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Best Of: create Your Own Unique Path to Success and Happiness with Shinah Chang

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How an unhappy lawyer with a Harvard degree became a badass calligrapher

with Shinah Chang

What do you do when you’ve worked hard all your life doing everything you were “supposed” to do, only to end up unfulfilled and lost?

Today’s guest Shinah Chang is the owner of Crooked Calligraphy, a modern calligraphy studio. She calls herself an unconventional calligrapher and teaches classes, creates work for weddings and events, and for corporate clients like Disney and Nordstrom.

But Shinah started her journey on a very traditional path to success. She had a tiger mom, got a perfect 1600 on her SATs, went to Harvard, and became a very successful attorney making over 6 figures right out the gate. But she was stressed out and extremely unhappy, until she left everything behind to discover what made her curious and found her passion for calligraphy. On this episode of Creativity School, Shinah shares the steps she took to veer off a very linear path and create her own unique path to success and happiness.

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • How she felt lost and unfulfilled in her career as a lawyer, and ultimately how she found her way thanks to some really good questions a life coach asked her that changed everything

  • How to discover what you love to do

  • How to channel who you really are into your work by finding your authentic voice, even if it pisses people off

  • How to begin to overcome the fear of failure and the fear of rejection, and move forward despite the fear

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Lesson 28: Mental Health, Burning Out and Finding Joy in Your Work Again with Seung Hee Lee

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How to recover from burn out and connect to your true happiness

with Seung Hee Lee

It only made sense to sell what sells, and that really ate my soul. And then I realized, no one told me to do this. I did this to myself.
— Seung Hee Lee

What happens when the thing you love to make the most completely burns you out?

This week on Creativity School, I have a very honest conversation about mental health and burning out with Korean chef and author Seung Hee Lee. Seung Hee is a self proclaimed “disease detective” by day as a full time Epidemiologist, and a classically trained chef and side hustling pop-up chef by night. She’s also a traditionally published author of a Korean cookbook, which she worked on and released while working at her day job.

We talk about her journey to becoming a chef and author, and how she uses social media to dispel stereotypes about Korean food. Seung Hee also shares how her weekend pop-up events became burdensome and left her feeling depressed and unhappy. She discusses how she began the process of overcoming her burnout and why it’s essential to create work that makes you happy instead of making work to please others.

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • Tips on how Seung Hee grew her social media following and used it as market research for her cookbook

  • How to engage with others on Instagram and manage it when you have a day job

  • The importance of making what you truly love to make, especially when you have a full time job and your creativity is your side hustle

  • Seung Hee’s tips on combating burn out

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Website | Instagram

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Lesson 27: Retrain Your Mind and Unf*ck Your Brain with Kara Loewentheil

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How to retrain your brain beyond just positive thinking

with Kara Loewentheil

How can we override our brains and stop our negative self talk, fear of failure, and perfectionism from getting in the way of making the awesome work we want to make?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to Master Certified Coach Kara Loewentheil about how to unf*ck your brain, and step by step change your thought patterns beyond just positive thinking. Kara left a legal career behind and has grown her coaching business from zero to seven figures in just 3 years. She teaches cognitive psychology-based techniques and insights from feminist theory that lead to ridiculously rapid change. This is real, practical mindset work based on the way our brains work!

Kara talks about some of the biggest blocks to our creativity - negative self talk, fear of failure, perfectionism and anxiety - and how to start changing our thoughts about them. Kara also shares advice on what to do when you never get the external validation you want for your work and how thought work can help. Listen to find out why she says why your brain is like a German Shepherd puppy that needs training, and how you can start having your brain work FOR you instead of against you once and for all.

 

**Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible! If you want to get started with a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial head over to at www.creativityschoolpodcast.com/audible.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Retraining your brain - why it’s important and how to do it

  • The first step to changing your thought patterns

  • The biggest blocks to creativity – how to start changing our thoughts about them

  • Why we should really connect to WHY we are creating something

  • What to do when you never get the external validation you want for your work

  • Why doing what feels aligned and safe is the worst advice

  • Kara’s free Confidence Challenge

CONNECT WITH KARA:

Website | Instagram | Podcast

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