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CYOP #116 - When Mental Health, Advocacy + Business Mix with Author, Designer + Shop Owner Moorea Seal

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CYOP #116 - When Mental Health, Advocacy + Business Mix with Author, Designer + Shop Owner Moorea Seal

Photos of the  Moorea Seal  shop by  Julia Manchik

Photos of the Moorea Seal shop by Julia Manchik


Today’s episode is the last in my series with Moorea Seal and it’s a powerful one. If you’re just tuning in, be sure to go back and listen to episodes 114 and 115 before diving into this one. If you’ve already listened to past episodes, you know that Moorea is an author, designer and shop owner and she has been very open about the experiences that have set her on her path. 
 
This episode is no exception. We’re diving pretty deep into some serious topics. On the show, we chat about why mental health advocacy is so important to Moorea, what therapy has helped her realize over the years, a how discussions about mental health, wellness, and advocacy are approached within her business.

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"A strong person knows when they need help." —Moorea Seal, Author, Designer + Shop Owner // Art by  Melanie Biehle  

"A strong person knows when they need help." —Moorea Seal, Author, Designer + Shop Owner // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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Oh Hiking, How I Love Thee: Working Out on the Road

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Oh Hiking, How I Love Thee: Working Out on the Road

Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina

One of the many things that didn't quite go as planned while on the road was keeping up a regular workout routine. I had expected to make use of the hotel gyms along the way, but it just didn't happen.

Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina 

However, I did do yoga and my physical therapy workout from my room and I found reasons to walk as much as humanly possible. My word for this year was well, after all.

I just knew that sitting in the car for 6 to 12 hours at a time and then sitting down to work in front of a computer would take a toll so I found places to hike, walked to grab food or see the sights and used photo opportunities as a reason to get out of the car on long hauls.

Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina 

And it worked! Between eating well (I kept my distance from processed food by hitting grocery store salad bars and sitting down for meals instead of eating on-the-go) and getting in exercise wherever I could, I actually lost a little of the extra weight I had been carrying around.

Of course, finding beautiful hiking trails near my stops made everything more enjoyable. This short hike in Caesars Head State Park near Greenville, South Carolina was just what I needed after a long drive down the East Coast. I met a few other women at the trailhead who were going in the same direction so I tagged along with them, talking and admiring the scenery the whole time instead of taking a million pictures. 

Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina 

I'll be sharing a few more hiking trails in the coming weeks, but in the mean time I'd love to hear more about how you all keep yourself active while traveling. I felt so much better knowing I had fit in at least a little exercise between work and travel. Now I just have to translate those good habits to my home routine, right?

Feel free to share your tips in the comment section below—I'm always looking for suggestions!



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Knowing When to Power Up and When to Power Down

Knowing When to Power Up and When to Power Down

I'm going to tell it to you straight, my friends: the last few weeks have been rough. Let's blame it on that whole Mercury Retrograde business, okay? 

Here's just a taste: I opened the doors to my new e-course and eight hours later was in the throws of a very nasty 10-day cold. I continued to write my course content anyway—mushy, cold medicine brain and all—only to realize I'd need to seriously edit all of it to the point of nearly starting over (note to self: maybe don't write important content while taking cold meds). I've had my internet go down for no reason, our power went out inexplicably and my pups have come down with a stomach bug that has left us all feeling sleep-deprived and frazzled. 

Regardless of the cause of all of this turmoil, I actually handled it somewhat well. Now, don't get me wrong: I've snapped at loved ones, whined when "one more thing" went wrong, worked strange hours and have fallen off the wellness wagon to a certain degree. 

But—and I promise you, this is a huge improvement—I've been hyper aware of my energy levels in both business and life and have been acting accordingly. When I'm tired, I rest (I'm  a terrible napper, but closing my eyes for 20 minutes now and again has been crucial). When I need just five hours of uninterrupted writing time, I ask for help (aka: "honey, please stay home with the dogs—who, no joke, had been experiencing tummy issues every hour—so I can get out of here."). When I need to touch base with friends and mentors, I schedule active meetings (walk in the park, anyone?). When I need to say no to an event or work opportunity that will drain me physically and emotionally, I send my regrets without guilt.

This is HUGE, you guys. I'll be continuing this trend even as Mercury does whatever the heck it's supposed to be doing now (can you tell I only sort of subscribe to this stuff?), because it's working.

Knowing when to power up and when to power down has been a life saver. Listening to my body is making all the difference.

I'm getting better at this—I can feel it. 


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Helpful Online Courses for Creatives

Helpful Online Courses for Creatives

As I step into the new-to-me world of teaching courses for creatives and business owners, I've developed an even deeper respect for those who teach regularly. There's something special about people who can distill their knowledge into an engaging, helpful, valuable package—it's harder than it looks, friends! 

That said, it's incredibly rewarding to share what you know and I've had the pleasure of taking a lot of online courses from people who do it really well. I thought I'd share a few favorites for those of you who are looking to learn a skill, become more effective and keep yourself well as you walk your own creative path:

The Creative Class with Paul Jarvis

I've officially signed up for Paul Jarvis' Creative Class and I couldn't be more excited. Piecing together an income can be challenging at best and no matter where we are in our journey, there's always something to be learned from others. I'm currently looking for ways to create better systems, find more of the right clients and continue building a sustainable business. I've admired Paul Jarvis' work for years and I look forward to learning from him! Interested? Sign up here

Skillshare Classes with Anne Ditmeyer

As some of you may remember, I've been a longtime fan of Anne's work. She's doing so many incredible things these days, but I'm most grateful for her willingness to share what she knows! What's great about taking Anne's Skillshare classes is that they're project-based. I'm not sure about you, but I tend to retain much more of what I've learned if it's applied directly to a project. I've taken Anne's "Map Making" class and absolutely loved it. She also teaches several design courses and is currently teaching a class called "The Art of the Travel Poster" which sounds really fun.

Instagram E-course with Melissa Camilleri of @ShopCompliment

So here's the thing about Instagram: it's great for sharing personal photos, but it is an even more powerful tool for growing a creative business. I've slowly (and sometimes painfully) been transitioning my account from a let's-share-all-the-things personal feed to a business/lifestyle account that's a bit more curated. I'm still learning and Melissa's class has helped immensely. It's a perfect place to start if you're looking to use the platform to position and market your business. Interested? Sign up here. (Note: this is an affiliate link and if you purchase through this link, I get a teeny tiny commission. I appreciate you supporting my creative venture as you grow your own!)

Eat.Live.Love with Holistic Health Coach Nikki Stern

Being in business for yourself can take a toll on both your mental and physical state. Unfortunately, friends, I'm writing this out of experience! My word for the year is "well," so one of the first orders of business over the holidays was to sign up for Nikki's Eat.Live.Love e-course. It was just what I needed: a set of simple daily challenges that got me out of my head and doing the things that I know are good for my body. I find that I'm a better business owner, freelancer, podcast host, etc. when I've set aside time to take care of myself. If you're feeling a little bogged down as we head into spring, Nikki's course can help!


Of course, if you're interested in journaling or understanding earned media as a small business owner, I'm gearing up to open my next round of courses as well. And if you're not into learning online, feel free to share this list with a friend who might benefit from one of the resources mentioned above.

Happy learning, my friends!


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My Word for 2015: Well

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My Word for 2015: Well

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Just like that, 2015 has swung open its doors and we've walked right on through ready to take on whatever comes next. Or at least I feel like I'm almost prepared for whatever comes next. Honestly, I've been feeling a pull—a longing, even—and that feeling is coming from a need to focus, to hold close the important bits and release the rest.

So I've decided, along with one million others on the internet, to choose a word for the year. I'll be using it as a tool to guide my actions through the minutes, hours, days, months and quarters of this year.

That word? Well

Here's how I'm making that word make sense to me:

Well: A feeling I hope to embrace more often than not
Truth be told, I spent much of 2014 feeling unwell. I didn't always feel terrible, but I definitely didn't feel my best. In 2015, I want to move more in an effort to continue to avoid the pitfalls of associated with my disability. I'm happy to note that I've already taken steps to make more activity possible this year. I'm getting my new prosthetic arm this week (!) and plan to break it in with proper push-ups and beginners yoga sessions with my friend Tami. I've also signed on to my friend Nikki's wellness course for the month. It's been amazing so far, you guys. Don't miss it next time it rolls around.

Well: To cultivate a source from which something may be drawn
Here's the thing about being an independent business owner in a sea of 9-5ers: It gets lonely. In 2013 and 2014, I spent a lot of time dealing with the ups and downs of being the person in charge of every choice, every next step and every mistake. Then I found a group of people who are just like me. They're working to build something from scratch and make a living in the process. They've taught me how to build up my own reserves, to trust in myself and my judgement and to reach out when I need help or reassurance. They've taught me that it's okay to look to others to fill up your well, but that it's equally important to offer the same in return. They've also made me realize that not everyone—even those closest to me—is going to be there to pull me up when I'm feeling low and that's okay. In fact, it's to be expected. Not everyone understands the challenges of being in business for yourself, but finding likeminded folks who do can make all the difference. My hope for 2015 is to continue to fill my own well and the wells of others as much as possible.

(Do) Well: To prosper and thrive while helping others do the same
I'm always looking for new opportunities to grow in different directions and dive deeper into activities, hobbies and skills I want to master. But this year, I'll also focus on how I can help others do well in their own lives and businesses. While 2014 brought vehicles for sharing the work of others, like Creating Your Own Path and #storytellersaturdays on Instagram, my hope is to create ways to share knowledge. I've learned so much through the last four years of trial and error. Each success and failure were important milestones and it would be a shame to keep that knowledge tucked away. I've also got a few fun collaborations in the works that are centered on key values in my own life: adventure, wellness and creativity. I'll be sharing more about my ideas and plans tomorrow, but I think you all are going to like what I've got in the works.

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Now it's your turn: what's your word for 2015?



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