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CYOP Wisdom 2015 (See Also: My Podcast Guests are Incredibly Smart)

CYOP Wisdom 2015 (See Also: My Podcast Guests are Incredibly Smart)

Originally, I had planned to pick out a few of my favorite podcast episodes from 2015 and share them with you this week, but picking favorite interviews is like picking a favorite nephew or loving one of my pups more than the other.

I just couldn't do it.

However, I did go through what turned out to be a treasure trove of smart statements and great advice from the year and thought I'd share them with you—gallery style—right here. Of course, Instagram is my favorite place to share the wise words from each guest, but I thought it might be fun to collect all of the quotes here in one spot as well.

So let's take a look back at an awesome season, shall we?

From Instagram:

Now, in true end-of-year form, I would like to give those of you who are new to the podcast a way to get started. Here are the five episodes from 2015 that I'd consider fan-favorites based on downloads:

CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon

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CYOP #57 - Writing the Next Chapter with Grace Bonney of Design Sponge and Food Writer Julia Turshen

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CYOP #51 - Staying Organized + Understanding the Power of Art with Rosaura Unangst of Pigment + Parchment

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CYOP #50 - Working Through Fear and Exploring Your Creativity with Omonivie Okhade of Tula in Bloom

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CYOP #55 - Switching Careers + Sharing Great Content with Jessica Murnane of the One Part Podcast

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Happy listening, my friends, and thank you SO much for making this season of Creating Your Own Path the best yet. Stay tuned for updates on Season 3 by subscribing to the show (iTunes + Stitcher) and following along on Instagram!


CYOP #24 - Start-Up Culture + Building a New Publishing Platform with Thad Woodman of Inkshares


CYOP #24 - Start-Up Culture + Building a New Publishing Platform with Thad Woodman of Inkshares

Creating Your Own Path with Thad Woodman of Inkshares // Find the full episode at .

In today's episode, I'm chatting with Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Inkshares Thad Woodman (you can tell from the photo above, he takes himself very seriously). For those who might not be familiar, Inkshares is a crowdfunding platform for authors that blends the basic elements of crowdfunding with the many benefits of working with a traditional publishing house. 

When I first learned about Inkshares, I was completely fascinated by the concept and decided to reach out to Thad to find out more. Listen in as we chat about everything—from his professional background and creative pursuits outside of work, to the inner workings of the Inkshares platform and what it's really like to launch a start-up. 





"The enemy of a new company is obscurity." -- Thad Woodman of Inkshares // Find the full episode at .


Find out more about Thad and Inkshares:



Telling Others Makes it Real

It's true, isn't it? As soon as you let others in on a project or idea, it becomes a real, living, breathing thing. Okay, maybe not the breathing part, but I trust you understand where I'm going with this.

It's downright scary to tell others your big goals and collaborating in the early stages in order to make big things happen can be tricky. What if the vision for the project changes? What if it doesn't move forward as planned? There are so many unknowns from start to finish. 

And yet, as of this morning, I've officially wrapped up my very first interview for Yes, You Should Try That. The book is going to be so much bigger than me and today's interview just reaffirmed my choice to include many others in the process. If there's one thing I've learned from interviewing others, it's that our stories share commonalities—many of which are deep-seated.


While our experiences may come in various shapes and sizes and they might look vastly different in the light of day, the stripped down truth is that common ground exists underneath it all. And for those of us who continue to muster the strength to look ourselves in the mirror and say, "Yes, you should try that," common ground is a life saver.

Essential, even.

Don't you think?



Inspiration + Goal Refinement

I have to tell you all, I've spent the first 9 days of this year completely inspired. How, you ask? By whom? Well, mostly by people just like you. I'm inspired by the community that comes along with blogging and {some} social media interaction. I'm inspired by so many of you who reach out in the comment section or through various other channels to say thanks or share your experiences. My friends and family members are also incredibly inspiring. I'm surrounded by creative people and that can only lead to good things.

I've also recently stumbled upon several different indie publications, of both the online and print variety, that take my breath away. I'm not being dramatic here folks. I get goose bumps while devouring the delicious articles, interviews, essays, videos, recipes, photography, short stories and more. We have some seriously talented people on this here planet.

Seeing the world through the artwork of others -- through their perspective -- makes me so excited to go out and create more, collaborate more and share more high-quality work. I desperately want to create as much beautiful, helpful and engaging content as possible this year. I'm on track so far thanks to my pledge to explore my creative side at least a tiny bit each day. You've all been holding me accountable and offer up regular encouragement, which keeps me both motivated and humble at the same time. Thank you for that.

My small daily exercises have resulted in a few beautiful moments, including the making of the photos below:


I looked out my front window a few mornings ago and saw droplets on our tree out front. The sky was a bit hazy with low clouds, which led to nice, post-sunrise light. Not caring what my neighbors might think, I bundled up, went out front and started snapping away. I'm so glad I took the time to notice the tiny droplets and seize the photo opportunity. If I hadn't, I may have missed out on much-needed practice time and photos that make me happy.

Thanks to the focus on small moments of creative time, I've even been motivated to organize my thoughts a bit. It's tough to truly visualize success through a vague lens, so I've refined my creative goals based on different types of content:

  • Write and submit at least 10 articles and/or essays to publications both near and far
  • Take more thoughtful and well-composed photos specifically for my Society6 Shop
  • Create at least 5 well-shot and edited videos for various outlets {and, let's face it, for practice!}
  • Blog more about the region I know and love: the Sacramento Valley

That's a good start, right? I hope? Just writing these goals so close to a button that screams "Publish!" is making me nervous. However, I know that putting it out there in the universe will help me see my goals through.

Thanks again to all of you who have continued to read and participate. I'm thrilled to be doing this and you all make it so worthwhile.


If you have any tips on nurturing your creativity, finding inspiration and refining your goals, please feel free to share in the comment section below.