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It’s no secret that a lot of creative people absolutely love doing their creative work, but seize up at the idea of selling it. I invited Annie P. Ruggles, also known simply as Annie P., to the podcast to share why selling doesn’t have to be evil, and how to get around our fears and worries involving selling creative work. Annie, a former theater kid, now runs the Non-Sleazy Sales Academy, which aims to help those of us who are marketing and sales averse get our work into the world in an ethical way we can feel good about. We talk about the myth that arts and humanities degrees are worthless, why selling—and buying—are things we all do all the time, how to price creative work, how to avoid falling into the trap of creating solely to make money, and more. Please leave a review and in it, tell us about your relationship with money and creativity! Want more? Check out this playlist with all my previous entrepreneurial guests! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY.   
Once you've wrangled with the truth, what do you DO with it? (Spoiler: don't ignore it.) Please leave a review and in it, tell us about a time when you listened to your wisdom!  Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! My next FREE Creative Check-In/Parallel Universe Time call is coming up! Learn more and register here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
Hillary Webb describes herself as a cultural anthropologist, author, and mixed-media storyteller with a focus on theater anthropology and cross-cultural perspectives on human consciousness. It’s a mix that covers a lot of territory, both literally and figuratively. Hillary has traveled the world for research on shamanism and consciousness, and has even managed to stumble into the world of stand-up comedy in Berlin. We talk about Western ideas of individualism and how they influence our ideas of being part of a group, how those dynamics function in a place like Peru, and how they all influence our senses of who we really are. We also explore the current cultural ideal of authenticity and how it intersects with enthusiasm—and come to a conclusion that might surprise you. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review, and in it, tell us something you're enthusiastic about, whether large or small. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you! Get stuff DONE at my Creative Check-In/Parallel Universe Time session. Register here. Need a dose of calm and wonder? Join me for Gratitude and Wonder! Register here.
Do you recognize and respect the truth? Or is your relationship with it a little different? Spoiler: It may not be what you think it is!  Please leave a review and in it, tell us about a time when you realized you were trying to outwit the truth!  Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! My FREE Creative Check-In/Parallel Universe Time call is coming up! Register here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
[I'm on vacation this week, so I'm re-upping one of my favorite interviews from the last year. I'll be back with new episodes next week!] Musician Paul Bessenbacher, known to his friends and fans as PB, lives a genuine optimism best summed up in his signature statement: “It’s gonna be great.” PB has followed the flow of that sentiment from an undergraduate degree that let him experiment with every genre he could find, to learning recording engineering on the fly, to forming a band—more of a collaboration—Opus Orange. Oh, and he also composes for film. We talk about all that and particularly about how he navigates the flow, avoids being bogged down by worry, and why we should all embrace failure and give each other grace for being imperfect. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you!
Well, covid finally got to me, so this week's pep talk is a replay, and one that seemed fitting, considering. Please enjoy while I rest up, so I can be back with new episodes in September. It's okay to rest! In fact, I highly encourage it. And I'm telling you why in under three minutes. Please leave a review and in it, tell us about a time when you let yourself rest, and how it made a difference! Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
Linda King caught the travel bug at an early age. She also grew up in a family of writers. After working in the travel and banking industries—and discovering that there was an appetite for her travel advice—she started The Smart Travelista: a website and series of travel books to help people travel wisely and save money doing it. Linda tells me more about that journey and about her more recent foray into creative nonfiction, and also offers some travel tips and a pep talk for anyone who needs a little motivation to give travel a try. We also talk about how travel influences your creative process. If you enjoy this episode, please leave a review, and in it, tell us how travel has influenced your life. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you! Sign up for my monthly Creative Check-In/Parallel Universe Time session here. (Learn more in Pep Talk #39!) Sign up for my monthly Gratitude and Wonder session here.
A pep talk AND an invitation: How Parallel Universe Time can help you get past procrastination and get things done. If you're intrigued, you're invited to join us for scheduled PUT sessions that will help you make progress and energize your creative process. Register here for the Zoom link and to be kept informed of new PUT session times. Questions? Contact me at nancy@fycuriosity.com Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks!
What if I told you your creative blocks are totally normal? There's nothing wrong with you.  Please leave a review and in it, tell us about a time when you realized you were actually totally normal, and how that felt! Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
Gael Wood started her career as a massage therapist, opening her own day spa and eventually starting her own online business. While that business has taken different forms throughout the years, she’s always found a creative groove in what she does, be it through creating the perfect spa ambience, writing her own marketing materials, or authoring her own books. Along the way, she’s also out together large telesummits and business mastermind groups. Gael talks with me about her experiences in all these endeavors, plus the challenges and magic of staying in trust, finding flow, and learning to live in gratitude, even in situations most of us would not want to be grateful for—which is where the real magic of a gratitude practice lives. 
Why you might want to be open to the possibility of being wildly wrong (or even just slightly wrong) about everything from your new creative project to interpersonal dynamics. Please leave a review and in it, tell us about a time when you were wrong and it turned out well anyway! Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
When the Covid pandemic started, all of us had to find new ways to keep busy. Shanti Hershenson, who was 12 at the time, decided to start taking writing seriously. Now 14, Shanti has not only written a remarkable 15 books, she’s done the work to self-publish and get those books into several independent bookstores. Shanti talks with me about why she didn’t tell anyone she had started writing, how her friends and family reacted, and how the young adult dystopian genre has shaped how young people see the world. She also shares her experiences using TikTok as a way to promote her work and help others start their own writing projects. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you! Sign up for my monthly Creative Check-In here. Sign up for my monthly Gratitude and Wonder session here.
If you're not doing what you want to do because you think you're not ready or don't have what you need, might I very gently and lovingly suggest that you're wrong? Please leave a review and in it, let us know what YOU are starting, from right where you are! Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
My guest this week is actor Colin Spaull, who began acting as a child and is still going strong. His early appearances include the role of Pip in Great Expectations and Peter in Heidi, and since then he’s been in everything from Coronation Street to Doctor Who. Colin talks with me about acting school, why he prefers theatre to television, his experience on The Murder Game, which had no script, and what it’s like to encounter the Cybermen close up on Doctor Who—and a lot more.  One correction: While Colin was the first actor to be in both classic Doctor Who and the new series, he's no longer the only one. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you! Leave a review (and in it, tell us about your favorite actor)! Register for Gratitude and Wonder (coming up on July 8!). Register for Creative Check-In (coming up on July 10!). Sign up for email notifications of coming events.
What can you do in five minutes? A LOT more than you think. Don't believe me? Let me explain--and then give it a try yourself! Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Join us for my monthly Gratitude and Wonder call (also free!) here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
Kevin Roth began to play the dulcimer in 1972 at the old age of thirteen, and at sixteen recorded his first album for Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways Records, which immediately launched him into international fame. More recently, a cancer diagnosis he was not expected to survive caused him to reevaluate his life and choose to survive and thrive. Kevin now teaches the techniques he used to make big changes in his life to others as a life coach who has also developed a form of dulcimer-based meditation. We talk about what happens to us on the search for happiness, why we seem to get stuck so easily despite that quest, and how to focus on what feels good and let it inform the dreams we want to pursue. Kevin also treats us to some dulcimer-playing. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you! Leave a review (and in it, tell us how music has moved you)! Register for Gratitude and Wonder. Register for Creative Check-In. Sign up for email notifications of coming events.  
Are you the last item on your own list? If so, you're not alone—we all fall into this trap. Did you know it could be tamping down your joy and your creative process? Listen for the simple solution! Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
Dieter Randolph started his career in the “family business” of ministry. He’s since left that field, and has taken on a wide variety of jobs, from car sales to working for Google. These days, he’s a writer, speaker, coach, teacher, and podcaster. Along the way, he’s refined his ideas of what it means to live a meaningful life, including what leads us in the direction of meaning and how we get thrown off course. Those ideas also are the basis of his book, “Meaningfullfilled.” Dieter talks with me about everything from a concept of something bigger than ourselves to how our resistance to boredom can choke our creativity, and the importance of seeing each other as inherently worthy, valid human beings and listening to each other’s stories.  Check out the full show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you! Leave a review (and in it, tell us about a meaningful moment in your life)! Register for Gratitude and Wonder. Register for Creative Check-In. Sign up for email notifications of coming events.
Following up from last time: how my nephew's piano recital went, and what we can all learn from how he handled the unexpected. As always, I love to hear your thoughts about what you've heard. Leave a review and tell me about a time when laughter saved you. Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks! Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here. Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering how to start having a creative process at all? Check out my super-affordable Creative Tune-Up, which is full of my favorite coaching tools to help you get moving TODAY. 
Desiree Adaway, founder and principal of the Adaway Group, is one of the nation’s preeminent diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant-facilitators with over 25 years of experience creating, leading, and managing international multicultural teams in 40 countries through major organizational change. She also leads the annual Whiteness at Work program, which I took in 2020. When she sent an email a few months ago about the intersection of creativity, and was leading a journaling workshop, I immediately wanted to know more about how she sees that intersection, so I invited her to the podcast. As you’ll hear, we delve deep into the ways equity work and creativity are similar, which may surprise you—from perfectionism to self-judgment to how to use journaling as a tool for your own freedom as well as the collective good, you’ll find a lot to think on and explore. I hope you’ll leave a review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts—but in that review, please tell us about the just, equitable world YOU want to build. Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I also post pretty regularly on TikTok, and you can also listen on YouTube. And if you're feeling stuck in your own creative process, I made the Creative Tune-Up just for you!
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