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The Creative Introvert Podcast

Are you a creative? A maker, a doer, an (over)thinker, an entrepreneur who gets their energy from within, who enjoy their time alone, and who is most creative when working solo? That's exactly who this podcast is for. Each week, I'll be bringing you a heady mix of practical philosophy, psychology and mysticism (with a dash of irreverence) in order to bring to light ideas that you can experiment with in your daily life. http://www.thecreativeintrovert.com/
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Apr 24, 2017

In this episode of The Creative Introvert podcast I interview Jenny Mustill of Ruby Ruth Dolls.

Todays guest is the first I’ve actually met in real life before asking to come on the show. I basically pounced on Jenny when I found out she makes and sells real tangible products!

This is something that I’ve dabbled in myself, when I was more focussed on my pet portraiture business - purely as an excuse to draw animals and make some money on the side.

But I know how much work goes into producing anything physical - there’s no undo button, you can’t just go and restore a backup you made earlier.

Plus there’s the added challenge that makers and crafters face when selling their work at markets and craft shows and such - I did a bit of this but the introvert in me had a hard time with being around so many people all day long.

Anyway, I talk to Jenny, creator of Ruby Ruth dolls, which are completely handmade partly from recycled jumpers bought in charity shops in my neck of the woods, Brighton, England.

We discuss:

  • How Jenny got started making dolls from a market stall with friends
  • Her background as a fine artist and working with Damien Hirst
  • Difficulties makers face at market stalls
  • How Jenny got her dolls stocked in retail stores
  • How much time goes into planning new characters for her collection
  • What Jenny wish she’d known before starting out
  • Jenny’s daily routine
  • Which social media platform suits introverts best

Links mentioned:

Damien Hirst Spot Paintings
Pussy Boutique Brighton
Jasper the Cat
Button Moon
The Moomins
The Clangers
Martin Stellar interview

Connect with Jenny:

Website: rubyruthdolls.com

Instagram: @rubyruthdolls

Facebook: /rubruthdolls

Apr 17, 2017

?In this week's edition of the Creative Introvert Podcast I'll be tackling the age old question...

How to say 'NO' without feeling like a terrible human!

I wish I could remember what it was like to be that awkward toddler who loved to say NO to just about anything. Even the stuff I wanted.

For a mixture of reasons, simply saying ‘NO’ - both to ourselves and to others - is something that gets a lot more difficult when we’re older.

It’s in our DNA to want to feel safe, to be loved and accepted. In order to get this, many of us learn that we need to prioritise someone elses needs and feelings, before our own. while this may work for a while; and we may feel there’s less conflict - our inner conflict is actually growing.

Saying no makes us feel guilty - we wouldn’t want to upset anyone - but on the flipside we feel resentful when we yes, because we’re being forced to do something against our will. Basically: we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

Now, I’m not saying we all need to start thinking only of ourselves and going around acting like narcisstic a-holes, but there is a tricky balance between being a good friend/partner/colleague etc and being a doormat.

I discuss:

  • My story of penduluming from YESCAT to NOCAT at uni
  • The detrimental effects of not saying no/people pleasing
  • How saying yes too much can lead to resentment, stress and other side effects
  • WHY we say yes to things we don't want to do
  • Why saying NO can be so hard - even to ourselves
  • Do introverts find it hardest to say NO?
  • When to say yes vs when to say NO
  • What to look out for (opportunities vs timesuckers)
  • Is it OK to piss people off?
  • What are boundaries + how to set 'em
  • What’s the right way to say no?

Links mentioned:

I hope you enjoy the show, and as always, if you have any questions - you know what to do! Shoot me an email to hello@thecreativeintrovert.com.

 

 

 

 

Apr 10, 2017

Meg Kissack is a fellow Brit and blogger behind That Hummingbird Life and the host of The Couragemakers - a podcast that has had me nearly in tears while grocery shopping!

I adore Meg's approach on living life to it’s fullest, and in a totally bull-shit free that feels true to you. We talk about all sorts: from Megs disillusionment with her dream job to dealing with burnout to dealing with people in your life who don’t quite support or even understand what the heck you do.

We discuss:

  • Meg's disillusionment with her dream job
  • The difficulties we have in trying to relax and 'turn off'
  • Paying attention to yourself (a non-negotiable!)
  • Not worrying about the 'how' and just having faith it will work itself out
  • The creative entrepreneurs struggle of having a 'complex' job description
  • Feeling ungrateful when life isn't feeling right for us
  • The 'post-excitement slump' after sharing an idea with someone
  • When is the best time to share an idea?
  • Dealing with burnout
  • Self-care (not the Instagram-friendly kind!)
  • Doing what lights you up
  • Storytelling anxiety
  • Meg's awesome rant about story exploitation

Links mentioned:

Expectation Hangover - Christine Hassler

Dreamshitters

Intuitive types vs Sensing types

56 Things to do that aren't reading the news

The Middlefinger Project

Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Apr 3, 2017

So I’ve asked member of the League of Creative Introverts as well as those following me on social media to submit questions to the me on the subject of being a creative introvert and any kind of struggles y’all are facing.

While I’m not a qualified creative introvert - I’m sure one day that could be a real thing - I hope that my advice is somewhat useful regardless of where you are on your creative journey.

Also you can send in questions for future Q+A-style episodes, to hello@thecreativeintrovert.com and I will hopefully be able to answer them for you here.

I answer:

  • Do I HAVE to share pics of of myself and my real name online?
  • Should I keep working on my art before I start setting up social media accounts and a portfolio - if I don't feel confident in my skills yet?
  • I have very little time after I get home from work - how do I make time for my creative sidegig?

Links mentioned:

I hope you enjoy the show, and thank you to the lovely listeners who sent their questions in.
 
If you have any questions - you know what to do! Shoot me an email to hello@thecreativeintrovert.com and I will get that answered for you in an upcoming show.
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