“Creativity is really broad, it’s not that you have to be able to paint or draw. I think everybody has creativity in them in some form. It might be in baking, it might be in gardening, it might be in sewing or knitting.”
— Lorraine Thomson
Do you consider yourself creative?
While many people may answer “no,” creativity can mean many different things! And there can be no telling where your creative journey can take you.
My guest for this episode is Lorraine Thomson, who always knew that she wanted to be an artist... even as she set it aside to pursue a career in nursing.
10 years into her career as a nurse-practitioner, the urge to create became too overwhelming. Lorraine left her job and returned to school, where she earned a degree in Fine Arts from Western University.
Lorraine now works full-time as an artist, creating and teaching others how to create through the Zentangle Method, a relaxed...
“You can be just a few steps ahead, and you’re still able to help someone else.”
— Julie Greenham
How do you feel about the word “expert”? Or how about “leader”? Many of us feel ambivalence or a sense of disconnect about being referred to as an expert or a leader in our fields — no matter how long we’ve been doing our work!
For a long time, I felt very uncomfortable with the word “expert.” It’s not a label that naturally occurred to me when I thought about myself and my work, and I resisted having it applied to me. I had very definite ideas of what it meant to be an expert: I thought that you had to know everything inside and out. That you couldn’t stumble over your words or concepts while doing Lives, or even while talking to other people. That you needed to know the answer to every single question, always.
These were very unreasonable standards. And very, very...
“We want other people feel unstuck when it comes to seeing the world.”
— Garrett Oler
If you have chronic wanderlust or just want to experience a change of scenery after being locked down for the past couple of years, you’ll want to check out this episode!
My guest, Garrett Oler, is the co-founder of Connected Family Travel, a business that is dedicated to helping families experience the dream vacations they never thought they could afford, through ‘travel hacking’ with travel points and smart action plans!
While Garrett identifies as introverted, he enjoys doing Lives and showing up in front of his audience. In this conversation, we talk about how to avoid being pigeonholed by labels and expectations, the state of the travel industry post-lockdowns, and why it really does take a village, whether we’re talking about raising a family, starting a business, or even doing your marketing!
“You don’t really have that opportunity for the awkward small talk in an online networking event.”
— Angela Hall
In-person networking doesn’t come easy to everyone… and that’s especially the case for introverts.
But “who you know” still plays a vital role in helping you land new clients, earn valuable referrals, and gain access to opportunities to grow your skill set.
But here’s the good news: during this period of physical distancing, Zoom meetings, and virtual events, introverts have the chance to flex their mingling muscles and shine online.
My guest, Angela Hall, is an interior decorator who specializes in creating comfortable home spaces, and in this conversation she shares some deep insights on becoming comfortable in online spaces.
While this is a replay of an early episode of the podcast, it’s packed with valuable tips to help you navigate our new digital...
“If I’m doing something that I know is uncomfortable, I have to get to the heart of what that uncomfortableness is for me.”
— Julia Toothacre
Is it possible to find a new way to work: one that feels easier, less stressful, and more natural?
The answer is yes — but first, you have to take a good, honest look at yourself.
My guest, Julia Toothacre, is a career strategist, coach, host of the Ride the Tide podcast, and mom to a toddler. She helps her clients develop action plans to take the steps necessary to get them where they want to go.
And a big part of creating a realistic path for your life and developing attainable goals is understanding your strengths — and getting in touch with your own unique approach to work.
This episode is all about self-assessment, a powerful tool which identifies and honours the ways and times you work best!
Introverted entrepreneurs will find impactful...
“As an entrepreneur, the journey, the challenges, the fears — they never end.”
— Julie Greenham
What do skydiving and entrepreneurship have in common?
They can both be terrifying — but can take you to heights you would never have imagined!
While the fear that entrepreneurs experience while running our businesses may not be as extreme as the fear we would feel while jumping out of an airplane, it can still paralyze us and keep us from making the impactful moves we need to make in order to grow and scale, and can even lead to chronic stress and anxiety.
While unfortunately this fear can creep up at every stage in your entrepreneurial journey, you don’t have to let it control you and risk your momentum!
In this episode, I share 3 powerful mindfulness practices that I use when faced with fear in my own business and personal life.
You’ll learn a simple technique for grounding yourself...
“I’m just learning over these last few years that ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”
— Christen N. James
Alongside management, sales, and marketing, self-advocacy is an important skill that every entrepreneur should master!
As introverted business owners, we often stumble when it comes to standing up for ourselves — whether it’s against pushy clients, unfair vendors, or collaborators who may be taking advantage. We tend to be people-pleasers who focus on the needs of everyone around us, prioritizing ourselves last.
My guest for this episode is Christen N. James, who has built a thriving career on helping entrepreneurs become more in touch with their own needs and learn how to advocate for themselves.
Christen, also known as C.J., is a mindset and transition coach who helps her clients become more self aware — and use that new awareness to shift the way that they show up in their...
“Being a good listener is actually a big benefit to running a meeting or a workshop.”
— Cathy Ginsberg
Can introverts lead successful, impactful online workshops? You bet they can!
This episode revisits a popular early episode of The Quiet Powerhouse Podcast, one that will be especially inspiring and useful to any introverted entrepreneur who has dreamed about leading an online workshop — but never thought it would be possible for them.
In this episode, my guest Cathy Ginsberg is here to tell you that not only can you lead a workshop, but you can make a major impact on your audience!
Cathy is an introverted career growth coach and trainer who helps women clarify and achieve their career goals. Through her business, People Focus Training Inc., she also helps managers create more inspiring workplaces (even when they’re virtual).
In this episode, Cathy shares some fantastic strategies for showing up...
“Creativity does not demand perfection. It just asks that you put something out there.”
— Emily Milling
This episode of the Quiet Powerhouse Podcast is just a little bit different.
The guest this week… is me.
In this crossover episode with The Ultimate Creative podcast, host Emily Milling interviews me about the Mindful Entrepreneur Membership — and we find ourselves in a fascinating discussion about introversion, mindfulness, and the creative process along the way!
As a multi-passionate creative and entrepreneur, Emily is used to moving a mile a minute, but recent health concerns have forced her to slow down… and she’s discovered that sometimes pumping the brakes is the very best thing that you can do with your business.
Emily is an absolute delight, and the discussion not only digs deep into the true meaning of creativity and how to best harness it… but it’s also completely hilarious!
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“The inner critic is hard with us, so we’re going to be harsh with the inner critic.”
— Julie Greenham
The topic of this episode was actually requested by many of my listeners, and it’s one that I think will be especially helpful to the perfectionists out there: why are we so hard on ourselves... and what can we do about it?
As entrepreneurs and introverts, many of us deal with worries that we’re not good enough. We can tell ourselves things that we would never think of saying to another person!
Negative self talk is a problem that can have very real and harmful consequences, keeping us from taking advantage of exciting opportunities or taking the vital next steps in our businesses. It can also cause us to set wildly unrealistic goals… and then feel terrible when we can’t hit them.
When we believe that we’re not ‘fill-in-the-blank’ enough to succeed, these thoughts...