I love starting new projects. Hence, my recent announcement that I'm getting ready to change a lottt of things 'round here. If you missed it, you can watch this to get caught up on the deets. And speaking of new projects, welcome to this fun new monthly feature where I'll share with you the most downloaded episodes of the podcast every month.
I have zero clue how it's already June, but I'm embracing the beginnings of the humid southern summer - wait, that's a lie, I'm really just turning up the AC and the wine - and reminiscing on the badass line-up of women that came on the podcast in May.
I may be biased, but the May line-up was on fi-yahhh! Here were your fave episodes. Or well, the ones you downloaded the most!
#1 | Episode 98: Becoming an Artist with Amira Rahim
I think our becomings happen so gradually that we don't even notice it until we've finally bloomed. The blooming part always seems so serendipitous, too. Because we had no idea we were becoming all along.
In this episode, I sit down with Amira Rahim, a contemporary abstract expressionist painter, to hear the story of how she became an artist.
It wasn't all paint clothes and easel and painting on the side of the streets until she got her big break - I know, that's what I expected, too.
It was more law school and trying out different jobs until one simple line from a movie changed everything for her - it was that serendipitous moment of her becoming.
Amira shares about how she went from blogging about her art to working full-time as an artist, what changes when your art becomes a business, dealing with negative feedback, and getting comfortable with fear.
#2 | Episode 101: Redefining it All with Chelsea Laine Francis
There's nothing like stalking someone on Instagram for months and feeling like you really know them and then sitting down with them for a podcast soul chat and realizing they're really far more amazing than you ever could have guessed through IG's tiny, square lens.
In this episode, I sat down with Chelsea Laine Francis, a photographer based in Austin, TX, to learn about her story - from fitting women in bras at Lane Bryant to buying her first camera to moving across the country and rather than working at Target, just happening to launch a professional photography career.
Ok. So, there's a lot more to the story than that. But I'll let Chelsea do the story-telling.
If the wild coincidences of the universe somehow led you right here, though, and you know the fear of taking leaps and then redefining everything, this convo is your heartbeat. I'm glad you're here.
#3 | Episode 104: From Wedding Planner to Entrepreneur with Kat Schmoyer
10 months. That's how long it took this lady from starting her business to launching one of the biggest creative conferences in the country. 17 months. That's how long it took her to take her wedding planning business full-time. And now, 3 years in, she's running 3 different brands, managing a team of wedding planners, and planning her 7th conference.
I know. I feel tired, too. Her energy is palpable, though. Just you wait until you listen!
In this episode, I sat down with Kat Schmoyer, the founder of Dear Sweetheart Events and The Creative At Heart conference (and our wedding planner #funfact), to chat about her journey. We talk about the whirlwind that has been the past three years for her and how in the world she manages it all (or doesn't - the hard parts, too, of course).
I also ask Kat about how she handled things when the conference came under fire last year and received some pretty brutal public backlash. We also chat about why this past year has been so difficult for her and how she's moved through things like grief and loss and miscarriage while still trying to run these businesses.
It's 50 minutes of amazing. So, what are you waiting for? Let's dive right in.