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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.

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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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Website | Artist Strong | Facebook

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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 26: Create Work That Has Purpose and Meaning with Von Wong

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How to craft epic stories that are impactful and meaningful

with Von Wong

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to legendary viral photographer, artist and visual engineer Von Wong. Von has been hugely influential in the photography industry for over a decade with his massive online following and work seen all over the world, and he drops so much knowledge and insight about the creative life in this illuminating conversation about success, failure and everything in between.

Von Wong is a former mining engineer turned self taught photographer, and we learn how he transitioned from engineering to traveling all over the globe as a social impact artist and viral photographer. We also talk about his pivot into creating work that has purpose and meaning, and how uses his work to tell impactful stories about environmental issues like plastic pollution, fast fashion, and electronic waste. Von also explains the importance of using strategy to build your creative career rather than sheer impulse.

 

**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:

  • Why it’s important to know yourself – know what makes you tick, know what you enjoy, and leverage that to the best of your ability in order to make things work

  • Why failure is actually multidimensional – how failure can also be successful

  • Why other people’s templates for success are totally irrelevant

  • The recent struggles Von’s had while pivoting into new things, and how keeps going

  • Building through calculated, new steps to get to where you want to go instead of being impulse driven

  • How to collaborate with others and the importance of thinking how you can benefit others instead of yourself

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Website | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook

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Lesson 25: Simple Social Media Strategies to Grow Your Following

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How to make social media less overwhelming and GROW An engaged following

with Andrea Jones

Whether you love it or hate it, social media is one of the best ways for getting our creative work out into the world. But it can be so overwhelming, time consuming, and yet another thing to do when we’re already so busy! How can we make social media simple and fun and use it to actually grow our following?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to social media strategist Andrea Jones. Andrea loves to help people build profitable communities online through simple solutions, and she’s also the host of the Savvy Social Podcast. She’s here to answer ALL THE QUESTIONS, and do I mean all the questions. We talk about it all - like what kinds of posts perform best (photos of ourselves? product shots? graphics? personal posts?), how much time we *actually* need to spend on our accounts to be effective, and how to make this whole thing simple and easy. Andrea also shares how to beat Instagram’s algorithms and authentically increase engagement, and she also answers a ton of listener questions. This episode is packed full of great information and you won’t want to miss it if you want to build your social platforms.

 

**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 much time you REALLY need to spend on social media to make it work for you

  • Which social platform to start with

  • Why social media is like dating and how to use Instagram to meet new people to connect with using hashtags and using Gary Vee’s $1.80 strategy

  • How to increase engagement and beat Instagram’s algorithms

    Resources:

  • Canva

  • Social Report

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Lesson 23: Change Your Money Story and Make More Doing What You Love

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How to heal your money story and make money doing what you love

with Sarah Li-Cain

How you handle money and the decision making process around money is an emotional thing. Even though money itself is a neutral source, how we feel about it, how we handle it, what we say about it, is so emotional.
— Sarah Li-Cain

If you’re like me and were told you can never make money being creative, (or countless other limiting beliefs about money!) starting the process of uncovering your money story is an essential step on your creative journey. I didn’t even know what a money mindset was back in 2008 when I started my side hustle, and I had NO IDEA how deep my unconscious beliefs about money went and how much that was impacting my income.

Today’s guest Sarah Li-Cain is a finance writer and host of the Beyond The Dollar podcast, where she has deep and honest conversations about how money affects our well being. Her work blends practical tips and mindset strategies so that money becomes a tool to enhance people’s lives. On today’s episode of Creativity School, we talk about all things money mindset - how we’ve absorbed messages about money and how that affects our day to day life and the way we interact with it, make it, spend it, and our relationship with it. We also discuss how to begin the process of changing our beliefs about money to ultimately make more money doing what we love.

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