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Top 5 Podcasts for Creatives

I’m so thankful for podcasts. I have a pretty long commute to and from work that I used to DREAD, but since podcasts have really become a thing, I’m excited to drive now! I found a few that I find so valuable as a creative person (and as a creative person who wants to make a living doing their creative endeavor), that I want to share them with you too. I think you’ll find some benefit, no matter what creative field you’re in.

Top Five Podcasts for Creatives

Here are my top favorites, in no particular order:

Don’t Keep Your Day Job - Really fantastic podcast. I love how warm, positive, and kind Cathy is. I love that she believes that “purpose is the opposite of depression” and she strives to help people find the purpose in their lives.

Some of my favorite episodes are:

How to Avoid the Perfection Trap - James Victore

How to Choose Wonder Over Worry - Amber Rae

How to Make Creativity Your Career - Andy J. Pizza

Creative Pep Talk - The pep talks are really insightful and motivational. There are lots of practical and actionable items to pep up your creative and creative business game. And the energy of the host is contagious!

Some of my favorite episode are:

You’ll Never Make Your Best Work While Believing this Lie

The Things that’s Always Held you Back and the Scientific Way to Defeat it

You’ve Been Lied to and it’s Holding You Back

That’s What She Said - Another podcast I think is helpful for creatives and for all people, really. There’s a lot of tough love in this one. Kristen doesn’t mince words and tells it like it is. And bonus if you dig Harry Potter!

Some of my favorite episodes are:

Don’t Drink the Unicorn Blood (and put down that Horcrux) (and really, all her M-school podcasts are fantastic.)

Vulnerability 101: How to stop hiding your work and be seen by all the people who matter

Intuition Basics: Sensing the Sparkle

Do it for the Process - This is a fantastic podcast if you’re an artist. I love the practical tips and positive vibes that Emily puts out into the world.

Some of my favorite episodes are:

Can Artists Make it on Their Own? The Mindset Shifts Needed to be a Creative Entrepreneur

Do it For the Process: 14 Tried & True Ways to Remain Inspired and ALIVE in Your Creativity

Mother + Artist: Can Creativity Coexist with Parenting?

Artists Helping Artists - I find this podcast to be super valuable because the hosts discuss topics like how to sell more art on-line, social media and marketing tips, and they speak with guest artists, gallerists, and others sharing their knowledge of the business side of art.

Some of my favorite episodes are:

15 Ways to Get Inspired about Your Art

Why Every Artist Needs to Take Risks for Growth

Twenty Things to do to Change Your Art in 2019

I hope you give these a listen and let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite podcast you think I should listen to? Let me know in the comments section below!

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My Favorite Friday Finds- Chicago Artists

Happy Friday, friends!!!
This week, I wanted to showcase artists that are local to Chicago. I am a huge fan of buying local and I'm excited that Chicago has sooooo many great artists. I had a tough time trying to keep my list to just nine items/artists. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Why, yes, I will do another Friday Finds featuring more Chicagoland artists! I'm glad we're on the same page!

Here are just a few of my favorites:

My Friday Favorite Finds- Chicago Artists

1. Pink Butterfly Necklace

2. Meterbox Terrarium

3. Make it Happen Wood Box Art Print

4. Oatmeal Honey Soap

5. Rustic Green Ceramic Tea Set

6. Peacock Pillow

7. Felt Cactus Plant

8. Designer Light Green Turquoise Ring

9. Peach Floral Infinity Scarf with Lace

Aren't these all great? The meterbox terrarium is a really fun twist on the traditional terrarium. I love the Make it Happen Wood Box Print... I could really use the scarf... (Just so you know, my birthday is in September and I would be thrilled to receive any and all of these items...) 

I did pick up the Oatmeal and Honey soap from Good & Honest earlier this week and it's awesome. (I also picked up the Pink Grapefruit and Orange Clove soaps!) Not only did I receive excellent customer service, incredibly fast shipping, and great packaging, but all the soaps smell sooooo nice and lathers really well. I love it! If you love handmade soap, you have to check out this shop.

Do you have a favorite from this list? Or maybe you know another artist from Chicago (or the 'burbs) that is awesome-- let me know in the comments section below! I love hearing about new artists!


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My Favorite Friday Finds- Succulents

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but succulents are kind of a big thing lately. I can see why. They are super easy to grow and take care of (especially for beginner gardeners) they are really cute, and they come in a variety of shapes and colors!

Here are some of my favorite handmade succulents finds on etsy:

Favorite Friday Finds- Succulents

1. Embroidered Succulent Plant Hoop Art

2. Succulent Garden

3. Cactaceae-Limited edition linocut print

4. Señor Saguaro. Laser Cut Cactus Necklace

5. iPhone 6 Cactus/Succulent Case

6. 3D Printed Robot Succulent Planter

7. Original Acrylic Succulent Painting- Succulent VII

8. Succulent Sculpture with Interchangeable Geometric Container

9. Cacti Purse


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the robot succulent planter. How adorable is he?! Also, I'm digging the cacti cell phone case. So, yeah... my birthday is in September, you know.. if you really wanted to get me something...  :D

Which is your favorite succulent item? Do you know of any other amazing succulent items that I need to have? Let me know in the comments section below!

Have a great weekend!


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My Favorite Friday Finds- Peony

Happy Friday, friends!! I hope you had a great week. I've been stalking the Garden for a few weeks now and I'm officially on Peony Watch. Last week they had big round peony heads that were days away from bursting open. I'm going back this weekend to see if they are finally open!

In the meantime, I found some fantastic handmade peonies on etsy! I just love the watercolor painting (#2) and the peony photograph (#4) and if I wore jewelry, I'd totally be sporting that peony ring!

Favorite Friday Finds- Peony

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My Favorite Friday Finds- Garden and Patio

So last weekend I finally got my patio garden started. Can I tell you how much I love it? I've been sitting outside reading and sipping iced coffee every chance I get. I can't help but look around and notice two things: I need more plants! (I have so many planters to fill!) and I would really love to have bird feeders and other decor to make my space feel a little more inviting.

This week I scoured etsy in order to find the perfect handmade or vintage garden & patio decor to add fun accents to my outdoor space. Here are some of my favorites:

My Favorite Finds Friday- Handmade Garden & Patio Accents

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My Favorite Things- Handmade Soaps from Wood Folk Soap

Little known fact about me: I love handmade soaps. I mean, I looooooooooooooove them.  To say that I'm a little bit addicted is an understatement. I buy them from etsy all. the. time. They are the number one type of item I purchase (all you handmade soap makers out there, I'm looking for you!)

The other day I was searching for soaps (um, I mean, working...yeah, working...) and I happened upon this shop, Wood Folk Soaps. What drew me to click on their shop was their photography & packaging. I'm not going to lie-- You could have the best soap on the planet, but if your photos look like crap, I'm not going to click on your shop. I know that's pretty harsh, but I can't help it. I'm a girl who loves pretty photography (of course!) and packaging!!! I loved Wood Folk's simple photos that highlighted their soaps, and I love the simple font/design of their wrappers. They also had interesting scents (Earl Grey!) and natural ingredients-- all of which are super important to me as well. I purchased three soaps-- Ginger & Sugar, Green Tea & Flax, and Earl Grey & Almond.

I got them in the mail yesterday-- first of all-- whoa! Super quick shipping! They arrived within a week! Secondly, their packaging was so cute! I LOVE the handwritten note that they included! (it's the little things, friends!)

yay! my soaps arrived! happy mail day to me!

yay! my soaps arrived! happy mail day to me!

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging!

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging!

I can't wait to try these out!

I can't wait to try these out!

You guys, these soaps smell soooooooo good! Not a heavy fake perfumy smell at all. These were nice and light and natural. I ran upstairs with the Ginger & Sugar soap (after I photographed the soaps, of course) and washed my hands right away! What a great feeling soap! I'm soooo glad I got these and I can't wait to try each of them!


Do you have a favorite handmade soap seller? Let me know! Let me know! Leave a link and shout out in the comments section. I'm always on the look out for a new handmade soap shop to try!