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Conversation is the thread that helps tether and inspire relationships. It doesn’t have to be fancy or grand; but, it does need to be real. Inspiring conversation often comes from the ordinary moments in life when stories are shared and hearts are laid bare. Join Amy Vallejo, founder & co-collaborator of Social Creative Workshops, as she chats to extraordinary women sharing, teaching, and learning through the conversations we have. ​This podcast is for all the makers; artisan makers, business makers, movement makers, homemakers, mess makers, idea makers. What we do is a contributing portion of who we are, but there is so much to all of us, isn't there? If you are like me, the stories are gold and connect us so much deeper. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO TEACH, WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO LEARN. Welcome to our conversation, we’re glad you’re here!
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Meet sibling duo Ashley Rodriguez and Chris Baron.  Two creative entrepreneurs blazing their own industry trails; but, together, they found a more rugged outdoor trail to discover and invite others to join them as they forage, cook, and share stories along the way.   You know Ashely from her well known cooking blog, Not Without Salt.  She's authored two cookbooks, Date Night In and Let's Stay In, and there is a third in the works!  She's featured in several publications, and guest chef's at many experience dinners-including collaborations with Social Creative Workshops.   Chris Baron is an award winning filmmaker and owner of Baron Visuals, whose talent through directing and cinematography has been featured on documentaries such as Food Inc and series, Intervention. Kitchen Unnecessary started cooking food over a fire at a family camping trip.   A delicious idea of sharing the beauty and accessibility of outdoor cooking as seen thru their eyes and taught through adventures with their incredible guests along the way.   Listen in to the utter silliness (true family flavor) and passionate drive of these two storytellers.   They weave food, people, and nature into visually beautiful and delicious conversation shared with the community thru their web series and podcast.   For more information on Kitchen Unnecessary:Kitchen Unnecessary Website: https://www.kitchenunnecessary.comKitchen Unnecessary Podcast: https://www.kitchenunnecessary.com/podcastKitchen Unnecessary Social Media: @kitchenunnecessaryAshley has been long time supporter and collaborator with Social Creative Workshops.  We are excited to have her, once again, showcase her talents as she demo's and shares small bites  at The Freedom Movement on August 10 at Seattle's Dunn Gardens.To join, register Here: Freedom Movement
Yes, I said exposing.   That's how I feel right now.  This could be one of my most vulnerable episodes, and I dragged another Enneagram 8 into the mix.  Solidarity.    Thanks to London Tierney from Particle Goods, you get a real look into some of the healthy and unhealthy behavior tendencies on an Enneagram 8.    We talk about everything from the struggle to carve out white space,  our trust issues, and how we'd much prefer the "rip the bandaid off" method over "beat around the bush".       Despite our tough, often big and confident personalities, we're vulnerable and fighting insecurities just like the rest.  And we're really tender momma bears who would fight to the death for you.   (if we trust you, that is.  we are suspicious...so bare with us.)Maybe this resonates?   Our whole goal is to grow deeper with each other and ourselves. We want to find the healthy self who can celebrate the strengths and learn from the 'less than positive' behavior tendencies.    Thanks to London for joining me in this conversation.   "Hey London, wanna join me for a bonus episode where we expose ourselves and our unhealthy 8-ness, share the blunt truths, and laugh at how silly our thought process can be?"        She said yes, just like a true E8 would.(And, once we come out of hiding, if you see us at a party....we promise we're not judging your niceness.  Maybe.)Book Resource:   The Road Back to You.Other Great Resources: RHETI Test, The Enneagram Institute The Sacred EnneagramEnneagram and CoffeeActual Enneagram
London Tierney has a story to tell through each fragrance she develops.    It's personal and steeped in reflection and ritual.    Particle Goods shares a journey of finding healing, creating whitespace, and cherishing nostalgic places and spaces through every candle, incense cone or perfume put out in the world.   Scent is a powerful tool. It has the ability to transform a mood, prepare your body,  and set a tone for your home.Particle Goods is a small batch candle company located in Seattle and appreciated everywhere.    London is an experienced entrepreneur and creative.   In this episode we dive into everything from how scent has been stereotyped, to pandemic pivots and recent growth strategies including her latest addition as a seller at Seattle's famed Pike Place Market.  You may even hear us laughing (and wincing) as we share our struggles and strengths as Enneagram 8's.    Yes,  that's right.   The strong 8's got vulnerable.   And, you can hear more tears of laughter and deep reflection in our BONUS EPISODE (E18) following this one.  If you are an E8W7 or E8W9, this one might have some places of resonation for you.Grateful to have Particle Goods partnering with us again for our Freedom Movement on August 10.   See all the details, sign up and meet her in person.  She really is as cool as she sounds.London will help us discover the transformative power of scent, and select a custom perfume to go home with.  (btw: my fave is MESA)For more information on Particle Goods:Particle Goods website: www.particlegoods.comParticle Goods instagram: @particlegoods
Welcome to our 3 part series with Mimi Jung.  This is an honest conversation about life on screen, life as an Asian American woman, life transformations, life as a working mom, life as someone who found her voice to speak out and stand against discrimination-even within her own culture.   I hope you will carve out time to listen to all 3 episodes.Mimi Jung is the award winning journalist & news anchor you've seen on your screens every morning on King 5 for the last 21 years.   Her job, as she shares, is to tell stories-of the community, the people, the businesses, the world. Today is our final conversation and we listen in as she shares her own experiences with Asian hate crimes, inequity, assimilation into a culture,  discrimination, the awakening and awareness that is stirring within communities, and her own brave efforts for changing to script and re-writing the future for herself, her kids and her culture.    We are nearing the anniversary of George Floyd's tragic death, and reflect on a year of deep pain, the awakening that occurred and the transformational journey we have all been on.  Discrimination, racism, and inequity have always been here. However,  just now some of us are finally seeing its deep scarring and severity and having real conversations as to our part in it. I hope these dialogue have inspired your own conversations, and continue to prompt uncomfortable and fruitful exchanges within your own spheres.   Let's learn, grow, speak up, speak out and experience transformational change together.Hear the full story in Episode 14  (part 1 of 3) & 15 ( 2 of 3 ) .Follow Mimi Jung on social media :Instagram - @mimijungking5Watch Mimi Jung report :King 5 broadcast: King 5 News Channel 5 4:30 am-7:00 amAbout Mimi"Facing Race" news feature with Mimi Jung
Welcome to our 3 part series with Mimi Jung.  This is an honest conversation about life on screen, life as an Asian American woman, life transformations, life as a working mom, life as someone who found her voice to speak out and stand against discrimination-even within her own culture.   I hope you will carve out time to listen to all 3 episodes, starting with this one getting to know the creative woman behind the news desk you see every morning.Mimi Jung is the award winning journalist & news anchor you've seen on your screens every morning on King 5 for the last 21 years.   Her job, as she shares, is to tell stories-of the community, the people, the businesses, the world. .  You'll find her doing so as the MC for Gala events, involvement in local charity organizations, interviewing a grieving mother, highlighting the achievements of a local business all to share with you the collective struggle, emotion, celebration, and community connection we all feel when watching her on a broadcasting screen.Today we listen in as she shares her own experiences with Asian hate crimes, inequity, assimilation into a culture,  discrimination, the awakening and awareness that is stirring within communities, and her own brave efforts for changing to script and re-writing the future for herself, her kids and her culture.    Mimi shares the barriers and difficulties of discrimination in her childhood.  How her perception of " we are color blind " or "we don't see color"  has changed, and how the example of other Asian Americans has empowered her own voice in sharing her story to further change.    Hear the full story in Episode 14  (part 1 of 3) & 16 ( 3 of 3 coming soon) .Follow Mimi Jung on social media :Instagram - @mimijungking5Watch Mimi Jung report :King 5 broadcast: King 5 News Channel 5 4:30 am-7:00 amAbout Mimi"Facing Race" news feature with Mimi Jung
Welcome to our 3 part series with Mimi Jung.  This is an honest conversation about life on screen, life as an Asian American woman, life transformations, life as a working mom, life as someone who found her voice to speak out and stand against discrimination-even within her own culture.   I hope you will carve out time to listen to all 3 episodes, starting with this one getting to know the creative woman behind the news desk you see every morning.Mimi Jung is the award winning journalist & news anchor you've seen on your screens every morning on King 5 for the last 21 years.   Her job, as she shares, is to tell stories-of the community, the people, the businesses, the world. .  You'll find her doing so as the MC for Gala events, involvement in local charity organizations, interviewing a grieving mother, highlighting the achievements of a local business all to share with you the collective struggle, emotion, celebration, and community connection we all feel when watching her on a broadcasting screen.Today we listen in as she explains life behind the screen.   When she leaves the studio, she puts on her yoga pants just like the rest of us and does school pick up, yard work,  endless errands, and even manages to fit in time for her favorite creative outlets-which she emphasizes is a much needed "massage for her brain" break from a day of intense reporting.    She talks about her local celebrity, what it's like to report human struggle and pain, the lessons she's learned while getting older, and the importance of cultivating an authentic, honest relationship with her co-anchor (and you, the audience).We dip our toes into the bigger conversation, her story and feelings surrounding Asian American  discrimination.   Mimi shares her own experiences with Asian hate crimes, inequity, assimilation into a culture,  discrimination, the awakening and awareness that is stirring within communities, and her own brave efforts for changing to script and re-writing the future for herself, her kids and her culture.Hear the full story in Episode 15 & 16 (part 2 of 3 and 3 of 3) coming soon.Follow Mimi Jung on social media : Instagram - @mimijungking5Watch Mimi Jung report :King 5 broadcast: King 5 News Channel 5 4:30 am-7:00 amAbout Mimi"Facing Race" news feature with Mimi Jung 
You've never met a more powerful pastry.    The buttery,  decadent (sometimes ugly delicious) goodies that come from the kitchen at The Pastry Project represent a fair opportunity for many to break into the pastry industry, and learn job skills that can propel them into a successful career.   That's the hope and mission that Heather Hodge and Emily Kim dreamed up and this social enterprise is nothing less than a phenomenal asset to our city's thriving food scene.    After leading social and kitchen staffing roles at Seattle's famed Molly Moon's Ice Cream Shop, these two saw barriers to entry and moved quickly to remedy with their own free 14 week training program.    The thoughtful insight in removing barriers for students - even beyond the immediate needs of a teaching classroom, exhibit the deep hearts of these women who care for the equity of human beings.   Through strong partnerships with local companies, new graduates can feel confident to pursue dreams in the industry and beginners can have an opportunity to learn thanks to referrals from contributing non-profits.   Our conversation occurred during the midday baking buzz, as you'll hear from their neighbor The London Plane.   It's about as authentic as it gets, and I love it.    Learn about Heather and Emily's admiration for each other and the real struggles they faced in their life's journey and Pastry Projects first year.   Emily also shares an intimate and personal process of a post she wrote regarding the recent tragedies in the AAPI community.   Her words prompted a thoughtful conversation in my own home regarding culture, discrimination, and our greater awareness to the pain and hate that has existed for so long.  This is a worthy listen. I hope you'll find time for it.For more information about The Pastry Project, or to order a goody box,  kit or take a class:www.thepastryproject.coFind them on Instagram at : @thepastryproject_Help support and fund their 14 week training program: https://www.thepastryproject.co/donateSo excited to have The Pastry Project as a collaborator for our Modern May Day  experience May 7, 2021.   Check it out, see their contribution, and register here: www.wearesocialcreative.com
Don't miss a minute of this tuber-informative episode.  Join our bonus content  session, as Deanna Kitchen, of Twig+Vine Floral Farm, shares all her hot tips for planting dahlias into the ground.  Deanna is the owner and grower of Twig + Vine Floral Farm, and founder of The Growing Kindness Project.  If you missed, be sure to listen to Episode 11, where we dive into how her farm and floral design businesses were started, the juggle of home/work/farm life, and Deanna's heart for spreading kindness worldwide using dahlias as the catalyst.  Today, she covers the what, where, when, and why for Spring planting of your dahlia tubers.  She shares her extensive knowledge with us, and answers a lot of the questions you asked! Be sure to listen to this informative episode as you get your hands in the dirt-and keep an eye out for those lilacs...just listen, you'll thank me!For More information about Twig + Vine Flower Farm:Instagram: @twigandvineWebsite: twigandvinefarm.comFor more information about Growing Kindness Project :Instagram: @growingkindnessprojectWebsite: growingkindnessproject.orgDonate to Growing Kindness Project:  DONATE KINDNESS
Put your headphones in, and get your hands in the dirt.  This episode is going to fill your ears and heart with purpose and a mission (and some ideas for Spring planting!).  Meet Deanna Kitchen; she is wife, momma, farm girl, entrepreneur, floral designer and teacher, owner of flourishing Twig & Vine dahlia farm,  and founder (also Chief Flower Giver) of the non-profit Growing Kindness Project (GKP).   Their mission is simple, and yet quite profound; grow kindness.  GKP's aim is to empower, educate, and encourage acts of kindness through the growing and giving of flowers.  They freely give dahlia tubers to people with the intent to grow and continue the ripples of kindness in their own communities.  GKP has ambassadors worldwide and offers education so any level grower can participate.  This  all started with a mom and her boys,  a squeaky wagon full of dahlias and a desire to spread joy in their community.   Nothing tricky or overly strategic.  Just share kindness and joy.    As is always the case, the giver is just as blessed as the receiver.  Those dahlias were the catalyst to a worldwide movement to spread kindness by a process of grow, cut, give, repeat.   And it is working, and growing as fast as Deanna's busy hands, lots of volunteers, and rows of dahlia fields can manage.    Listen to her heart-full story, the start of something profound, and hear about how you can participate in growing kindness from your own plot of dirt.   It's as easy as purchasing dahlia tubers-which  YOU CAN DO!   MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Twig & Vine's big dahlia tuber sale on SATURDAY, MARCH 20th, 2021 at 9:00 am pst.    Half of the sales proceeds go to fund the Growing Kindness Project's mission and help spreading joy through flowers to more parts of our world.  (The other half pays for all the expenses and operational stuff that come with managing a thriving dahlia farm  business). ARE YOU THE WINNER OF THE DAHLIA GIVEAWAY?   Listen for. your name during the episode.  We announce the winner of our dahlia giveaway- 3 dahlia tubers ("Cafe Au Lait", "Sweet Nathalie", "Peaches 'n Cream").      If you are the lucky winner, please send an email to wearesocialcreative@gmail.com or DM me (Amy) at @socialcreativeworkshops.   Happy gardening-you are going to have some beautiful flowers to enjoy....and use to spread kindness!For more information about Growing Kindness Project :Instagram: @growingkindnessprojectWebsite: growingkindnessproject.orgDonate to Growing Kindness Project:  DONATE KINDNESSTwig + Vine Flower FarmInstagram: @twigandvineWebsite: twigandvinefarm.com
Meet Danie Baker, the incredibly talented and intelligent food  blogger/math nerd/recipe developer/accountant/baking connoisseur/life of the party.  Somehow she manages a full time accounting job with pursuing her true love of cooking for her food blog HeyDanieBakes!Despite previous attempts to start a food blog, this time it really clicked and has been well received-an ironic and pleasant surprise coming out of a pandemic.   It's the perfect mixture of pure, authentic enjoyment of food in her kitchen with serious , thoughtful strategies put in place to go full force with this passion of hers.   And it shows.   Her blog popularity continues to grow, as does her appreciation for the connection it provides to those who enjoy her recipes.Listen in on our conversation as we talk about her food roots, how HeyDanieBakes! food blog got its wings, and her further processing of an Instagram post she wrote on what it meant to have Kamala Harris elected as our new Vice President.   She also tells us her 2 must have tools in the kitchen, and her 2 favorite ingredients she uses for her recipes.     Her blog offers something for all eating styles, rhythms, and appetites.       Enjoy the conversation-pretty confident you'll love her (and her food!)EXCLUSIVE FOR YOU: After listening to this podcast episode, leave a comment and share your thoughts on apple podcast/iTunes.   If you do, please email: wearesocialcreative@gmail.com to receive an exclusive, extraordinary recipe for Browned Butter Honey Toffee Cookies (ooops, you're drooling a little).     We will direct you to a private blog post just for you, and. you can be the envy of all your friends...after you share a cookie with them, of course.Check out her blog here:  Hey Danie Bakes!Follow her on Instagram here: @heydaniebakesHappy Eating!
Meet the company that is looking to connect the farmer to the consumer in a new way. By taking what farmers do well, and innovating to reach more people who deserve superb, nutrient dense food on their tables.  I'm speaking of MilkRun, a farm-to- door delivery service for food celebratory areas like Seattle, Austin, and Portland.    I chatted with Michelle Perkins, a local Seattle food industry connector about this new company she is cheerleading.  (Hint: Me too. They are worth cheering for)   With our new year's initiatives to support local, support healthy, and support the struggling food industry this company is literally checking all the boxes for me..and I'm sure they will for you too.     Listen in as we chat about food integrity,  food insecurity, and food relationships.  As we all do our small part to collectively make big changes for our world, this is a step in the right direction.  Plus, I have a $25 discount on your first order to make that small step a little easier!   Give this a listen, go to www.localmilkrun.com, and type in SCW25 to save some money on a delivery box that will bring some inspiration to your kitchen and connection to those hard working small businesses and farmers making your food experience more delicious.  (add 10% off reoccurring orders)
Kennesha Buycks is the inspiring creative and writer behind the Restoration House blog and book, Restoration House: Creating a Home That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter.  Her story weaves connecting hearts, creating inspirational spaces, and being a voice to live honestly in your purpose.  Whether she is thrifting antique stores, designing the perfect tablescape or styling a space,  her intention is to bring inspiration, story and connection to all.   She is a beloved fellow Enneagram 8w7, which made the conversation even more fun!   I've been able to befriend, collaborate with and learn from Kennesha.  She gets to the heart of the matter with bold humility and I just love that.Join our honest conversation sharing how to find restoration during a pandemic, the struggle to release control as an enneagram 8,  and how each of us are  peeling back layers and healing during this chaotic time.  We're sharing our current rituals of finding quiet,  our "real time journal" social media strategies, and Kennesha answers questions sent in by YOU!I'm honored to share more of her story, wisdom, and  encouragement during one of life's genuinely hard seasons.Instagram: @restorationhouseWebsite: www.restorationhouseblog.com
Join me as I chat with my dear friend, Sarah Simon, known for her widely popular watercolor art and technique under the name, The Mint Gardener.    Sarah is both locally and internationally lauded for her online and in person watercolor classes  as seen in The Watercolor Summit, Skill share, The Crafters box and local studio classes like Social Creative Workshops and StudioLife, to name a few.  Her methodical and meditative teaching style mimics the soothing brush strokes for each watercolor masterpiece.  The Mint Gardener's art techniques are also shared through her successful  books,  Modern Watercolor Botanicals and her fun coloring book, The Plant Lady, featuring her muse Florence (of Florence and her Fascinations).  Sarah's newest book,  Watercolor Workbook, is a 30 min Botanical watercolor tutorial for beginners, expected out in April 2021.     In our lively conversation, Sarah shares some lesser known lessons she learned about herself, her art, and and faith from her life's journey.   We cover the gambit of her inspirations-from The Dark Crystal to Madeline L'Engel.  You won't find these stories on her bio page or any other podcast.   Dive in with us, and get to know the "Gardener" behind "the Mint".    Follow up with more, by going to @socialcreativeworkshops on Instagram IGTV to view our live "We:the makers: Series" chat answering more of your questions.   We know your time is valuable.  If you are an artist, or part of her/our community, it's worth it.
Join us for a quick listen of my dear friend Julie Hubert as she speaks to her journey and experience navigating the healthy and unhealthy tendencies of an Enneagram 2 (also referred to as The Helper).   In Episode 5 we discuss how asking for help, and receiving help can be difficult.   Julie shares her own experience, and what she has learned from the 2's perspective.This insightful bonus content is part of our 2 part series as I share my story of December, and specifically my struggle and survival with a brain tumor in 2011.      You can listen to the full story in Episodes 4&5.
Finishing up a two part series (go listen to Episode 4), I share more about my December story specifically related to surviving a large meningioma brain tumor 9 years ago.  It was a serious, pivotal time for my family and I, and as such, there are many reflections during this month.  There are so many take aways (like never wasting a moment, or having deep gratitude for all things, and countless more!), but one that continuously sifts to the top is the recognition of help.   Being helped, helping, asking for help..you name it.   During that time of need in our lives, we absolutely were the recipients of help-but it didn't come without hesitation.  Why?  What are the reasons that keep us from asking?  My story may relate to some, but certainly, as we live through a pandemic we all have been in a place of need..AND ALSO, a place of helping and serving those in need.   I asked two incredibly insightful helpers (and also dear, loved ones to me), Jake and Julie Hubert to join me in a round table discussion as we chat about my story-and each other's experiences with being helpers and receiving care.  Listen in as we discover the power in being loved, being seen, and being connected through the act of service.   You'll resonate, I am sure of it.Bonus: Give a listen to some bonus content as Julie Hubert offers incredible insight through her journey navigating the healthy and unhealthy parts of being an  Enneagram 2,  known as "The Helper".    If you know or are an Enneagram 2 personality type, I highly recommend! 
Join me , Amy Vallejo, for a heavy and personal story sharing our journey through struggle-most specifically how a brain tumor 9 years ago changed how I do life.  Hear how God, joy, love, tiny miracles, faithfulness, friends, prayer, community, and a glorious  8oz filet, extra dirty martini, loaded baked potato and bananas foster at El Guacho showed up in the midst of it all.  El Guacho has become a fancy remembrance stone in my story, a beautiful milestone where we intentionally remember the blessings that we have, the air that we breathe, the people who surround us and the provision of God in the face of adversity.     My story matters.  It goes well beyond me.    Your story matters.  It goes well beyond you.   Perhaps some of my story resonates, or gives you voice to share yours so others can be blessed.
Brooke Anderson and Kristi Brumbaugh, owners of Seattle's creative gem StudioLife, share their literal and metaphorical journey of creating space for themselves and others by way of their neighborhood shop.   What's it like to shut the doors to your dream, thriving business (gulp) and start something new  in uncertain times of pandemic?  They share the personal struggles and triumphs, the strength of a neighborhood friend network, and unexpected places of flourishing that have come from making the brave transition  from in person to virtual creative workshops.   
Join Amy and Lauren Holton of Lark Rising for a candid conversation focused on finding balance and avoiding burn out in the seasons we journey through.  Lauren is a well known, accomplished embroidery artist and designer of patterns and tutorials found in her Etsy shop, workshops and recently published book, "The Modern Embroidery Studio".  Hear what she's learned about her own ambition, and how she walks through her own struggles of balancing being a mom, wife, friend, and contributing inspiration for the fiber arts industry.  Join our conversation and hear how she answered questions you sent in!  
Did Jake just ask that?!   Welcome to the first episode of Social Creative Conversations. Join Amy as she introduces her new inspired experience (this podcast) and answers questions from you and her husband about creativity and inspiration.   You know, that unpredictable roller coaster we all ride.   Some days we feel alive from it; some days all we hear is a hollow echo wondering when it will come back.   Amy talks about her own experiences with it, is mind-blown from recollecting her childhood influences, and giggles through some hilarious (telling of their relationship) moments after a date night.  Come on into the conversation...
Join Amy Vallejo, Founder and Co-Collaborator of Seattle based Social Creative Workshops, for a continuation of relationship through conversation. What we do is a contributing portion of who we are, but there is so much more.  Stories are gold and connect us so much deeper. Participate, listen, and learn as we engage in ordinary conversations with extraordinary women who share their journeys and tackle mystery jar questions.  Welcome to the conversation!
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