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The Creative Spirits Podcast

Author: Kate Darnell&Sherrie Mccarthy

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Kate Darnell of Gumboots By The Sea & Sherrie McCarthy of Creative Mermaids share the raw and the real of creative life on a spiritual path in this wounds to wisdom transformational podcast.

If you are looking to join a discussion on creativity, motherhood, the messy middle and bringing Spirit (however that looks for you!) into your life, this is the podcast for you!
42 Episodes
This week’s interlude is an interview with Kate Darnell on her book of poetry:  Ramblings to an Awakened Healer Awakened Hearts - Awakened Souls - Awakened Healers… Ramblings to an Awakened Healer is the final book of a healing trilogy. It reminds us to take back the power of this moment – the moment that is love - the love that honours all of YOU, each of us.  These inspiring words encourage us all to step into a realm of love. To release fear, judgement and shame once and for all.  In each of her books, Kate Darnell’s writing empowers us to take time to come into the moment and start loving and prioritising US, by honouring our heart’s truest and deepest desires.  May Ramblings to an Awakened Healer inspire you to do just that.
  We are opening season 4's interludes with an interview with JoJo from Tree Fox who offers the most decadent looking handcrafted herbal offerings from her shop. We knew she was the person to talk to about taking care of yourself in order to root to rise. Because if those roots are suffering so is the rest of the tree! Kate and Jo Jo talk about all things self care as well as one point that is so essential. When you think you have no time for self care that is the time you absolutely must do it!
The final episode of season 4 of Creative Spirits is a throwing down of being allowed to feel emotions as we talk through what  expectations   bring us, as well as do to us. Today we talk about what story is creating our suffering and making our life harder (and Sherrie's son pops in a few times to underline how frustrating our expecations can be while also highlighting the importance of expressing ourselves) as well as how we can have the life we want and crave while living the one we currently are in. 
Sweet Surrender

Sweet Surrender


This week’s podcast is all about the ultimate and most difficult aspect of rooting to rise: sweet surrender. It is one thing to tell yourself you are exactly where you need to be. It is entirely another to believe it.  In this episode we talk about how we let go when we need to, or at the very least try to pry our fingers loose from the attempt to control everything! And Kate shares an amazing technique to help you in your surrender. 
Money Honey

Money Honey


Today we are talking money blocks, needs, desires and everything in between. If money makes you feel squishy or antsy then check out this week's episode!
 “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson This week’s episode continues to look into how you root to rise and to do so we are looking at the soil that we have grown in. This means looking at both the nutrient rich (or lack of them) substance that we build our life on - both the light and the dark aspects. Too often we want to change without doing the work. We want to to stretch higher but we do so by pretending that it does not matter where are planted. It does. At Creative Spirits we believe you can change your environment and be who you want to be. But you can’t do it without first getting down and dirty with you are. And also how the people around you have helped shaped that. For better or for worse and in kindness or maliciousness.  That also means taking full responsibility for who you are right now. That often looks like kindness to the person who were who was hurt, who was made to feel small and then allowed themselves to stay small in order not to feel that hurt again. (And may have then made others feel the same way.) If you wonder how you go about growing while trying to integrate your past without being overwhelmed by it, this week’s episode is for you! Human design school that we mentioned in the podcast:
  Trust in timing is what everyone recommends and yet it is so difficult to allow. How do you know if you are truly where you need to be? What is burn out and what is aligned hustle? And how do we step back in a world that just screams at us to do and be more, more MORE!! This week’s episode Kate and Sherrie dive deep into divine timing and allowing yourself to exist, how to tell the difference between pushing and allowing and some honest truths about what success is and what it takes to be it. 
 We, the Creative Spirits podcast, hereby give you permission to drop the fear of backlash, fight against tall poppy syndrome, and live your life to the fullest.  And although saying that is easier than doing it, we, along with the divine guidance of Rebecca Campbell’s Work Your Light oracle deck, have the three step formula that will help you do so. It is: Answer The Call Share Your Voice  Align Your Life Rinse and repeat as needed.  Listen to this week’s podcast to dive deeper with Kate and Sherrie on why we struggle to step into the life we want and how to give yourself permission to do so instead!
 Wind and turtles have Sherrie slightly distracted in the beginning, but this episode is all about the messy glory of change and bringing in a new age! Today we are talking about some of the events that need to happen deep in the soil in order to root to rise. Or the uncomfortable fact that sometimes things have to take root in the dark before they are able to be seen. And we need to be able to sit with this and allow it to happen. If you are struggling and unable to see the changes you so wish to have or trying to bring about -  this episode is for you, as we remind you that some things not only need time, but they also need faith. Just like the turtles that refuse to let Sherrie take pictures of them, you exist outside of you public persona. Who you are as a person is so much more than your Instagram or social media feed. Do not allow others to dim your light, go deep and allow faith that you will emerge from the soil strong and reaching for that light.
Season 4 of Creative Spirits has begun! And we are so excited to welcome back our regular listeners and saying hello to all the new ones! We love you and we trust you are here in perfect and divine timing! With the new year turning into this year we start the newest season with an episode on how important it is that you allow your roots to go deep and your own light to be the way you illuminate your path - even if at times the light from others seems to be brighter. We have all been there. It does not matter if it is as a business owner, a creative or a mama. We begin a project with passion and it is infectious. Our light goes brighter and it attracts people who love the beam we give off. And then they begin to help us. They tell us how to grow bigger and faster and do it all better. We get excited and follow their advice but somewhere along the lines what began as something fun and full of enthusiasm has turned into an uphill battle and energy suck. Does that mean we quit?  Absolutely not. But it may mean we went from defining our happiness to being swept up into what others want, hope and expect from us and allowing that to define our happiness instead.  And chances are somewhere along the line the ego has creeped in and with it a full raging case of comparisonitis.  The solution? Not quitting. Not throwing yourself into things harder. But rather stepping back, breathing deep and feeling out your own roots. Going back to your why, going back to what you love and what lights you up, defining happiness for yourself and keeping your focus on your life.  Because it does not matter how shiny your bars glow for someone else, what matters is how happy you are in the life you experience. 
Today Kate is talking with Jenna Nelson of Lucy Moon Co about witchy goodness, essential oil bliss, connecting with self and the magic of just starting. Too often we draw back in fear of competition, being one of many, or feeling like we are simply just not enough. Kate and Jenna dive deep into why self care is essential, how to be brave enough to trust yourself to jump into living the life and biz you want and crave and how to reach out to give and receive support. 
The Creative Spirit Code/Process Spirit Leads - We Trust - There is Magic in Doing Today’s episode is all about the Creative Spirit podcast, the hows and the whys we decided to start the podcast and why showing up and doing is so much better  than planning out a perfect - but never finished - product. If you find yourself with giant plans that you refuse to allow to come to fruition because nothing looks like it does in your head this episode is for you! Listen on anchor or on any and all of your fav podcast haunts! And as always reach out to Kate on her website or check out Sherrie's books at
Interlude 1 of season 3 was to be a review of the last year and how much can change in a span of one circle around the sun. But once record was hit it quickly went into honoring your heart's desires wherever you are with them - in celebration or in pain. Not everyone feels the need to welcome the new year and in this episode we talk about honoring those feelings as well as those that stem from joy. And as always you can learn more about Kate and Sherrie on their websites! and   
Today’s episode is a special one! In honor of the New Year Kate is sharing her Gumboots By The Sea Energy Forecast for 2019! Set your goals and intentions for the new year with the aid of Kate’s energy forecast for 2019! This episode is a magic one as Kate channels from her very own almost created deck! Listen in! And for more details join Kate’s mailing list as she will be sharing the energy forecast each new moon via the Gumboots newsletter free at And as always you're invited to join Sherrie’s tribe over at
Merry Christmas Creative Spirits listeners! Today we are talking about one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself: the permission to show up in all of your glorious imperfections! We are talking about being awkward, showing up anyway and just being you! And it is MORE than enough, because you are! We hope you enjoy today's show! And as always, feel free to reach out and book a session with Kate at Or join the goodness of Sherrie’s tribe over on her new member vault site:
So here we are Creative Spirits Listeners! That not so easy place to be or talk about, or the perceived safety of the wounded healer. And we are talking about healers today because we are all responsible for our own healing. Even when we seek out others to help us in our quest to heal, it is only ourselves who can do the actual work. Healers hold the space for us to do our own healing. And we all have wounds. Much like death and taxes, being alive is to make mistakes, to be open to the wrong people at the wrong time, to be misunderstood and shamed, to be constantly told we are not enough and why we are not so. Some of our wounds are very visible, others are deeper, some of us wear it all on our sleeves, others bury them so deep that the outside world has no idea of the tumult inside. No matter how you look at it, everyone has wounds, even those perfect people who you refuse to think could ever bleed. And those are the thoughts are those of the wounded healer! It likes for the ego to take some pride in the pain. To believe no one has pain like ours (or to flip it and tell us to deny everything because our pain is so small) but mostly it wants to keep us where we are so we do not move out of the safe zone we have fallen into. A place where our pain can cover for us. And so today the episode is all about going forward with how to know if you have been stuck in the wounded. Because to be fair, moving from an awakened place is also one where you hurt. It is not the pain that changes but rather your reaction to it. We hope you enjoy today's show! And as always, feel free to reach out and book a session with Kate at Or join the goodness of Sherrie’s tribe over on her new member vault site:
Warning! We are passionate in this episode and some adult language is used! Not a lot, but some did slip out! If you need a permission slip to start living the creative and vibrant life you are born to live then this episode is the episode for you. Or if you don't know why you feel stuck in a holding place, then take a listen to see if some of the freedom jailors we mention ring true! Freedom jailors are those things, real and imagined, that keep you stuck in a place of safety. It can be a fear of failure (or of success) or the fear of what everyone will say. It can be the belief that you need childcare to start or not until you have lost 30 pounds. Whatever is holding you back from the life you deserve is a freedom jailor. And they have no place in the life you deserve to life! And as always, feel free to reach out and book a session with Kate at Or join Sherrie’s Doterra team as a builder or sharer! And as always, if you are looking for more Kate and Sherrie you can find it at the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat
All things are pointing towards getting in contact with yourself through music and movement in this week's podcast! We give you permission to give yourself permission to enjoy your life and your creativity to it's fullest. Stop being afraid to take up space and hit the music you want to listen to and move because you want to and because you want to celebrate your life, be more vibrant or shift a mental funk. Take up space and allow yourself to connect to your very life force! The virtual retreat can be found here: If you are craving a life that embraces your creativity but life keeps happening and you never feel like you are the one in control, this is the right place to start moving back into the driver's seat! Welcome to a weekend of creativity, healing & getting that creative restart you need to start writing that book. Sherrie gathered the amazing women who are the presenters and interviewees in this retreat because I wanted to offer a retreat that not only embraced creativity and healing, but much more important, did it in an accessible and inclusive way. I wanted this to be open to women who didn't have the ability to travel, either because of money, time, childcare or other mobility constrictions. I believe passionately in the ability for creativity to heal. And I believe that like Andre Lourde said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Not only can creativity heal us, it can heal the world. Creatives can imagine a world that is different from the one they are in. They create books that reflect back to us what needs to be changed and give us hope about what can be. They make pictures that change our lives when we realize what we are doing, and what we should be doing instead. They create music that can break our hearts and then mend them afterward. Creativity is not an indulgence, it is an act of self-preservation and an agent of change. And one that can heal us as it heals others. How wonderful is that! And so I gathered this diverse group of amazing women to talk about all kinds of aspects of self-care. Creativity for healing through challenge and grief, using meditation to help you cope when life gets crazy, but also as a treat to yourself. We also cover nutrition and family life, caring for yourself inside and out. And the common theme is that we can do this. even in what I like to call the "Messy Middle." "The Messy Middle" is why I created The Creative Mermaids, my creative coaching start up. The long and the short of it is, the messy middle is life. Too often we feel that we need to wait for the muse. Or that we can not be creative because it would be an act of indulgence in a world gone mad. Or we just think that we are not good enough, or the time is not right. The time will never be right. No one has it figured out. Like life creativity has cycles. And this is where the messy middle is. Learning to roll with it or learning to lick our wounds before we stand up again. There is no one size fits all. But this retreat, and the women in it, will give you the tools to start working out your own solution. One that sees you kicking writers' block to the curb! Take a weekend to complete the retreat or pull the presentations that speak to you as you need them, either way, get ready to stop putting yourself and your creativity last! And some music for your chakra healing!
This episode is about exploring the idea that there are no rewards. Step back, take a deep breath, and think about how freeing our world and life would be if we took away the idea that everything we do we did for some kind of external reward. We have been trained since childhood to tailor our behaviour for rewards - it made our caretakers lives easier when we would do so. In the doing so, however, we were trained to often ignore what our hearts truly wanted in exchange for what those around us needed us to be instead. Now in adulthood we often find that we still seek those external rewards but they fail to bring us the joy and satisfaction that they once did. Today Kate and Sherrie are talking giving yourself a gold star for exploring what you want and need rather than the external rewards you strive for but seem to never satisfy. If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or Sherrie! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and Sherrie offers coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. To book your own session with Sherrie or Kate, you can book directly with Kate here: Or reach out to Sherrie at to talk about coaching or joining her oily writer team! If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the Creative &Vibrant Living Retreat and get the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self!
Season 3 is here! And it is all about Time For You! In this episode Kate and Sherrie look at that ever maddening balancing act, how to know when you need to stop and rest and how to know if you are acting out in self sabatoge! It is often a hard line walk and very difficult to determine if you are "slacking off" or giving yourself a much needed rest. Or we feel guilty about the things that rejuviante us! If you ever wondered how to know which one it is, listen to today's episode! If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or Sherrie! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and Sherrie offers coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. To book your own session with Sherrie or Kate reach out to Sherrie at and book direct with Kate here: If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the retreat and the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self!
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