PE025: Josh Lewis, Saving Elephants, on Impostor Syndrome and Conservatism for Millennials

One of the magical things about podcasting is that sometimes you get to have a great conversation with someone who may have different opinions than you AND simultaneously find out how much you have in common.

This interview with Josh Lewis of the Saving Elephants podcast almost didn’t happen because his show is about conservative politics (not my cup of tea), BUT I really loved our talk and his fresh perspective on impostor syndrome when it comes to having a message you feel is so important you want to get it right!

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https://www.savingelephantsblog.com/

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Saving Elephants podcast on Apple and on Spotify

About Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis is a CPA who lives in Tulsa and works for the Oklahoma State Auditor’s Office.  A former candidate for City Auditor with nearly a decade of experience in auditing governments, Josh has a unique and practical perspective as an outside observer of politics put into practice.

Josh graduated from College of the Ozarks–Hard Work U–majoring in Accounting with a minor in Speech Communications, where he was president of the College Republicans.  Though a lifelong Republican, Josh stepped down as Treasurer of the Tulsa County Republican Party in 2016 when he could no longer support the candidate chosen to represent his party.

As a diligent student of the conservative movement championed by Edmund Burke, Russel Kirk, William F. Buckley, Thomas Sowell, and many others, Josh is passionate about conservatism surviving and thriving in the 21st century.

​Josh is also a contributor to The Millennial Review, a group of politically-engaged millennials who promote and defend the conservative values of freedom, limited republican government, and a robust civil society that have made America truly exceptional.

069: Flip the script, Robyn Conley Downs, Feel Good Effect, mindset, podcasting & what it really means to be healthy

“I had to be able to sit there in that uncomfortable place of this is not as good as I want it to be — and that’s okay.” ~Robyn Conley Downs

I discovered Robyn when she needed a podcast editor for her new show the Feel Good Effect. That was a year ago and since then, I have listened in detail to every single one of her episodes and she continues to amaze me with her big heart, inquisitive mind, business savvy, and seemingly superhuman ability to “do it all.”

As we discuss in this episode, there’s nothing superhuman about it and, in reality, there’s a give and take to everything. In fact, in terms of mindset, one of Robyn’s favorite sayings is “gentle is the new perfect.”

I love it and you’re going to love Robyn.


Take Robyn’s Wellness Personality Quiz!!!

“You have to be a beginner to start — there’s no way to bypass being a beginner.” ~Robyn Conley Downs

Connect with Robyn

Website
Feel Good Effect Podcast on Apple Podcasts
Feel Good Effect Podcast on Stitcher
Real Food Whole Life Community on Facebook
Instagram
Facebook 
Twitter
Pinterest

“It’s so good to point out that I did NOT wake up one day and say, ‘I know exactly what I want to do,’ and/or I didn’t say, ‘I know that I want to be the founder of a lifestyle wellness brand.'” ~Robyn Conley Downs

Resources & Links

Summer Self-Care Society — not too late to join by 5/31!!!
Key Change Podcast Trailer from The Santa Fe Opera and… me
Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees
My podcast about craft of podcasting Podcast Envy
The Creative Impostor Magic page – Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Connect with Andrea

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Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!


This episode was NOT mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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062: Commit to yourself, Jeannette Bridoux, Instagram growth boss, personal brand builder

“If you keep telling yourself you can’t do things, just stop it. Cut that inner critic out of your life and be more open to ‘I could do that.'” ~Jeannette Bridoux

Commit to yourself, your goals, your dreams, your purpose…

Spending time with Jeannette Bridoux is like a really good cup of afternoon coffee for my soul. Her energy, her bottomless well of fresh ideas and her laugh are contagious.

Jeannette is a connector who has been mastering social media, especially Instagram, and who even inspired me to experiment with Insta Stories on my profile at the most recent podcasting conference we attended together, Podfest!

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The origin of her personal brand “marketing bride”
  • Finding visuals that are interesting and not for everyone but a YES for the right people
  • Navigating the dilemma of creatives feeling awkward about marketing especially online
  • The trap of comparison in social media — (psst! the remedy to connect with your purpose so you don’t lose your uniqueness and creativity)
  • Giving your brand time to evolve — you don’t have to have it all figured out from the beginning!
  • Conscious media consumption, how ask what you need rather than mindlessly scrolling and how you use and feed your brain energy
  • Pros & cons of being a digital nomad
  • Mental health concerns for entrepreneurs — you don’t have to be depressed to seek out support for mental health!

Jeannette’s TOP Instagram tip: show your face!

 

“You are here for a purpose. That purpose can evolve over time… just go do it, and enjoy it along the way and focus on the impact that you wanna make in the world.” ~Jeannette Bridoux

Connect with Jeannette

Website
Instagram
LinkedIn
Facebook
Entrepreneurs Unveiled Podcast

FREE Guide to Personal Branding on Instagram

NEW! Boss Women Community (apply to be a featured guest blogger)

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Links and Resources

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Support The Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!

About Jeannette Bridoux

Before I was MarketingBride or running my own business, I was Marketing specialist for a SaaS startup where I wore ALL the hats – marketing strategy, onboarding, social media marketing, customer support…

Eventhough it was totally stressful, it was also exciting and I learned a lot.

After coaching over 100 entrepreneurs on personal branding & marketing at a startup in Chicago, I knew it was time to branch off and do what I love on my terms.

So after working my 9-5, I built my business and my brand online.

Fast forward a few months later…

I quit my full-time job to run my Instagram growth business full-time, launched an Instagram Course & spoke internationally while traveling the world.

I’m a location independent entrepreneur on a mission to help you commit to your dreams & build your brand on your own terms.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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060: Reduce the friction, David Kadavy, writer, producer of Love Your Work podcast

“If you’re brave enough to follow your curiosity, then that place that you end up will often be a place that nobody else has been.” ~David Kadavy

Here’s what I tried, here’s what happened, here’s where it might be wrong.

I’ve been binging David Kadavy’s podcast, Love Your Work, ever since I discovered him on Jennifer Gardner’s podcast, RoamHowl. And then I read his new book The Heart to Start AND now it’s available as an audio book on Audible.

David’s work is the gift that keeps on giving — and yet, I haven’t paid for any of it. Yet. And that’s one thing we talk about in this episode — the challenge of being a content creator, following your curiosity and figuring out how to make a living doing it WITHOUT selling some kind of $1000+ online course.

Get The Heart to Start for Kindle here, or the audio version on Audible here!*

We also talk about:

  • How David got from Nebraska to Silcon Valley to Chicago and now Colombia — where he’s discovered how to reduce the friction of daily life, variable weather and decision making in order to optimize creative productivity
  • Creating what you like to consume
  • Creative routines, efficiency and the mix of neuroscience research and self-study he employed to come up with his process
  • Crowdsourcing the editing of his new book “The Heart to Start” and the process by which he tested his ideas via his blog on Medium to help get over any feelings of self-doubt
  • Why it’s important to allow ideas the time and space to incubate by disconnecting from your work
  • PODCASTING – David’s inspiration and why audio over video
  • Asking for money — where, when and how
  • How posturing as an “expert” can trigger David’s own impostor feelings and how Seth Godin’s advice — reframe what you have to offer from a place of generosity — is the remedy for that!

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“Audio is even more intimate than video is… your voice becomes the voice in their head.” ~David Kadavy, on the power of podcasting

Connect with David

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Love Your Work Podcast
David’s Patreon (where he humbly asks for financial support based on the value you receive from his work)

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Links and Resources

The Heart to Start for Kindle or the audio version on Audible*

Predictably Irrational (mentioned in the episode)

NEW! 2018 Creative Collective Studio Memberships available in Chicago AND globally

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Support The Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!

About David Kadavy

I’m David Kadavy. I’m author of The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty (which debuted in the top 20 on all of Amazon). I also host a podcast called Love Your Work (iTunes), where I’ve interviewed entrepreneurs and creators such as Jason Fried, Dan Ariely, James Altucher, Ryan Holiday, Laura Roeder, Noah Kagan, and many more.

I used to be a product designer in Silicon Valley, but I’ve since doubled down on my love for writing, after accidentally becoming an author. My writing has been featured in Observer, The Huffington Post, Inc.com, Quartz, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Upworthy, and Lifehacker. I currently do most of my writing and thought experimentation on Medium, and I’m very active on Twitter, and have a Facebook Page.

I worked with behavioral scientist Dan Ariely to reinvent Google Calendar. The company we worked on, Timeful, was bought by Google, and many of those features are now in Google Calendar.

I currently live in Medellín, Colombia, which I chose as my home base after extended stays in many places around the world. I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and have also lived in San Francisco; Chicago; San Jose; Kearney, Nebraska; Ames, Iowa; and I’ve done month-or-longer stints in many other places.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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054: Trust the nudges you’re getting, Samantha Mant, Naturopath, The Holistic Branch

“When it does feel vulnerable, that’s an indicator that it’s something that you really desire.” ~Samantha Mant

We have so much more insight into our own bodies and what works for us than anyone else…

Have you ever gotten health or healing advice from a doctor or other practitioner and felt like they just weren’t listening to you or believing you?

What if you could get high level intuitive health advice from a hip holistic healer with a strong clinical naturopathic background and hot pink (blue or purple) hair depending on the day?

What if she could guide you to get in touch with your own body’s natural cycles and biorhythms?

What if your treatment recommendations included food, herbs, flower essences and essential oils?

Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Australian naturopath, Samantha Mant. Working with Samantha is like learning about yourself through the kind advice and insight of a good friend who is super smart and wise. In fact, she’s so good at listening, that I talked about myself WAY too much in this interview and probably should have paid her for a consultation!

“Healing is a journey and I get to hold space for people, and I feel really honored.” ~Samantha Mant

Resources & Links

Tea by the Cauldron – FREE consultation with Samantha to develop a healing plan for you.

Are you curious about what working one-on-one with a Naturopath-Witch entails? Wondering exactly how she mixes her own brand of holistic medicine & Witch flavour together to help people manifest the results they seek?

Pull up a virtual chair and have Tea by the Cauldron!

Flower Essences & Essential Oils

Australian – busch fuschia – throat chakra, communication; dog rose – increases confidence in yourself; Five Corners – increases joy, love, acceptance ; Little Flannel Flower – tap into inner child, making creativity more playful

Bach Flowers – Rock Water – expression & flexibility , Wild Rose – apathy , Aspen – fear of the unknown, Pine – taking creative risks

Essential Oils – Citrus esp Wild or Sweet Orange, Lemon or Lime

The Season of You: Self-Care Holiday Gift Bundle* – digital gifts including meditation, prompts, recipes, a scavenger hunt and more from some of my creative colleagues! Perfect for women who do “too much” — you or someone else you love.

Sounds True* is my go-to resource for guided meditations, self-care resources, tools, trainings, books, and music for meditation and yoga. They also produce one of all-time favorite podcasts, Insights from the Edge, and I look forward to their annual holiday sale to stock up on my listening & reading for the year! That sale is NOW through December 22, 2017.* 

Items in my cart (and recommendations) include: 

Zoo Zen and Yoga Bug book bundle (for children’s yoga)

Awakening Through Sound with Chloe Goodchilde (audio training)

Self-Compassion Step-by-Step with Kristin Neff (audio training)

Room to Breathe with Sharon Salzbergy (guided meditation & home retreat)

Music as Medicine with Nawang Khechog (music Tibetan flute & Native American rhythms)

and ANYTHING by Pema Chodron

*This is an affiliate link, meaning that if you order one (or more) The Creative Impostor will get a thank you bonus from the creators. You support me, I support them, they support you!

NEW! 2018 Creative Collective Studio Memberships available in Chicago AND globally.

You do NOT have to do this alone.

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!! Their Thanksgiving Special episode comes out Wednesday 11/22! Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to be the first to get it.

“I actually think if you don’t have that [impostor] feeling, then you’re not doing the right thing.”~Samantha Mant

Connect with Samantha

The Holistic Branch Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Connect with Andrea

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Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

About Samantha Mant

“I’m a self-proclaimed witch, I’m a naturopath, I’m a feminist, I’m a vegan — I kind of tick all the internet’s taboo boxes.” ~Samantha Mant

The Holistic Branch is run by Samantha Mant, a Naturopath & Intuitive Healer, with 17 years experience.

She is also a Writer, Witch, and facilitator of a Facebook community (The Holistic Branch Cauldron) open to all who walk a magickal healing path.

Samantha is on a soul-powered mission to help cultivate a world in which every person trusts their intuition to heal themselves, honour their body and support their own healing journey.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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014: Start a conversation, Beth Santos

“Why is my self-worth being so dependent on this other outside activity? Why am I letting someone else decide if I am a great entrepreneur or not. ” ~Beth Santos, on handling rejection 

Beth Santos, Founder, CEO (and "Creative Genius") behind Wanderful, global network for women who travel

Beth Santos, Founder, CEO (and “Creative Genius”) behind Wanderful

In this episode, I talk with Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for women who travel about:

  • traveling domestically vs internationally and how she almost bought a house in New Orleans without ever going there!
  • whether or not to get an MBA before starting your own business,
  • why you should FORGET the traditional business plan,
  • how to build a team around your vision and facilitate a values-driven community,
  • diversifying your sense of self-worth to combat competition and comparison,
  • how to balance being a CEO of your company and family,
  • what it means to “have it all”,
  • and how to validate your idea by starting conversations!

Beth’s Websites: Wanderful * Women In Travel Summit * BethSantos.com

Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * LinkedIn

“If you have an idea… talk to as many people as you can about it. You need to find out if this idea is valid and if people are going to want it. Not just talking, but listening and understanding what are their problems and is this solving their problems?” ~Beth Santos

Links & Resources

Beth Santos CEO Wanderful global travel network

Canvanizer – Business model canvas generator

Women In Travel Summit 

#GirlsTravel – Girls Travel Twitter Chat every Monday at 6pm GMT

Wanderful Community – membership including their BRAND NEW global ambassador & home stay

Powerful Women Need Powerful Spaces by Delia Harrington

Creative Space Retreat to NOLA with Andrea!

“What is ‘having it all’? When I’m eating dinner, am I thinking, ‘Oh no! Am I going to be able to have it all when I’m done with dinner and have a cupcake? No! I’m going to eat the freaking cupcake!” ~Beth Santos

Still not sure how to launch your new idea? 
Check out my e-course (new Spring 2016!):
This e-course designed to help you take those first few bold steps on your creative path no matter what!

Beth Santos 

Beth Santos is a dynamic leader and inspired entrepreneur with a passion for international development, multiculturalism and community building. She is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for adventurous, independent women travelers.

Beth created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. In encouraging women to travel, to get involved in the world around them and to live globally, Beth has created an international community of over 10,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another at the same time.

Beth is the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travelers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. In 2014, she was named one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, Beth was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact.

Beth is a graduate of Wellesley College and an MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she serves in the leadership of the Women’s Business Association. In 2015 she was named a Zell Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for entrepreneurs pursuing their MBA. Beth currently lives in Chicago and serves on the board of Chicago Adventure Therapy.

 


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

Podcast PreSeason 008: Quitting vs Failing + a New Podcast Recommendation

If you haven’t already, please subscribe for access to the whole PreSeason by entering your email below. Thank you!

In this episode I talk about:

The difference between failure (something that happens to you) and quitting (an active choice)

Some of my Fave Podcasts

Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income, Ask Pat
John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur on Fire
Todd Henry – The Accidental Creative
Jess Lively – The Lively Show
Tami Simon – Insights at the Edge with Sounds True
Krista Tippett – On Being
Kimberly Wilson – Tranquility du Jour

Gimlet Media, produced by Alex Blumberg
StartUp
Reply All
Mystery Show

Fave Podcast Guests

Seth Godin
Michael Port
Simon Sinek
Brene Brown
Danielle LaPorte

New Podcast Recommendation

Elise Gets Crafty by Elise Blaha Cripe

Episode 63 on Quitting

Episode 3 on Developing an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

YesandYes.org – Because yes is more fun than no
Sarah von Bargen

 

CI Podcast PreSeason 002: SoundClouds, MailChimps & More

That's Freddie the MailChimp with my "work" vision board and a lucky Buddha for abundance!

Freddie the MailChimp with my “work” vision board and a lucky Buddha!

That’s Freddie the MailChimp action figure! Oh, and my “work” vision board and a lucky Buddha for abundance.

Today’s PreSeason episode details the technology, software, steps and tools needed to deliver the audio recording from my patio to your ears.

And we ponder the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” and whether we should graduate to new words for describing them once we’ve reached a certain age.

Audio Recorder: Zoom H4N with pop filter

Audio File Hosting: SoundCloud

Website Hosting: WordPress, using the Catch Evolution Theme (free)

Email Service Provider: MailChimp

WordPress Plugin for Email Opt-In forms that integrate with Mailchimp: MailMunch

Kirtan Band: The Bhakti Caravan

Listen to the full episode on SoundCloud!

Captain’s Log: Episode 001 of the PreSeason Podcast

Yes, The Creative Impostor Podcast PRE-season launches NOW!
What the heck is a podcast pre-season?

Well, I am in the process of editing the 8 interviews I have already recorded for The Creative Impostor podcast, and learning how to set up my RSS feed in Libsyn (where the audio files will be stored) and then properly tag it to submit to iTunes and then wait for approval to be “official.”

I am finding this to take much longer than I originally anticipated. And I am finding myself getting stuck in perfectionist tendencies, lack of accountability and distraction (there’s always one more load of laundry, a sink full of dishes, a kitty to snuggle with, a dinner to prepare, a festival to attend…)

So as I was doing some walking meditation this week, I came up with the idea of a PreSeason Podcast, hosted on SoundCloud (which I already know how to use and do not need to wait for approval or deal with RSS feeds…), which consists of a DAILY audio blog with me… unscripted, unedited, totally authentic!

I spent my 4th of July holiday recording my first episode (the easy part) on an outdoor patio while cat-sitting and then uploading, linking, writing descriptions, embedding, re-learning how to use Instagram and Tumblr, creating an opt-in on this site for you to subscribe and writing this blog post (the part that took many hours.)

My outdoor recording studio and co-host Gracie for episode 001 CI PreSeason Podcast: www.thecreativeimpostor.com/podcast

A photo posted by Andrea Klunder (@andreaklunder) on


It’s a behind-the-scenes view into what it takes to launch a podcast. So many people have told me recently they want to launch their own podcast, or are curious about how to start. There’s plenty of resources, trainings, tutorials, etc out their on the web (my faves include Pat Flynn’s, John Lee Dumas’s, and the She Podcasts community with Elsie Escobar and Jessica Kupferman.) What I want to offer is a real-life account of the days leading up to launch, no matter how messy that may get, so that you can learn right along side me and maybe even get inspired to take the mic yourself!

I listened to a great interview by Nathan Chan with one of my favorite people, Seth Godin, in which he said two things that really stuck with me:

1) The people who aren’t grabbing the microphone are hiding.

He summed up beautifully the way I feel that is part of the whole purpose behind The Creative Impostor, which is that EVERYONE has something inside you — a talent, a skill, an idea, an insight, a generosity — that would make the world better if you shared it.  NOW, more than ever, is the time where it’s possible to have a voice and a platform, and the time when it is needed, more than ever, to cut through all the static of useless noise that’s out there.

2) Blog every day.

Even if no one reads it or you publish under a pen name, write something every day. Get in the habit. Train your brain. Polish your skills. Seth says…

“The act of writing something down that you believe in, that you have thought about, and knowing that you have to do it again tomorrow will make you better at everything you do.”

And he DOES have a daily blog which I READ nearly every day. It keeps me motivated and inspired to do my best work no matter what.

So I’m launching this pre-season for YOU to inspire you to share your gift with generosity in full confidence that it’s possible to be heard and make a difference. And I’m launching this pre-season for ME so that I can “ship”, as Seth says, work every day even though it isn’t perfect.

I, for one, am NOT hiding.


Listen to the first episode here! And then subscribe at the bottom of this page for exclusive access to the rest of the daily PreSeason podcast.

(Oh, and that’s Gracie, my co-host for episode 001! You can see more of my outdoor recording studio and Gracie on Instagram.)

How to get back on the wagon

Despite our best creative and entrepreneurial intentions, sometimes we get off track.

I’ve had many projects I’ve started and then fell victim to distraction or discouragement or disillusionment and allowed them to fade away… meetup groups, book clubs, an anonymous humor blog I started after my first Pitchfork Music Festival called “I want a hipster boyfriend…”

The problem is we start out strong and excited and then at some point, we miss a post, a deadline, an issue, an article… and the world doesn’t end, which makes it easier to miss the next one, and the next, until we realize any momentum we had in the beginning has come to a complete standstill. We wonder if anyone was even reading, listening, following, watching, using our creative work at all.

The thought emerges, “will anyone really even care if I just don’t do it anymore?” The mental response, “probably not.” And then we’re in real trouble. 

This JUST happened to me.

When I launched The Creative Impostor, my intention was one post per week with a newsletter. Consistently. No matter what. And for weeks that I got too busy to dedicate a half-day to that endeavor, I would create an archive of content in advance schedule.

You may (or may not) have noticed that it’s been over TWO weeks since my last post and newsletter. That archive has never gotten built. And I have been beating myself up mentally over it every day for the last two weeks.

How can I even call myself a blogger or business owner if I haven’t touched my blog in two weeks?!

My bridesmaid bouquet handmade by my sister!

My bridesmaid bouquet handmade by my sister!

Truthfully, I had LEGIT reasons. My sister got married last weekend in Michigan and I traveled for the weekend, was her maid of honor and reception MC, helped with setup and clean up, A/V, etc. It was an awesome wedding! Really sweet, fun, beautiful — I didn’t even realize how much energy it was taking until driving back to Chicago the next day when my boyfriend had the explicit job of keeping me engaged in conversation for the whole 3.5 hour drive just so I wouldn’t fall asleep behind the wheel!

Plus, those of you who’ve been following the blog or know me personally, may know that I’ve been experiencing a particularly challenging financial period, cleaning up some of the debt that I accumulated over the course of my 5-year stint as a boutique yoga studio owner and trying to make the transition to more of an online business model via blogging, podcasting and online trainings.

I’m writing a post that goes more in depth on financial specifics b/c I think it’s important to pull back the curtain from time to time if it can be helpful for others who are thinking of starting a business.

In the meantime, suffice to say, that I also just started a new part-time job this week that is super fun but more physically exhausting than I expected and am picking up odd jobs like cleaning and pet sitting just to ease the strain on cash flow.

I’ve been too busy and tired to write. And I didn’t want to publish something half-baked. So I sent nothing.

What’s wrong with taking a couple weeks off? Why is it so important to get posts and newsletters out on a consistent schedule?

I have heard time and again from entrepreneurs, creatives, bloggers, podcasters that I admire that the key to success in the online business space is consistently delivering quality content over time:

Quality + Consistency + Time = Success!

Quality, I believe is my strong suit. I have worked really hard and invested in a lot of training on how to create quality content that is enjoyable and useful (I hope) for my readers and students.

Where I struggle is with consistency and time. I want this venture to be different.

So, how to get back on the wagon once you’ve fallen off?

Just start. Begin again.

Not so simple? Try the following to kickstart that creative mojo and get you back into the groove:

  1. Take a Meditation Break. Schedule some serious me-time, even if it’s only 5-10 minutes. Have your notebook and a pen nearby. Light a stick of incense, ring a bell, chant a mantra… something to indicate to your brain that you mean business. Take 3-5 deep breaths to settle. Be still and find some relative quiet in the midst of the chaos of busy-ness.
  2. R&R: Remember & Refresh. In your journal or notebook, jot down the answers to the following questions:
    Why did I begin this project/blog/podcast/collection/story/film in the first place?
    How was I initially inspired?

    What do I love about it?
    What’s my vision for what
    could happen next?
  3. Schedule some time for Deep Work. Todd Henry has a GREAT podcast on this topic on The Accidental Creative. Listen now!
  4. Create accountability. Tell someone what steps you’re going to take to get back into creation mode and by when. Ask that person to hold you accountable. (hint: I’m doing that RIGHT NOW with YOU!)
  5. Pat yourself on the back and get into action! Don’t worry about what you did or didn’t do over the last few days/weeks/months. Just focus on what you are doing now and how that will move you forward.

That’s it. Follow these simple steps and I promise you’ll be back on the wagon discovering new territory in no time!