Shannon Crow, The Connected Yoga Teacher, on Social Impact and Podcasting

Shannon Crow from The Connected Yoga Teacher is with me on this episode to talk podcasting and social impact. Actually, she reached out to me originally to talk about impostor syndrome (one of my fave topics), so we cover that too!

Shannon Crow, The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast, Podcast Envy Episode 033, on Social Impact

I LOVE what Shannon is doing with her podcast, and even more so with her community of yoga teachers, the hub of which is her Facebook Group.

In fact, you may or may not know that before podcasting, my primary work was teaching yoga and meditation. I even owned and operated my own studio in Chicago for FIVE years and ultimately had to close because I just couldn’t find a way to make the business profitable and sustainable with the resources I had available.

My experience and observation is that yoga is TOUGH business model, and most of us teachers get into it because we have a passion for the practice, and for helping other people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We get VERY little business or entrepreneurial training or guidance and then we bust our butts, struggling to make ends meet while running round teaching classes OR we make it a side hustle while holding down a full-time job or assortment of part-time jobs.

Shannon saw this gap and decided to do something about it. She’s hoping that what she can do to create a support network and resources for yoga teachers to have more sustainable business practices will ripple out to help so many more people through the classes and sessions those teachers hold.

Shannon Crow is definitely a podcaster using this platform to make a positive social impact. Whether you’re into yoga or not, there’s a lot you can learn from her. Listen to the episode to find out how she does it!

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About Shannon

Shannon Crow is the host of The Connected Yoga Teacher podcast and a consultant for yoga teachers. She shares what she has learned (and continues to learn) as a yoga entrepreneur.

Shannon is passionate about this work so that yoga teachers have more time and energy to share the yoga that lights them up.

She became a yoga teacher in 2006 and continues to teach weekly group and private classes in Owen Sound, Ontario, with a specialty in Yoga for Pelvic Health.

Shannon is dedicated to helping yoga teachers define their niche and thrive at marketing. She thrives in a community that is playful, diverse, and supportive. This is what inspired her to create The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook group.

Shannon offers in person and online teacher training. She is the co-founder of the MamaNurture Prenatal Yoga School and developed the Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training.

In her spare time, Shannon can be found hiking or skiing on the Bruce Peninsula with her partner, Shawn and her three children. She enjoys time outside in the vegetable garden in the summer or skiing in the winter.

Shannon loves the quiet of morning with her tea, yoga mat and journal. She likes to laugh, visit with friends and family and ask a lot of questions.

067: Seek out tranquility, Kimberly Wilson, Tranquility du Jour

“The connecting thread for me is the idea of tranquility… it’s not because I have it all figured out. It’s because I’m always seeking it out too.” ~Kimberly Wilson


Yoga. Mindfulness. Eco Fashion. Writing. Podcast. Conscious Business E-course. Psychotherapy. A charitable foundation called Pigs & Pugs… Kimberly Wilson has created the multi-passionate lifestyle brand of my dreams! (only my foundation would be more like Sloths & Cats… doesn’t have the same ring…)

I’ve been following Kimberly ever since I was a struggling yoga studio owner in 2009 and I sought out her help through her Conscious business e-course and a private coaching.

She told me to start a podcast (among other things.) And years later, I did.

“Just because we made one decision doesn’t mean we have to stay in it forever. And if you do, it’s important to know are you growing within it, or do you feel stagnant?” ~Kimberly Wilson

Connect with Kimberly:

Website
Tranquility du Jour Podcast
TranquiliT clothing line
Facebook 
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube

“I’ve been podcasting since before podcasts were really understood and I don’t think I really even understood what they were.” ~Kimberly Wilson

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Wilson is a writer, therapist, and creative entrepreneur who founded Tranquil Space—named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure. She’s penned numerous books and holds master’s in women’s studies and social work.

With a passion for do-gooding, Kimberly co-founded Tranquil Space Foundation and is a cheerleader for animal rights. In 2008, she was honored as a New Leader in Philanthropy by Greater DC Cares and a top yoga teacher in 2011 by Washingtonian.

When not sipping tea, you’ll find her practicing yoga on a leopard-print mat, dreaming up new designs for the eco-friendly TranquiliT clothing line, or leading retreats globally. She has completed trainings ranging from Jivamukti to Yin to Mindfulness and brings a potpourri of inspiration to her teaching.

Her work has been featured in Fast Company, The Washington Post, US News & World Report, and various books. Indulge in musings on “tranquilosophy” through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at kimberlywilson.com.


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066: Raise Your Vibration, Susan Chu: Crystals, Feng Shui and Changing Careers

“Fear has a tendency to hold us back… and when we free ourselves from our own prison then… we notice a lot more about opportunities, about door openings — we can actually walk across to the other side.” ~Susan Chu

 

Susan Chu is a holistic practitioner who works with people to move past fear, take better care of themselves, and find their passion for a more authentically aligned life. She uses crystals, feng shui and mindfulness for magical results in a totally grounded way.

I LOVE how she calls the impostor voice your “inner saboteur!”

Be sure to check out her Crystals for Your Health Facebook Group — it’s excellent for learning how to work with crystals!

Connect with Susan

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Crystal Mentorship Program
Crystals for Your Health Facebook Group
Facebook

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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

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About Susan

I’m Susan M. Chu. One of my biggest passions in life is living a feng shui life.

I was in corporate America for about 20 years, in the banking industry. I excelled in my jobs and made excellent money. But, somewhere along the way, I lost my feng shui values. I stopped living the feng shui life. Over time…

  • I was struggling, financially
  • My career stalled
  • I was in a dead end relationship
  • My health was deteriorating
  • And I couldn’t manifest any magical opportunities anymore

I was a total mess. I had hit my rock bottom. I took a long, hard look at myself and what came next was a total shocker to me. I quit my very cushy job. I didn’t quite bounce right back up, but when I did, I had rediscovered the magic in feng shui living. I have an unshakeable deep peace within myself; my inner child could not stop laughing when I rediscovered the feng shui way; I manifested so many helpful people that I can’t even recognize my life from when I quit my job; and I finally attained a quiet mind.

I stopped passing judgement on myself. The saboteur within me got a new job. Whenever I step off the feng shui path, it will lead me back.

There are a lot of people who accept life as being difficult. There are a lot of people who are conditioned to believe that you should struggle through life. I disagree. For me, life is about attaining inner peace and conquering life challenges. What I see is many people trying to find some semblance of peace in a very chaotic world.

It is so wonderful to sing to my favorite songs and not hear “Please, don’t sing. You can’t sing. from within me.

My clients include a wide variety of professionals: entrepreneurs, artists, expectant moms, corporate professionals, etc…. What they all have in common is they want to change their life, believe the Universe will work with them, and are ready to do whatever it takes. Our work together helps them attract the right relationships (mentors, teachers, and partners); inspires passion for their careers; and enlightens them to love their lives. It can do the same for you.

If you are ready to step into that life and commit to loving your life, I’d love to schedule a complimentary 15 minute call. Please email me at: info@susanmchu.com.

Feng shui living is a way of life. It embraces synchronicity with Heaven, peace within ourselves (man), and harmony with our environment (Earth). Many centuries of feng shui wisdom flows through me. I am here to share everything I know to transform your struggles into opportunities and to help you reach your dreams.

www.SusanMChu.com


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065: A remedy for not enough

“She asked me how could I express gratitude. My first thought was “to whom?” But she meant… gratitude to mySELF.” ~Andrea Klunder

Pause, take a deep breath, lift your head, and look around…
 

I just released an episode in my new-ish podcast about the craft of podcasting, Podcast Envy, about downloads, numbers, stats, etc and you probably know already how I feel about using those metrics as a measure for success from my Creative Impostor episode 57: What do numbers have to do with success?

And I propose a question that applies to areas of life and work beyond podcasting, which is — if these numerical metrics were to disappear…

If you could not easily see how many followers you had on Facebook or Instagram, how many people liked your picture, or retweeted your post. If you had no idea how many people were subscribed to your email newsletter or opened it or unsubscribed. If you did not have a head count for the audience of your talk or your show… If you did not see an actual number…

… how would YOU measure success? How would you value your OWN work?

Sometimes I feel like my own numbers are too small. Like I’m working and working and working and no one notices or cares. Like I’ll never reach that critical mass of followers where suddenly the conversion statistics  come out to actual sales of services and I can actually earn a sustainable comfortable income off of the content I create and the work that I do.

And sometimes I feel like a fraud, teaching podcasting classes, encouraging hundreds of other people to create a podcast and being positioned as the “expert” or making recommendations on gear, equipment and software when certainly there are other people out there who know more in that department than I do.

And I keep putting myself out there despite those feelings.

And THEN what happens? Listen and find out…

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056: Affirm yourself, Kelly Covert, Inner Voice Coach & Host of In Her Voice Podcast

“One minute does not change who I am.” ~Kelly Covert (upon reflecting over the disappointment of missing her triathlon personal record by one minute.)

Everything counts…

I met Kelly Covert online through a podcast mentoring program with Elsie Escobar (episode 044) and then in person at 2017 Podcast Movement and I LOVE Kelly’s presence. She is affirming, clear and joyful. She is an incredible listener AND she totally gets my type A, overachiever, creative perfectionist personality. I knew immediately she needed to be here on the show, talking with you!

In this episode we talk about the true inner voice you want to listen to (i.e. NOT the impostor voice or inner mean girl), daily practices for cultivating your connection to that voice and your deepest desires, overcoming perfectionism and recognizing your own inherent worth outside of achievement and productivity.

“If you never do another thing, you are worthy right now.” ~Kelly Covert

Resources & Links

Kelly’s 5 Days of Journaling for Visionary Women

My interview on Kelly’s podcast, In Her Voice

As far as holiday self-care Kelly says:

Everything counts. One breath of intentionality for your day counts. Take 5 minutes in the shower, stay up 5 minutes after everyone goes to bed, wake up 5 minutes earlier than everyone else… offer to run to the store alone to pick things up. Find a way to have a moment to yourself.

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!!!  Subscribe in your favorite podcast app!

“I was very addicted to external affirmation. I had to go from one hit to the next hit and the reason I was so addicted to that was because I wasn’t willing to give it to myself.” ~Kelly Covert

Connect with Kelly

KellyCovert.com
In Her Voice podcast

Facebook: trimommylife
Instagram: kellyjcovert
Twitter: kellyjcovert

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Facebook: andreaklunder.creative
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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!

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About Kelly Covert

“I’m here with you today. And I’m fully present with you and loving every minute. To me, that is, success. And also I want to make a lot of money and that is ALSO success.” ~Kelly Covert

Kelly Covert is an inner voice coach with a passion for helping visionary women believe and achieve their big vision by connecting deeply with the wisdom that is inside of them all while owning their worthiness each and every day. Through her intuitive, heart-centered approach she helps women awaken to their true power as creators and world-changers.

She is the creator and host of the In Her Voice, a podcast that empowers women to listen and live by their inner voice so they can change the world. Her work has been featured on The Huffington PostThe Elephant JournalYourTango.com, and she has been a featured guest on many podcasts.

Kelly is also a professional flutist with Symphoria, a wife and the mother of 2 boys, 14 and 11, and 1 baby girl beagle named Piper.

You can learn more and connect with Kelly at www.kellycovert.com.


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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055: Let go of that desire for control, Sarah Buino, Addiction Counselor, Head/Heart Therapy

“Our baseline isn’t happiness, our baseline is contentment.. We have to actively seek happiness.” ~Sarah Buino

Connection is the only way through all of this…

What if we could stop talking to ourselves like an a*@hole?

What if we could give up shame completely?

What if happiness was only a perspective shift away?

In this episode, I’m talking with licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor and Certified Daring WayTM (that’s Brene Brown’s program!) facilitator, Sarah Buino of Head/Heart Therapy all about:

  • Sarah’s struggle with impostor syndrome & shame
  • How did Sarah get into her work, specifically with addiction counseling
  • Why Sarah calls herself a “joy pusher” and “empathy snob”
  • How does Sarah keep herself moving forward
  • Happiness vs. contentment
  • How to shift perspective
  • Using music as therapy
  • How to stop talking to yourself as though you’re an a*@hole!
  • What Sarah is excited about!
  • CONNECTION
  • Best advice for mental health from Sarah

“Everybody’s crazy, everyone. Including me. And anybody who says they’re not crazy- run. Because they’re the craziest of them all.” ~Sarah Buino

Resources & Links

As far as holiday self-care for mental health and shame here are a couple of things from Sarah:

  • Take breaks. Lots of time with family can be intense, so make sure there’s down time. Maybe take a walk or offer to pick something up from the store. Give yourself a breather when you feel you need it.
  • Pick your battles. There’s still likely to be discord in politically diverse families and while we all must remain diligent in our social justice quests, conservative Uncle Joe probably won’t change his mind because of that one fact you share. People don’t respond to facts anyway…they respond to feelings. I HIGHLY recommend Sarah Silverman’s show “I Love You, America” because she’s done an excellent job of making space for conversation and empathy even when we strongly disagree. And it’s just hysterical at the same time.
  • Be mindful. Family can push our buttons more fiercely and quickly than anyone else and shame is often one of the strong emotions that gets kicked up by our nearest and dearest. Shame wants us to either fight, flee or people-please, so when you feel those urges coming on, take a time out! Excuse yourself from the moment until you’re able to get back to your authentic self and respond mindfully.
  • Reach out. When you do experience shame, the best thing to do is connect with someone who can understand. Keep in mind the friends you have who have lost family members – they’re in the unique space of not having do deal with the hassle of family, but may be dealing with grief or loneliness. Give those folks a call to see how they’re doing and that’ll help you disconnect from whatever crazy is being stirred up within you as well.

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!!!  Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to be the first to get Season 2 THIS MONTH!

“As long as we have people in our life who love us, not despite our imperfections, but because of them, then it is going to be okay. ”~Sarah Buino

Connect with Sarah

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Sarah’s Blog

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Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
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Support the Creative Impostor

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About Sarah Buino

“I’m excited about changing the world.” ~Sarah Buino

Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF is the founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor and a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator. She holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago and specializes in shame and substance abuse.

Sarah has served as a therapist at Presence Behavioral Health’s Addicted Professionals Program, working with attorneys, executives, nurses, and physicians struggling with substance use disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma.

Before Presence, Sarah performed clinical work with adolescents and their families at Alternatives, Inc., a community mental health agency in Chicago that’s widely recognized for its youth-driven programming.

Sarah became part of Loyola University’s School of Social Work adjunct faculty in the fall of 2015. She currently teaches Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders  and Clinical Practice in Addictions to master’s level students. She is committed to relating the pharmacology and clinical work of addiction in a relateable way to foster passion for chemical dependency work.

Sarah was honored by NASW’s Illinois Chapter by being awarded Emerging Leader for 2017. The Emerging Leader is an “early” career social worker who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Illinois, whose contributions enhance practice knowledge and/or the capacity of the profession and the human service to obtain resources and influence.

Sarah has always valued authenticity as a critical component of whole-hearted living. Since hearing Dr. Brené Brown speak in the winter of 2009, she has been sharing the concepts of shame-resiliency, authenticity and vulnerability with her clients. She has completed training with Brené Brown’s team and is a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator (CDWF).

Sarah is also knowledgeable about the benefits of various alternative and complementary techniques for wellbeing, and is a certified Reiki Master. Reiki is a form of energy healing that encourages the release of oxytocin to reduce pain and increase the body’s ability to repair itself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

In her spare time, Sarah is a musician and sings in a variety of musical groups around the city of Chicago. She loves fitness: yoga, weight lifting, and just about anything that gets her off the couch. She also loves tattoos and changing her hair cut and color often.

You can reach Sarah by email at sarah @ headhearttherapy.com.


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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053: Why I don’t like “self-care” and I LOVE Self-care

“…my ultimate self-care ritual was turning into an anxiety-creating monster.” ~Andrea Klunder

How can we redefine self-care?

It’s November — my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!

It’s the time of year when the weather begins to chill, leaves fall from the trees (at least here in the midwest), and nature is calling us to go inside, snuggle up with a cup of tea or cocoa and become more introspective. And yet, the winter holidays are right around the corner and they are so contra to that natural cozy, introspective instinct. They call upon us to give, and go, and move through space and eat sugary goodness… it can be exhausting.

So let’s explore how in the midst of our work, in the midst of our daily lives, in the flow of everything else, and in the chaos of the holidays, we can create an attitude of self-care that doesn’t require us to check-out from everything else around us.

“When I had a full-time job, I would get giddy with the idea of taking a mental health day from work using one of my sick days and yet, ever since I became self-employed… I have a really hard time taking mental health days without feeling guilty.” ~Andrea Klunder

Resources & Links

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.

*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!

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

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

“Setting lower expectations and higher boundaries… doing less… lifts a huge weight off my shoulders AND causes my internal creative impostor to throw an existential tantrum you wouldn’t believe.” ~Andrea Klunder

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!

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(Support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)


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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050: Decide to create your own happiness, Katy Flatau, Mindful-U

“Sometimes you need to stop looking over the edge of the cliff and look around and notice ‘oh yeah, we’re all here together.’ There’s power in that feeling of community.” ~Katy Flatau

Career change and life balance coach Katy Flatau and I talk about how to plan for a career change EVEN IF you are successful, EVEN IF your job isn’t horrible, but when you feel there’s something missing. She shares her own journey from corporate sales job to entrepreneur, feeling like an impostor and how she corrects for that daily through community and connection. We also talk about money, becoming a coach and the nitty gritty of co-founding, partnering and then parting ways on Mindful-U.

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About Katy Flatau

Katy Flatau is Founder and CEO of Mindful-U, LLC. A Certified Life Coach (CPC) since 2010, Katy spent 15 years in corporate America, focusing on advertising research & award-winning account management. Her commitment to helping professionals find a mindful balance in both their work and personal lives comes from her own experience of industry and career-shifting mergers & acquisitions, several rounds of corporate layoffs, 3 re-locations and many years of business travel to over 50 U.S. markets. She knows that an individual armed with the tools to skillfully manage change & stress is much more likely to be both an asset to their organizations and able to experience a higher level of satisfaction in their personal lives.


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040: All the things I am NOT

“I looked at everything I saw being done and asked: What else? What isn’t here? How could I do this differently? What is a way to approach this problem that only I can (or will?)” ~Andrea Klunder

Swimming my way out of the impostor cycle…

Last week I released a very fun, funny, insightful, inspiring interview with Jennifer Briney of Congressional Dish podcast and we both admitted to having imposter-y feelings independently of each other on the same day AT the same podcasting conference.

She was there to give a keynote about her brilliant listener supported funding model for her show in a month when her revenue had dipped to its lowest point in quite some time.

And I was pitched by her agent to interview her on my show in a month when my download numbers were abysmal b/c I basically hadn’t published an episode for 6 weeks.

She was thinking “Who am I to talk to all these people about getting listeners to fund your podcast?”

And I was thinking “Who am I to have a keynote speaker with thousands of followers on my dinky little show?”

The other day, I was teaching yoga to a group of my Kindergarten and pre-K students and one of the things that we do is toward the end, after they’ve gotten to run around in circles and make animals sounds and play crazy yoga games, we have quiet coloring time before our rest time (i.e. savasana.) I asked them to drawan animal of their choice playing however they would like and I took out some crayons to join them. 

I drew some water and a fish jumping out with a sunshine. And one kid said, “Why is that fish in the sky? Fish don’t fly.”  

And I said, “Oh, he’s jumping out of the water.”

Another kid said, “but a fish can’t stay out of water very long or it will die.”

And I said, “That’s true. But just like when you go swimming, if you go under water you hold your breath, a fish can hold it’s breath for just a moment when it jumps out and then breath again when it goes back under water.”

One kid said, “Yeah, and you can wear goggles under water so you can see.”

This seemed to satisfy them and so I drew a face under the water, to which one said, “Why is there a face under the water?”

I said, “Oh that’s me, swimming with goggles on. Doesn’t that look like me?” 

“No,” she said. You don’t even have a body. 

“I haven’t drawn it yet, “ I replied.

“And why is your mouth like that?” another one asked.

“I’m making a fish face.” I said.

“Why?”

“Because it’s fun!” I defended.

They considered my drawing skeptically for a moment, until one said. “That really doesn’t look like you and you should draw a bathing suit.” And they went back to drawing their own masterpieces. 

And I looked at my juvenile crayon drawing, thinking “Well I’m not an artist.” AND viscerally remembering the feeling in my cheeks of being ashamed and frustrated as a child when I couldn’t make my art look the way I wanted. Of fearing someone would laugh at what I made. 

AND I was also thinking, “Dang. Kindergarteners are mean!”

“Look at all those limiting beliefs and potentially missed opportunities I just created for myself. Simply by focusing on what I am not.” ~Andrea Klunder

 

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036: Transform the trauma, Monica Martin

“We are so in a reactive mode, in our heads, trying to make meaning… we don’t allow ourselves time just to slow down and notice what is happening right now.” ~Monica Martin

The process of becoming who we are…

Monica Martin is the woman you want with you whenever you’re feeling uncertain. Her presence and incredibly soothing voice always give me the feeling that everything is going to be okay — or even better than okay. AND in this interview Monica shares how to tap into and trust that grounding, connected energy within yourself through meditation, visualization, “felt-sense” experiencing in your body, process art and… boxing!

“Boxing has been one of THE biggest parts of my healing… it’s so important that, especially now, people find a way to express their emotions in a physical activity… because it helps you actually transmute the emotions and it helps you find your own way of expression.” ~Monica Martin

Resources & Links…

Monica’s 7-day exploration: Discover your inner (re)sources
Includes guided meditation, creative expression, body/felt sense intuition, etc and it’s free! Get the details & start here.

Charlotte Elea’s Exclusive Daily Tarot Package for The Creative Impostor Community! – Includes e-course, your own tarot deck in the mail AND a 30min intuitive session with Charlotte. Get the details & sign up here.

Isabelle Rizo’s Singularity Circle (where Monica and I met) – learn how use your story to step into visionary leadership and get the 5 day storytelling challenge. Tell Isabelle I sent you.

Podcast Envy Learn 5 ways to grow your reach with podcasting and maybe even launch your own podcast.

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Andrea’s Facebook Group – The Creative Impostor

Chicago Offline Community – Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

“I’m watching our leaders… and I’m having such a sense of compassion because I am watching them as humans and I’m seeing the struggles — mental struggles and psychological and emotional reactionary things that are happening — AND I’m also saying that what their actions are and what they’re doing is not okay WHILE still having compassion for them as a person.” ~Monica Martin

Monica Martin

Spiritual Embodiment Teacher

Monica is a Spiritual Embodiment Teacher, and she has truly dedicated her life and mission to supporting others through trauma recovery, healing, & embodied transformation, to live their fullest life’s expression and joy. She teaches her clients the gift of felt-sense intuition to work with their bodies as powerful tools to connect to their inner wisdom to guide their decisions, words, and actions with integrity. The work teaches others how to transform their states of being to make quantum shifts in their lives to be empowered change-makers in the world. Her work blends together body awareness, transpersonal psychology, spiritual guidance, and intuition.

Her path has been full and rich, and taught her a range of tools to integrate into the work. She calls forth the different aspects of herself to best support her students and clients – Intuitive, Psychologist, Anointing Priestess, Medicine Woman, Embodied Mystic, and Earthy Mamma. Continually, she holds the space with conscious love and grace, playful curiosity, and warm compassion.


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