068: Self-doubt, self-care & trusting your own creative process

“They haven’t discovered I’m a fake yet — THIS is the moment they’re going to figure out they’re wasting their time and money working with me.” ~Andrea Klunder


Sometimes you need to take a break — play, sleep and trust your instincts even when it feels like you SHOULD be working…

Want to know what I’ve been up to? Oh just getting in my own head, vacillating between creative exhilaration and creative Impostor (yes.. CAPITAL “I”). Find out why…

Resources & Links

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Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

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063: Go on a Joyride, Aimee DuFresne, writer, traveler, joy catalyst

“It’s about being happy, it’s about living your life- not anyone else’s life. But it’s the life that YOU want to live, the life that makes you happy, that makes you share with the world what it is that you want to share.” ~Aimee DuFresne

Trust the unfolding…

Do you ever find yourself dangling the proverbial carrot in front of yourself? “I’ll be happy when I…” or “If only I could just…” or “I’ll take a break once I…”

Aimee DuFresne is no stranger to this trap, but through decluttering (inside and out), focusing on joy and doubling down on self-care and travel, she’s found a way to spring that trap and live an unconventional life.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Aimee’s big “Joy Ride” and what it’s all about
  • Her adventures on her book tour that brought her to the west coast, and her time house sitting
  • What self-care really means (not just the buzz-word version) and some of Aimee’s favorite practices
  • How Aimee balances EVERYTHING out in her life
  • The day that her life completely changed
  • How the impostor voice shows up for Aimee especially around entrepreneurship and being an author
  • Aimee’s view on success

Aimee’s top life tip: Trust the unfolding.

“This is really exciting, but does it give me freedom?” ~Aimee DuFresne

Connect with Aimee

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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 Aimee DuFresne

Aimee DuFresne is a Joy Catalyst and soul-shifting creator, writer, traveler, and latte-lover. She is the proud author of Keep Going: From Grief to Growth, a memoir about love, loss, living in the moment and the power of perseverance. With no home base, she travels the world with her wine consultant hubster, house and petsitting while working on writing projects, including her next books.


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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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

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Connect with Andrea

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Facebook
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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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032: Engage your curiosity, Jennifer Gardner of RoamHowl

I really enjoy… confronting the fear… going through it, because I find that’s where life is.  It’s confronting what you’re most terrified of and working through it and getting to the other side of that. So I’m confronting my fear all the time. ~Jennifer Gardner


The thrill of the “doing”…

I met Jennifer Gardner because she took a risk. Already a litigating lawyer with a thriving private practice in Los Angeles, Jennifer (who is also an outstanding photographer BTW), decided to follow her curiosity and create a podcast, called RoamHowl. And she reached out to me, someone whose show she had heard, but whom she had never met for help in launching!

RoamHowl is a series of conversations with multi-talented, multi-passionate people doing really cool, interesting things.

Jennifer is out to discover stories and communicate them to help her listeners “find their pack” and to debunk the myth that you either are creative or you’re not, and to show that you are not defined solely by your profession — but you can in, in fact, be more.

It’s just been miles and miles of clicks that led me to this place… just curiosity, following this lead, following that lead and now, here I am!  ~Jennifer Gardner, on discovering podcasts, resources, and connections online

Connect with Jennifer…

RoamHowl Podcast

Subscribe in iTunes!

Twitter: @jenbgardner

Facebook: @roamhowl

It’s the way I choose to be engaged with the world. I love to get a pedicure and a facial,  but those are the things that suffer. I don’t neglect my health, but pedicures and manicures? I don’t have time for that! ~Jennifer Gardner, on managing her time, professional & creative pursuits

We talk about…

Launching a podcast & working together on RoamHowl

How Jennifer balances her many passions and finds the time to accomplish so much

Confronting her fears on a daily basis to grow and experience life and how that vulnerability opens the possibility to connect with everyone she comes in contact with

Creativity in her legal work, which some people would not necessarily think of as a creative profession

Traveling to El Salvador, in risky circumstances, for her social documentary photography

Working in male-dominated fields and how she’s had to work harder than her male counterparts

Our current social/political environment and its impact on Jennifer’s legal work and on the art world

I love the adrenaline rush… I get to enter people’s lives, really examine the interior, the details, immerse myself in it, feel what it’s like, communicate about it in a passionate way and then step outside of it and go back to my own life. ~Jennifer Gardner, on the similarity between podcasting, documentary portraiture & lawyering

Resources, Links & more!

Jennifer Gardner

Lawyer. Podcast Producer. Photographer. Artist.

I am a perpetual student of life and the arts and a trial lawyer with a creative approach to helping my clients. Forever insatiably curious about the world and people in it, I created RoamHowl as a way to explore and share with you the stories of people who inspire me — multi-talented creative professionals with a unique approach to life and work.   I want to look under the hood and discover what inspires them, how they got to where they are, their fears, successes and failures.   I want to destroy the myth that “professionals” are not “creative,” and vice versa. I believe that top performers work using both sides of their brains.  So let’s find out how they became who they are today. By listening to them my goal is that we are inspired to do the next big out-of-the-box thing in our own lives.

Learn more about Jennifer Gardner here. Follow her on fb @GardnerAssociatesLawyers.


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.

009: Travel, Service, Gratitude

“Even with limited resources, we really are in a position where we have the power to make positive change in the world around us.”
~Andrea Klunder, regarding a service project in El Salvador

Leche y Libros Day at the elementary in El Rodeo, El Salvador

Post-Thanksgiving, are you still flexing that “gratitude muscle” or are you all thankful-ed out?

This episode is inspired by my conversation with Kathryn Pisco of Unearth the World in Episode #8. 

Click any of the photos in this post to hop over to my Tumblr where you can see more travel images. India is toward the beginning (Nov/Dec 2012 in the Archive), Costa Rica is May/June 2013, New Orleans March/April 2014)… El Salvador and France were in the pre-digital camera days!

But you can see a few from when I was 16 all the way at the bottom of this post!

Check out Kathryn’s company, Unearth the World, here!


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* Twitter * LinkedIn * Periscope * Instagram * Tumblr 

“When I can disconnect from all of these modern day technological trappings, I feel so much MORE connected to my own internal wisdom, to my own internal sense of purpose.”
~Andrea Klunder, reflecting on being on retreat in the Costa Rican rain forest

Andrea Costa Rica Dolphin

Dolphin Pose on the Pacific in Costa Rica

Editing my episode with Kathryn inspired me to reflect upon my own travel experiences and how each one has uniquely directed, altered, or inspired the course of my life. I think traveling, especially internationally, and even more specifically to developing countries, gives us the following gifts:

  • Resourcefulness — to come face to face with our own inner strength, wits and courage when being catapulted out of the comfort zone and into the unknown,
  • Perspective — to take a deep breath, see the bigger picture, and make more skillful choices in the present to navigate our future,
  • Compassion — a genuine desire to be of service in our communities near and far,
  • Gratitude — to recognize both the abundance and the opportunities for growth in our own lives.

“It is key for you as a creative individual to experience things that are outside of your daily reality, to take yourself outside of the habits that you have, out of your known environment, out of your comfort zone to explore new ways of being.” ~Andrea Klunder

Listen to this episode to find out how!

Links from the episode:

Andrea India Kerala

Kovalam Beach, Kerala, India

Procrastination & Perfectionism: The Creative Impostor Episode #5 

Travel Out of Your Comfort Zone w/ Kathryn Pisco: Episode #8

Unearth the World – promoting service-learning by pairing volunteers with international non-profits

 

 

NOLA Jazz

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Our first Creative Space Travel Retreat to New Orleans is in the works! Get the inside scoop…

 

 

 


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.

The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

Age 16 fresh off my first international flight in FRANCE!

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008: Travel Out of Your Comfort Zone, Kathryn Pisco

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~ Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Kathryn Pisco, Unearth the World

Kathryn Pisco unearthing the world!

Have you ever wanted to quit your job and travel around the world? Find out how Kathryn Pisco did it and how her life and work changed as a result.

In this episode, I talk with Kathryn Pisco of Unearth the World about the “career break” that helped her discover passion & purpose AND inspired her to launch a business to revolutionize the voluntourism industry.

Kathryn’s Website: www.unearththeworld.com

Facebook * Twitter 

“Part of what made me change and evolve so much… is constantly being pushed out of my comfort zone and the realization that you have to just react and do the best that you can in any given situation.” ~Kathryn Pisco

Kathryn’s Resources when in doubt or crises of faith:
  • Engage in regular Meditation, Mindfulness & Yoga practices
  • Take a step back and look at the bigger picture
  • Turn toward your supportive community
Links & Resources Mentioned in this episode:

WITS (Women in Travel Summit)

Wanderful – a community of adventurous, independent and globally minded women travelers around the world.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Dabble – Dabble lets you discover, teach, and host one-time affordable classes. Pursue your interests & meet new people without a big commitment.

Resources to help you make subtle, powerful shifts in your life & work:
From Andrea: How to Start 
This e-course designed to help you take those first few bold steps on your creative path no matter what!

Kathryn Pisco, Unearth the World

Unearth the World was created in 2012 when we – Mike and Kathryn, a married couple from Chicago, – decided to give up our corporate jobs to travel the world and volunteer for a year.  We decided to take a trip of a lifetime in an attempt to unearth and discover the world.  We were passionate about travel and focused on giving back.  We wanted to see and experience international cultures from a local’s perspective instead of a tourist’s perspective.  We embarked on our 250 day, 20-country journey with excitement and planned 5 separate volunteer projects along the way.

The trip exceeded even our highest expectations but we learned a lot about the volunteer world.  Some of our volunteer projects were unbelievably rewarding and truly life changing. We formed lasting relationships with locals, tasted delicious regional cuisine, took part in special cultural traditions, and truly felt like we were contributing towards making a real impact. We were not tourist or event travelers – we lived like locals.

Other projects brought frustration and confusion.  We realized with sadness that many volunteer placement companies are more interested in making money and placing volunteers than doing good.  We could not believe how expensive volunteering often was and that we really had no idea where our money was going.  We didn’t mind contributing towards the local communities in which we were serving but often found that very little (if any) of our money was going towards the non-profits we were working with.  Some of the projects were not community driven as they were created by Westerners who felt like they could “help” solve problems instead of coming from the local community.  And, half of the time, we received no guidance or support when at the volunteer project.

During our travel around the world, we vowed to try to do something to improve the volunteer travel lopsided industry when we returned home.  We had a vision of creating a volunteer placement company that was able to promote unique and life changing volunteer travel experiences.   We wanted to create change, partner with community driven projects, and focus on sustainability so that – one day – our partners would be empowered to succeed without the help of volunteers. To do this, we formed Unearth the World by engaging in partnerships with two of the programs that we just volunteered with so that we could begin to pair willing volunteers with these deserving international non-profits.  We promised ourselves that we would do everything possible to help volunteers experience a meaningful and fun project while also understand where their money was going.

In the coming years, we hope to increase our partnerships and expand our offerings.  But in the meantime, we will count our mission a success if we can help just one person Unearth the World.

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

Authenticity Quickie: Holiday… it would be so nice!

Let’s go away for a while
You and I
To a strange and distant land
Where they speak no word of truth
But we don’t understand anyway

Holiday
Far away
To stay
On a holiday
Far away
Let’s go today
In a heartbeat!
~Weezer

There’s a trap for us creative types.

When we’re in the midst of a project, we will work tirelessly, without end, 12-18 hours a day for weeks without coming up for air. Our work is never done, there’s always just one more tweak, we haven’t booked quite enough clients — especially when we are our own boss!

In fact, in our current culture, we have turned “busyness” into a sort of status symbol — a measure for success. And it’s a problem.

From Fast Company: Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are

“When you look at human performance science, there’s such great evidence that working all of those hours really doesn’t get you where you want to go.”
~Brooke Schulte, Author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

From The Huffington Post: Being Busy as a Status Symbol: Why American Culture Values a Lack of Leisure Time and What We Can Do About it

“There is a real danger in being too busy. Constant work overload can lead to burnout, a failure to prioritize important tasks and decreased social support, which in turn can reinforce burnout.”
~Jon Jachimowicz, PhD Researcher in Behavioral Economics at Columbia Business School

The solution?

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice
~Madonna

“This is very important — to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you’re gonna lose everything…just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That’s why they’re all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.”
~Charles Bukowski, prolific poet, novelist and short story writer

Andrea Fish BoilThis weekend, I had the opportunity to get away just for a couple days with a group of people I didn’t know to celebrate my friend’s 40th birthday.

A 4.5 hour drive up to Door County, Wisconsin, a lack of reliable cell phone service, and a totally go-with-the-flow open agenda left my brain bouncing between…

oh my God! I haven’t checked my email in like 5 hours… who do I think I am just galavanting around Wisconsin, drinking New Glarus, rummaging around the city-wide rummage sale, and eating cherry pie at a fish boil when there’s so much work I should be doing?!

and

Thank God for this gorgeous hike. I am at one with nature and everything is perfect exactly as it is. Om shanti…”

Truthfully, I came home feeling refreshed, with new friends in my network and new ideas in my mind. It was exactly what I needed.

Think you’re too busy for a holiday?

Here are some practical tips for planning your escape:

1) Schedule it.

Put it in your calendar in advance. A day, a weekend, a month. It doesn’t matter how long. Don’t wait for the opportunity to present itself. Make it. I have heard myself saying as of late, “If it’s not in my calendar, it will never happen.” I think I’m going to change this mantra to, “I’m putting it in my calendar so that it will definitely happen.”

Fish Boil Toast2) Invite a buddy.

Or make it a group outing with friends or colleagues. When I worked in the production department at the opera, my boss used to occasionally close the office and take us all to a baseball game.

It’s so easy just to tell yourself the lie that you’re too busy — having some accountability will help you stick to your plan. I AM a big proponent of taking time away by yourself as well. If that’s what you’re craving, try building in accountability by booking a reservation in advance, buying a ticket or even just telling a few friends about your upcoming getaway.

3) Baby Steps.

If the thought of a whole weekend throws you into a panic, try just a half-day retreat. My favorite go-to for a mini vacay is the Korean spa just outside of town. For about $25 you can get an all-day pass to hang out in their hot tubs and dry saunas, take a nap in the “meditation lounge, and catch a movie in their theatre furnished with comfy leather recliners.

These mini retreats have been essential to my mental health when feeling stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed or battling the mid-winter blues in Chicago or when I just need to change it up a bit and engage in some self-care rituals that get my creative juices flowing.

Other good options are museums, parks, forest preserves, greenhouses, coffee shops… wherever you go, leave your laptop at home and just bring a notebook and a pen.

Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday

Exchange the cold days for the sun
A good time and fun
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
~Scorpions

Wisconsin Sunset