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Lesson 33: Discover Your Unique Purpose using Human Design with Laura Olsen

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How to discover who you were born to be and create the life you want

with Laura Olsen

All truly compelling creativity is from a deep place of inner knowledge. Human Design shows you who you were born to be so that you can set down all the clutter of the world and be free to be yourself.
— Laura Olsen

This week on Creativity School, I talk to Laura Olsen, a creative coach that helps people define their message and get it online using a variety of tools, including Human Design. If you’ve never heard of Human Design before, you’re about to get a crash course on how this tool gives you an overview of the mechanics of how you operate, and “is the owner’s manual that we didn’t get at birth.”

By learning our Human Design type we can gain a deeper understanding of who we really are, and remove all the baggage of who the world tells us to be. As Laura says, truly compelling creativity comes from a deep place of inner knowledge. And the more we know about ourselves, the more we can create better work. Listen to learn more about your purpose and living in alignment with your Human Design!

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Mentioned in this episode:

  • What is Human Design

  • The 5 Human Design Types - Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator, Projector, and Reflector

  • How Human Design can help you uncover who you really are and how you operate in the world

  • Celebrities and famous figures and their Human Design Types

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Lesson 32: The Slower Your Grow: Building a Business At Your Own Pace

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How to BUILD A BUSINESS without the pressure to hustle and grind

with Jessica Gonzalez


What really helped me at the beginning was not having a plan because it didn’t stress me out. I just did whatever I felt like doing or whatever I thought needed to be done. I didn’t put any pressure on myself.
— Jessica Gonzalez

We often hear about how necessary it is to hustle, grind and work until we’re exhausted and burned out when starting a new business. But is it possible to build a successful business by intentionally growing it slow and without the pressure to grow as quickly as possible?

This week on Creativity School, I talk to Jessica Gonzalez, a beekeeper and the founder of Happy Organics, a wellness company that provides honey and CBD products for the body and mind. Jessica shares her journey to accidentally starting her company during a time when she was burned out and exploring the things that made her happy after quitting a tech company she founded. She began helping her father with his bees when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer, and developed honey and CBD products to help with his pain and anxiety. When people started asking to buy them, she had a business.

Jessica shares how she was able to keep her company going through the devastating loss of her dad, how her incredible pain became her purpose, and how she’s been able to successfully grow her company slowly and at her own pace by being focused on her values and the bigger picture.

**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:

  • How Jessica began helping her father with his bees when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer

  • How she was able to start Happy Organics while experiencing the devastating loss of her father

  • How to create transformation in your life without experiencing something painful or devastating

  • Why she grew her business slow and without a plan

  • The importance of letting yourself feel bad

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Lesson 31: The Magic of Letting Go of Perfection

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How to let go of perfection and create without pressure

with Carrie Brummer

We need to say out loud perfectionism is poison
and not something to be proud of.
— Carrie Brummer

How do we finally let go of perfectionism and experience the magic that unfolds when we create with complete freedom?

This week on Creativity School, we dig into how perfectionism is poison and not something to be proud of with Carrie Brummer. Carrie is a visual artist and has had work displayed in The Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She’s also an art educator, and the founder of Artist Strong, a community that supports people by giving them the permission to be creative and the tools to develop their unique voice.

We talk about how it took a life threatening health experience for Carrie to finally let go of the need to create art that was perfect, and in the process discovered the incredible things that can happen in your life and work when you let go and create without pressure. Carrie shares actionable steps we can take to release our need for perfection, how to let go of the myth of talent, and how to trust your intuition when creating your work.

**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:

  • How Carrie entered the world of art education despite her parents and teachers telling her it wasn’t practical to pursue a career in the arts

  • How a life threatening health experience was a catalyst for her to let go of perfectionism and the need to please others in her work

  • The negative side of perfectionism

  • The myth of talent and how to develop your talent

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Lesson 30: 3 Simple Secrets to being Successful with Your Work

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How to be successful with your creative work with 3 simple steps

with Grace Chon

There’s a way to operate in the world and still get what you want without being a huge, egotistical, disgusting, douchebag. So be kind. It’s really that simple.
— Grace Chon

This week on Creativity School, I share 3 simple secrets to being successful with your creative work, especially if you want longevity in your career. The ideas in this episode are the things that have helped me succeed as a creative entrepreneur and artist, and if you can stay committed to these tips - THEY WORK!

Also listen in the introduction to find out the inspiring way Lulu Wang, director and writer of the critically acclaimed film The Farewell, overcame obstacles to make her film exactly the way she wanted, and the lessons we can learn from her experience.

**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.

Resources:

‘The Farewell’: Lulu Wang Made the Year’s Most Exciting Hit By Refusing to Whitewash It

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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.

**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:

  • 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.

**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:

  • 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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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.

 

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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

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Lesson 10: Creating with Intention, Going Viral, and Making Your Dreams Come True

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Lesson 10: How to create work that connects with a wide audience and manifest the career and life opportunities of your dreams

With Nathalie Basha

Complacency is the death of creativity. If you always set new goals for yourself, and you’re in a constant cycle of reaching and striving, that’s when you’re going to get the best out of yourself and your creative muscle.
— Nathalie Basha

Nathalie Basha is a Webby nominated travel journalist with a passion for telling stories about the intersection between people, culture and fascinating places. She shoots, writes, edits, and reports on her stories both at home in LA and around the world on assignment. Basically, she has a dream career! And her pieces regularly go viral, getting millions upon millions of views per story. One video alone has more than 70 MILLION views and counting!

If you're interested at all in being a content creator, learning how to create stories that connect with people, and learning how to make things that resonate with an audience, this is a must listen episode.

I love this conversation, because we learn all about Nathalie's journey to working in such an incredible career, with stops along the way as an entertainment news reporter, features news reporter, and the surprising part time job she picked up to support herself when she quit TV news without a plan and decided to go full force with her YouTube channel The Travel Muse.

Nathalie shares why it’s so important to create roles and opportunities for yourself, why we have to purposefully conquer our fears, and how to manifest the exact dream career and life that you want.

We also talk about going viral - why she thinks her work connects with such a massive audience, and her advice on creating work with the intent of going viral.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Nathalie burned out of TV news, quit without a plan, and started her YouTube channel The Travel Muse

  • How she developed The Travel Muse over 3 years, without generating any income, and took a part time job to pay the bills

  • Why it’s so important to create the opportunity for yourself and take the initiative if you want something to happen

  • How Nathalie finds the stories she reports on and why she is interested in telling the stories of the people that make the places she travels to special

  • Why feeling nervous is a good thing

  • How she has had countless videos go viral

  • Nathalie’s advice on approaching content creation with the intent of going viral

  • How Nathalie and her fiancé Dr. Evan Antin both manifested their dream careers

  • How to get started in telling stories through video like Nathalie

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Lesson 08: The Power of Being Unapologetically You in Your Work

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Lesson 08: How owning your story and identity is a super power and makes your creative expression unique

With Evita Castine

It’s important to embrace who you are, embrace your experiences and know that because you experience it it has value.
— Evita Castine

Today’s episode digs into the power of owning your story and being authentically and unapologetically yourself in your work. Because what you create is a reflection of who you are – whether it’s a film, a photo, a business or a cupcake!

Being so honest can be pretty scary for most people, myself included. I struggle with this a lot, especially on social media. But this conversation reveals how when you can embrace your identity and the things that make you different, the more relatable, resonant and creative your work will be. And I truly believe this applies to LIFE IN GENERAL. Just swap out the word “work” for “life.”

Evita Castine is an Emmy Award winning producer, director, actor, and photographer. Her films have been recognized by the Cannes Film Festival, One Lens Festival, Warner Brothers, and more. In today’s conversation, she shares her journey to becoming an award winning filmmaker, why she says putting emotional intelligence into your work makes it stronger, and how being different is your super power.

Evita also shares how she uses her iPhone (yes, you read that right - her iPhone!) to create work for major clients like Spotify, musicians like Cody Chestnutt, and Fox Studios.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Evita's journey to becoming a director and why she became inspired to begin telling her own stories

  • How being different and an outsider shapes her work and makes it unique

  • Why putting emotion into your work makes it stronger

  • How judging things inhibits your creativity

  • Why she says you don’t have to go to film school if you want to be a filmmaker

  • How she developed her artistic voice and unique visual style in her work

  • How she started creating work using her iPhone for major clients

  • Her formula for the “straightest” path to living a fulfilling creative life and making your dreams into reality

  • Why a teacher told her to go clown school

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Lesson 07: Building Self Confidence and Resilience as a Creative

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Lesson 07: How to build self confidence, resilience, and be yourself in your work

With Aimee Hoover

Be yourself in life and in your work.
— Aimee Hoover

Today’s episode is for everyone that was told you can’t make money doing what you love, especially as an artist.

(I have a feeling this is the majority of us!)

The myth of the starving artist is one of the biggest misconceptions there is about creativity. I was told my entire life that I could never make a living with my creative hobbies. But my guest today, Aimée Hoover, has made a successful career as an extraordinary fine artist for 20 years, painting contemporary portraits of animals. Her paintings are in collections all around the world, seen in galleries and exhibitions, and featured in countless magazine articles.

In this episode, Aimée tells us how she accidentally stumbled upon her niche painting portraits of pets 20 years ago, built her business as a side hustle, and how she’s been able to sustain a long lasting career creating exactly what she loves to make. She talks about the point in her career when pleasing clients left her lost and burned out, and how she shut down a successful, profitable business to find joy in her work again. Aimée also shares how to build self confidence and resilience in your work, especially in this day of social media when it’s so easy to feel like you’re not good enough. You’ll also find out why I call Aimée a social media and marketing genius!

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Aimée accidentally stumbled upon her niche painting pet portraits 20 years ago

  • How she transitioned from a side hustle to full time business

  • How she learned the business of being an artist (and it wasn’t from school!)

  • How to overcome the “compare and despair” of Instagram and social media

  • Why I call Aimée a social media and marketing genius

  • How to build your confidence in your work as a creative person, even when you feel like you’re not good enough

  • The point in her career when she felt completely lost, burned out and wanted to quit everything

  • Why filling your creative well is so important when you have a creative career

  • Aimée’s tips for how to get started as a creative entrepreneur

  • The power in just being yourself and creating work that’s important to you

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