Chasing Creative Season 3 is here!

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Well, it’s been here for awhile actually, but I have been slacking in my announcer duties.

Ashley and I launched Season 3 on Monday, March 6th, so we’re already a few episodes in. This season we got to talk to some really neat people doing really creative things. The lineup:

Episode 1: Ashley and I caught up on what we’ve been doing while the podcast was on a break and talked about setting creative goals for 2017.

Episode 2: We got to chat with Nicole Gulotta, author of the Eat This Poem blog and the new Eat This Poem book. She had some great advice for managing a write life and day job, as well as making sure the people in your corner know what your creative priorities are.

Episode 3: One of our favorite people on the internet is Rachel Dawson, and we loved catching up with her about balancing a creative job with personal creativity, as well as hear about all the books she’s been reading (it’s a lot).

Episode 4: Anyone who has listened to the podcast in the past knows how much I love my Get To Work Book. So you can imagine how excited I was when we reached out to Elise Blaha Cripe to come on the show – and she said yes! She’s been a creative person on the internet for a while, and her tips for balancing her creative projects in all the changing seasons of life were so, so good.

Episode 5: Sarah Fox is a writer and editor during the day… and a writer and editor at night. Her tips for turning a side hustle into a dream job and then needing to find another side hustle are something just about every creative person can relate to on some level.

Next week, we’re chatting with Lisa Hensley of Delighting in my Days, and she has so much good stuff to say about balancing motherhood and creativity. I’m so glad we got the chance to talk with her before my own little one arrived. I have a feeling hers is an episode I will be listening back to again and again in the coming months and years. Stay tuned at www.ChasingCreative.com so you don’t miss her episode! Or subscribe in iTunes to get the new episode delivered straight to your phone.

 

 

I’m Not Polite Enough To Pretend I’m Not Hungry

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You know the drill: You go to a gathering of women.

It could be a girl’s night out, a bridal or baby shower, a book club, a Tupperware/Scentsy/[Insert name of wildly popular new product line here] party.

And then no one wants to be first in line at the food table – especially if it’s dessert.

We all stand around and pretend that we don’t need food to survive.

No woman will grab a plate and go through the line first. It’s a pretend-I’m-not-hungry stand-off, when in reality, most of us have hustled and bustled all day – or week! – long to get enough done to clear our schedules for this three-to-four hour soiree in which we are supposed to relax, have a good time, and just be ourselves.

And this is regardless if we are married without children, single, or have one or several children. All women these days are busy – the last thing we need to do when we gather with other women is to pretend, to waste our precious hours of community time not being who we are, or exclaiming about how much we don’t need to eat anything on the menu.

We need to eat. We need to keep up our strength in order to keep up with our schedules – and maintain our sanity.

I am not polite enough to pretend I’m not hungry anymore.

And not just while I’m pregnant. There have been SO many people who have made comments along the lines of “let the pregnant woman eat.” This is true, pregnant women are often hungry. However, so are regular women.

Let’s just let all the women eat, regardless of the state of their uterus. Sound good?

And women: let’s stop waiting. We deny ourselves a lot in life, and whether that denial is free evenings because we want to excel at our career or Saturday mornings because we are raising children or the new shoes because really we ought to stock the pantry instead, we shouldn’t feel the need to wait for someone else to make the move to eat.

If we don’t pay attention to our needs, it’s not a guarantee that someone else will.

I am not polite enough to pretend I’m not hungry anymore.

Will you stop being polite with me?

8 Things Only Readers Understand

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There are some things that only readers understand:

1. You can know a word, how it’s spelled, and what it means, and still have no idea how to pronounce it.  This is called “reader’s vocabulary” or “Calliope syndrome”. This happens to me ALL the time – one specific word was “superfluous” which I thought was pronounced “super-fluous.” Another hard one? “Epitome.” Oops.

2. You can forget to eat while reading. It’s strange, but true – I can forget to eat entire meals because I’m engrossed in an intense story. I remember reading “The Hunger Games” trilogy in three days and not eating much more than saltines. Ironic, considering the title of the book… and this is coming from someone who very much likes to eat.

3. There’s no wrong way to “sit” while reading a book. Sitting normally in a chair. Pillow in your lap instead of behind your head. Lying on your stomach with the book propped in front of you. Every marathon reading session has a few interesting postures that it goes through… or more than a few.

4. Owning more than one copy of a favorite book is perfectly acceptable. There’s the hardcover that reminds you of the first time you read it, the paperback that’s easier to carry around, the commemorative edition that you HAD to buy because it’s one of your favorites… You are not alone, book-lover.

5. Anything can be used as a bookmark. ANYTHING. Paper (obviously), but also hair ties, pens, ribbons, paperclips… and maybe a little unusual but totally valid: other books.

6. The best possible response to “What are doing this weekend?” is “Read a book.” Maybe it sounds lame to other people, but two days of uninterrupted reading bliss is the best way to spend a weekend.

7. There’s only one way to read a series: in order, from start to finish. No explanation necessary.

8. When you finish a really good book and just can’t bring yourself to start another one because you know everything is going to be a letdown. That’s when you have to turn to your reader-friends and get a solid recommendation to pull you back in.

Which of these had you nodding your head? Any that I missed? Share them in the comments below!

P.S. Did you see which books I’ve been reading lately? Check them out here!