Follow Your Jealousy, Find Your Purpose {Podcast Ep. 20}

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to a local artist fair -- and was slammed by a wall of jealousy. It would've been easy to get grumpy and bitter about it (and I often do), but this time my jealousy felt like more of a [very uncomfortable] map pointing me forward.

Jealousy is not fun -- but it is incredibly useful. Follow your jealousy, and it can point you at your next steps, or even your purpose.

I also chat about my new art studio, and why it took me so long to get it set up in my new home. [Spoiler alert: #perfectionism, my familiar nemesis.]

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You are Worth More Than Your Creative Productivity {Podcast Ep. 19}

If you are listening to this podcast, it is likely that you love to create in some way -- like, LOVE. IT.

But sometimes we find that our creativity stalls, our inner well runs dry, and making suddenly become very difficult, or even impossible. What then? Who are we and what is our value as creatives that aren't creating?

This episode is for you if you're in one of those dry places, with tips on how to navigate it, and encouragement and affirmations for the uncomfortable (but not necessarily negative) place you've found yourself in.

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How to Make Choices When Choosing is Hard {Podcast Ep. 18}

We live in a world that offers more options than every before. This can be inspiring, life-giving, mind-opening -- and sometimes overwhelming.

So how do we make choices when there are SO. MANY. options that are all equally inviting? How do we know where we should go next, both on a day to day basis and in our lives at large?

In this episode, I share about my own struggle with choice-making, and offer you some tips on how to overcome choice incapcitation. 

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How to Stay Sane When Changing the World {Podcast Ep. 17}

The world feels like a scary, confusing place these days (or is that just me?). It seems like we're about to repeat the same huge mistakes our governments have made before, and everything feels up in the air.

We want to help. We want to make positive changes. We want a safe, just, and beautiful life for all people. We're willing to work hard to achieve these goals.

But how do we do that without burning ourselves out? How do we look into darkness and stay hopeful? 

This episode is about just that. Listen in below or in iTunes for my three simple (but not necessarily easy) tips to stay sane while superhero-ing -- then tell us in the comments, how do you take care of yourSelf when working to make the world a kinder place?

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How Does Your Body Want to Move? {Podcast Ep. 16}

I recently visited a labyrinth. I go to this labyrinth and wander the grounds, gardens, and the paths of the labyrinth itself when I need to submerge mySelf in silence and Mama Nature and my own depths. When I need to reconnect to the earth and mySelf. When I feel ungrounded.

It is always a nourishing experience, and well worth the 45 minute drive to get there and the 45 minutes home. I never seem to come away quite the same, which I am glad of.

This last time I visited, I had an experience quite unlike any other. I allowed my body to move as it wished, in a way that felt quite out of balance, and came away surprised at the result.

Listen in below or in iTunes, and then tell us in the comments, once you've played with this concept with yourSelf for a bit -- how does your body want to move in the world?

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How NOT to Run a Women's Cirlce {Podcast Ep. 15}

Over the last few years, I've dabbled in leading a women's circle. Want to know how not to do it? Learn from my mistakes, which I share in detail in this episode.

Content warning: there is a brief discussion of suicide in this episode.

Also note, this episode was recorded in my car, so the quality is less than desirable. Thanks for putting up with me.  :P

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The Magic & Mundanity of Dreams Realized {Podcast Ep. 14}

I recorded this episode on location in Glastonbury, England -- on the side of Glastonbury Tor, in fact -- a place where myth and history collide. My trip to England was something of a sudden decision, and following my dream of visiting the U.K. left me soaring -- and also grappling with discomfort. 

I discuss my travels and the growth I believe I am taking away from this adventure, and hope that not only will this episode inspire you to follow your own dreams but also equip you to deal with any unexpected difficulties you come up against in your inner landscape along the way.

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My 2016 Wrap-Up: Or, The Anxiety Episode {She of the Wild: The Podcast}

You knew it was coming -- this is the episode that answers your wondering, "Where the heck did you disappear to??" Basically, 2016 has been a hell of a year, due in large part to a major flaring of my anxiety. So this episode is not only about where I've been, but an off-the-cuff discussion of anxiety and mental health.

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Self-Portraits, Curiosity, & Blending: An Interview with Ariane Machin of the Conscious Coaching Collective {She of the Wild: The Podcast}

I am so pleased to share this interview with my friend, entrepreneur, therapist, mom, and coaching guru extraordinaire, Ariane Machin. In our fun conversation, we touch on topics ranging from taking selfies as an authentic practice of self-discovery, curiosity as an effective + low-stress way of inviting yourself into new experiences, and how to perfectly balance it all (or not).

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Meet Ariane!

Meet Ariane!

You can connect with Ariane on her website and at the Conscious Coaching Collective.

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How to Be Who You Are {She of the Wild: The Podcast}

Some of our greatest work in this life -- if not the greatest -- is to be who we are. But what does that even mean? And, more importantly, how do we do it? In this episode we discuss all those things and more.

Some of my favorite book resources that I mentioned in the podcast and that can be a real support in your journey to living into your deepest self are:

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Thank you so much for listening!

Loving the Body You Have is an Act of Revolution {She of the Wild: The Podcast}

What if loving your body -- as is -- could help make this world and your world a better place? I believe that it can, and that it does. In this episode I share three personal experiences that I hope will inspire you + encourage you in your journey to love your whole self.

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Procrastination is a Form of Self-Torture {She of the Wild: The Podcast}

Confession time: I've been letting fear stop me. I let myself get tied up with "shoulds" and fears of what would happen if, when I sat down to write or paint, the results would be less than "good" (whatever "good" even means). And while fear and procrastination are natural (if kind of yucky) parts of the creative life, there are ways to evade their grasp.

In episode 7 we talk about my own particular struggles in this area lately, why procrastination is a form of self-torture in the life of an artist, and how habit is a safe vessel that we can ride through the more murky waters that we all inevitably encounter on our creative journeys.

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You Are Allowed to Take Up Space {She of the Wild: The Podcast}

Somehow, at some point in our lives, the messages, both implicit and explicit, began to filter in to our awareness: you are too much, too loud, too big, too bossy, too too too . . . And we changed, shifted, so we weren't too anything -- except perhaps too small, too constricted in the soul to live vital, authentic, and vibrant lives.

How do we come back from constriction and start to unfurl our stifled souls once more?

This week's She of the Wild: The Podcast is all about this very topic. Subscribe in iTunes, or listen below:

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What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

I feel lost.

I find myself with more time to myself than I’ve had in years, than I ever dared ask for. I thought I’d be reveling in it, creating So Many Things . . . but instead, I feel lost. Incapacitated.

I don’t know what to do with all this time + space + freedom.

So I am writing to you. Because it’s something I want to do, and need to do, and because it’s familiar and I know how to do this.

This is what I try to do when I don’t know what to do. I go back to what I know that I know.

(Well, I actually first flail around a whole bunch. Because I always forget that I know how to navigate these murky waters. Tell me I’m not alone? 😂)

Okay, so once I’ve panicked and thrown some existential temper tantrums, then I manage to remind myself that I’ve been here before, and made it through, and actually have some tricks up my sleeve.

First, I do something. Anything. It doesn't even matter what it is. If it gets me even marginally closer to achieving a goal, be it a professional or creative or personal goal, then I do it. I eat some chocolate. Then I do the next thing. I keep moving, as steadily as I can, perhaps with great stubbornness. If I do this, then sooner or later my paddling feet brush against sand, and I can stand once again.

As for the what of the Do Something . . . I make sure that I do something that I am already familiar with. Something that I know that I know. So right now, I’m feeling a little mixed up with She of the Wild, so I went back to this love letter. I try to send them out weekly, and have gotten out of it in the past month thanks to some big life changes, so I knew that I both wanted + needed to get back to love-lettering. So I showed up here (hello).

Sometimes, however, it’s harder to remember what I know. For example, when I feel lost in my creative writing, or my painting, it’s very difficult for me to jump back in. I feel terrified, like if I did jump, I’d find out the Very Hard Way that there are sharp rocks lurking just beneath the dark water’s surface.

What then? I step even farther back. So far back that it feels kind of silly, like I’m going back to kindergarten. If I can’t find my way into making A Painting, I retreat to my art journal. If that doesn’t work, I just grab some sheets of scrap paper and a crayon and start making lines, or take to the streets with my kids and some sidewalk chalk.

(Pro tip: kids are excellent for helping you find your creative way. They are so brave, and so unattached to the results of their creativity. If you can borrow a niece or nephew or friend’s kid to paint with for an afternoon, do it.)

I go back to what I know, be it penning Very Good Poems or playing with magnetic poetry on my fridge. Or finger painting. Or making hummus. Or reading to my children. Go back to what you know for sure that you know about anything related to your stuckness, and then do it. And keep doing the next thing (or last thing) that you know.

If you keep moving, you will make it through, and some day [probably] soon, you'll find yourself comfortable in what made you uncomfortable today.

What about you? What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Share in the comments, or come chat with us about it in the She of the Wild community. I always am looking for new tools to add to my resistance-and-fear-fighting toolbox, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Update! I recorded a podcast episode with even more ideas on what to do when you don't know what to do. To listen, check out our podcast page, or search "She of the Wild" in iTunes and then download episode #5, or stream it right here, right now:

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