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April 1, 2020
With all the lockdowns and kids at home from school, it's so easy to allow our brain to go to the extreme and think only in worst-case scenario. With patience and a plan, you can identify what is within your control and let go of the rest.  We CAN choose PROACTIVITY, not reactivity. Now more than ever, we can "live into the future" and create a new set of beliefs and possibilities ... paint a new picture. We can use this as an opportunity to grow, not shrink, hide or run the other way. What you'll learn in this episode:  Why creating a plan gives you power and confidence Focus on what is in your control and let go of the rest   Why hitting the pause button in your life gives clarity Living in the moment = stillness and abundance Time management as a form of "mind management"  How NOT to choose victimhood A rising tide really does lift all boats, and this is OUR TIME to show up and to think in a whole new way.  We have a great opportunity right now to get scrappy and discover new things and the solution is right in front of you. You just have to be open to it.  A crisis intensifies what is already there that we may not be facing. If we are open to it, we will see with clarity what our real WORK is. 
March 25, 2020
Home with the kids?    This episode is for you my friend!    So I’ve been struggling with having my son home and I’ll be totally transparent — this has been my MO every time there’s a snow day, or a holiday. I would act as if it was a surprise and it snuck up on me and it does not need to be that way. WHY do I allow this?    Why is planning in this one area of my life (the most important) not managed well?    Working from home and balancing work and family is tough. It’s so easy to plug the kids in.   So here’s what I did - I sat down and mapped out a daily schedule for my son and I decided this had to happen as my top priority.   There are always gifts from a challenge … a struggle. It’s funny how finally making this happen came out of necessity based on the crisis we are all dealing with.    A rising tide lifts all boats — and so I’ve decided to do my part and share what I created for my son with you.    You can get it on my website. karagottwarner.com and you’ll see a button on the top called “Home with Kiddos Survival Guide."  
March 18, 2020
In this episode I share my support for the challenges we're collectively sharing during this Coronavirus crisis. This episode is off-the-cuff, raw and unpolished with no bells or whistles ... just me hopping on the mic to talk about courage in the face of fear, allowing grace and allow the gifts of vulnerability to move though us.       
March 11, 2020
Do you find all the reasons to not do what you say you will? Your reptilian brain is screaming: "me no wanna! I just want to knit and Netflix!"   How can you possibly resist? The idea of knitting is perfect considering it's been a long day, and you really want to watch that docuseries on Netflix. "I deserve to kick back," you tell yourself. What is at play here is resistance. We choose to do what feels good instead of the things that will help us reach our great potential.  Resistance is so sneaky because it will always convince us to doing something that feels good instead of doing what's hard. We find all the excuses … I’m hungry … I’m tired. I’m sick. So many things that seem believable and then before you know it, your goals become wishes.   What happens when resistance comes for a visit:  When things get hard, we look for things that make us feel good This is our primitive brain kicking in. IT. WILL. WIN if you let it Natural tendency - we want to always seek comfort We would rather take the path of least resistance Humans by nature are lazy The GOOD NEWS - this means you are a normal functioning human How to overcome it: Plan for it! It's not a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN Get comfortable with being uncomfortable You will allow the urge to NOT do what you say you will do.  The payoff of discomfort? You get to reach your ULTIMATE goals.  Discomfort is the currency of your dreams. -Brooke Castillo When it comes to planning, simple and scrappy is my philosophy.  Planning starts with just one sheet of paper and I show you how in this episode!  No fancy bells or whistles … Just YOU, a pen and paper and your earbuds to listen to this episode!  Planning is the runway ... then you take off and fly!   Follow Facebook: Facebook.com/coachwithkara Instagram: @karagottwarner 
March 4, 2020
Indecision keeps you from going all-in. You wonder what the "right" way is. BUT someone else's right could be your wrong. In this part 2 of my 3-part series, I continue with the 3 "sneaky saboteurs" that keep you stuck and how to overcome them
February 26, 2020
In this part 1 of a 3-part series, we'll explore doubt, and the concept of BELIEF and why this is so crucial. Without a compelling reason then we are simply checking off boxes on a to-do list with no strong reason that drives us to achieve the results we desire.   In this episode, you'll learn to go from feeling uncertain about how to manage your time so you no longer feel confused, to seeing doubt and confusion as opportunities for growth and confidence.   Instead of indulging in the thought: "I'm confused!" you'll shift to the useful thought: “I’m learning ... I may not know the answer, but I’ll find out!"   =========   This episode is brought to you by Tame Your Time Roadmap, a live, 6-week interactive “coach-in-a-box” workshop with Kara Gott Warner.   In this Workshop, Kara will show you how to be the master of your time and create a blueprint that takes the overwhelm and confusion out of the planning process!   Learn more: karagottwarner.com/tameyourtimeroadmap 
February 18, 2020
Today we're talking about the 3 "dream stealers" that keep us from carrying out our best-laid plans.  I also teach these in free time management workshop for the creative woman. Reserve your spot now by going to karagottwarner.com/tameyourtime   This will be a great workshop for you if you struggle with time management and you're not sure how to use a planner effectively. It will also help you with the mindset issues that keep you stuck in a cycle of confusion and overwhelm. Click here to sign up.    This episode dives into the "trifecta of dream stealers" that keep us stuck, and make us go right down the schedule shame path.   I also share a little bit tough love too because with my coaching clients, I see this scenario happen all too often: we get the fancy planner, hook up the googles and other calendars, and we don't develop a process to use any of them.    You'll learn how to plan the work and work the plan. Don't allow your goals to just be wishes. I'll show you how avoid these 3 saboteurs of planning success! 
December 18, 2019
Continuing on with my Tame Your Time series, today we're talking about the 3 "dream stealers" that keep us from carrying out our best-laid plans.  I also teach these in my upcoming free workshop, coming up in the new year: Tame Your Time in 2020. Reserve your spot now by going to karagottwarner.com/tameyourtime   This will be a great workshop for you if you struggle with time management and you're not sure how to use a planner effectively. It will also help you with the mindset issues that keep you stuck in a cycle of confusion and overwhelm. Click here to sign up.    This episode dives into the "trifecta of dream stealers" that keep us stuck, and make us go right down the schedule shame path.   I also share a little bit tough love too because with my coaching clients, I see this scenario happen all too often: we get the fancy planner, hook up the googles and other calendars, and we don't develop a process to use any of them.    You'll learn how to plan the work and work the plan. Don't allow your goals to just be wishes. I'll show you how avoid these 3 saboteurs of planning success! 
December 11, 2019
Today I'm continuing on with my Tame Your Time series talking all things annual goals and how to create your very own vision board! Why do we resist planning ahead? It's because by nature we are actually lazy, and our normal tendency is to do what's easy. This causes fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of problems. I show you how NOT to do that!  You can also see how I've been setting up my new Knitter's Planner page-by-page so you can set yourself up for success here: https://www.karagottwarner.com/UnpluggedWednesday to see the video of my vision board and my philosophy when it comes to annual goal planning. When you understand why we procrastinate or avoid doing what's hard -- that's when we are on to ourselves. That's when we actually have to tools to do something about it. In The Knitter's Planner, and in most planners, you'll find this section. In this episode, I share the HOW and WHY of checking-in daily with your highest goals, and why writing and re-write them sets you up for success.  I also talk about something called a vision board, and how I like mine to look like something out of an art journal. I also riff on how I started this process many years ago, and how it inspires me to stay connected to my goals.  A vision board is a space that is up to wherever your imagination takes you. Add quotes, affirmations, paste in pictures from magazines ... whatever. There's no right or wrong way. Just YOUR way! When it comes to annual goal planning, The Knitter's Planner allows space for 3 big goals because studies have shown that any more than 3 could make it difficult to stay committed to any of them. Stay small to go BIG. I want you to achieve extraordinary success, and if you take the time to plan the goals that will move the needle in your life that will make all your other goals easier or unnecessary you will blow your own mind at the end of 2020. I also talk about the 3 quadrants that I make sure to include in my annual goals: (in this order) Health and wellness Relationships Work/business Choosing goals in one of these 3 quadrants creates a harmonious way to counterbalance each area. Action Step - If you've purchased your knitter's planner, open it to your 2020 annual goals page and map out your goals for 2020. Don't delay. Make it happen! Have you purchased your planner yet? You still have time to get it before the new year! www.karagottwarner.com/knittersplanner and you'll get my free planning guide + planning printables just for clicking to learn more. Then, when you purchase your planner, send me your proof of purchase and I will send you a super-cute, quick-knit mitered purse pattern just in time for gift giving!
December 4, 2019
This episode kicks off a series for the month of December called: Tame Your Time and today I'm sharing 6 tips to stay sane through the Holidays!   We all want more time right? We can't have MORE time, but we can use it better, and when we scale down we can scale up! In today's podcast I share 6 tips to stay sane through the holidays.    ===== Click here to get my weekly nuggets of creative tips and organization wisdom delivered straight to your inbox every "UNPLUGGED" Wednesday! ===== For the month of December I'm offering something very special! when you order The Knitter's Planner. Here's what you get: 10% off for a limited time only a series of planning printables to use again and again my getting it done guide!  Sign up today: karagottwarner.com/gettingitdone  By the way, when yo get your new Knitter’s Planner, you don't need to wait to use it! You can dive right in and map out your annual goals to create your 2020 action plan. You can also plan your projects, and test drive the patterns. There’s no need to wait until January 1st. Start off on the right foot, and set yourself up for success ahead of time! 
November 20, 2019
Sometimes we keep striving, and doing because we think we are not enough. We are enough. We are DOING enough. We are worthy. When you believe you are worthy and enough, then you don't second guess yourself. You don't let yourself down. You put one foot in front of the other. You keep on truckin.'   Why you need a planning process ...   I live by my planner - it helps me to find my lead domino every day to help me move the needle forward in my life.    Without a planner, I would be a victim of my circumstances, and who needs that when you can CHOOSE your daily destiny!    Think of a planner as a self-care tool, not a wasteland of sticky notes, which is why I helped create a new all-in-one planner and knitter's notebook, called The Knitter's Planner.   For a limited time, get 10% OFF your planner: karagottwarner.com/knittersplanner and go from HOT mess to planning diva! 
October 30, 2019
Kara and SweetGeorgia Yarns Design Director, Tabetha Hedrick show you how to go from HOT mess to planning diva! If you need a little organizational guidance, then you don't want to miss this "all things" planning and organization episode. The ladies show you how to whip your calendar into shape and how to customize a planning process to compliment your creative life!
October 16, 2019
Mary Jeanne Packer joins Kara Gott Warner to share a fascinating look inside the life and values of her business, Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill. With authentic connection at her core, Mary Jeanne walks us through the depth and breadth of that farm-to-fabric connection, from vision to craft to sustainability.
October 16, 2019
Mary Jeanne Packer joins Kara Gott Warner to share a fascinating look inside the life and values of her business, Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill. With authentic connection at her core, Mary Jeanne walks us through the depth and breadth of that farm-to-fabric connection, from vision to craft to sustainability.
October 9, 2019
Learn the 3 SURPRISING reasons why you lack confidence in your knitting skills (and these reasons are NOT what you might expect!) Just understanding these 3 things is exciting news because they can have a positive impact on your life if you apply them!
October 2, 2019
  Maybe you’ve struggled with keeping your projects, notes and swatches organized, and you’ve been searching for the perfect planning system to help, but imagine what it would be like if they all “lived” in one place? In today's episode, I'll share details about a special new planner especially with knitters in mind that will help you do EXACTLY that! If you are just as obsessed about planning as you are knitting, then this is episode is a MUST! 
September 25, 2019
Working with a coach is an investment we may think of as an "expense" rather than an "investment" in ourselves. When we see the value of working with a coach and how it helps us to uplevel every area of our life, then we'll see the magic happen. The inspiration behind today's episode is my own coaching experience with Pat Flynn, host of Ask Pat and Smart Passive Income podcasts. I'm seriously a fan girl. Just sayin.' You'll hear me get pretty transparent about my struggles with Power Purls Podcast, and how I asked him for help. Let's just say, his advice was truly mind-blowing and a total game-changer. Check out my commentary about my session with Pat in this episode of Power Purls Podcast.
September 18, 2019
Power Purls Podcast is back! Bridging the worlds of craft and life, Kara Gott Warner reminds us of the depth in the Power Purls name. It’s more than just knitting – this is confidence-building. This is intuition. This is learning. And it starts right where you are.
May 8, 2019
Today's guest is Francoise Danoy, bi-racial, multi-cratual maker of color. She empowers knitters to explore the intersection of of making with identity. Her designs draw on her Maori heritage, and she celebrates the myths, legends and other stories about her culture and relates them to knitting as an artform.
April 24, 2019
Today I'm chatting with returning guest, knitwear designer and contributor to The Knitter's Planner Meghan Jones. She shares insights and a peek behind the curtain into her designing process, and how she makes it all happen with four kids, and a pattern design business. Meghan also shares her love for the swatching process and views it like doing scales on the piano - "a dozen a day, will get you to love the swatching process because it will make you a more confident knitter."
April 10, 2019
Welcome to the very first episode of 2019 where you will meet Stephanie Palmer, creator of The Quilter's Planner! Last year, Stephanie reached out to me to help her create The Knitter's Planner, and as an organization and planning fanatic, of course I was thrilled to collaborate with her on this exciting venture! In this interview, we dive into the details, and share what makes The Knitter's Planner unique, and why you'll want to get your hands on one if knitting and staying organized are on the top of your list! We are working hard to create a holistic approach to the planning process so you can connect the dots in your life and knitting, and customize the planner to suit your own creative personality. 
October 24, 2018
How you celebrate this little powerful piece of knitted fabric -- the knitted swatch? We use it in so many ways: as a blueprint to create a new design, bring together community, learn new stitches, and lovingly donate them. In this episode, I share ways to empower yourself and others through the 6 x 6 stitch block and how you can create your own swatch celebration movement in your shop, online, or in your local community. Let's KNIT TOGETHER!   Join the fun on Facebook Live Wednesdays! This week ... - Learn how to get arty with your swatches! - Resources for donating your stitch blocks - Tips for starting your own swatch celebration in your local area or online - Get people clicking those needles. Create a community - KNIT TOGETHER -Meet my son London for yarn crafting for kids on fall break! (He will make you laugh!)   Can't make it live? Check out the video archives here: http://www.PowerPurlsPodcast.com/VideoArchives Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business! Download the audio training now: http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce
October 17, 2018
Listener Stephanie Karpe asks: How do I approach people with ideas at trade shows? What's OK to ask and what's going too far? I would love to learn how to network, but I am the quintessential introvert and while I would LOVE to surround myself with other fiber lovers, I am so nervous!   In this episode, I answer Stephanie's question with tips for how to network online and the value of going to trade events and meeting others face-to-face. Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business!   Download the audio training now: http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce
October 10, 2018
If you've ever found yourself thinking "oh, I hate Mondays," then this episode will perk up your perspective! Practicing soulful self-care can provide expansion and the creative white space we need each day. Holding this space for yourself is expanding -- to savor those sweet tiny moments. We have the power to create a positive or negative world each and every day. So what you create is up to YOU. We can't control our external circumstances, but we can control how we view them. Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business! Download the audio training now: http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce
September 29, 2018
Amy Palmer and Alison Green from the Berroco Yarn Design Team show you how to empower your cable knitting and get started with a "Choose Your Own Adventure Knitalong." They share details about this special event, along with tips to make the most out of the experience so you can empower your cable knitting know-how! Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business! Download the audio training now: http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce
September 26, 2018
This episode was inspired by a random conversation with a fellow knitter which turned into a comparison of the uncanny similarities between circular knitting and prayer beads. This chat also sparked the inspiration behind this episode, and 4 feel-good ways to increase your peace and create your own mantra of making!    As makers, we know there's a special connection between our passion for craft and the divine, but what if we were to dig deeper below the surface to uncover profound benefits?   It's a no-brainer that yarn crafting with hooks and needles makes us feel calmer and more able to handle what life throws at us, and now there's actually scientific proof to back this up. Yes, you can stitch away stress! Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business! Download the audio training now: http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce  
September 19, 2018
Learn my 5-step recipe to cook your secret sauce! It's easier than you think, and right under your nose! In this episode I share details about my valuable free guide, plus a bonus 6th step, where I go woo woo and talk all things self-care, how to create your own "making mantras" and affirmations to craft the blueprint for a purposeful, holistic (whole person, whole life process) to infuse your business with soulful spirit from the inside out. Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business! Download the audio training now: http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce
September 14, 2018
In this quirky post-workout episode, I share insights about why staying true to ourselves even if it feels uncomfortable is so necessary if we wish to turn our yarn crafting passion into a way to make a living. You'll discover why it's about cultivating relationships, not dollars, and playing the long game. I also share a story about an unexpected relationship that flowered when I least expected it because I put my heart in charge. If you lead with WHY no matter what, it will ALWAYS be a lamp to guide your way. Get my FREE 5-step recipe to tap into your skills and talents to finally start a purpose-driven creative business! Download the audio training now: www.KaraGottWarner.com/SecretSauce
August 29, 2018
In this episode, discover what it takes to land yourself a spot as a guest on a podcast. Kara shares a step-by-step system to pitch yourself, how to communicate with a podcast host, and how to build authentic relationships that go beyond the mic to help promote your yarn shop and online creative business. You'll learn how to identify podcasts that align with your brand, and the basic framework to launch a podcast tour, and how to ask your network of friends, family, email subscribers to be on your "Tour Team" to help get the word out. Want to get a free mini business coaching session with Kara? Sign up at http://www.KaraGottWarner.com/StrategySession You can support Power Purls Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at http://www.Patreon.com/KaraGottWarner   
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