This week I'm preparing to leave my temporary home base of Atlanta to venture out into over 45 days of book readings, live performances, and workshops throughout the US. Since this month's theme in the School of Bravery and here on the podcast is Risk & Rejection, I thought I'd take a couple minutes before packing up my suitcase to talk about the upside of risk and the benefits it offers.
The past 2 weeks were filled with unexpected changes in my personal life. These changes greatly affected my work life. So in light of this month's top of "power of choice" in the realm of self-promotion, today we're chatting about how to regain your power by enforcing boundaries and drawing new lines in the sand. This is a crucial skill for anyone with personal life and a career - we all need the ability to balance crisis between the two realms.
Today we have a sequel episode with Karin Stevens! Karin is a choreographer based in the Seattle area. It turns out that she's been doing more writing lately and she sent me an email the other day with a question. I immediately knew this question should become a podcast episode.
In this episode I give several real-life examples of how I have personally gone about self-promotion in a different way. I also honestly explain some of the benefits and drawbacks from doing self-promotion differently. I'm really hoping this slight variation in this month's theme is helpful for you! If it is, let me know!
Fabienne Raphaël is a super rad consultant to folks looking to leave their corporate day-job into the online business world. Fabienne and I met online because we were both building similar kinds of excitement with our businesses. Even if you're not a business owner, I know you'll glean so much from this conversation, as we discuss solutions that can apply to ANY person or situation.
It is imperative that we call BS when we see it. In ourselves, in others, in our surroundings - if we see folks faking authenticity or trying to be a square peg in a round hole, we need to call it out. So that's what we're talking about today.
This week we're chatting about how to prepare for your next season of bravery and how to use some forecasting skills to make that happen. Using all the information we have available can be powerful, especially as we make plans for the future - which is what I'm doing this month while finishing up this national book tour. Come out and say hi!
Last week we released my book "Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous" into the world and it was a smashing success! However, last week turned my brain to absolute mush, take a listen to hear all about it!
In reaction to how close the publishing date for my book was the other day someone asked me, "Are you just so proud of yourself?!" The question caught me off guard because if I'm being honest I wasn't proud of myself. I wasn't proud because I hadn't taken time to feel that yet. So that's what today's episode on the Bare Naked Bravery podcast is all about: How to Make Space for Powerful Moments.
This week I needed to hop on a soapbox. I saw a quote the other day attributed to the lovely Brené Brown which I (shockingly) disagreed with. Normally, I love Brené's work, but the quote I read of hers did not sit right with me.
When I look back over my life, I can see just how powerful planning for seasons of bravery can be. That being said, I've gotten really burned by making some really audacious goals and not being able to attain them. There's an art to making plans, especially plans that you can stick to. That's what this week's Bare Naked Bravery podcast episode is all about: how to plan for seasons of bravery!
Earlier this week I submitted the final manuscript of my book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous to my formatter. To celebrate such a nerve-wracking accomplishment, I reached for my phone, posted several fun announcements on social media, did a quick “hooray” via Facebook livestream in the Bare Naked Bravery Community group, and then I took 2 shots of tequila. To give a taste of the things I uncovered this weekend, this week’s peep show episode of the Bare Naked Bravery podcast is all about how we can build our bravery with the help of rituals!
This week's peep show episode is all about how to stop wasting your time and energy in areas of life or your creativity that just doesn't pay off. The law of diminishing returns is an important one and pertains to having incessant worrying habits, over-planning things, over-controlling things, and even not caring about things enough! We'll chat a little about how to spot crazy-makers in your life and what make s a good system for preventing and stopping these creativity leaks.
We're spending today's peep show episode in the realm of the real bravery I'm experiencing right now. I'm doing the final revisions of the Bare Naked Bravery book this month. It's kinda terrifying, but fortunately something happened which we talk about today.
Bare Naked Bravery recently celebrated it's 1 year birthday! So exciting! I spend today's peep show episode talking about the big changes in store for the Bare Naked Bravery Community in the coming season. I also reveal some of my decision making process in the midst of all these changes and celebrations. Take a listen!
BareNakedBravery is asking for what you're worth. This week on @barenakedbravery we're talking about a VERRRRY common question for creatives: How to ask for what you're worth!
Fellow Creative Misfit, Tamara submitted the following question: "I'm in a really bad place financially. Like really bad. It seems like everyone I'm talking with about becoming a client of mine is back peddling and turning away. What do I do?" Ohhh girl. I've been there. and I've got some things for you to think about... perhaps they will reveal your next steps for getting yourself out of a financial pickle like this one.
Fellow Bare Naked Bravery community member submitting this stellar question for this week, "How do you balance self-care with self-discipline?" Suuuuch a good question! So that's what I dive into today. Where is the line between kindness, compassion, and getting uncomfortable? Do they belong together? Let's find out!
Over the last couple weeks I've seen this happen a lot: my creative friend will go on vacation, work maybe 1 hour everyday while away only to return to a super hugely financially profitable week! Why does this happen?! And how have I been able to be soooo productive? It's allll about the 80/20 Pareto Principle. 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. That's what we're talking about today on this week's peep show mini episode!
This week I'm driving all the way across the country. My creative sabbatical in Atlanta, GA has wrapped up and I'm headed back to the Pacific Northwest to nestle into a new life on Orcas Island, WA. I'm really excited about it and this week's Peep Show is all about how much I gain from these long road trips. There's something magical about being in the midst of big horizons...