The Creative Exponent
The Creative Exponent
Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
cre·​a·​tive ex·po·nent (noun): a person who believes in and upholds the truth of their creativity Authors, Bloggers, Business Coaches and friends, Marian Parsons and Shaunna West launch their latest adventure, The Creative Exponent Podcast. They long to hold a conversation around all things creative, and encourage every person to discover, uphold, and share their creativity. To encourage you that you do have a creative voice to offer, and it is yours alone. To laugh with you. To be real with you...creativity is sacred. It is scary. And it is a gift. You can find Marian and Shaunna continuing their passionate conversation around creativity and creative business at www.thecreativeexponent.com. Podcast cover art exceptionally created by Gabriella Larson and Heidi Sellers. The Creative Exponent Theme written by A Walker Spring and performed by Elly Swope and Johann Wagner.
2.37 - Sharing What You Create Vs. Creating To Share
Welcome to the Season Two Finale! While we will miss you guys, we also believe deeply in the value of downtime, and we’ll take a short break during the holidays. Don’t worry, we will be back in January with guests and more episodes lined up that will hopefully continue to help you discover, uphold, and share your creativity. Today we are chatting about a topic near and dear to both of us. We have both done it. We have both learned ways to avoid it. We have both learned the value in sharing what we create vs. creating so we can share. In a sea of people making a living on social media, how can you do the work you love? We mean to emphasize you...how can you build a business around sharing the work and not building it around what you believe wants to be seen and shared? It is definitely an upstream course, but it is possible. In today’s finale, we talk about the ways we know this matters, what we have seen it do to our own businesses and lives, and how we will keep striving to create what we want and share it next. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative. We’ll see you for Season 3 in January!
Nov 17, 2020
31 min
2.36 - Business Savvy & Wisdom With Mariele From Young In The Mountains
When we set out to talk to Mariele, the founder and jewelry maker behind Young in the Mountains (and also the rockstar woman who created Shaunna’s wedding ring), we had no idea what a treasure trove our conversation would be. We knew she was talented, but listening to her talk we found ourselves furiously taking notes and getting so worked up we could hardly sit still. Mariele tells us the fascinating story of how Young in the Mountains came to be (even her business title has a beautiful backstory), the work it took mine and source natural stone, to get her here, running retail stores, managing wholesale lines, managing her full time team, and yes, still finding some time to make her one of a kind pieces. We loved hearing her perspectives on social media, on how to foster the team surrounding her, and building a brand around something bigger than simply herself. If you are starting a business as a solo entrepreneur, or want to, this episode is for you. You can find Mariele and Young in the Mountains at https://www.younginthemountains.com and on Instagram @younginthemountains. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative. **************
Nov 10, 2020
49 min
2.35 - Behind The Scenes Of Our Podcast
Join us today as we chat about all the things we had to learn to make The Creative Exponent Podcast. We really had to learn quite a few new skills to pull this venture off, and are still learning so much! We also chat about all the funny little moments that happen unseen, like our constant yawning battles that begin on days we record multiple episodes, what we think about comments and suggestions from listeners, and our thoughts on keeping this podcast casual and relatable for the long haul. We hope you enjoy this little peek behind the scenes of our podcast we have grown to love so much! You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative. ************
Nov 3, 2020
40 min
2.34 - From B&B Owner To Blogger - Michael Wurm Jr. Of Inspired By Charm
This week we are joined by one of our friends and fellow bloggers, Michael Wurm, of the popular home decor and lifestyle blog, Inspired By Charm. If you haven’t heard of Michael, there is almost certainly a chance you’ve seen his work. His recipes and entertaining experiences are ALL over the internet, and his approach to what he shares is what draws us into his content over and over. We chat about his wonderful story of buying a Bed & Breakfast, Old Charm, and how creating experiences for his guests gave him something to blog about….and how that blog then became his full-time career. Michael’s passion is creating approachable content that inspires people to create hospitable experiences in their own homes, and we talk about this, social media, hospitality, and more in today’s episode. We hope you leave as inspired as we did! You can find Michael at his blog https://inspiredbycharm.com and on Instagram @inspiredbycharm. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Oct 27, 2020
40 min
2.33 - The Benefits Of Developing Creative Rituals
Neither of us would consider ourselves hyper-scheduled or ritually rigid. However, we both have learned the value in instilling little creative rituals that help us get started, or keep going, or get inspired. We chat about the importance of setting up a designated place for your creative practice, the time you choose to create, and the ambiance you surround yourself with. There is so much you can’t control in your environment, but setting some intention around these three areas can help move you into your creative routine even on the days you feel like you just cannot muster it. Shaunna’s Studio Vibes Playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/studio-vibes/pl.u-55D6XY1t8gmbr9 You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Oct 20, 2020
33 min
2.32 - Janelle Of Tono + Co Shares How She Shopped For A Fridge On Craigslist & Bought A Business
A picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, maybe Janelle’s photos aren’t worth a thousand words, but they do tell the story of how much she loves color and how it shaped the course of her now hand-dyed textile brand. And maybe the best part? This all started after her year abroad in Italy, as she searched for a refrigerator on Craigslist, and wound up buying a business instead. And the rest, as they say, is history. We chat about drive, adapting, funneling your energy into projects you really love, and the art of being a little scrappy to get where you want to be. You can find Janelle at https://tonoandco.com and on Instagram @tonoandco. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Oct 13, 2020
42 min
2.31 - It's Okay To Take A Break
As creative entrepreneurs, it is pretty common to have seven plates spinning at once. Because our income relies on us consistently producing, we tend to tell ourselves we cannot take time off to rest, or to take a break from certain tasks. None of us ever begin our journey of creative entrepreneurship by telling ourselves we want a job where we can never take a day off. Because we don’t have employers, these fears and rules are self-imposed. BUT, bonus...this means these fears and habits can be self-corrected. We have to see if what our minds construct as a possibility is a real outcome in reality. Taking time to rest or to take breaks from specific projects usually brings with it more productivity, fresh perspectives, and new ideas...not the other way around. We hope this episode encourages you to listen to yourself. To take breaks when you need to. To take vacation days when you need to. To rest when you need to, so you can continue doing work you love for the long haul. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Oct 6, 2020
15 min
2.30 - Author Myquillyn Smith On Staying True To Your Style & Writing Out Of Frustration
Today’s episode is such a treat. NYT Bestselling author Myquillyn Smith joins us today to talk about her new book, Welcome Home, her love of the generosity of women on the internet, how her business came to be and how she continues to shift and adapt to continue pursuing work she loves. We chat about her unapologetic attitude towards making a home that works for YOU, how to avoid falling into the trap of doing work that everyone else is doing, and how she hopes to continue evolving and all the while, staying true to the work that brings her the most life. You can find Myquillyn on her website https://thenester.com and on Instagram @thenester! You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Sep 29, 2020
39 min
2.29 - Chloe McIntosh Of Boxwood Avenue - Instagram, Ranch Life & Design
Talking to creatives is our favorite, and this one is a treat. Chloe of Boxwood Avenue joins us this week, and she is just as passionate about sharing value and insight with her audience as we are. While it isn’t our traditional podcast conversation, we were dying to hear the story of how this city girl came to live on a ranch and build such a unique life, all while building a creative business career around her passions and hobbies! We chat about the story of how Boxwood Avenue (the ranch life and business) came to be, continuing to pursue new dreams and ventures, and the world of Instagram and Design. We know you will love this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it! You can find Chloe on her website https://boxwoodavenue.com and on Instagram @boxwoodavenue! You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Sep 22, 2020
45 min
2.28 - The Importance Of Defining Success
We know. This topic can be one to scoff at. Defining success for yourself sounds like a really fluffy, cliche topic. The truth, though, is this: defining what success really looks like for you impacts the choices you make as a creative entrepreneur every single day. And the other truth is this: we have to continue defining what success looks like for us all along the way. With so much pressure coming at us through the lens of social media, and what perceived success looks like for others, we must find some kind of destination with places to stop and enjoy the view along the way. Considering what success looks like for you also means inviting in the responsibilities and downsides that might come in different phases of success. This week we’re chatting about the reasons we believe it is so important for us to define our own success and why it’s not cliche at all. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
Sep 15, 2020
34 min
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