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Your Creative Push

Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every week, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!

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239: SUCCESS LOVES SPEED (w/ Maria Brophy)

Maria Brophy has been an art agent to her husband Drew Brophy since 2001, and a business consultant to creative entrepreneurs since 2009. In her former life, Maria worked in the corporate world for two agonizing decades before she escaped the 9 to 5 grind. Since then, she’s deliberately designed her life as a non-stop adventure, traveling extensively with her husband and two kids while surfing and backpacking some of the most magical places in the world. Her new book, Art, Money & Success is a workbook of strategies for the full-time artist. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/mariabrophy In this episode, Maria discusses: -The experience of leaving her full-time job to help her husband, Drew Brophy, with his art career. -How you can make a slow transition into a new creative career by cutting back your work week to three or four days. -What led her to create her book, Art, Money & Success. -Why it took her so long to start writing her book and why it took her so long to finish after she started. -The procrastination (due to fear) that can come when we get close to finishing a project. -The value in seeing it as a numbers game. -Her advice to keep creating things without thinking about the reaction that people will have to it. -The notion that success loves speed and how ideas have the best chance for success if they are explored right away. -The power in writing down your goals, not only for your life, but for your day. -Making monetary goals for yourself and then making the daily decisions that will lead you closer to them, as opposed to farther away. -Knowing your value and asking to get paid. -Ways that she and Drew have been unconventional in their approach to licensing and selling art. Maria's Final Push will inspire you to realize that you are on your own unique path, and you shouldn’t worry about the road that other artists went down.   Quotes: “It wasn’t that easy in the beginning, but it worked.  And I think being stubborn, hardheaded, and determined really helped.” “You can transition your way into a creative career.  You don’t have to do it all at once.” “Create every day without thinking about who’s going to buy it or who’s going to want it.  Because when you’re thinking that, it restricts your flow of creativity.” “You have to take action on things quickly.  You can’t sit around.” “Often times those inspired ideas come within days or even hours of you making a declaration of something you’re going to make happen.” “If you don’t ask, you won’t get paid.” “Your path is your own path.  Don’t look at what other artists are doing.” Links mentioned: Art, Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn't born with a business mind by Maria Brophy Drew Brophy Amanda Giacomini's 10,000 Buddhas Connect with Maria: Website / Book / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube   Share what you've created this week in the Facebook group!


27 Jul 2017

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231: Be proud of your creativity! (w/ Dani Ives)

Dani Ives is a self-taught fiber artist from Arkansas who has developed a beautiful and unique technique, which she calls “painting with wool.”  She creates two dimensional works of art directly on fabric.  Her inspiration comes from a love of nature and science, which has an enormous influence on her work. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/daniives In this episode, Dani discusses: -How she became an artist in a roundabout way after getting a degree in biology and conservation education and then worked at a zoo as an educator. -How she first became interested in needle felting. -The challenge to do something new every week for one year, and how that led her to start doing wool paintings. -Her transition from working at the zoo to creating art full time, and how pet portraitures helped her to generate income. -How her process is different than traditional wool felting. -How people are often surprised by how her art mimics traditional paintings and drawings. -The effect that nature has on her art and her inspiration. -The way in which she chooses between many different ideas. -Her self-imposed challenge to fill a sketchbook and all of the things she learned as a result of her success. -The importance of determining what you don’t like. -How much she enjoys teaching other creative outlets to people. -Dealing with imposter syndrome. -How she balances her time. Dani's Final Push will inspire you to be proud of your creativity!   Quotes: “There was always a part of me that wanted to be a maker and I needed to fulfill that creative urge that I was having.” “What I like to do is create the most realistic pieces I can with this medium.” “I like the challenge and I like being able to surprise people about the medium.  That’s the most fun part for me.” “It’s really important to me to introduce other creative outlets to people, because you never know what will help somebody flourish or build up their creativity.” “It doesn’t really matter what you think and sometimes it doesn’t matter what other people think, either.  If you want to do it, you just do it.” “Really cool things can happen when you step out of your comfort zone and when you push boundaries.” Links mentioned: Dani’s Courses The Jealous Curator: Art for Your Ear Podcast How I Built This Podcast The Action Army Podcast Connect with Dani: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter On the next episode: Alatar : Instagram / Newgrounds [NSFW] / Podcast Share what you've created this week in the Facebook group!


29 Jun 2017

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351: Make your 5-year goal then GO CRAZY (w/ Ashleigh Izienicki)

Ashleigh Izienicki aka Miss Upacey is a Colorado born illustrator and tattoo artist who works in both digital and traditional mediums. She graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design and now resides in Califonia. Her work often features dark and macabre themes with a cute and feminine touch. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/351 In this episode, Ashleigh discusses: -Early potential career paths as a paleontologist and an animator. -Her advice for getting over the fear of posting your art online. -Her biggest lessons and takeaways from teaching her course, “Artists as Entrepreneurs.” -Making a five-year plan and going absolutely crazy with it. -Neil Gaiman’s advice to imagine your goals as a mountain and to continue moving towards it. -Her advice for pricing original pieces, especially for artists who are just starting to sell their work. -How she developed her style. -Her love of the Golden Age of Illustration, Norman Rockwell and Charles Dana Gibson. -Her advice for getting past the fear of the blank page. -How she gets past resistances such as imposter syndrome, comparison and being your own worst critic. -How she schedules and keeps an eye on her time. -Her to-do lists and calendars. -Learning how to tattoo from Sara Fabel. -Running a Kickstarter campaign for her book, “Nightshade.” Ashleigh's Final Push will encourage you to splash around in your creative passion – it will be worth it in the end!   Quotes: “You’re going to be your worst critic and you’re going to hold yourself back more than anybody else is.” “To sell an original, it only takes one person to pay that price.” “As great as social media is, for artists it’s also horrible in the fact that you’re constantly comparing yourself to other people.” “I would like to have hobbies again, since I turned my main hobby into my career.” “Time management has been the struggle of my lifetime as a freelancer.” Links mentioned: Lyfe Illustration Neil Gaiman - Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012 Gibson Girl Your Creative Push Episode 301 with Sara Fabel Nightshade: Artbook of Ashleigh Izienicki Connect with Ashleigh: Website / Patreon / Instagram / Twitter On the next episode: Dan Ekis : Website / YouTube / Instagram Join the discussion in the Facebook group!


20 Apr 2020

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235: What happens when you actually GET PERMISSION? (w/ Zan Romanoff)

Zan Romanoff is a writer of essays and fiction, mostly focused on food, feminism, television and books.  She graduated from Yale in 2009 with a B.A. in Literature, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.  She is the author of A Song to Take the World Apart, and her latest YA novel, Grace and the Fever. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/zan In this episode, Zan discusses: -How writing has played a part in her life since she was very young. -The unexpected result of one of her pieces ending up in The Paris Review. -How she tricked herself into writing her first novel. -The idea of wanting or needing permission from other people to call yourself a writer. -Talking about your creative passion with other people and wanting to protect it from scrutiny, jokes, or small talk. -The similarities and differences between writing and therapy. -How she wants to be honest with her young audience so that they trust her. -A long period of writer’s block after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend and thus losing her long-term reader/audience. -The process of writing her third novel. -How ideas often come to be in strange or long-winded ways that don’t make sense. -The notion of “coming down with a book.” -Giving yourself permission to spend time with yourself and be creative without thinking of those end goals. -How selling her first book didn’t solve any problems for her or make her doubt herself any less. -Trusting that your creative successes aren’t flukes and knowing that more successes will come again. Zan's Final Push will inspire you to GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY and give yourself permission!   Quotes: “What’s the thing that I wake up every day and do even though I don’t have to and even though nobody wants me to?  And the answer was writing.” “The only thing scarier than writing a novel is permanent unemployment, I would say.” “External permission is important but it only gets you so far.  Their permission opened a door and I had to sit with it for a long time.” “I do feel strongly that one of the major differences between me and people that haven’t written books is that I sat down and wrote it.” Links mentioned: Zan's piece in The Paris Review A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff Grace and the Fever Connect with Zan: Website / Tumlbr / Instagram / Twitter On the next episode: David Zinn : Website / Instagram Share what you've created this week in the Facebook group!


13 Jul 2017

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196: Take that DIFFICULT FIRST STEP past fundamentals (w/ Nicolás Uribe)

Nicolás Uribe is a painter born in Madison, WI, currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. He graduated with Honors as an Illustration Major from School of Visual Arts in NY. Nicolás has had numerous solo exhibitions both in the US and South America, and has exhibited his work in Mexico, Spain, and Egypt, among other countries. He splits his time between preparing works for upcoming projects and teaching Life Drawing and Painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá.  Nicolás is also part of the team at Blank Atelier in Bogotá, where he teaches workshops privately. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nicolas In this episode, Nicolás discusses: -Some of his earliest artistic influences. -The realization that he wasn’t good at creating comic books and the shift that he made as a result. -The influence that his teachers have had on him, especially Steven Assael. -How the fundamentals of painting are the same, no matter who is teaching them. -The idea that art is taught within art and the problems that sometimes arise because of it. -How to escape the influences of your teachers in order to develop your own style. -The way that art is based on the things that YOU care about, and much less on the technical skills of making a piece of art. -His advice for discovering your own true voice or style. -Being able to be appreciative of other artists’ work instead of being envious. -Taking inspiration from another artist’s journey, rather than their individual works. -How your art doesn’t have to be larger than you think it has to be – it doesn’t have to make the world better or change the universe. -His opinion on the “next Rembrandt” and trying to copy art. -How human experience is what drives a great painting. -The fear that comes from taking the first step in many of the things we do. -His Kickstarter project and the vulnerability involved with it. -How the projects that we do don’t have to be about making money, but about sharing, giving back, and creating something memorable.   Quotes: “My one doubt, always, is to know if I have the same effect as my teachers had on me.” “The effect my students have on me is probably far larger than the one I hope to have on them.” “You can go to twenty workshops of twenty different artists and honestly, you’re going to hear the same exact thing.” “That thing you’re feeling, that little thing in the pit of your stomach where you know that you’re suffering while you’re learning?  We’ve all been through it.” “Art is amazing because it’s about so much more – so many other things that are not really even dependent on those skills.” “Let’s try to figure out why you like something, and in trying to figure out why you like something, you’re going to learn something about yourself that is far more useful than knowing how to paint an apple.” “You have to get to a point where you face yourself and you’re vulnerable.” “When you’re moved by something, don’t walk away from it.” “That first step, that’s what exceptional people do.  They take that huge first step.” “This is measurable.  I’m going to do this and if nobody cares, it’s like the world telling me that nobody cares about my work.  That is horrifying.” “I could care less what people will tell me about my painting.  I would still go back and paint.” Links mentioned: Nicolás's Kickstarter Connect with Nicolás: Website / Facebook / Instagram On the next episode: Nukazooka: YouTube / Facebook

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16 Feb 2017

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How to talk to your creative blocks (Best of YCP: Philip Ruddy)

Philip Ruddy is a Los Angeles-based depth psychotherapist, who previously spent fifteen years as a writer, producer and development executive in Hollywood.   He now works with writers, artists and performers, helping them explore and transcend creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and the unique stressors of the film and television industry.  He can be reached via his website ActivelyImagine.com. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/bestof12 In this episode, Philip discusses: -His journey getting to the point he is now as a depth psychotherapist. -His explanation of what depth psychology is. -How he is able to tap into his experience as a development executive, screenwriter, and a short story writer in order to understand what other creative people are going through. -How writer’s block is a personal thing that differs for every person that he works with. -The notion of befriending your creative blocks. -The idea of Active Imagination. -How we imagine the harshest of critics will judge our work, but in reality, if someone doesn’t like your work, they typically just move on. -The traumatic effect that negative comments from teachers can have, especially at an early age. -The importance of seeking out a tribe and a group of peers, and not necessarily rely on the influences that your school district had as art teachers. -Creating a new persona. -The interplay that happens between your persona and your “true self,” both positive and negative. -The importance of his clients being sober when coming in for treatment so that they aren’t “unconscious” during the process. -Why creative people rely on drugs or alcohol to subdue their minds from the constant thoughts, and healthier ways for them to disengage. -An extremely disheartening experience that he went through in the past, which helps him to relate to his clients today. -The journey that he took after having his original screenplay taken, which led him to becoming a psychotherapist. -His masters thesis on transcending writer’s block based on Active Imagination. -The concept of the “wounded healer.” -His advice for someone who wants to open a dialogue with his or her blocks. -How the subconscious part of your psyche that will hold you back from doing work will often have insights that your conscious mind isn’t aware of. -The importance of creating a friendly and welcoming dialogue with your block and treating it like a guest in your house. Philip's Final Push will inspire you to go forth on your Hero’s Journey! Quotes: “What’s the personal myth that you are leading your life by?” “Writer’s block is something that you’re probably going to wrestle with for many years to come if you don’t make a decision to focus on it now and come up with some ways to navigate it.” “Befriend it so that you can transcend it.” “The idea is not just to exterminate this writer’s block but to engage it in dialogue. I actually mean that quite literally.” “Write out a dialogue with this writer’s block and see what it has to say.” “Writer’s block is often an unexpressed part of ourselves that wants to be heard, so if you actually give it some time and engage it, it will often tell you what it wants of you.” “We’re often far worse critics than the real flesh-and-blood critics that we encounter.” “The first creative act is reinventing yourself. Creating your new self as an artist.” “To reinvent ourselves, to become who we are destined to be, takes an incredible amount of strength.” “I found that after that experience, I really began to shut down as a writer.” “I just looked around and I thought I have found my tribe.” “Going into film production is kind of like the French Foreign Legion.  You can literally work 24/7.  That job is never over.” “I went through it myself — that is why I’m able to help others.” “Sometimes the most effective healers are the ones that have been injured themselves.” “Don’t invite your critic in while you’re creating.” Links mentioned: “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron “The Red Book” by Carl Jung “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up” by James Hollis “An Evening with Ray Bradbury – 2001” (YouTube) “The Hero’s Journey… For Writers, Artists & Performers” (from Philip’s blog) Sandra Busby on Your Creative Push Ep. 220 Tara Roskell on Your Creative Push Ep. 247 Connect with Philip: Website / Blog On the next episode: Sandra Busby & Tara Roskell : Website / Sandra's Instagram / Tara's Instagram Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

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24 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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232: Your Calling, with a capital ‘C’ (w/ Alatar)

Alatar is a genderfluid digital artist who creates character-driven adult illustrations. Their work includes both fanart and original content, and attempts to explore a wide range of body types, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities. They are also the host of the podcast Blue Magic, where they interview other creatives in the erotic field. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/alatar In this episode, Alatar discusses: -Their origin story and how they first became interested in the idea of sexuality in art. -Dealing with religious guilt and how it contributed to artistic block. -Their “depressive fallout” and the drawing of Cloud, Tifa, and Aeris that had been waiting to be drawn. -How they didn’t consider their adult illustrations to be “real work” because it was not safe for work. -Their advice to feed those ideas that have always been in the back of your head/heart and to pay attention to how it makes you feel. -How giving in to a long-term creative urge can make you go Super Saiyan, where overcoming a low emotional moment can give you a great deal of power. -The power that you can gain from choosing a new identity. -Their advice for people who don’t know which direction to go – they only know what’s not working. -Like in video games, some things in life need multiple attempts before you can succeed, and how those victories are always sweeter. -Dealing with imposter syndrome and perfectionism. -Treating your creative calling as the most important thing in your life – your Calling with a capital ‘C.’ -Why they started the Blue Magic Podcast. -How magic comes from honesty, and how shedding the ego and being vulnerable can lead to a much more powerful connection with your audience (and yourself). -Some of the opportunities that came as a result of starting Blue Magic. Alatar's Final Push will inspire you to dig deep within yourself to find the thing that you’ve always known that you are supposed to do and then do it no matter what anyone else thinks!   Quotes: “I went through a phase of religious guilt where it was a bad thing and I fought it in myself.  Interestingly, during that time I also had pretty bad art block and couldn’t get myself to draw much at all.” “Something clicked.  This is what I wanted to draw all this time and I haven’t let myself.  And it’s about time I do.” “I said, you know what?  I really love erotica.  I really love things that are arousing and that explore that side of human emotion.  And it’s about time that I took that seriously.” “If you have this thing that your heart is just aching to do, if there’s a way for you to give it it’s time in the sun, then do it and just see what happens.” “It was this moment where I realized this is what I’m here to do.” “If all you know is what’s not working, then you know what you shouldn’t be doing.  And that’s a step in the right direction.” “I see my art as my Calling.  Capital ‘C.’” “You will have the thrill of finally lining up with that calling of yours and taking action on it.” “Let your fear have its voice and then tell it to step aside, because you’ve got work to do.” Links mentioned: Blue Magic Blue Magic [iTunes] Connect with Alatar: Newgrounds / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter On the next episode: Al Marconi : Website / Instagram Join the discussion in the Facebook group!


3 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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254: Don't go to art school (w/ Noah Bradley)

Noah Bradley is an American artist, known best for his work on Magic: The Gathering cards, as well as his The Sin of Man project. He is also well-known as the guy who told everyone "don't go to art school.  As a supplement to that advice, he founded Art Camp to help art students all over the world learn to make better art. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/noahbradley In this episode, Noah discusses: -The list that he made of things he wanted to do with his life, and why he chose “artist.” -His experience at RISD and VCU. -How he decided to become a landscape and environment artist. -The confusion, disappointment, and excitement that he felt when people started responding to his landscape work. -Being plagued with the desire to move onto another piece as opposed to finishing the one he is working on. -His experience working for Wizards of the Coast and doing art for Magic: The Gathering. -Why he gave away free prints at Illuxcon and what that did for his art career. -The difficulty he has in scheduling his life and knowing where he is going to be the next day. -Why he believes that people should not pay for art school. -His advice for people who have difficulty keeping self-imposed deadlines and holding themselves accountable. -The importance of making your creative passion a habit (especially in the morning) so that you can take the decision-making process out of it. -Finding an external source to hold you accountable. -Quitting social media and what has happened since. -His personal project, “The Sin of Man.” Noah's Final Push will make you realize that as long as you put the time and hard work in, you can reach your creative goals too!   Quotes: “For my own happiness, I can’t just sit around and not make something.  If at the end of the day I don’t have something tangible in my hands or on a screen that I made, I don’t feel happy about how productive I was that day.” “Just go for it.  Whatever happens to click for you is the thing that you should be pursuing.  And it’s often not the thing that you originally set out to do.” “Find ways to make it a habit rather than a decision.” Links mentioned: How I Became an Artist by Noah Bradley Don't Go To Art School by Noah Bradley Art Camp The Sin of Man Connect with Noah: Website / Art Camp On the next episode: Shawny Sheldon : Instagram Join the discussion in the Facebook group!


25 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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117: Use ATTAINABLE GOALS to find your own way (w/ Lois van Baarle aka Loish)

Lois van Baarle is a freelance illustrator and animator living in Utrecht (the Netherlands).  She has lived all over the world, including the United States, Indonesia, France, and Belgium.  She is widely known online as Loish, and has become a sensation in the digital art world.  Her first published collection of her works is called “The Art of Loish” and was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2 hours. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/loish In this episode, Lois discusses: -What it was like to sell out her Kickstarter campaign in such a short period of time. -What the positive feedback and the support of her fans means to her. -One of her early memories of drawing in kindergarten, and an important lesson that she learned as a result. -Manipulating your lucky mistakes in your favor. -The notion of getting distance from your work and also sharing it out into the world. -How some of the pieces that she thinks will do the best end up not receiving as much attention and vice versa. -Her repetitive strain injury -- how it affected her life and how she deals with it moving forward. -Her advice for people to avoid a repetitive strain injury. -Her first year of animation college and how it was one of the darkest times of her life (and what she learned from it). -The connections that you can make on the internet and how those connections can sometimes change your life. -The value of making attainable goals and not putting too much pressure on yourself for amazing end results. -How and why she started her mini-tutorials. -Her formula for balancing her time. -How you need to have a good read on yourself and how much time you are spending on a particular project or portion of a project and have the wherewithal to call it quits and save the rest for tomorrow if you aren't putting in your best work. -The freedom that her art and creativity has brought to her life. -Some of her varied inspirations, including Alphonse Mucha, Grimes, and The Wire. Lois's Final Push will inspire you to find your own way of doing things.   Quotes: "If you like to draw rough and you like to sketch, you get a lot of lucky mistakes." "It's not just skill.  It's also how you present your work and talk about your work that adds to your creativity." "Taking it away from my computer and putting it into the world always helps me contextualize what I do and to see what it means to others and understand how that work is received outside of my own little bubble." "I've actually learned to turn off that part of my brain to not think too much about how something will be received because you never really know." "What I would tell myself if I could go back in time is to just not draw for really really long periods of time in a stressed-out manner." "Sometimes it's better to just not meet that deadline if it means your mental or physical health." "Drawing is just like everything I do -- I didn't even realize how important it was to me until I had to stop doing it." "I really felt like I had nothing to say artistically, because I just didn't fit what the teachers wanted.  I felt like my ideas were useless." "If you have attainable goals then you can really start enjoying what you do.  Just enjoying the feeling of being in a creative flow." "If you say 'I'm going to sketch for an hour,' that's attainable.  You're not saying what you're going to sketch.  You're not saying how good your sketches have to be.  You're just saying that it's going to be for an hour." "When you're just practicing, you don't know where it's going to lead and you shouldn't think too much about where it's going to lead.  You should just be in the moment." "My work has become a way for me to express myself and I feel so lucky to be able to do that as my job." "There was a certain level of self-acceptance needed for me to understand what was right for me." "Everybody's got their own way.  And I think if you search for your own way and you eventually find it, you get so much fulfillment out of it." Links mentioned: Lois's book Alphonse Mucha Grimes The Wire Connect with Lois: Website / Facebook / DeviantArt / Instagram / Twitter


6 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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227: Stop listening to your excuses (w/ Yellena James)

Yellena James is an artist who uses pens, inks, markers and acrylics to combine complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own.  Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi She has participated in shows around the U.S. and overseas including solo exhibitions at Giant Robot, the Here Gallery, and the Hijinks Gallery and she has done illustration work for Anthropologie, Crate and Barrell, Relativity Media and many others. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/yellena In this episode, Yellena discusses: -Growing up in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. -How she developed her creativity despite the conflict that was happening all around her. -Her family’s move to Florida and where she went from there. -How she started doing pen and ink work in her sketchbooks because she didn’t have studio space. -Her decision to post her work on Etsy and where that led her. -How bloggers began to notice her work and how that enabled her to be in shows and obtain illustration gigs. -How many of her jobs seem to come out of nowhere and at the perfect time, but how that all comes from her work being out there. -Her advice to put all of your work out there and to reach out to bloggers. -Letting go of your internal dialogue that constantly asks if you are going in the right direction. -How she balances her time. -Her new book, Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan. Yellena's Final Push will inspire you to stop listening to your excuses and start listening to your own heart.   Quotes: “It was kind of intense art-learning and I was very fortunate to be in that environment even though everything outside was very hectic.” “It felt almost like somebody knew when I would finish one job and something else would come along.” “Put it out there.  Make sure people know about you.” “I think if you work really hard and put your whole soul into it, you’ll eventually get to the point that you’re really happy with your work.” “Don’t listen to your excuses because they are lying to you and they’re not worth listening to.  You’ve got to follow your own heart.” Links mentioned: Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan: Learn to Draw from Nature's Perfect Design Structures by Yellena James Connect with Yellena: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter On the next episode: Tyler Thrasher : Website / Instagram / Soundcloud Share what you've created this week in the Facebook group!


15 Jun 2017

Rank #10

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213: Don't get crushed by the TIDAL WAVE OF LIFE. Ride it! (w/ Martha Beck)

Martha Beck is an American sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker who specializes in helping individuals and groups achieve personal and professional goals.  Her books include Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, Finding Your own North Star, The Joy Diet, and her newest book, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening.  She has also been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine since its inception in 2001. Her newest project is a revolutionary writing workshop called Write into Light. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/marthabeck In this episode, Martha discusses: -The birth of her son and her decision to pursue joy no matter what the circumstances and no matter what anyone else thought. -The comparison between a destructive tsunami destroying long-standing buildings and structures and a surfer taking the ride of his life. -The frightening, but profound decision that people can make to take risks by following their joy. -The “Man Cage” and how men are heavily socially pressured to do what worked before. -The importance of finding balance through joy. -How difficult it can be to let go of the “factory mindset” of society and to trust that magic will guide you. -Making sure to rest your body, otherwise you will lose touch with it. -Why she started Write into Light. -The responsibility that artists have to change culture when the culture they are living in is unsatisfactory. -The idea of using writing to heal yourself, and then to spread that healing power to the rest of the world. -Her newest book, -How she spent all of her money on a ranch in California and became immersed in nature. -To prepare yourself for criticism from the people around you when you go against culture, and to try to surround yourself with supportive people who understand where you are coming from and what you are trying to tap into. Martha's Final Push will inspire you to ask yourself (without judgment) what you were meant to do with your life and then find a way to do that thing.   Quotes: “It unfolded because I was on this hell-bent path of pursuing joy.” “There is a magic in the world, and I found that when my son was born.” “If you can align yourself with what wants to happen, things will be done through you that you cannot do yourself.” “It’s freaking scary.  What we are basing our cultural models on is a factory that never stops working.  To let that go and say that I’m going to trust that magic will do things through me if I just relax…. Phew, that is not for the faint of heart.” “Culture doesn’t actually come from laws.  Laws may reflect culture but they rarely create culture.  What creates healing in cultures is new idioms, new language, new ways to talk about what’s happening to us, new perceptions, new insights, and new ideas.  And those come from creativity.” “It’s not easy because we have to go beyond culture because our culture is screwing us up big time.  It’s not a recipe for happiness.” “Ask yourself two questions: How do I want to be different because I lived on this Earth, and how do I want the Earth to be different because I’ve lived on it?” “Your people are here.  We may be in virtual space but we are all around you and we all feel it.  There is something moving and changing in the world and you are meant to be part of it.  So jump.” Links mentioned: Write into Light Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening (Bewilderment Chronicles) by Martha Beck Martha’s Ted Talk: "The Four Technologies of Magic" The Leap Retreat Connect with Martha: Website / Facebook / Vimeo / Twitter / Books On the next episode: David Luong : Website / Instagram / Vimeo Join our community on our Facebook group!


24 Apr 2017

Rank #11

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339: Do you even create, bro? (w/ David Cheifetz)

David is an internationally acclaimed and collected artist who continues to push the limits of contemporary realist oil painting. David and his family live in Olympia, WA. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/davidcheifetz In this episode, David discusses: -His early interest and later pursuit of architecture. -His experience at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland. -The unanticipated joy that he received from painting still life in oil, and the subsequent artistic career path that it took him on. -Finding a balance between work, art, school and family. -Imagining painting, and how it is almost as valuable as painting itself. -How he started pricing his work. -The inspiration he gets from David Goggins and Eckhart Tolle. -His method for approaching a still life. -Experimentation and how there has to be the possibility for failure in a piece of art, or else it is not going to be interesting. -His advice for honing in on a specific focus. -Realizing how important it is for his mental wellbeing to use small blocks of time to get to his art. David's Final Push will remind you to do the work that you would do in a vacuum anyway.    Quotes: “No matter how much time I have to create, I never feel like it’s enough.” “It’s better to err on the side of selling your art too quickly as opposed to keeping it forever.” “If you’re just stacking up old paintings in your studio – that’s like creative baggage.” “There has to be the possibility of failure, or else it’s not going to be interesting.” “Always keep the focus at a higher level of detail.” Links mentioned: David's NOH/WAVE Tutorials Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle Connect with David: Website / Book / Instagram / Workshops Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

1hr 4mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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039: Don't get it drawn, get it DOODLED (w/ Martin Aveling)

Martin is an English artist with an African heart. Born into a family of zoologists in 1982, he grew up amidst forest and savannah creatures of central and eastern Africa. He has held successful solo exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States and has exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the David Shepherd Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year event. A driving force for Martin's work is his commitment to conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and through his art he continues to support the work of selected wildlife charities. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/martinavelingIn this episode, Martin discusses:-His upbringing in Africa, how his parents were young zoologists, and what that meant for his life. -Why he draws detailed portraits of the animals on very clear white backgrounds, so that it doesn't detract from the animal. -How he became obsessed with detail but tried to hone that throughout his career. -How he likes to play around with composition, and push the boundaries with negative space, as it helps to engage the viewer. -His ability to not just draw animals, but to draw animals in a moment in time, and how long that took him to figure out. -How he was most creative when he was younger because he just dove into it without thinking. -His advice for people who might be discouraged by their gap in skill in comparison to his. -The importance of doing art because you enjoy it, and not comparing yourself to other people or worrying about what other people think. -How to deal with fear. -How mistakes are good and help you to evolve. -His charity work for wildlife conservation. Martin's Final Push will inspire you to put in the time and GET IT DOODLED! Quotes:"It wasn't until much later on in life that I realized just how privileged I was to spend time amongst those animals." "They are the stars of the show.  It's the animals.  It's not me.  My first passion was wildlife, and then I discovered I could draw them." "I like to push the boundaries with negative space.  That helps to engage the viewer more." "If you try to use the negative space in a creative way, it invites people to engage with it more and be a part of creating that environment in which it is sitting." "It's all about the hours that you put in.  You do improve even if you're not seeing it real time." "I always start at the eye.  It's the window to the soul.  It's where all the emotion is conveyed." "It's not just for me, the art.  It's for everyone." "You put the time in, and you will improve." "Don't compare yourself to people.  If you enjoy drawing, you just just be drawing and not be worrying too much about what other people are thinking. "There's nothing really to be scared of.  You love doing it, so just do it." "You sleep better at night if you've done something a little bit creative during the day.Connect with Martin:Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


4 Mar 2016

Rank #13

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153: How will you know unless you give it a go? (w/ Dale Bigeni)

Dale Bigeni is a Sydney based artist whose passion is creating, whether it be digital or traditional art.  Some of his clients have included Allday, Converse, Westfield, Sharpie, and Harley Davidson, just to name a few.  Dale specializes in illustration and graphic design, but loves all mediums of art, especially if they involve skulls. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/dalebigeni In this episode, Dale discusses: -His fascination with skulls. -How it took him five years to capture his unique style and make it his own. -How he handles the naysayers. -His advice for creative people who are being told to go down more of a mainstream path but who have very niche interests. -One of his defining artistic moments. -How nobody else knows what’s best for you in terms of what you should be creating. -The importance of growing up and also having a strong support system around you. -His best/worst creative moment when he won Australia’s Secret Walls -How his wife helps to keep him level-headed and motivated. -How art brings him a sense of peace and puts him in a better mind frame as a human being. -How he is able to get into the “zone.” -The fact that he doesn’t delve too deeply into any other artists or inspirations because if he does, he will start creating work that too closely resembles that art. Dale's Final Push will inspire you to just be yourself and not let anyone else tell you what is best for you and your art!   Quotes: “I’m a strong believer of not listening too much to what other people say and doing more of what makes you happy.” “I don’t think I would be anywhere close to where I am without the support network around me.” “Unless you give it a go, how are you going to know?” “Just be yourself.  Don’t let anybody tell you that you should do something that doesn’t make you happy.  Money is not the most important thing in life.  Happiness is.” “Just be yourself and let the world love you for you.” Connect with Dale: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Behance / Linkedin


28 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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225: FUEL YOUR HUSTLE (w/ Amy Kuretsky)

Amy Kuretsky is a health coach, acupuncturist, and herbalist with expertise in traditional Chinese medicine, digestive health, and a wide variety of nutritional plans.  She coaches creative entrepreneurs to be their healthiest selves and to tap into the energy that is the source of everything we do. Amy also hosts Health Fuels Hustle, a podcast all about living a healthier life as a creative. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/amykuretsky In this episode, Amy discusses: -How she came to be an acupuncturist and a health coach for creatives. -How she got off of all the drugs that she was taking for an autoimmune disease. -Her advice for creative individuals like Youngman who suffer from burnout and let their health fall by the wayside. -The importance of establishing our priorities and being aware of the fact that we say “yes” to too many things. -Her method for doing a “brain dump” to rid yourself of the things that take up your energy but don’t bring you money or joy. -Creative entrepreneur’s hesitancy to delegate. -How “done” is better than “perfect.” -How breaking up larger tasks into smaller portions can be effective in overcoming the sense of overwhelm. -Taking the quiet time to set a baseline for yourself with positive and negative thoughts and how they affect your body. -How the biggest excuse she hears from creative entrepreneurs is that they “don’t have enough time” to take care of themselves. -The power of morning and evening routines and a glimpse into hers. -Cell phones and the importance of keeping them away from the bedroom. -Alarm clocks and setting reminders for yourself throughout the day to be present in the moment and to fill yourself with the warm feelings that your goals bring you. -What acupuncture is and it’s benefits. -What people can expect from her podcast, Health Fuels Hustle. Amy's Final Push will inspire you to recall the reason why you started your creative passion in the first place and to tap back into that beginner’s energy!   Quotes: “I found that so many creative entrepreneurs were burning the candle at both ends.  They had so much going on that they were letting their health fall by the wayside.  This was a community that really needed support when it came to their health.” “When it comes to our energy, our health, and fueling our hustle, it’s all about building up our reserves.  So if we can do more of the things that we love doing and it brings us energy or joy, those are just as important as making money.” “Oftentimes what I see when it comes to creative entrepreneurs is that they really fear delegation.” “Done is better than perfect.  Perfect is a myth and so often we hold ourselves back from completing a project or putting ourselves out there because we don’t think that either we ourselves or our work is perfect yet.” Links mentioned: Amy's Pick Your Priorities Worksheet Health Fuels Hustle Podcast Bell meditation app Faux coffee recipe The Productivity Planner Connect with Amy: Website / Podcast / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter On the next episode: Christina Mrozik : Website / Instagram What's something that you do to fuel your hustle?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!


5 Jun 2017

Rank #15

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113: ADMIRE, don't COMPARE (w/ Xin Li)

Xin Li is a twenty-one-year-old photographer living in Bergen, Norway who likes to chase light.  She has been interested in photography all of her life and believes that photography is not just important to document the beauty that she sees around her, but to also tell stories with her work. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/xin In this episode, Xin discusses: -How she got her initial interest in photography and the journey that she took to get to the place that she is now. -How she gets very emotionally attached to her photographs because they often come from her own feelings. -How photography (and all forms of art) can be used as a way to get your emotions out, and in that way it can be a form of therapy. -What it was like when she first started sharing her photos on social media. -How she sometimes struggles with comparing herself to other photographers, and how important it is to admire instead of compare. -A time when she was in a creative limbo, not taking pictures (and how she got out of it). -That it is perfectly okay to take a break from your art, and that breaks, whether long or short, don't signify that you're not an artist anymore. -How some of her best moments are when she receives admiration for her work. -One of her favorite photographs. -How the internet and social media helped to give her confidence, as nobody in her town was out taking photographs the way she was. -How she has scheduled days in her calendar that are strictly made for photography. Xin's Final Push will inspire you to ignore the followers and "likes," and to remember to do your art for yourself! Quotes: "Throughout the years, I used a lot of disposable cameras." "For me, photography has always been a creative and emotional outlet." "I like to document my life and things that I see, sure.  But I also want to tell stories with my work." "I feel very emotionally attached to most of the photos that I take, because the inspiration of it often comes from my own feelings." "I started taking photos every time I was feeling down, and it worked like therapy for me." "I felt really exposed, but it felt good because people saw me for my work and not the other things." "Don't compare yourself to other people.  Look up to them instead.  Admire their work and maybe it will inspire you and push you to create something yourself." "If you feel like you need a break from your art, whether it's a day or a month to think and to feel, that's okay.  You don't stop being an artist just because of that." "Always remember that you are doing this for yourself, not to compete with others." Links mentioned: "Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer Connect with Xin: Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr


27 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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264: Wish upon your creative star (w/ Megan Carty)

Megan Carty is a New England-based artist who makes cheerful abstract floral paintings that are uplifting and color-drenched for people who have a flair for bold statements and tailored style. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/megancarty In this episode, Megan discusses: -How she always knew that she wanted to be an artist or an art teacher when she grew up. -The seed that was planted in her at a young age to seek praise or to do what her teacher liked rather than what she wanted to create. -The dangers of comparing yourself to others. -Some of the trials and tribulations she went through after college, including sexism, 9/11, depression, layoffs, breakups, and struggling to find the right fit career-wise. -Being appreciative of the negative experiences while you don’t know what brings you joy, because they inform you of what does bring you joy. -Getting involved with Etsy and the double-edged sword of being able to do anything, but also getting frozen by being able to do anything. -The important decision to not wait until you reach Point B to be happy, but to attempt to experience happiness today and throughout your entire journey. -How following your joy leads to finding more joy (and also spreading it to others). -How she battles negative thoughts and even depression. -How wishing on a star is a skill we have as children that we gradually lose. -How artists need to take their creative “medicine” or else they start to feel ill. -Donald Trump in relation to creativity. Megan's Final Push will remind you to stop fretting and realize that people are looking for your creativity!   Quotes: “I just let all of the roadblocks overcome me.” “I was on the wrong path and I was doing all the wrong things.  Everything had to blow up in order for me to get on the right path.” “I had lost the sense of joy of creating.” “What is it I want to make, and what is it that makes me the most happy while I’m making it?” “If you have a creative passion that you’re not pursuing, chances are you’re feeling a little bit negative and sad about it.” “There’s nothing that can stop me except for my own thoughts.” “If it’s tickling your heart, then that’s the right thing.  Do more of that.” Links mentioned: Matthew Miller on Your Creative Push Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks Paul Selig on The Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast Connect with Megan: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter On the next episode: Nikki Rae : Website / Twitter Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

1hr 18mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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035: Be prepared to POUNCE on your lucky breaks (w/ Marc Allante)

Marc is an artist whose work is inspired in both form and style by western and eastern influences. He was born in Hong Kong, but has also lived in Sydney and London. He merges traditional Chinese inks with European watercolour and pen techniques in a contemporary style. He is self-taught, and utilizes many different techniques and subject matters to expand his work. Marc also runs the blog www.redinkstone.com – a website dedicated to helping aspiring artists achieve successful and sustainable careers in the art world. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/marcallanteIn this episode, Marc discusses:-How his art career was jump started when his friend posted one of his pieces on Reddit and the thread went viral. -How he utilized that "break" to make another post on Reddit, showcasing pieces of art he did throughout his childhood and life, and how that post went even more viral. -How he worked in financial risk at that time, and art was a hobby for him until that point. -The tough times that he was going through at the moment, with his mother being diagnosed with terminal cancer. -How he calculated whether or not he could quit his job before he jumped into being a full-time artist. -What it has been like in his first year as a full-time artist. -His advice to people with full-time jobs who want to still do their creative passion: dedicate some time every day, and you will see improvement and results. -The importance of developing a style with which you can differentiate yourself from other artists. -There are always valuable lessons to be learned in trying something new. -How art school has many things that it can teach you, but in today's world you can find out how to draw or paint in any style for free on the internet (or do anything creative, really). -About why he started redinkstone.com and how it can help expose artists to information about effectively marketing your work via social media, understanding contracts, and so much more. Marc's Final Push will inspire you to dedicate whatever free time you can find to furthering your realization of your dream. Quotes:"It does require a lot of effort and a lot of work to ensure that you properly utilize that momentum." "What am I going to regret more in life?  Am I going to regret a job that I'm kind of okay with or following through with a passion that is clearly working at this point?" "Even struggling for a few years would be a much more satisfying experience than cruising in a job that I didn't particularly enjoy." "Even if you are dedicating a half-hour or an hour every day it is going to improve that process and the skills that you are using." "The more that you practice and the more that you dedicate yourself to that subject or skill, you will see improvement and you will see results." "There's luck and there's also manufactured luck.  There's definitely ways that you can help it along." "It's good to be prepared and have the right tools in place so that if and when it does happen, you are ready for it." "Whatever time I could spare was to realize this dream."Links mentioned:"How I quit my corporate job to become a professional artist" Connect with Marc:Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Prints / Redinkstone


29 Feb 2016

Rank #18

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062: Your art is your SANCTUARY so go and RELAX! (w/ Mattias Adolfsson)

Mattias is an incredible artist and illustrator from Sweden whose drawings feature infectious characters, fantastical worlds, sci-fi elements, and gentle, pleasing colors.  His work has been seen in the New York Times, The Onion, and Spotify, just to name a few.  He has released 4 personal books, and his book “The second in line, from the sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson won “Most beautiful Swedish book” in 2014, as well as several other awards. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/mattiasIn this episode, Mattias discusses:-His initial journey in the workforce as he discovered what his true artistic passions were. -How his body physically told him that he could not work at the video game company after only a few days of working there. -How it can be a shock when you start freelancing because you are used to a steady paycheck. -The development and expansion of teams that work on video games going from a close-knit team of a few people to very large teams of hundreds of people. -How his only real hurdle in terms of creating things is his lack of time to create personal art. -How he actually gets excited if his plane gets delayed, because it gives him more time to create. -How his time with his sketchbook is like spending time in his own sanctuary. -His hardest time creatively when he quit his job at the video game studio. -How many artists wonder if they would be able to make the leap into a full-time career with their art and how scary it is to make that jump. -One of the deciding factors in him quitting his job was when one of his coworkers described himself as "elite." -How his brain and body already made the decision for him to quit. -How his best creative moments are when he is able to meet his fans. -How having children really taught him to appreciate what little time he has and to make better use of it. -The power in shutting off your phone in order to get work done (or breaking it!) -How creativity brings him a sense of calmness in his life. -His love for music and how electronic music is more international and universal than other forms of music. Mattias's Final Push will inspire you to start thinking about perhaps taking the leap into a creative career! Quotes:"I just filled up the sketchbooks with doodles." "My body just said "No, I can't continue making video games." "The older you get, the more sluggish your brain becomes." "I really feel that I have to create something personal each day." "It's almost like the sketchbook is a kind of sanctuary for me."Links mentioned:Mattias's Books MUSI 112: Listening to Music (Open Yale Courses) "Pump up the Volume: The History of House Music" (Youtube)Connect with Mattias:Website / Facebook / Behance 


6 Apr 2016

Rank #19

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112: Be IMAGINATIVE and see WORK as PLAY! (w/ Michele Chiaramonte)

Michele Chiaramonte is a former New York City school-teacher turned stay-at-home mom, turned woodworker.  She designs and hand-makes children’s imaginative play toys for her company, Little Miss Workbench, an ecofriendly workshop out of Bellport Village, New York. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/littlemissworkbench In this episode, Michele discusses: -The story of how Little Miss Workbench came to be. -How her daughter, Mali, was always trying to play with her DSLR camera, which gave her the idea to make her a wooden one of her own. -How the camera evolved as it was being created and as more people got their hands on it. -The support of friends and family who were interested in having the toys for themselves or someone they knew. -How she always wanted Little Miss Workbench to be a home-grown company that stayed in the United States. -The skills that she learned growing up from her father, who was a master craftsman. -The importance of being able to surround yourself with people and resources that can help support, teach, and encourage you. -How she would have to split up her time thinking and working on her projects in the limited time that she had as a mother. -How she tries to look at "work" as "play" and what a shame it is when people concentrate on the success of what they do is based on money rather than what makes them happy. -Her attempt to get kids (and adults) to be imaginative and to look at the world around them with wonder. -Her "figure-it-out-as-we-go" mentality. -How big opportunities can often be as terrifying as they are joyful. Michele's Final Push will inspire you to figure out what it is that makes you tick, and then run with it! Quotes: "For my first Mother's Day, I asked my husband if he would get me a table saw." "It's always important to think about what things are already out there.  Is it really feasible for you to make it with creating your own business, creating something that people aren't doing already." "She was ecstatic when we first gave it to her.  She knew exactly what to do.  It was incredible." "It evolved as it was being created." "The whole idea was to be hand-making these things and providing something that has a story behind it.  Not just this manufactured good that gets put on the shelf for people to buy." "It's just how you define what "stay-at-home mom" means.  You can still be a rocket and be a mom 100% and also continue to fulfill your dreams." "When you think about what kids play with today, there's not a whole lot of imagination that's going on." "At the end of the day, you just have to have courage.  You figure out how you're going to make it work, and if you feel that you're not capable of making it work, you have to ask for help." "People often feel like they are failures because they weren't able to accomplish something on their own, but you really do need others to accomplish things that you set out to do." "You become inspired to do something, but if you don't act upon it, no one else is going to do it for you." "It's never going to happen unless you make it happen." Connect with Michele: Website / Instagram 


24 Jun 2016

Rank #20