOP #131 - The One Where We Talk About Shame
In today’s episode, we’re talking about shame. It’s a topic that has shown up in so many of moments over the last year. It’s also something that’s come up in conversation with others pretty regularly, so I felt the need to address it here as it relates to both creative endeavors and life choices. If you’re open to hearing how I’ve navigated the topic in recent months, please have a listen. You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.
16 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
CYOP #130 - What to Do When Life Takes a Turn
Today's show is all about getting through a tough life event. In it, I share some of the issues I faced as I went through my divorce this past year and the tools and mindset shifts I used to handle my career transition through it all. If you've ever had to try and keep your world together while it was also falling apart, this one's for you. I hope you'll find my story helpful as you navigate your own. You can find the full episode and show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.
8 minutes | Nov 23, 2018
CYOP #129 - Let's Call it a Rebuilding Year
After a year off the air, CYOP is back! Tune in to find out more about what to expect in the coming weeks, what's been happening around here and why I'm calling this last twelve months a rebuilding year. For full episodes from the Creating Your Own Path archives, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.
11 minutes | Nov 24, 2017
CYOP #128 - The Between Seasons Update Episode
I'm back with a quick update episode about what you can expect from me in the coming year, as both my life and my business evolve. In the episode, I chat through my own impending career changes, an exciting (though daunting) rebrand, updates about the podcast, the shop, the artist residency, and much more. For full episodes from the Creating Your Own Path archives, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.
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