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July 28, 2020
2.26 - Creative Self - Care by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
July 21, 2020
2.25 - Who Are You Creating For… by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
July 14, 2020
You’re a creative entrepreneur. You wear a million different hats. And chances are, because you are opportunistic and optimistic or financially motivated, you wind up saying yes to everything. And while sometimes we have to say yes to more than we’d like, the goal is to move into the place where we can become discerning, and say no to the good to make room for the best. Saying no is golden. Saying no when something is not a “heck yes!” is essential to save room in our businesses and in our lives to GROW. We’ve both been there, and this week we talk about two or three instances where we have had to say no in big ways to pave the way for the better opportunities for our businesses or to provide more thriving in our lives. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
July 7, 2020
2.23 - Talent Vs. Creativity by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
June 30, 2020
Once you have determined what matters to you and your brand, THEN we can begin to build a vision. So often, as solo entrepreneurs, it feels a little lofty to create a vision. But knowing where we are going matters. The unearthing of your vision matters. Your decisions, your yes’s, your no’s...will all stem from here. Dreams and ideas are singular, not necessarily tied to a holistic picture. A goal is trackable and actionable. A VISION is the picture of your true north. Where am I actually going, long term? Vision is an encompassing view of what you want to cultivate AS you accomplish your goals and dreams. The other truth about vision? It can be simple. It does not have to be a world conquering, consuming picture. Even in its simplest form, vision is impactful and empowers the way you and your business move in the world. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
June 23, 2020
Ahh, growth and social media. You rarely hear a conversation about Instagram, or any other social media channel, that is not synonymous with growth. And while we know growth does matter as it relates to our creative businesses, this is not a “5 steps to grow your Instagram” podcast episode, but rather, a totally honest, exploratory conversation between friends, one with a large audience and one with a smaller audience. How it works for us, what the frustrations are, the good stuff...what matters and what really doesn't. There are important questions to consider like: How does growing your Instagram account impact your business goals in the short term? Long term? What are you really reaching for? Growth for community? Growth for eventual financial stability? Could it be growth matters because there is pressure simply to have a large audience? Putting a name to why we want to grow matters as much as growth itself. A Compiled List of Key Areas for Instagram Growth in 2020 Referenced in Today’s Episode: IGTV series Collaborate with brands and others Longer captions Post more videos Post more selfies Cross-promote IG to your other platforms Use #s Create memes Develop & maintain a brand Participate in trending topics/conversation Run a contest/giveaway Monitor people who tag you Quality over quantity with grid posts Use IG stories Create your own #s Geotag location Tag friends & brands Post pretty photos Socialist and comment Tools/apps Planoly Onlypult Tailwind Facebook Creator Repost for Instagram You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
June 9, 2020
Sometimes we launch a creative business by accident of sorts. Sometimes the business shifts drastically. Sometimes, as creative entrepreneurs, we long to change or further develop the vision of our business. This week, we talk through the first part of building your vision. Think of your vision as the “could’s and should’s.” We talk about setting up your core values, non-negotiables, and must-haves. Who are you? Where are you willing to go? What needs to be at the heart of your business? You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative. Additional Note: You can find the work of John and Ashely Marsh (mentioned in the episode) at www.marshcollective.com.
June 2, 2020
2.19 Creative Activities For Non - Creative People by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
May 26, 2020
You’ve started this business. You’ve bought the domain, or rented the space or listed your products on Etsy. You are going to do this. Reality sets in and we begin the process of beginning our business, and often, we get bogged down in simple mistakes that shape the very nature of our creative work pursuit. We don’t promote our work because it feels a little too sales-centered. We isolate ourselves and keep ourselves alone and outside of a like-minded community. We don’t treat our businesses like a business because it is easy to be distracted or to say yes during work hours. Believe us, we understand. This week, we talk about the mistakes we creative entrepreneurs make when we begin their businesses, and as we move forward. We still make them. There are ways to combat these mistakes, and ways we have learned to navigate through them. We hope this week leaves you feeling understood (we’ve all been there), and encouraged to look at these mistakes we can make with fresh, creative eyes. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
May 12, 2020
If there is one thing we have learned about creative work, it is this: You just don’t have to do it alone. Being the CEO, COO, CFO, Creative Director, and every employee can be a little difficult to juggle, and while we all might be capable of multitasking, the needs we have as a creative business owner reach further than the tasks. The other thing we know is this: It is good for you to have other voices speak into your business and to give you a fresh perspective. While your own voice should be the loudest, giving a community of people permission to give you new ideas or new approaches, collaborations, or just plain encouragement is NEVER a bad thing. This week we talk through all the reasons why we believe creative community is important, why The Creative Exponent began with community in mind, and the ways you can become a part of it. More than anything, we just want you to have community around you as you walk through your creative journey, whatever it looks like! You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
May 5, 2020
Working from home. What a gift and a challenge. We certainly know all about it, as both of us have worked from home for the last ten years. It can be a complete joy and almost impossible, depending on the way you approach setting up your space. This week we talk about setting up your creative workspace at home: What does the space need to look and feel like to be conducive to creativity? What’s the top priority in the space? Does everything in the space give the space the chance to function for its highest and best use? And lastly, what kind of boundaries need to be set around the space...and you? You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
April 28, 2020
Weddings and Happy Mail. Sometimes we just need to talk about the good stuff. This week Shaunna and Marian talk about two good things surrounding us right now. Shaunna gets married, quarantine-style, and talks about why they decided to move forward during this stay-at-home time, and what really matters. We also share some ways you can spread a little light around the world right now with the Happy Mail Movement. Marian began receiving happy mail from different friends and shops and is spreading the love. Drop a little something in an envelope and tag it #happymailmovement so we can see and share. Let’s take this time to start a movement with all the good feels! You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
April 21, 2020
Right now, as a creative or a creative entrepreneur, it is really tempting to ask the question, “What do I need to be for people right now?” We would say resoundingly, be authentic. We owe it to honor ourselves first as creatives and what we choose to share can come forth from who we really are. To create is to share your humanity. Your experiences give you a unique perspective on universal needs, problems, and feelings. This week, we talk through how we can be trapped or liberated by what we choose to share. As long as what we share online or anywhere else is authentic, it is always freeing. And by doing so, we give others the permission to do so as well. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
April 14, 2020
How do we use inspiration without imitating? And how do we use this time we have right now at home to work for us. The language spoken in different art mediums often relates to what we do, and also brings with it fresh perspective and renewed inspiration. This week we’re talking about an article we both read by Stylist Heather Bullard, “How To Be Inspired.” We break down a few practical ideas for how to pull inspiration from many different sources, ways to play creatively to discover some new ideas or creative energy, and also how this time of forced stay can be a time for us to become truly inspired, despite the oddity of our days. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
April 7, 2020
This week the separation we are all feeling has hit us harder, as women and as creative business owners. Quite simply, while we have seen such pain, loss, and difficulty, we are continually amazed at the good we find in this world, today, amidst it all. We know that without finding this good, we will be lost and certainly less able to create and use our creative gifts for ourselves, our families, our customers, and this world. We talk about all the ways we are staying positive when we can and little ways and places you can find it, too. The good is what carries us. Long live it. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
March 31, 2020
2.11 How To Support Artists & Businesses by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
March 24, 2020
We believe this to be true: creative work is beauty in the world. We are living in crazy times right now, and there is much fear, anxiety, and uncertainty around us. As creatives and creative business owners, how do we navigate through this fear and these circumstances? We do not have all the answers, but we hope to talk through this with you this week, because we need each other. Here’s what we do know: the work we do matters, and it matters right now more than ever. As fear and uncertainty surround us, we are able, in moments, and with respect, to bring beauty and light to those around us. We are very seldom stopped by big, bold, neon signs flashing fear, but by subtle moments of doubt and insecurity that stem from fear. “I’m not nearly as good as she is” “I can’t do that; I’ve never been good at that” “It’s pushy for me to ask people to support my business right now in these circumstances.” This week, we talk about facing this big fear and subtle fear, and why it matters for you to continue doing your creative work. To share your unique perspective, to remember that it is the art we save, to offer reprieve, to bring light and beauty into the world. We hope you leave bolstered and with the resolve to keep on going. To keep sharing your creative gifts in this world. You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.
March 17, 2020
Who doesn’t love a good brainstorming session? There is beauty in pursuing multiple avenues of creativity, but equally, there is power in learning to say no to yourself. Editing is one of the most important steps you will take in sharing your creative work with the world. What isn’t there is often what makes your work stand out and successful. Our creativity shifts and if you are into a whole lot, you may find yourself in more need of editing than those who hone a single craft their entire lives. This week Marian and Shaunna talk through all the reasons saying no to yourself is powerful, how you can begin this practice, and why it can change everything for you and your business. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
March 10, 2020
You make things. You create this art for people in your life. Maybe it began as a hobby; maybe it was a work you wanted to pursue and you had children, or started a 9 to 5 you cannot walk away from just yet. And you hear it: “You should sell these.” Turning your creativity into a business is often worth the risk, but the choice to take something you love and turn it into an income producing machine does come with responsibility and even pressure. This week Shaunna and Marian talk through questions to ask yourself before you take the leap. To help you evaluate how ready you are, the negatives that might come along, and the positives that can outweigh pressures that do arise. This is not a checklist. This is a conversation to have with yourself before you step into the world of creative business or encouragement for you as you continue to grow the business you run. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
February 27, 2020
Snippet 4 - Journal Prompts To Build Creative Resiliance by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
February 25, 2020
If we decide we have all the answers in this life, that is then the end of our road. There is nowhere to go, nothing new to do and see and be. There is no wonder. For creatives, there is such rigidity to this way of thinking and our work will suffer. When we remain teachable, it leaves us with a willingness to learn, change, and grow. This week Shaunna and Marian encourage us to create with curiosity, to recognize there are other ways to look at the world. There is always more to learn. Remaining teachable can truly take our art to interesting and exciting places when we learn to look beyond our own borders. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
February 20, 2020
Snippet 3 - Our Favorite Ways To Play Creatively by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
February 18, 2020
Wounding happens to all of us, in every way. It happens to us at home and at work, and it happens to us creatively. So what is creative wounding? It is anything that deters you from doing something creative you love that is outside of a reason you choose for yourself. It may be a word spoken over you as a child. It may be blatantly negative or incredibly subtle. And when it happens, we sometimes give over the ability to choose that “this” is something that we will even try to do. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about what creative wounding is, how we see it show up in our lives, and the ways we can overcome it as we pursue our creative work. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
February 4, 2020
Observing and creativity go hand in hand. There is such importance in slowing down and being observant. This week Shaunna and Marian talk about how much harder this is due to all the digital distractions we have at our fingertips. They still contend there is power in sitting on a bench to enjoy being outside, or to watch a couple walk through a park. To simply be. We all need to just be able to sit, to breathe deeply, to be truly present. To revel in Intentional quiet. The gift of bring present brings is experiencing life, which breathes just that into your creative work: life. It gives us the chance to reside in a place of flow versus tension. This practice will make a huge difference in the way we view the world and THAT makes a huge difference in the way we create art. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
January 30, 2020
Creative Snippet 2 - Journal Prompt - What's Your Why by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
January 28, 2020
This week’s episode of The Creative Exponent welcomes its first guest, Artist, Author and Workshop Connoisseur, Jeanne Oliver. Shaunna and Marian ask her questions surrounding her own creative journey, and find out what makes this creative entrepreneur and teacher tick. Jeanne shares her first creative memories painting on the carpet as a child, protecting herself from her inner critic, and the impact of words spoken over us that can become a part of our own narrative that limits us. She addresses us all, and leaves us with words of wisdom to start ameteur, to pursue what we feel drawn to, and to leave our mark on the world in our own unique way, through practicing, over and over again. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative. You can find Jeanne at https://jeanneoliver.com where she sells her own original art, leads and facilitates loads of digital and physical creative workshops, and shares her own creative journey with her audience.
January 21, 2020
Asking why is important. The “why” matters. But what if asking “why not?” is equally important? Asking why not forces you to face the fears and insecurities behind why you don’t do it...because often the why not is just that: fear. This week Shaunna and Marian talk about finding a balanced approach to asking ALL the questions we need to when trying something new creatively or for our creative work. Asking why not is not flippant or reckless. Looking at the answers to our “why not” does, though, bring awareness. To help us look at the worst case scenario in our minds and decide if we will face it anyway. Making decisions from a place of fear in our creative work is just as emotional as making them from over-excitement. We are looking for the balance...where fear turns into caution and dreams turn into vision.
January 14, 2020
What does it mean to be creatively resilient? Today, Shaunna and Marian are talking about creative resilience, and the knowledge of how much it is needed for us as creatives. And more than needing it, they realize creative resilience is a practice, rather than simply a skill we learn once. Sometimes it is easy, and the resolve we find in ourselves spills out naturally. And sometimes, holding on to the fortitude in us to keep creating, to keep going, to keep sharing our work vulnerably...feels impossible. They talk about how they practice resilience, why they feel like it matters for us all, in our lives and in our creative work.
January 7, 2020
Welcome to season two of The Creative Exponent Podcast! Shaunna and Marian are so excited to be back for another season to chat about creativity. To kick off 2020, they’re talking about the dreaded R-word… Resolutions. Creative Resolutions, to be more specific. And, if the R-word doesn’t have a good reputation with you, Marian & Shaunna unpack the difference between dreams and goals and share some encouragement and resources to help you set your own attainable goals. If you’re ready to see some forward progress in your creative journey, this episode is for you.
November 26, 2019
In the season finale for The Creative Exponent podcast season 1, Shaunna and Marian explore the creative frontier! Why is it important to continue to look to the horizon to see what is outside of your comfortably settled territory? Creative exploration is important for the soul and for the creative community as a whole. We need to go beyond creating in our carefully manicured suburban plot and get out into the wild to see what can be discovered there. Let’s be brave and curious…
November 19, 2019
It is just simply difficult to truly unplug and give ourselves enough rest creatively. Pressure, stress, the to do list...all of these things eventually lead to some form of burnout. Doing creative work we love is no exception. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about their own seasons of extended burnout, and how often it can be tied to turning the creative work we love into an income producing business, lack of rest, lack of unplugging from the “audience” before us. They talk about how unplugging is a choice long before it becomes a habit, and how we can try to avoid burnout and how we often brush over the real issues causing it. They talk about how to truly deal with burnout as it inevitably comes, and how to try to navigate through it as quickly as possible. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
November 12, 2019
Ahh, copycats. In creative work, running across someone doing exactly what you have done before is an inevitability. And while there are some cases where the copying is less of a compliment and more along the lines of trademark infringement, often the truth is there is nothing new under the sun, and the copying itself is actually a compliment. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about how they’ve dealt with copycats, and how mostly, they try to choose to keep their blinders on and continue focusing on the work. They talk about the difference between found inspiration and copyright infringement, and how you can gracefully deal with both. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
November 5, 2019
Creativity and the word schedule don’t often go hand in hand. But Schedule doesn’t have to be a dirty word for creatives. It would be a wonderful world if creative genius would strike us over the head every single day, but often, it finds us working, and in our normal day to day routines. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about their own schedules and how creativity realistically fits in, and how you can build a schedule for creativity that works for you in your lifestyle, as is. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
October 29, 2019
How in the world do we keep creating when life just goes SIDEWAYS? When it feels like there are more things going wrong than going right...by a long stretch. How does creativity fit in then? Or our creative work? Marian and Shaunna each talk about some of the challenges they are battling right now in life. How it is simply a reality that we will face heightened stress and pressure as well as serious trial in our lives. How do we continue to create in the midst of a bonafide dumpster fire? How can we stay centered and motivated when life is just a mess? To find a way to keep creating, even sparingly, so that you are still you in the middle of all the stuff. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
October 22, 2019
There is such a tempting habit in today’s world of instant feedback. How easily do we get sucked in to sharing our work online, only to hover over what we publish like the best of all helicopter moms? We publish, and we check comments. We scan likes, followers, feedback. All day. If we own a creative business or share our creative work, do we have to be aware of the response to our work? Sure. Of course. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about the difference between awareness of the “public response” and the obsession that can so easily become the driving, reactionary force behind our creative work. Can we create tension between awareness and obsessively checking on engagement to validate the quality of our work? They say absolutely yes, and encourage you to keep yourself centered around what you do best...creating. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
October 15, 2019
Do you feel like your life is too normal, too boring, too typical, too ordinary to have anything interesting to say? Shaunna and Marian have heard this as an excuse time and time again as an argument against sharing stories, creations, and thoughts with others. “I just don’t have anything to say.” The beautiful truth is that we all have something to say. Even if you are a plain Jane suburban housewife soccer-mom with 2.5 kids and a dog, you have something to say. And, believe it or not, other people want to hear what you have to say. In today’s episode, we explore this topic and offer encouragement to anyone who feels ordinary. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
October 8, 2019
Procrastination. The inevitable word all creatives eventually face. This week, Marian and Shaunna talk about all the subtle ways we can make ourselves busy as stall tactics. Procrastination for creatives is not always an obvious putting off of our responsibilities, because our to do’s also FEEL like action. They talk about the most common procrastination tools and how they usually stem from negative feelings about your and your business. They go a step further and ask, “Where do these tools come from? Why are we actually procrastinating?” Often, we procrastinate when we feel stagnant, discouraged, or insecure in our creative work. How do we move through this, and get ourselves back in a place of good habits and less procrastinating? You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
October 1, 2019
What happens we experience success as creatives? Success can be a catalyst for more success, but it can also, very subtly and unintentionally, create a set of unspoken expectations we place on ourselves and our creative work. This week, Marian and Shaunna talk about this reality, and share their own personal stories of how the best of their past has been the enemy of their present good. How those nagging questions can sneak up on us….”Maybe my best ideas are behind me.” “Maybe I’ve done my best work.” “How can I possibly recreate that moment in time again and again and again?” They are in this with you, and share how they have moved through and around these paralyzing doubts surrounding success or even periods of ease in their creative pursuits and business. We can move around these blocks, if not through them entirely. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 27, 2019
Based on a creative biography exercise from the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe, these mini-episodes were born. Marian and Shaunna share their own creative biographies, and a lot of laughs, honest, off-the-cuff answers, and truth telling around each of their creative journeys. In this mini episode, you’ll hear Marian and Shaunna answer questions like: When confronted with superior intelligence or talent, how do you respond? When faced with stupidity, laziness, hostility, or indifference in others, how do you respond? When faced with impending success or the threat of failure, how do you respond? When you work, do you enjoy the process or the results? At what moments do you feel your reach exceeds your grasp? They hope you leave this series feeling connected, understood, and a little lighter as you tackle living out your own creative biography. Creative Biography Exercise credited to The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 24, 2019
Marian and Shaunna relive their brainstorming weekend of developing The Creative Exponent and share the moment where Marian “stroked out” creatively. We all do it. We are plugging along with our creative work and out of nowhere, we hit a wall. One of the worst things we can do when hitting these walls is to try to push through it because of deadlines and pressures, both externally and internally. Marian and Shaunna talk about how they deal with their own walls, developing your own strategies, and tools we can all use to push through the ups and downs of our creative inspiration. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 20, 2019
Based on a creative biography exercise from the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe, these mini-episodes were born. Marian and Shaunna share their own creative biographies, and a lot of laughs, honest, off-the-cuff answers, and truth telling around each of their creative journeys. In this mini episode, you’ll hear Marian and Shaunna answer questions like: What are your habits and what patterns do you create? Describe your first successful creative act and one word attitudes towards money, power, praise, rivals, work, and play. Who are your favorite artists? They hope you leave this series feeling connected, understood, and a little lighter as you tackle living out your own creative biography. Creative Biography Exercise credited to The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 17, 2019
It is really simple to feel like creative work is scarce. We struggle to find and hold our own place in the world, to hold our own space creatively. Do you believe that there is a limited amount of success, joy, love, or creativity in the world? This week Marian and Shaunna talk about how easy it is to fall into the trap of getting stuck in a mindset of scarcity, which can ultimately destroy our creativity and keep us in a toxic place. Shaunna shares her own story of abundance to scarcity, and back to abundance again. When we are living in a mindset of scarcity, we become a part of what limits us. Can we break into a mindset of abundance to free ourselves and our creativity? Can we, in a very physical way, own our own place and share our creativity around us? You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 13, 2019
Based on a creative biography exercise from the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe, these mini-episodes were born. Marian and Shaunna share their own creative biographies, and a lot of laughs, honest, off-the-cuff answers, and truth-telling around each of their creative journeys. In this mini-episode, you’ll hear Marian and Shaunna answer questions like: What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? What is the dumbest? What is your creative ambition? What are the obstacles to achieving that creative ambition? What are the vital steps to you achieving that ambition? They hope you leave this series feeling connected, understood, and a little lighter as you tackle living out your own creative biography. Creative Biography Exercise credited to The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 10, 2019
Thinking of taking your creativity and turning it into a business? There are a few things you should be doing first. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about the things you should be doing before you expand into the world of creative business. They talk through the lessons learned, and what they would say to themselves about a decade ago. They would tell themselves, and you, to create privately for yourself, to decide if you REALLY want this to be a business, to establish your why to create filters for yourself, and to set it up properly from the get-go. Some of these seem intuitive, but as creatives, we often skip over some or all, and these are vital for our internal satisfaction as well as our early success as entrepreneurs. They share personal stories and laughs, and Shaunna’s dog makes a guest appearance, all in the hopes you leave with questions to ponder before you take the leap into your own creative business, or that you have the opportunity to revisit them again. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
September 3, 2019
7. Make An Appointment With Creativity by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
August 27, 2019
Here’s a little secret to spill. Those numbers you’re looking at to tell you that you are doing good work...those numbers are people. This week, Marian and Shaunna talk about analytics and the numbers, and while we have to be aware of them, we cannot be controlled by them as creatives. They pose questions for us to consider: Are we looking to the numbers for worthiness and validation When are the numbers enough? How much more genuinely will we share our work and creative voice when we put faces to the numbers we use as our personal rating scale? They remind themselves and us all to see the numbers as what they truly are, a gift to each of us. To remember these numbers are people, walking alongside us as we build our body of creative work. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
August 20, 2019
Have you ever been paralyzed to begin a creative pursuit because everything isn’t just quite...perfect? Marian and Shaunna talk about the realities of waiting until everything is perfect for you to get moving and how much the creative process needs a little freedom. Marian shares a personal story of her own and you hear the benefits of allowing people to join you along your journey. They encourage you to be practical, sure, but to give yourself a little grace to begin before everything is in exactly the right spot. And in doing so, you will knock one of the most important things off of your creative to-do list: You will begin. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
August 20, 2019
Sharing Your Creativity by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West
August 19, 2019
So now you’ve decided you are creative and you want to protect and foster it...now what? This week Marian and Shaunna wrap up the introductory episodes to The Creative Exponent and talk about the realities of sharing your work, with a small or large audience. They chat about the importance of developing a thick skin, and how the benefits largely outweigh any downsides of sharing your creative work. They talk through strategies to help you face criticism or negative feedback and encourage you to, once again, be the owner of your creative voice. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
August 12, 2019
This week Marian and Shaunna chat about the next foundational piece of your creativity: Upholding it. They laugh about Shaunna’s “failed” Pinterest birthday cake, and how her daughter reminded her that she was the one teaching her to go for it and try new things. Out of the mouths of babes, right? They are real about how easily we criticize ourselves, and how belief in ourselves is a practice, and one that takes time and intentionality. How fine the balance is of allowing feedback in and learning how to release it when it no longer serves your creative expansion. They encourage you to uphold your creativity, you have to own it, protect it, and foster it. That this creativity is yours to have and yours to give...no one has the power to take that away from you. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
July 22, 2019
This week Marian and Shaunna delve into busting the myths surrounding creativity: you’re not creative, you aren’t good enough, and that creativity is only for kids, actors, and artists. They argue the case for YOUR creativity and share their beliefs that creativity is for everyone and should not be contained inside of a box. They share silly stories of their childhoods, and how our upbringings can shape our definition of creativity, while sharing their own insecurities and roadblocks along the way. They hope this episode gives you the courage to find creativity within yourself and to blend that creativity into your world every single day. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
July 16, 2019
This week Marian and Shaunna introduce the idea behind The Creative Exponent, and their hope for you to allow your creative voice to shine through and to own its place in the world. We chat about the root of the creative, and how they move through this world, and multiplying your creative efforts, whether in a creative business or living your best creative life. You will hear stories of how they each started small, and how their dabbling in creativity led them here to this new passion of helping other creatives discover, uphold, and share their creativity. You can find Marian and Shaunna at www.thecreativeexponent.com where they continue their passionate conversation around all things creative.
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