Have you ever thought that it must be easier for other people to do their best work and rack up accomplishments OR that other people have it all figured out? Or that you’re missing some X factor that’s keeping you from playing your best game?
If so, check out the podcast that dives behind the scenes to talk about what it takes to thrive as a creative person who’s actually making a difference in the world. This podcast is a mix of interviews, jams, and riffs with leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs at varying levels of success.
I want you to hear that their challenges are very similar to your own so that you find inspiration to actively change your story about what you’re capable of. Think of the show as a loving and fun swift kick. (I’ll leave it to you to determine where the kick needs to land.)
One thing to note about the Productive Flourishing podcast: we go places other shows don’t, because I want us to see life as it is, not as it’s marketed. So we’ll occasionally go into topics like depression, suicide, divorce, death, bankruptcy, addictions, and whatever else comes up for people. Life is beautiful AND imperfect – appreciating the beauty while navigating the hard is the name of the game.
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Below are the last ten episodes of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Want to go deeper into the podcast? Click here to see the archives.
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Sharon Rowe is the founder of EcoBags, and an award-winning entrepreneur. She joins me this week to talk about what she’s learned in steering her almost 30 year career as an entrepreneur. We also discuss what’s different about today’s business landscape, the relationship between your why and your financial metrics, and how important getting going is for getting your business off the ground.
Tama Kieves is the best-selling author of four books, with her latest being Thriving Through Uncertainty: Moving Beyond Fear of the Unknown and Making Change Work for You. She joins me on the show to talk about the mindset and practice shifts that we need to embrace to not let fear of uncertainty keep us from moving forward to the life that awaits us. The conversation is full of creative paradoxes, such as how showing up sometimes means not doing your work, how undoing is the doing that most needs to be done, and how we have to find the courage to be inspired while inspiration gives us courage.
Christina is an attorney who wanted a more creative path and started The Contract Shop, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs, wedding professionals, and coaches. In this episode, Christina and I discuss her transition from the risk-averse field of law into entrepreneurship, the challenges she faces as a new entrepreneur, and how the way many of us think about the legal aspects of our business is actually out of sync with reality.
This week’s guest, Debbie Reber, is a New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, and speaker. She joins me to discuss how she made the transition from working in television to becoming a best-selling author, and how the birth of her neurologically-different son altered her body of work and how she got it done. While her work is geared toward parents of neuro-diverse children, this is a great episode for everyone because it shows how sticking with your work and listening to where it’s taking you can blossom into new and unexpected opportunities.
Ryan Haack is an author, speaker and blogger who happened to be born with one hand, but it’s his own surprising experience around growing up with one hand that’s the most fascinating. Ryan joins Charlie to talk about his perspective about receiving help, reminding us that we’re all different in our own ways, and that different is awesome.
Note: Because this episode is a re-release of Episode 45 but with a new introduction, iTunes lists it as Episode 178.
Carey and Demir Bentley are the founders of Life Hack Bootcamp. This husband and wife team joins me to talk about how radical self-care is the key to unlocking better work and more happiness. This topic is important to us all, because so many people think about their work as getting more work done – often, at the expense of living a better life. Both of our businesses center on helping people live rich, flourishing lives – to do that, you often have to shift your focus from your work, to your life.
Barb Suarez is a health educator who specializes in the transformational events of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She joins Angela and I to talk about the often unspoken realities of new parenthood, including how the process is identity-shaping for all three people, how to have a smooth transition that increases bonding, and how parenting and childbirth have shifted since the rise of the Internet and social media. If you’re thinking about having kids, in the process of having kids, have kids, or have loved ones having kids, there are takeaways here that will help ensure that parents are doing their best to focus on what works for them.
This week’s show features Andrea Owen, proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life and How to Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That are Holding You Back From Happiness. Andrea joins me today to talk about the habits and shame stories that hold us back from success. In this episode, we discuss how our stories, habits, and coping mechanisms lead us further away from being able to catch ourselves in the moment. Disclaimer: this episode contains cable-friendly language, so be conscious of where/when you are listening.
Kerra Bolton is a journalist turned political communication strategist turned consultant who helps people and businesses get involved in their communities through business activism. Kerra joins me on the show today to discuss what business activism is, and how it’s easier and safer than people think it is. You don’t have to pick the biggest and most controversial topics, and alienate your customers to make a difference in your community. And making a difference in your community can make a huge difference to your customers.
As the year comes to a close, we have a natural inclination to look back on what’s happened over the past year. Many of the Productive Flourishing readers and listeners have been asking questions about ways to do annual reviews or think about assessing the year. In today’s episode, Angela and I talk through the new annual review worksheet, and share several tips on reviewing your year, as well as self-care during the holidays.
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