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.

 

 

Bogged Down [and a summer break]

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I get bogged down by the everyday.

I’m sure you do, too.

I get so focused on doing that I forget to look up and refocus on the goal from time to time. 

I’m an INTJ, a high-achiever, the type that never wants to stop for fear they won’t get started again. I like routine, I like deadlines, I like checklists.

Ok, I probably love all of those things.

Needless to say, breaks are hard for me.

It’s hard to admit that something might not be working, that I might not be able to do it all. But it is time.

Scott and I are moving this weekend to a short-term apartment while we wait for our house to be built. We won’t be too far from our future home, and I’ve decided to take a break from the self-imposed blogging deadlines and let us enjoy the summer and the building process rather than drive myself crazy trying to do it all and enjoy it all.

This comes at the perfect time, really. We are wrapping up the final few episodes of Chasing Creative’s Season 1 this week (new episodes will debut through the end of July!) in time for my move and Ashley to take some time before her new baby arrives. We promised ourselves that we wouldn’t allow the podcast to make us crazy – and we’re proud of ourselves for ending the season on a high note before it does.

So no blogging (or minimal blogging – I might hop in once a month), no podcasting… it’s going to feel strange. I will have June Dairy Month to contend with, but then it’s summer and I don’t have a lot on the calendar.

I’m looking forward to a couple of months off, a handful of weeks to catch my breath.

I’ve promised myself that in the absence of blogging, I will make progress on the novel. It’ll be the only thing I’ll need to attend to for a couple of months, so it really should get a fair amount of attention.

And I hope to spend a lot of time outside, going for long hikes and checking in on our house. I want to take pictures like I haven’t done this spring. I want to get out and live so I have something to write about when I come back inside.

What are your summer plans? 

P.S. I’m sure I’ll be on Instagram most every day, sharing house pictures and life. Let’s catch up over there? 

Announcing The Chasing Creative Podcast!

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They say to leap before you are ready, so we did: Ashley Brooks from Brooks Editorial and I started a podcast. It’s called Chasing Creative, and you can listen to the first two episodes now on iTunes or at www.ChasingCreative.com.

We are 100% unqualified to start a podcast, especially one about finding time to chase your own creativity. We ourselves fail more often than not. We get frustrated thinking about all that we should be doing when our brains and our bodies are telling us that we can totally watch just one more episode on Netflix before we get started. We know that we can’t be the only two creative people alive who struggle with this, so we decided to start talking about it.

Did we have time to start a podcast? Not really. We even joked about it on Twitter (which is also where we met, by the way. We’ve never, ever been in the same room!). But we made the time and got it done and it has felt amazing.

Did we know how to start a podcast? Nope. Not even remotely. But Google does! Chatting with a friend of a friend who is an audio-engineer in training helped, too. We also tapped into networks of cool people known for getting things done even when they don’t know how. Some tips from the Being Boss Facebook Group were a valuable place to start.

What’s this podcast about?

It’s about chasing what makes you feel alive. It’s about everyday people and how they can make creativity a priority in their everyday lives. We know it’s hard. We know that creative work only gets done in the leftover moments of life.

Ashley has a toddler and works from home. She chases her passions during nap times and in the early hours before her daughter is awake. I work a full time job in advertising and am 100% drained after being gone for 10 hours of the day, sometimes more. I write in the early morning hours, photograph things on Saturday mornings when the light is perfect, and am never, ever caught up on the latest movies.

We’ve already interviewed a stellar lineup of guests and will be releasing one episode each week for the first season. Our first episode is title START HERE and gives you a chance to get to know us. It also gave us a chance to work out all the technical glitches before we started pulling other people into the mix. Our second episode is an interview with Kenzie from Hello Neverland, and you’ll be amazed at what she has to say about the evolution of blogging, the differences between being a working mom and a stay-at-home mom who works (she’s done both in the last year!), and how following your passion is way better than following the crowd.

Chasing your creativity is about making choices, finding what works for you, and then making it happen. You can find links to the podcast website below, and you can join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ChasingCreativeWe’d love if you’d come along for the ride and chase your creative along with us. 

Listen Now! Chasing Creative Podcast Episode 1

Listen on iTunesListen on ChasingCreative.com 

Visit Ashley’s Site