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Cat Rose is on a mission to explore the big questions in life, and encourage you to do the same. This is a podcast for those wishing to deepen their understanding of traditional western astrology, discover why they are here and what path they are being called to walk in this life. Cat Rose is a practicing astrologer who specialises in the personal daimon. She has authored two books, and you can find her work at https://www.catroseastrology.com/
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May 29, 2017
One of the many joys of being an introvert is having access to a world of ideas, musings and dreams that live inside our infinitely imaginative minds.
 
Whilst some day dreams are pleasant and constructive - for example the numerous studies that show the usefulness of envisioning things for top athletes.
 
In one study an exercise psychologist from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation compared people who went to the gym with people who just carried out virtual workouts in their heads. Whilst there was an expected 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym, the crazy part is that the group who did only the mental exercises of the weight training ALSO increased muscle strength by 13.5% - nearly half the amount for arguably a lot less effort.
 
However, that’s focussed thought. Most of the time our minds are not focussed - they wander around getting into all sorts of trouble. The part of the brain called the DMN - the default mode network - is responsible for this.
 
Some choice neighbourhoods the DMN likes to wander to are:
- unpaid bills
- arguments
- shopping lists
- future plans
- and - a favourite of mine - what I want to eat for lunch.
 
Anyway, for introverts in particular, a tendency to overanalyse, get lost in the recesses of memory and wander too far into the uncertain future is all the more… a pain in the arse.
 
Being fully present in what we’re doing, who we’re with and how we’re feeling - is key to boosting happiness and all round contentedness.
 
I’ll admit - I’m recording this episode a wee bit selfishly.
 
Honestly, it’s something I’ve been really trying to focus on - ha the irony - to focus on for the last few months and while I’m definitely getting better at quietening the monkey mind I know it’s a long process.
 
Oh and I should underline that I have no intention of changing my brain wiring entirely - I LOVE my daydreams and really believe in daydreaming for creative idea generation - but I would like to be able to drop into the present moment and appreciate the here and the now to it’s fullest.
 
So if you want to do the same, this episode is for you and I’d love to share the 10 things I’ve been practising to switch from overthinking, overanalysing and overfretting into a much more peaceful, contented introvert.

 

Links mentioned:

The value of daydreaming
May 22, 2017

Today's guest is someone who has proved that introversion - as well as age and being a full-time student - are no excuses to being a success and creating a business you love.

At a young age Trevor always knew that he was going to be an entrepreneur. Whether he is going door to door selling lemonade at the young age of seven or starting his own lawn care company at age thirteen. As the years passed by, Trevor and his love of entrepreneurship grew exponentially.

 

We discuss:

  • How Trevor discovered he was an introvert
  • The difference between introverts and extroverts in group situations
  • Why email can be the best way to network as an introvert
  • Why isolation is great for creative work
  • How to get some time to yourself without offending loved ones
  • Trevor's daily routine for getting so much done
  • The importance of boundaries
  • How to avoid decision fatigue
  • Mindset shifts Trevor had to go through to build a business
  • How to get over those common excuses as to why we can't meditate
  • Trevor's top book recommendations for creative introverts
  • The importance of video and getting over our camera-shyness

 

Links mentioned:

Become the Lion booklist 

Steve Jobs biography

How to say No (kindly)

Mindfulness for Introverts

May 15, 2017

In this week's episode of the Creative Introvert Podcast, we tackle what makes for a cracking conversation - and how introverts can, er, crack it.

First of all let’s clarify this myth about introverts being social recluses who hate people.

Hopefully you know that that is bullshit - unless that is the case for you, well, just know it’s not true for all introverts.

I LOVE a good chat with someone. Not even close friends - I’ve been known to enjoy talking to strangers sometimes just as much.

BUT.

There are a few conditions that make for a stellar introvert conversation - and a few conditions that make for a dire one.

The kind where you want the ground to part and to be sucked in to a black abyss - just to relieve you of the awfulness.

Anyway - the point of this podcast is to acknowledge the conditions that generally make for a great conversation if you are an introvert OR if you’re an extrovert talking to an introvert - some things to consider.

Not every conversation will be wonderful - whether it’s at work, at family gatherings, parties - if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself at one - and general day-to-day activities.

BUT I’m convinced that with these tips I’m about to outline, you’ll be able to steer a conversation into a much more introvert-friendly direction, use your natural introvert strengths to make it even better - and get the fuck out of it if it is really that bad.

What I cover:

  • Why introverts are at a disadvantage when speaking in meetings and debates
  • What to do when you keep getting interrupted
  • The real deal with eye contact
  • The top mistake we make when meeting in a public location
  • Small talk - how to make it big talk (without being weird)

 

Links mentioned:

How noise affects us

Patricia Weber

Laurie Helgoe - Introvert Power

Amy Cuddy's TED talk

Erich Fromm's Art of Listening

Alain de Botton - The Course of Love

 

May 8, 2017

In this episode of The Creative Introvert podcast I interview Youngman Brown of Your Creative Push.

I’ll admit it. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been going through a real slump in motivation. May be it’s the change of season - there’s something about being by the sea - even in England - that when the sun comes out, it becomes intensely hard to think of anything other than grabbing a beer and taking the afternoon off.

Just me? Hope not.

This is why I’m so grateful for people like today’s guest whose podcast Your Creative Push is there for me to give me a much needed dose of motivation and inspiration.

Really - the conversations and topics that Youngman Brown covers on his podcast have been a real source of creative fuel for me. It’s so comforting to know that - as much as I love being alone - I’m not alone in this creative journey.

If you’ve ever felt that slump in your creative drive or just need a kick up the bum to get that project finished - or started - then I think you’ll get a LOT out of today’s guest interview.

 

We discuss:

  • Why Youngman encourages people to pay attention to their creative drive and just start
  • Overcoming the resistance to creating
  • My favourite motivational quote
  • When we should incubate an idea and when we need to get it out
  • Is having multiple creative outlets a good thing?
  • Why goals aren't everything (and can be harmful)
  • What 200+ guests on Your Creative Push have in common
  • The dreaded... imposter syndrome
  • Why it's OK to have the fear
  • Nervous farts!

 

Links mentioned:

 

YCP's 200th episode

How to Thrive as a Creative Introvert

Words Plus Music

Meg Kissack's interview

Dream journalling

Waking Life

Inception

The Meetup group I started

Ira Glass on 'The Gap'

Inner Enemies to Creativity (free eBook)

The Introvert's Superpowers

We Are Upfront

Martin Stellar interview

Youngman's Youtube channel

May 1, 2017

We like to be alone, us introverts.

When we can close the door on the chaos around us, the small talk and the pointlesssocial events…. We can simply be alone with our thoughts, and may be our pets.

That time alone is vital for us to recharge. It’s like an athlete who needs to recover after running a race or whatever athletes do.

But to feel lonely?

That is not what we were going for.

There seems to be a tipping point. A point at which alone time can turn into social isolation which can - feel more like loneliness than comforting rest and recouperation.

Yes - as much as we love our alone time - even introverts need people.

The balancing act - between getting that recharge time alone and not feelingin lonely is a tricky one - and one I’ve had my own share of struggles with.

In this podcast I’m going to share a bit about my personal story with battling loneliness as well as some of the solutions we might reach to (that do us more harm than good) and the ones that actually do work and that you can do today or whenever you’re feeling that fog of loneliness appear.

I discuss:

  • My story of discovering that YES introvert Cat can get lonely
  • Loneliness denial (common with introverts)
  • Solutions we reach for that don't work 
  • Overeating to quench the need for human connection
  • Solutions that DO work for loneliness (introvert-friendly)
  • The mind-body connection

Links mentioned:

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