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JUL 28: How Creative & Performing Artists (& Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals with Creativity Expert Eric Maisel

The Power of Daily Practice – psychology, practice, & benefits

Eric Maisel lives and breathes creativity – understanding it, teaching it, and developing it to help others on their creative journeys.

Regardless of what’s holding you back – self-doubt, fear, raising kids, lack of time or money – Dr. Maisel‘s deep understanding of the psychology of creativity, living with purpose, and doing what’s important can help.

He defines “daily practice”; and the psychological and practical benefits of it. We explore ways to overcome challenges. Identify some of the 20 elements to make your practice successful. And examine the dreaded P word – procrastination.

About Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than 50 books in the areas of critical psychology, writing, creativity, and the creative life. He’s a former psychotherapist and current creativity coach. His new book is The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 21: Alka Joshi’s New Novel – The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

NYT Bestselling of Author of The Henna Artist

Set in India, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is a tale of loyalty, ambition, and love that plunges readers back into the world of The Henna Artist – a world of power, money, and secrets.

Today, returning guest ALKA JOSHI shares detailed insight into the culture and traditions of India, that richly permeate her novels. We discuss creativity and how she approaches her work. Why, unlike many authors, she doesn’t consider a writing routine important. And – as a marketing and PR expert – Alka shares her best advice to authors and creatives about getting your work into the world.

About Alka Joshi

Born in Jodhpur, India, ALKA JOSHI has lived in the U.S. since she was nine-years-old. A Stanford University graduate, Alka worked in advertising and PR before starting her own marketing consultancy. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, California. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is Alka Joshi’s second novel.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 14: Eileen Patricia Curran with Hungry Hill

How The World’s Oldest Virgin inspired Hungry Hill

Degrees in finance, marketing, and design can go a long way to helping you independently publish your work. Today Eileen Patricia Curran discusses her journey from inspiration, to writing, and publishing her debut novel Hungry Hill.

Eileen shares some of the challenges of writing her first novel — including being a slow writer. We also explore why she chose to publish independently. How she plays with humor in a story of love, loss, and healing. And why, sometimes, we have to lose ourselves to find ourselves.

About Eileen Patricia Curran

EILEEN PATRICIA CURRAN was born in Massachusetts and spent much of her childhood in Connecticut. She has degrees in Economics and Finance, Marketing, and Interior Design. Hungry Hill is her first book.

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Psychology

JUL 07: Dr. Rochelle Calvert – Healing with Nature

Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma

The WHO says more than 70% of us experience trauma; and 78% of those who’ve had a traumatic experience will develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, the average American spends 87% of their time indoors. It’s little wonder many of us spend most of our days with shoulders hunched around our ears.

Psychologist Dr. Rochelle Calvert shares how somatic healing, combined with mindfulness, and nature-based therapy, can help heal trauma and PTSD. We look at the science behind this therapy – and the research that shows the benefits of spending time in nature. We also share how to incorporate Dr. Calvert’s practices into everyday life.

About Dr. Rochelle Calvert

Rochelle Calvert, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, and the founder of New Mindful Life. She specializes in mindfulness, nature-based therapy, and somatic experiencing. Dr. Calvert works with individuals struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain conditions, and eating disorders. She also works with families of developmentally delayed children and adults. Healing with Nature: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma is her first book.

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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

JUN 29: Swagger with Leslie Ehm

Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want

Leslie Ehm has a powerful message for anyone who’s ever felt that exposing their messy, vulnerable, true human self would sabotage their success.

We discuss Leslie Ehm’s definition of Swagger (it’s not in the dictionary) and what she means by authentic and the real you. Why we should focus less on ambition, and more on being in our place of excellence. Why intention is everything. Swagger blockers – including pain, fear, insecurity – and how we can work around them.  And if you want to calculate your own Swagger, download a free Swagger Assessment.

About Leslie Ehm

Former TV host and advertising creative director turned training guru, Leslie Ehm, is the author of Swagger: Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want – a #1 Amazon Bestseller. For more than a decade, she’s traveled the globe working with executives and teams from F100 companies including Google, Disney, and Pepsico. Ehm has turned technologists into creative forces, bankers into storytellers, and brings a serious dose of Swagger to boardrooms everywhere.

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Business, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Psychology

JUN 23: The Pit of Success #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller with Dave Jennings

How Leaders Adapt, Succeed, and Repeat

If you’re living in the worlds of stuck, should, fear – or any other limiting belief Dave Jennings says “Stop right now! Everything you need to break this pattern and move forward is learnable.”

We explore some of the concepts from The Pit of Success, which work equally as well in our personal and family lives, as they do in business – from how to navigate The Pit and imposter syndrome, to trading up, and slowing down to speed up.

About Dave Jennings

Coauthored with Amy Leishman, The Pit of Success: How Leaders Adapt, Succeed, & Repeat is Dave Jennings latest book. A leadership and organizational change consultant and speaker, with a PhD in sports psychology, Jenkins has guided leaders from across the globe to navigate The Pit for themselves. He’s worked with organizations including Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, and the FBI. And has been published or featured in the Washington Post, Forbes, and more.

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Journalism, Non Fiction, Social Issues

JUN 16: Gabrielle Bluestone with Hype (& Why We Fall For It)

How Scammers, Grifters, & Con Artists are Taking Over the Internet – & Why We’re Following

Gabrielle Bluestone says we are at the natural end of a society primed to trust their own emotions over objective, verifiable facts.”   She joins us to share insight into why scammers do it, and why – despite the availability of myriad resources – we blindly believe what we’re told without verifying facts.

From celebrities to politicians, and the little-known, we discuss why we get sucked into their spiel. The role of influencers and social media. How messaging and soundbites create images that can make or break reputations and campaigns. Why Fyre was the greatest festival that never happened. Where greed plays a role. And why you shouldn’t trust cosmetic surgery photos because even they are often digitally altered.

About Gabrielle Bluestone

Gabrielle Bluestone is a journalist and licensed attorney from New York whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Observer, Sunday Times Magazine, and more. She’s the Emmy-nominated producer of Netflix’s  documentary Fyre. And the associate producer of Different Flowers, winner of the 2017 Kansas City FilmFest Festival Prize.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Psychology, Self-help

Jun 09: The Full Spirit Workout with Kate Eckman

A 10-Step System to Shed Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core, & Create a Fun & Fulfilling Life

In The Full Spirit Workout Kate Eckman shares practices that saved and transformed her life. Rooted in neuroscience, positive psychology, and whole-person coaching techniques, Kate’s results-driven plan is designed as an ongoing resource.

We discuss her 5-minute daily check in. A better way to look at perfectionism. Surrender and resistance.  And how to make sure you’ve not fallen asleep to the truth of who you are.

About Kate Eckman

Former elite athlete KATE ECKMAN is a broadcast journalist and TV personality who brings her expertise in communications, performance, and mindfulness to her practice as a success coach for business leaders and athletes.  Kate is a certified ICF coach (ACC), a licensed NBI consultant, and a meditation teacher and course creator for Insight Timer. The FULL SPIRIT WORKOUT: A 10-Step System to Shed Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core, and Create a Fun & Fulfilling Life is Kate’s first book.

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Non Fiction, Psychology, Self-help, Spirituality

JUN 02: Wendy de Rosa on Becoming an Empowered Empath

Being overly empathic can lead to overwhelm, burn out, and chronic health issues

If you’re feeling this way after the past year or two of turmoil, WENDY de ROSA offers practical, real world solutions.

We discuss ways to stop being a victim to other people’s energy and emotions by Becoming an Empowered Empath. How inherited energy can shape or block you. How trauma, fear, and scarcity, impact your energy body, and what to do about it. How “removing the blindfolds can lead to spiritual growth” … and more.

About Wendy de Rosa

Author Wendy De Rosa is the founder of The School of Intuitive Studies, and a popular faculty member at the Shift Network. She’s been helping empaths develop intuition and experience personal transformation for over two decades. Becoming an Empowered Empath: How to Clear Energy, Set Boundaries, & Embody Your Intuition is Wendy’s second book. 

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAY 26: Joani Elliott with The Audacity of Sara Grayson

“Do that thing that makes you feel alive.”

JOANI ELLIOTT believes in the magic of stories, a good cup of tea, and the power of living a creative life. So maybe it’s no surprise that her debut novel is about a writer who’s just landed the toughest assignment of her life.

Joani shares great insight into her creative journey, and some of the challenges she faced, while writing her debut novel. Like her willingness as a writer to step into the unknown. Why this former academic had to learn to tap into her own emotions, to gain the truth of her emotional scenes. How she came to terms with the messy process of writing…and more.

About Joani Elliott

Joani Elliott taught writing at the University of Maryland and Brigham Young University. The Audacity of Sara Grayson is her first novel. Find book club resources, virtual author chats, and more at joanielliott.com.

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