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Thanks, Internet #2 - We the Women Campaign

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Thanks, Internet #2 - We the Women Campaign

Photo taken by yours truly at the Women's March on Sacramento — January 21, 2017

Photo taken by yours truly at the Women's March on Sacramento — January 21, 2017


WE THE WOMEN CAMPAIGN:

Art is a pretty powerful thing and the new We the Women campaign aims to use art as a way to start conversations, enact change, and do good—at a time when our country is truly being tested.

"Art has always been an empowering means for expression, voice, and change. WE THE WOMEN unite to protect vulnerable bodies who have been targeted by forms of violence and discrimination. We aim to advocate for health and reproductive rights, LGBTQ non-discrimination, job equity, domestic shelter and immigration services, among other causes that impact human lives.

In solidarity, WE THE WOMEN embarks on a campaign to create a series of VISUAL CAMPAIGNS around the nation. The series of installations will signify stewardship for the rights of women and all voices under threat. Our hope is that these visual displays of art will go where we cannot march and act to ignite and connect through the power and vision of art."
— Source: We the Women

Let's pause and take that in for a minute.

As you can see, this campaign is set to make some waves and I can't wait to see it unfold. It's the first campaign launched by Saving Faces, which is a maker's collective based out of San Francisco, and is being spearheaded by artist, author, illustrator (and more) Cat Seto. She's also got help from an advisory board made up of some pretty inspiring folks.

If you haven't signed the pledge, spread the word, or supported the cause yet—please consider doing so here. It's been over five months since women all over the world marched against the social injustices promised by the current administration and the power of the female collective voice is one that I see rising up again, and again, and again.

Let's keep going. 


This monthly series is dedicated to sharing really cool projects and ideas that are taking shape in both the digital and physical realms. See more below!



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Thanks, Internet #1 - The Blog Bloc

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Thanks, Internet #1 - The Blog Bloc


Here's the thing about the internet: it gets a bad rap. Sure, there are a lot of crazy things happening in this world and sometimes the web is complicit in that crazy, but there are also a ton of great things happening out there.

One of my favorite things about the internet is that it's allowed me to connect with so many incredible people in real life. Let me put it this way: without the internet, I would have never been introduced to the work of those I've interviewed on my podcast. And I certainly never would have been able to meet many of them in person when I took the show on the road in 2015

The thing is, there are so many cool things happening and I can't possibly interview everyone on Creating Your Own Path. All of those amazing people who are spearheading projects that bring people and acts of creativity together both on the web and in person? They deserve love too! (Edit: please note that a feature here does not preclude these people and projects from being featured on CYOP someday!

So, I'm starting a new monthly series dedicated to sharing really cool projects and ideas that are taking shape in both the digital and physical realms. Ready to get started with the first installment? Let's do it!


Thanks Internet // Volume 1 // The Blog Bloc

The Blog Bloc is a brand new organization for bloggers and content creators in the Sacramento region. It was launched in an effort to support content creators of all kinds — bloggers, podcasters, creative directors, etc. — through community-building and resource-sharing. The whole project is built on two primary values I can really appreciate:

  • There is room for all of us.
  • We all can learn from one another.

I also have to tell you that this new community is run by one of my favorite humans of all time: Kachet Jackson-Henderson of The Lipstick Giraffe. She's been sitting on this idea for a long time and was determined to make it happen! Since launching the project, she's held several community events that people are raving about.

While this is a Sacramento-based venture, I'm betting she has her heart set on expansion. There are so many people around the globe who could benefit from a community like this one. I've just signed up and can't wait to attend the next event!

Want to learn more? You can get the scoop here.


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On Community

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On Community

Listen. I get it. We're in a time when the word community tends to get a workout. But I think it's with good reason and I, for one, have been feeling as though something is brewing.

We all have community—whether you belong to a mastermind group, a neighborhood group, or a church group. We live in a time when a sense of community can be found online, offline, or some combination both. Perhaps we meet up with our community once a month or once a week. Maybe we feel connected to a community full of those who don't live nearby, so online connection is the most obvious answer.

Whatever the case may be, I've been talking and sharing about how incredible the CYOP Community is since the show first started gaining a loyal following. And yet? That community was primarily a community of listeners. To be clear: there have been deeper connections made over the years. I've heard stories of listeners connecting with past guests in real life, noting CYOP as the driving force. I lived a sense of connectivity in 2015 when I devoted a great deal of time, money, and energy to interviewing my guests in person. I also felt connected when I asked my community questions for 100 days that same year.

However, CYOP has never had a true community—a group of people who commit to being there for one another through the good and the bad, a group of people who will reach out with a solution to someone else's problem, or a group of people who will offer up resources to the community with a "Hey me too. Here's what worked for me." It's never really been that type of community—until now.

As of last week, CYOP listeners who subscribe to the Creative Digest have access to a private community group. It lives on Slack, which is a messaging platform I've grown to love. It's the perfect place for focused (and fun) conversation, without the distraction (and algorithms) of social media. It's just pure connectivity and it's now open.

I hope you'll join us


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Want to Get Involved in the CYOP Listener Video Project? Watch This!

Video: Want to Get Involved in the CYOP Listener Video Project? Watch This!

If you've been following along on Instagram or subscribe to the weekly Creative Digest, you may have heard that I'm working on a fun video project for an upcoming event. The best part about the whole thing? I get to include YOU in the video.

I'm giving you all the scoop in the video below (which I think is my first time really being on camera in this space - a vlogger, I am not!), so press play for all of the details!

Things you need to know if you'd like to get involved:

  • In the video, I mention that I'm using my phone to record. I read this first for tips.
  • I'm looking to get all video submissions back from listeners by the end of business on June 17, 2016!
  • You can learn more by emailing me directly at jennifer @ jenniferesnyder . com.

That's it!

I'm so excited to see how this shapes up. I know some of you have already signed on to participate and I truly appreciate the support.


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On Community + #CYOPwhereilisten

On Community + #CYOPwhereilisten

Just one of the many incredible things I've enjoyed since starting the Creating Your Own Path podcast in early 2014 is interacting with the community that has built up around the show. If you had told me two years ago that a lot of the people who tune in would also be showing up on Instagram, I might have called you crazy.

Yet, that's one of the places where stories are shared, feelings are validated and instances of "hey, me too!" pop up on a regular basis. Since it's impossible for us to all be in the same room with one another, I find the fact that listeners voice their opinions and thoughts in that forum really inspiring.

So, last year I started using the #CYOPwhereilisten hashtag as a way for members of the CYOP community to share where and how (and—in the caption—much of the why) they listen to the show. So many of us listen to podcasts for different reasons and during different parts of our day and I've loved seeing the creative ways people are approaching the hashtag on Instagram.

If you haven't shared your own #CYOPwhereilisten moment yet, I urge you to join us! It's a good time and there's always a chance I'll feature some of the photos on my own Instagram feed.

Happy listening (rumor has it, Season 3 launches NEXT WEEK) and happy 'gramming, my friends!


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