On this week’s episode of the @BadassCreatives podcast, I chat with @taylorleepaints, a self-taught abstract painter who creates artwork inspired by self-image, self-love, and body positivity. Painting became a form of art therapy for Taylor while she was in treatment for an eating disorder. We talk about authenticity in business, the comparison trap that can happen on Instagram, and why life is better with color. 🎧 Listen to the Badass Creatives podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are found.
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If you've ever thought about booking a 1-hour creative business or marketing consultation with me, you can do it right now for a discounted rate and help a great cause in the process! I've committed to raising $1,000 for the Creative Education Foundation, a non-profit that educates people about deliberate creativity and produces @cpsiconference. Creativity is deeply rooted in empathy and curiosity, two things the world needs more than ever.
Since this cause is near and dear to my heart, I'm offering some Kickstarter-style incentives if you donate (starting at just $10) including shout-outs on a future podcast episode, guaranteed @BadassCreatives Instagram features, and super discounted 1-hour consultations with me! Learn more and donate at the link in my profile!
Photo by @dearworld at @venturepopconf in 2016.
"The history of human thought would make it seem that there is difficulty in thinking of an idea even when all the facts are on the table. Making the cross-connection requires a certain daring. It must, for any cross-connection that does not require daring is performed at once by many and develops not as a “new idea,” but as a mere “corollary of an old idea.” It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when in motion, instead of a force to keep them moving, and so on.
A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others.
Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)" - Isaac Asimov
In this week’s #BadassCreatives podcast episode, I recap the highlights of @venturepopconf, talk about celebrating women in tech at @lookfar_ideas’ #AdaAwards17 this coming weekend (including a DIY electronics workshop with @electricgirlsed and the Win-Win Negotiation Strategies Workshop with Lelia Gowland on Friday 10/13 at @gopropeller), and share my passion for @cpsiconference & creative problem solving. 🎨 The non-profit that produces CPSI, the Creative Education Foundation, is in the middle of their annual fundraising drive, and I'm committed to raising $1,000 for the cause! To sweeten the deal, I'm offering some Kickstarter-style incentives if you donate (starting at just $10) including shout-outs on a future podcast episode, guaranteed @BadassCreatives Instagram features, and super discounted 1-hour consultations with me! 📲 The link to the fundraiser is in the podcast show notes - that link is in my profile!
This weekend has been a whirlwind of hurricane prep (luckily Nate fizzled and we're all fine here), catching up from #VenturePOP2017 and submitting ideas to speak on at @hellonoew in 2018, and getting in game mode for @lookfar_ideas' #AdaAwards17 next Friday. I very much almost didn't release a new Badass Creatives podcast episode this week. But then I pulled myself together and I did. #sleepwhenimdead
In other news, I’m also hosting a fundraising drive for CEF, the non-profit that produces @cpsiconference, and I'm committed to raising $1,000 for the cause! To sweeten the deal, I'm offering some Kickstarter-style incentives if you donate (starting at just $10) including shout-outs on a future podcast episode, guaranteed @BadassCreatives Instagram features, and super discounted 1-hour consultations with me! The link to the fundraiser is in the Badass Creatives podcast show notes, which is in my profile! 📷 via
@venturepopconf + @trevor_mark
That feeling when... the weight of the world is too much. The things that happen, beyond your control, are too numerous. And in order to maintain some semblance of sanity... in order to continue working towards a better tomorrow, we must sometimes focus, face down, on self-preservation and the work at hand.
I recently listened to the audiobook of Brene Brown's Rising Strong. There's a great section where she dives into (and struggles personally with) the idea that we're all just doing the best we can. As a fellow perfectionist, guilty of holding myself to a much higher standard than I'd hold anyone else, I identified with this part. Most of us truly are doing the best we can.
Jen Hofmann creates a weekly email: the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience. I've been a subscriber since November & I support it with a few bucks a month on Patreon. I don't always have the time to make the calls, write the postcards, but I make a concerted effort as often as possible. She also talks a lot about a flock of birds, and how they fly. Birds fly in a reverse V formation, taking turns between leading the pack and flying directly into the wind, and dropping to the back, where they can coast for awhile. Activism is like that too. You can't always coast but you can't always run point either.
As Vonnegut said, "There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” Be kind. Kind to yourself. Kind to others. Kind to future generations. Kindness is badass.
Episode 14 of the @BadassCreatives podcast is out! My latest guest is Rebecca Duckert of @Sweetface.Snoballs. We discuss starting a creative business in a new city and bringing New Orleans culture to the streets of NYC via the @bigapplebabes dance krewe. 🎧 Check out the Badass Creatives podcast on iTunes, Google Play & Stitcher! The link to the latest episode is in my profile!
My alter-ego, Glamdromeda Strange, brought the weird to @badasserymag's @venturepopconf after party! 🎉 Love you all, @lizmautecooke, @cyndiespiegel, @ableendeavors @annakoef @irajames & all the other beautifully talented and badass people at #VenturePop2017 !!
In the latest #BadassCreatives podcast episode, I shared some stories about my favorite conferences, in honor of @venturepopconf this weekend in New Orleans. (Tickets are still available!) 🎨 Sometimes, after you've been to a lot of conferences, they all start to feel similar. So this past June I invested in pushing myself further & attended @cpsiconference in Buffalo, NY for the first time. Focused on cultivating deliberate creativity, innovation and change leadership, plus learning the tools and methods to make that happen, CPSI was truly different than anything else I've experienced, in such a great way. The conference is in its 64th year and draws creatives from around the globe. I took classes with people from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Australia, the U.K. and South Africa. 💰The non-profit that produces CPSI, the Creative Education Foundation, just kicked off their annual fundraising drive, and I'm committed to raising $1,000 for the cause! To sweeten the deal, I'm offering some Kickstarter-style incentives if you donate (starting at just $10) including shout-outs on a future podcast episode, guaranteed @BadassCreatives Instagram features, and discounted 1-hour consultations with me! The link to the fundraiser is in the podcast show notes - that link is in my profile!
It’s been 10 years since I attended my first creative conference. In honor of @venturepopconf (which takes place this weekend, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 in New Orleans!), Episode 013 of the @badasscreatives podcast is all about my favorite conference experiences. I'm also sharing my tips for how introverts can use conferences to meet new people and grow their business.
Photos by @bfeinzimer, courtesy of @dearhandmadelife’s Craftcation: Business + Maker's Conference. I'll be back there to speak in 2018. Mark your calendars because registration opens on October 5!
This weekend: practicing my "Power of Pinterest" talk for @venturepopconf next weekend, prepping @badasscreatives podcast episodes & continuing to settle into our new house and get things organized.
Ohh... this pic? It's from a few years ago, when I performed as Freddie Mercury while being filmed for a French documentary about Mardi Gras. My life is weird. 👩🏻🎤 I keep trying to wrap my head around how to combine my drag performance art with public speaking in a way that makes sense. For now, the two are very separate sides of a similar coin (and I haven't performed in drag since a year ago), but I'm hoping to merge them into something spectacularly fun one day.
"There’s no 'correct path' to becoming a real artist. You might think you’ll gain legitimacy by going to art school, getting published, getting signed to a record label. But it’s all bullshit, and it’s all in your head. You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected." -
Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
Eco-friendly fashion designer @hamiltonperkins launched his company with a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. 🎧 In episode 012 of the Badass Creatives podcast, we chat about how he made that happen, tips for getting press, and sustainable manufacturing. ♻️ Use code BADASSCREATIVES and take $10 off your first purchase of his line of travel bags, which are handcrafted by Haitian artisans from recycled bottles and billboards. ➡️ Swipe for more pics, or click the link in my profile to listen!
Looking forward to hanging out with this cutie, my sister from another mister, tonight! @ashley_everyday & I have been besties since age 11. We bonded over tormenting the science teacher with weird questions at recess instead of playing with the other kids. 🤓
My heart is with those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. This week on the #BadassCreatives podcast, I take a look back at my own hurricane story, plus I answer a listener question about selling on Etsy. 🎧 Head to the link in my profile to listen, or check out Badass Creatives on iTunes, Google Play & Stitcher.
I took the photo featured above a few months after Hurricane Katrina. This ship was pushed onshore in Gulfport, Mississippi (my hometown) by Hurricane Camille in 1969. It was later turned into a tourist shop. Hurricane Katrina blew the store away, but the boat was still there after the devastating 2005 storm.
Oh, you know. Just hanging out with Wonder Woman. ❤️ I'm looking forward to speaking on two marketing panels as part of the Electronic Frontiers Forum track this year, tomorrow & Monday. Plus, I'm planning to sit down with @doctafoo to record an upcoming episode of the @badasscreatives podcast. She created the gorgeous artwork for the Dragoncon badges this year. It's going to be a fun weekend! 🕺🖖💃 (Also, it's only Thursday & @dragoncon is already packed! Thursday is the new Friday.)
Twelve years ago today, I was hunkered down at my mom’s house with a dozen or so other people, bracing from the winds of Hurricane Katrina. I was born in New Orleans and I’ve lived here full-time since 2002, but I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Katrina represents two disasters to me: the natural disaster that affected the place where I grew up, and the man-made disaster that affected the place I call home now. ☔️ Today, here in New Orleans, the mayor has closed schools and asked people to stay off the roads, because of more potential man-made disaster from faulty and broken pumping systems. Fingers crossed that it’s all just an abundance of caution.🤞Meanwhile, thousands are already displaced and affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, and it’s likely to only get worse as rains continue. Want to help? First off, I’ve got to say that I always recommend AGAINST donating to the Red Cross in times like these. Even though they get all of the publicity and text message donations make it so easy, there is plenty of evidence of how the Red Cross has F*$Ked up big time during previous disasters, dating back many years. (I even grew up hearing horror stories about the way the Red Cross "helped" during Hurricane Camille in 1969.) 🤝 Local non-profits like @houstonfoodbank, who area already working in affected communities, have boots on the ground and need monetary donations. 🐶 Are you an animal lover? @austinpetsalive is working with animal shelters in the Southeast Texas region and they can use help with funding and fostering pets. 👩🎨 Want to help other artists directly? @cerfplus (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) is a great non-profit that worked with many artists I know following Hurricane Katrina. They provide a safety net and emergency support for artists in times of disaster. ❤️ If you are in any way affected by this storm, you’re in my thoughts. You are loved.