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The Thriving Creative
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Stop Learning, Start DIYing, and Embracing Imperfect Movement with Cara Newhart
Do you ever get caught up in the trap of learning and mastering something new that you never actually get started? As an entrepreneur and a creative, it can be super easy to stall out in perfectionism because you feel like you’re not qualified. In this episode, I invited DIY guru, Cara Newhart to tell her story of failing forward into the business of her dreams. Cara shares that even with a degree in business and art, her biggest breakthroughs resulted when her first business flopped. Cara also shares what tips she has for getting started in creating a space you love. Be sure to check out her wall-papered refrigerator (you heard me!) and the plans she has for you to make an entryway bench for $12. So grab your earbuds, and maybe a drill or paintbrush because you’re going to be inspired to DIY BIG to create a home you love! Click here for the Show Notes
17 minutes | 5 months ago
Stop Accepting Yourself-The Surprising Path to Discovering Who You Are
Raise your hand if you’re an Enneagram enthusiast like me! Any personality assessment can be a great tool for learning what makes you tick and why certain challenges are common to you. Yet simply being self-aware doesn’t help us become better versions of ourselves. Today on the show we’re going to explore what I like to call a growth mindset for self-love. Self-love may start with acceptance, but it’s never where it stops. There are parts of any personality that pose challenges and even consequences if we don’t address them and make necessary shifts. The good news is that we can make these changes through simple exercises in mindfulness. Click here for the Show Notes
19 minutes | 5 months ago
Not Having the Right Planner Isn't Why You Can't Manage Your Time
Have you ever been guilty of trying to find the perfect planner? Whether it is digital or paper, fancy, or simple, it can be hard to find a planner that is tailored perfectly to how your brain works. If you’re like me, you fill out January and February, and then it all falls apart. But sometimes planners simply fail us because we want them to do something they can’t: control our time! When it comes to time management and productivity, understanding what you believe about time is the key to making breakthroughs in your productivity. In this episode, I am going to challenge you to shift your mindset about time so you can shift your life. Click here for the Show Notes
8 minutes | 5 months ago
Dear God, Let it Never Go Back to Normal
It’s time to shake things up here in the Thriving Creative Podcast Community, and it starts with me, your host. I have been doing a lot of learning, a lot of reflecting, and a lot of listening in the last few weeks. Perhaps more than ever before when it comes to the issue of racial inequality. I’ve struggled to come to terms with a failure to amplify diverse voices in this community. I am sorry, and I am committed to doing much more. And so I share this prayer with you in hopes that you could also make it your own. Please God, Let it NEVER go back to normal. I have to tell you that at the beginning of this pandemic, all I was really praying for was that things would just go back to normal. I missed so many simple things that I had taken for granted. My anxiety was sky-high because all I could see was all the things that I was missing. Here and there my heart would shift toward gratitude, but not often enough. Then I finally came to terms with the fact that life had slowed down long enough for us to pause and surrender in this season of prolonged uncertainty. This pause made me recognize I had the opportunity to step into this moment when the hurt of the black community can no longer be dismissed. Dear God, Let it NEVER go back to normal. Though we cannot make up for the hundreds of years of injustice, I realize that it is still not too late to use my privilege to fight to restore justice for black lives. My white friends, it’s time to stop and listen. It’s time to stop airing your opinion and minimizing the pain that black people endure on a daily basis. I am committing to using my voice to act on your behalf. I am committing to dismantling racism both in this current moment and in the future. Dear God, Let it NEVER go back to normal.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Creating Connection with Your Customers and Yourself with Marilyn De La Hoz
For our guest today, gratitude is more than a part of her morning ritual. It’s a value that drives everything she creates in her business. Marilyn De la Hoz is the owner of With Love Studio, where she specializes in creating branded apparel and client gifts to ensure your client experience is unforgettable. Marilyn helps you break out of the virtual world and a bunch of sales automations to say “thank you” for working with you! In our conversation, Marilyn shares how she finds ways to nurture her creative side and stay present with her busy kiddos without totally burning out. She’s okay with giving herself extra grace when she falls short as a mom or with her business goals. Her girls will only be little for a season, so she doesn’t mind being needed by them in big ways. Marilyn also shares how you can use her thank you and welcome boxes to surprise and delight your customers. She even shares tips on how you can stop getting lost in the shuffle of typical marketing tactics. If you can’t describe your customer experience, chances are you need Marilyn’s products in your life! Click here for the Show Notes
20 minutes | 6 months ago
Ten Things That Help Me Cope When Life is Stressful
Whenever your stress levels are sky-high, (like they might be right now), the anxiety you feel can make your brain reactive and unable to be creative or cope. So I am going to offer you ten of the most helpful tips I’ve found when it comes to dealing with my own stress. They might be things that have helped in the past and you’ve just forgotten to use them. They might be new strategies for you to experiment with. Regardless, you now have a handy list available to you of ways to cope when you feel the pressure rising. Do you have any other tips to share? I want to hear them! Share them with me on Instagram and tag me, @naphtalivroberts so that together, we can develop the ultimate list of ways to thrive even when we are totally overwhelmed! Click here for the Show Notes
39 minutes | 6 months ago
How to Change Your Life with Nicole Anderson
If you're a creative and your business requires face to face interaction with your clients, this has likely been a season plagued with anxiety and fear. It was for our guest and brand photographer, Nicole Anderson too. Though the anxiety paralyzed her for a moment, she realized she had to find a way to change her life. Over the last few months, Nicole used her expertise in brand photography to create mini-courses that include how to take better pictures of yourself, how to take pictures of food (foodtography), and how to take pictures of products for Etsy sellers. In this interview, Nicole shares with us all the gritty details of her creative process from breakdown to breakthrough. Her story will no doubt convince you that you can make changes in your life even when anxiety seems like your new (or old) BFF. Nicole is a creative through and through- as a personal branding photographer and content strategist, she LIVES to create for others. She is the wife of an Englishman, her business partner, and the mom to 2 kiddos- Jack & Olivia. She enjoys cheese, cake and Netflix zoning out at the end of the day. Don’t forget to check out the Cell Series if your photos are lacking luster these days! Click here for the Show Notes
13 minutes | 6 months ago
Just Dance-The Link Between Mental Health & Gettin Down
Have you ever been so stuck inside your thoughts that you can’t function? Or maybe you’ve been so overwhelmed by your emotions that you can’t make sense of them? On any given day, I could be paralyzed by either or both parts of me. But I’ve discovered one of the most powerful tools I have to snap out of a funk is to turn on some music and get down with my bad self! In this episode, I want to share with you the powerful connection between dance and your mental health. There are so many benefits of taking time to dance. It can help you to reduce anxiety, re-engage your passions, and perhaps most importantly, love yourself. I’m going to challenge you to find a way to dance to today and show you how you can unlock your mind and heart through mindfulness if you’re feeling stuck today! Click here for the Show Notes
24 minutes | 6 months ago
Find Your Meditation Style
You may know that meditation is a healthy practice known for reducing anxiety and allowing you to focus more. But if you haven’t found a practice that works for you, it’s hard to invest in the habit and even harder to believe in the payoff. In this episode, I am going to share with you a little more about the why behind meditation and help you consider some types of meditation you might not have tried before. The goal? For you to find a meditation practice that aligns with YOU! It’s incredibly easy to get stuck reliving the past or imagining our fears coming true in the future. If you can learn to train your brain to stay present, you will experience so much freedom. When you can learn to stay present and notice your thought patterns, you will be more capable of aligning your thoughts towards the action you want to be taking. Your goals and dreams are worth this investment! Click here for the Show Notes
27 minutes | 7 months ago
You Can't Create From Empty-How To Stop Trying
The signs of running on empty can be pretty obvious. You’re grumpy, reactive, and you struggle to be a good problem solver. Things that normally slide off your back are suddenly deal breakers. It’s not rocket science, but sometimes it's just really hard to prioritize making time to refuel your mind and heart. Everyone else’s needs seem to pile up and be more important. We end up taking care of everyone else and then blaming them for the fact that we are running on fumes. Here’s a truth bomb for ya: self-care isn’t selfish because everyone suffers when you don’t put your needs first. So today, stop convincing yourself that you don’t need to pause and invest in the things that fill your cup. Make a list of the things that energize you and inspire you...and then go do them! Or at least one of them! I am sharing with you a few things off of my list and how I have to be strategic about making time and space to do them. Connecting and cultivating are not tasks on your to-do list. They are the activities that are necessary for you to be able to fulfill your creative calling. Click here for the Show Notes
17 minutes | 7 months ago
Mental Health Monday: Want to Feel Happier?
Happy first Monday of May! I want to kick off this month talking about happiness. How can we promote our own happiness without necessarily changing our current circumstances? Happiness is a big concept with lots of different pieces. What I want to offer you is a simple strategy to increase your happiness today. By taking a look at the decisions you make each day, and the number of options for those decisions we can create a strategy to make our brain happier with each new desision we make. Let's dive in!
28 minutes | 7 months ago
4 Practical Tips for When You Feel Lonely
At one point in my life, I thought that loneliness was only determined by a life circumstance. The older I get, the more I realize that loneliness is really just an emotional state that can strike at any moment. What is loneliness and why does it happen? That’s exactly what I’m diving into today. This experience is becoming incredibly pervasive even as we now have more methods to connect more than ever before. If we fail to address this emotion, guilt and shame can easily overwhelm you. In today’s episode, I am going to help you start to recognize loneliness in your own life and equip you with some tools for being able to combat it when it strikes. Being able to navigate these waters requires practicing mindfulness and making a plan. I will share with you some of the things in my life that can easily sabotage me and make me feel less valuable. Maybe these are some of the same things you struggle with. Or perhaps you could add some other things to the list. If you can, come share your input with the rest of us in the On Purpose Life and Biz Facebook group! It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by our feelings and choose to shut down. Let’s take this chance to call this out in one another and ask someone how they are really doing! Click here for the Show Notes
12 minutes | 7 months ago
Mental Health Monday: My New Habit to Boost Productivity in the Midst of Chaos
Are you suffering from mental exhaustion at the moment? You are absolutely not alone. Our level of overwhelm in trying to navigate this pandemic season is pulling us in a million directions. We're losing huge chunks of time and experiencing the feeling of failure way more than we'd like. I was right there with you and then I implemented a new strategy. It's helping me execute what has to get done and releasing what can wait. Want to learn more? Join me on the podcast for another episode of Mental Health Monday!
33 minutes | 7 months ago
When Your Business is Making Money But You're Not Thriving with Amber Fife
Not making enough money in business is one problem. But what if you are making money, the opportunities are flooding in, but you are exhausted and overwhelmed? Today’s guest, Amber Fife has been there but she also managed to find a way to come out on the other side. What did it take? A lot of mindset shifts and serious consideration of what she really wanted to be offering. Join us as we discuss how Amber was able to take back her schedule and quit getting caught up in the comparison trap. She also tells the story of how exploring her creativity became the healing agent for her anxiety. After a decade of being in the photography business and moving across the country, Amber felt something was missing, and she wanted to not feel crippled by anxiety. Her healing began in 2016 as she returned to her artistic roots and made time for creating on a regular basis. Finding so much success in her own life, Amber began Women Create Weekly in 2018, a blog and online membership to help women find themselves again through art. She enjoys running both businesses and finding life balance on a daily basis.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Mental Health Monday: A Mood Boosting Playlist for Your Mind
Do you have a song you love so much that you could listen to it on repeat forever? You may know what songs are on your ultimate playlist, but do you know what thoughts you have on repeat? Consider for a moment- do those thoughts actually empower and energize you? Or do they deplete you and make you doubt yourself? In today’s episode, I want to share with you four types of thoughts you can retrain your brain to focus on when you’re feeling down or overwhelmed. Your homework is to write one of these down for yourself from each category. After listening, practice becoming aware of where your thoughts are leading. And when your thoughts do leave you feeling disconnected, you will have these tools ready to combat those negative feelings. Friends, it’s okay to not be okay, but you are not alone and you don’t have to stay stuck!
21 minutes | 7 months ago
Finding Your Confidence
I think it’s safe to say that the emotions associated with the experience of failure are ones we desperately try to avoid. No one enjoys failing. And yet, it’s a very necessary part of discovering your creative confidence. Today on the podcast, I am sharing with you exactly how you can go about finding your confidence so you can be sure of what you offer people in your life, be it in business or personally. I think you will look at failure in a brand new way after listening. Your best breakthroughs are around the corner if you are willing to take a risk! Steps for Discovering Your Creative Confidence: Decide to try which means you are okay with failure. Have a support system in place that is listening and not just talking. Give yourself a break when needed, but commit to trying again Allow yourself to make messy progress.
12 minutes | 7 months ago
Mental Health Monday: 1 Minute Mindfulness Activities to Decrease Anxiety
In this episode of Mental Health Monday, I'm going to give you something super relevant and practical to try out today. Mindfulness is not just a good suggestion anymore-it's a means of survival. If you haven't found a practice that offers you more clarity and peace, one of these activities might just be the tool you need to navigate the uncertainty of this season. You are not alone and I want to empower you to continue showing up in your personal life and your business. If one of these activities resonates with you, come share your experience in the On Purpose Creatives Facebook group!
47 minutes | 8 months ago
The Secret to Running a 6 Figure Etsy Business with Gaby Abrams
If you’re needing a shot of courage when it comes to pursuing your creative passion, I have it for you today in the form of Gaby Abrams. Gaby is a lawyer turned creative mompreneur. She started her online stationery business, Casa Confetti Design Studio, in 2015 after having her son Levi. What started out as a fun way to pass her maternity leave quickly turned into a thriving 6-figure business. Gaby shares her journey with lots of helpful tips from what to do and plenty of things to avoid too! She lets us in on the mindset challenges she had to work through jumping from a practical to a passionate career in a matter of months. Gaby and I discuss the magic and frustration of outsourcing work and how she chooses when to do it. Gaby is a big believer that you shouldn’t rely on external validation-you gotta rely on that intuition of yours. I couldn’t agree more! Perhaps most encouraging is her advice to anyone who is nervous to pursue their passion. She urges us to learn as we go and to always make time to play! Yes please!
20 minutes | 8 months ago
Thriving as A Creative and a Parent at the Same Time
If you’re suddenly finding yourself trying to figure out how to run a business from home without the typical school or childcare supports, chances are you’ve had a lot of emotionally intense days. Fulfilling both of these roles at the same time is challenging, but certainly not impossible. Though I am still exploring how to do this well in my own home, I have identified some important tips to keep in mind. These three things help me feel more successful in both roles much more consistently. Make sure your daily and weekly expectations are realistic. Clearly communicate your expectations to all your family members (especially your kids!) Be clear on your priorities.
11 minutes | 8 months ago
Mental Health Monday: 2 Journaling Prompts You Can Use as a Creative
Did you know that the act of journaling can actually strengthen your immune cells? It’s true! Journaling is beneficial for your health in a ton of ways! This practice can also do things like increase your concentration and allow for all kinds of self-discovery! Who could use some more of that right now? Probably all of us! For those of you who find yourself with more time right now, this is a perfect time to take up this practice. And for those of you who find yourself with less time, I’ve got an idea to share with you that you might not have considered before. If you have no idea what to write to get started, I am also sharing with you two prompts you can respond to every day to get clarity about your emotions and how to navigate your day with purpose!
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