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CYOP #2 - Finding Success Through House Concerts with Singer, Songwriter and Author Shannon Curtis

Shannon Curtis //  Photo courtesy of Steve Babuljak

Shannon Curtis //  Photo courtesy of Steve Babuljak


In this episode of Creating Your Own Path, I chat with singer and songwriter Shannon Curtis about everything, from her new book detailing the secrets behind her successful house concert tours to a career trajectory that led her from pre-med studies to the dreamiest of dreampop albums.

Listen in as Shannon gives us the scoop on her creativity-filled childhood, tells us why musicians rarely have a true path to follow and how she balances the business and creative sides of being a professional artist. 





Get to know Shannon, listen to her music and follow her updates regarding the upcoming tour and album release:

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3 Things I Learned From My First Podcast Episode

3 Things I Learned From My First Podcast Episode //

My goodness, you guys. The response to the first episode of the Creating Your Own Path podcast has been incredible. I've heard that you've listened to the episode during the morning commute, at the gym or while you enjoyed your morning coffee. Just the thought of you all bringing a simple, honest interview with creative entrepreneurs into your everyday lives is pretty astounding. Your kind emails, blog comments and shout-outs have left me with all sorts of warm fuzzies so I have to say thank you for that. 

To be honest, the first episode was far from perfect. I've learned more about the recording process, iTunes and my own "on-air" tendencies than I would have ever imagined—and I'm loving it. So, I thought I'd share a bit about what I've learned after the first episode. I still have plenty to learn and I'm sure I'll have more to share in the months to come, but these are 3 things I just can't keep to myself:

  1. Garage Band is awesome
    If you're a Mac owner, you're probably somewhat familiar with Garage Band. I hadn't really used the software for anything (other than a few "testing, testing, 1-2-3's" to see how it all worked), but a few quick searches on Google and YouTube gave me the basics I needed to get started. That said, I still have more to learn and have many more YouTube tutorial sessions in my future! There are plenty of other options for recording a podcast, but I haven't used any of them and can't really give much of an opinion. My best advice? If you're not interested in Garage Band, search around until you find what works for you!
  2. Record in a small room
    If you listened to the first episode, you may have noticed a bit of an echo. That was a little oversight on my part. We recorded the interview in the large conference room at ThinkHouse Collective, which has beautiful high ceilings and hardwood floors. I was so excited to record my very first interview that my knowledge of radio and recording studios went right out the window. Whoops! Not to worry, the next recordings will take place in one of ThinkHouse's smaller rooms.
  3. Get to know iTunes
    News flash: iTunes isn't always super intuitive and creating a podcast is no different. I can't possibly sum up everything you need to know to launch a podcast on iTunes, but bookmark this page and refer to it often. I made a few early mistakes and later realized I could have avoided that mess had I read this page from start to finish.

Now, I have a few favors to ask:

It's my understanding that the number of subscribers and reviews a podcast has can make a difference. Having loyal subscribers and a decent number of reviews helps iTunes understand that you, the listeners, want this type of content. This is where you come in, my friends:

Become a subscriber

If you've listened to the podcast and would like to subscribe, please just click here, hit the 'view in iTunes' button, then hit the 'subscribe' button once the iTunes interface opens. This means that new episodes will automatically update through iTunes on your various devices and you'll never miss an episode!

Leave a review

If you've listened to the podcast and want to offer feedback (hopefully it's mostly of the happy listener variety!), feel free to leave a review on iTunes. Once you're already in iTunes, you can easily rate and review the podcast by clicking on the 'Ratings and Reviews' tab, rating the podcast with the simple star rating system and clicking the 'write a review' button to leave your kind words. I really appreciate your support!

Lastly, I would love to know what you all want to hear more of in the future. If you have a few more minutes and wouldn't mind telling answering the following questions in the comment section below, I'd be very grateful:

  1. What did you think about the length of the first episode? Was is too long? Not long enough? Could you have used a break halfway through?
  2. The current plan is to broadcast an episode around the same time each month. Is that frequent enough for you? Would you like to listen to Creating Your Own Path episodes more frequently?
  3. Is there a question you've been dying to ask a creative entrepreneur, but never had the chance? Throw it out there and maybe I can incorporate it into the next show!

Thank you so much, my friends!


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A Very NorCal Holiday

I hope you all had (or are still having) a wonderful holiday season surrounded loved ones. This is such a festive time of year and I can't help but feel grateful and full of love. For the holiday, we visited family in Crescent City, had a chance to see some old friends, ate and drank waaaaay too much (p.s. I'm totally making this soup to bring on the veggies) and enjoyed our time on the road. We're feeling pretty fulfilled at the moment and we still have a few family gatherings to attend!Here's a little photo snippet from our trip:


{If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a few of these. In case you're wondering after reading this post, I've decided to keep using the app for two reasons: 1.) the founders appear to have listened to their users (at least for now) and 2.) Instagram really does have the most user-friendly platform and the best filters (at least for now). :) }

The past week has been filled with good times and the peace and quiet I had been looking for. I hope to take a few more days off from this blog and return to bring you fun, helpful and engaging content in 2013.


Happy Friday, all!

Looking for recommendations for a trip to Northern California? There's an app for that! I've collected all of my favorite places to explore the great outdoors in Northern California into one app, which you can download from iTunes right here.

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Northern California for Nature Lovers: The App!

When Everplaces reached out to me earlier this year to propose a partnership that would combine their amazing app development and design skills with my recently discovered wanderlust and (apparently) app-worthy content creation skills, I was elated. Naturally, I said yes without much hesitation.Who could say no to such a venture? Not this girl.

So...I traveled, explored my favorite spots, spent time researching a few new-to-me places, wrote reviews, researched a bit more, edited many, many photos and dug into my archives for favorite spots that I know and love, but couldn't visit this year.

After all was said and done, I was presented with this:


Say it with me now: "ooooooh.....aaaahhhhh."

The app is aptly named Northern California for Nature Lovers and you can download it for the low, low price of $0.99 right here.

As you've probably guessed by now, the app is currently only available for Apple products. I'm hoping it'll be available on other platforms in the near future. If you're searching the App Store on your phone, just type in "California Nature Everplaces," and you'll get a screen that looks a little like this:


{I'm still not over having a 'curated by' line, by the way. Not sure I ever will get over it.}

So, there you have it. I've created my very first travel app with some of the coolest, nicest people I've ever had a chance to meet over the internet. If you want to read up on Everplaces, you can see a few previous posts here and here. You can also check out the Everplaces app here. Obviously, I highly recommend it.

Finally, I'd like to give a little shout out to my friends and family who have been incredibly supportive as I try new things and say yes to opportunities such as this. You. all. rock.


Happy Wednesday, all!