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Episode 5: Creativity as a Mental Health Practice with Theodora Blanchfield

Episode 5: Creativity as a Mental Health Practice with Theodora Blanchfield

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Overview

Today I’m chatting with writer Theodora Blanchfield about the role creative work has played in her mental health journey. In this candid conversation, Theodora shares what caring for her mental health has meant for her in the aftermath of her mother’s death from cancer and while she’s navigated other challenges including career changes and breakups.

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Episode 4: Saying Yes with Tiffany Han

Episode 4: Saying Yes with Tiffany Han

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Overview

Today I’m talking with coach and writer Tiffany Han about incremental progress, making space, and saying yes to what you really want in life. As a participant in Tiffany’s Raise Your Hand Say Yes Inner Circle, I’m so excited about this episode. I’ve gained so much from working with and getting to know Tiffany over the past year, and I’m thrilled to be able to share just a bit of her wisdom with you!

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Episode 3: Small Changes that Pay Big Dividends

Episode 3: Small Changes that Pay Big Dividends

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This week I’m talking about how tiny changes–taking a different route to work, stopping to notice your surroundings–can give you a fresh perspective. Can doing little things over time dramatically change your life? Spoiler alert: yes!

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Episode 2: Art and Activism with Kimberly Enjoli

Episode 2: Art and Activism with Kimberly Enjoli

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Today I’m talking with artist and activist Kimberly Enjoli about the intersection of art and activism, how to support activist movements beyond being out in the streets, and why art is even more necessary in a deeply troubled world.

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Coming August 26: How to Be Creative podcast

Coming August 26: How to Be Creative podcast

How to Be Creative is a podcast about what it means to be creative across different disciplines, industries, life circumstances, and career structures. You’ll learn tips for fitting creativity into your daily life, and hear from a bunch of different people about how being creative has helped them reach goals, open doors, and live a more rewarding–or at least more interesting–life.

I’m your host, Kat O’Leary, and I’m excited to introduce you to some of my favorite creatives, as well as the tools that help me get my most crucial work done. Each week, you can find show notes, including a complete episode transcript and links to everything discussed, here at howtobecreative.org.

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Plan a DIY creative retreat

Plan a DIY creative retreat

A few weekends ago, I cleared my schedule and holed up in my apartment  for a DIY creative retreat. The main goal for this weekend was to catch up on the writing schedule for my novel, which meant writing 21 pages over the duration of the weekend. There were other things I wanted to get done — two blog posts, a visual rebrand for my blog and social media accounts, and an editorial calendar for my blog through the end of April — but all were secondary (and tertiary, etc.) to the main goal.

During the weekend, I reached my desired page count, wrote two blog posts, and made incremental progress on my other goals. Want to do something similar? Here are some tips.

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