I first heard about Ellis, because one of her patrons suggested that I would REALLY love her songwriting. I immediately became a patron myself. Then later met Ellis Delaney in person at the Rocky Mountain Song School & Folk Festival. She taught a really excellent workshop on planning, project management, and undefended living as an artist. In that workshop, she briefly mentioned her ADHD and I just knew she would be a perfect guest expert for The School of Bravery.
As a creative visionary, a songwriter, a mom AND an attorney, Erika Amy joins us to discuss this month's theme in the School of Bravery! We're talking about BOUNDARIES!! How to enforce them. How to know when to enforce boundaries, and how to reinforce them!
I met Erika at a songwriting retreat she and I both attended last month and fell in love with her spirit and general attitude about life and creativity. I know y'all will love her as much as I do.
As this month's featured School of Bravery student, Erin MaeLewis is with us this week! We talk about folk music -- mountain dulcimer, specifically -- and some of her previous "Seasons of Bravery." (i.e. surviving cancer at 20 years old and being a full-time modern folk musician! She also tells us about her current season of bravery and what she's got her sights set on these days!
If you like folk music and finding common ground with people (Lord, knows we need it today!), then you'll enjoy this convo with Erin Mae Lewis, my friend, student and fellow musician!
This week we get to welcome Kristen Kalp (of the podcast That's What She Said) to the School of Bravery!
Because this month's theme is Imagination & Reading Shadows, she and I talk about playing whack-a-mole, unexpected successes & failures, going into "bunker mode," what it's like to lose your marriage AND lose $43k to incorrectly reading shadows! We also cover 5 red flags to watch out for when you're making plans for big things!
Sara Avant Stover is with us today! She is a teacher of feminine spirituality and empowerment, bestselling author, and founder of The Way of the Happy Woman. She mentions this a briefly in our conversation today, but after a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia.
Today we have Martin Stellar with us! Martin is a former monk who is currently using those skills and experiences to assist ambitious creative entrepreneurs to really make a difference.
Jonathan DeWaal is the executive director of Liminal Space, a nonprofit organization based out of Seattle, WA which is dedicated to helping others find the courage and means to navigate major life transition. Over the last 10 years his work and research has shown that major transitions are places where people can find their desired path and become stronger, or where they can get stuck – sometimes for years.
Anybody who has ever done something new for the first time will tell you it's a bit stressful. Ask any entrepreneur how their stress-life is and they'll most likely tell you they're hanging by a thread. I say that from experience, because I've been all versions of stress management as an entrepreneur. But where does this stress come from? Well, Benjamin Dell, founder and CEO at Missing Lettr is here with us today to chat briefly about just that.
Jessica Flint is the founder of the Recovery Warriors community which dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering people to make big changes in their life. Forbes recognized her work as a technology innovating mental health that has served millions worldwide.
On today's mini-episode we're talking all about constraints, limitations, and how to have an imagination based on *hope* for your future. There are three main points I want to make, to help us get out of the "woe is me" mindset. So listen below to hear those thoughts and my answer to whether I think imagination is insanity or not.
Today we chat about what it means to say yes or no to something. I'm stoked that we've got BOTH Samatha Parker and Kathy Rasmussen with us. I really just love what they're putting out into the world and knew they would have a LOT to say on this month's topic of Risk and Rejection! We talk about how risk and rejection have played a part in the start of their new magazine, partnership, and business.
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.
Today I have to thank Jessica Ribera for being so willing and open to jump into our conversation so blindly. She and I talk about the moments we share while dealing with our respective pains and losses. Jessica lost her ballet career. I lost my career as a cellist. Today we both find ourselves using the word writer as a self-descriptor. Jessica and I both retain our emotional sobriety today, however we do talk about the moments we denied our lack of emotional sobriety and instead tried to numb or deny the pain we were so vividly fighting to feel. We talk about writing. We talk about being honest. We talk about career-ending injuries. We talk about gaining, losing, and regaining our vision for the possibility. Please enjoy my brand new friend Jessica Ribera!
In today's peep show episode, we discuss my 6 go-to steps for recovering from rejection. This is so important for any creative or visionary. Those of us who have big ideas, often encounter rejection of those big ideas. But understanding how to handle and recover from rejection is ALSO crucial. If you're putting yourself out there, most likely, you will encounter rejection. Here are my tried and true methods to bouncing back as quickly as possible without denying yourself the time to heal...
Liis Windischmann is with us today! Liis is a curvy model and a TV personality who is a massive advocate for wellness, body love, and consciously creating epic lives. Today Liis and I are talking about Power of Choice. I knew she'd be a great person for this subject because there's no way someone would choose to advocate for anything if they didn't know how to utilize their personal power of choice. But Liis and I also discuss the smaller, more common versions of utilizing your power of choice. So if you're feeling a little bit boxed into a corner today or like you're being victimized in some form or fashion (even by your own self!) then today's episode is for you.
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.
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!
At the time of recording this episode, about 18 months have passed since we spoke to our first ever podcast guest. I wanted to touch back to the beginnings of this show and catch up with Naomi Wachira. We're talking about the courage of choosing silence, which applies to anyone, anywhere. Today's conversation is a perfect example of the nakedness required for big bold actions. Sometimes being still, pausing your movement, and listening on a deeper level takes more bravery than keeping the hustle going.