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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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Jun 14, 2018

My interest in the nature of the mind, consciousness and all things esoteric has been steadily growing since I was at university. That said, I wasn’t exactly scientific in my approaches to this exploration. A few space cakes won’t make you an existential philosopher, even if you think so at the time.

I found yoga and through that, meditation, in my early twenties and I literally don’t know what my life would be like if I hadn’t. I’m not sure if I’d have a life.

But I never dove in very deeply beyond some Youtube videos and may be the odd class.

That was until I made my way to Brighton, where I found a community - in fact a city - of people who LOVE to have the big, deep conversations as much as I do, and who can teach me a whole lot more than a Youtube video.

So where has this led me? Well, for one it led my to Peru, which you might have hear if you’ve been following along.

It has also led me down less adventurous, but arguably as powerful for some, practises such as today’s YOF adventure: Breathwork.

I’d only come across this term 6 months ago, and since hearing about it on a podcast or two, I let it sit on my to-do list, but didn’t really take it further.

Until, I got back from Peru and decided I need to start exploring this stuff further. Partly because I think there’s a lot more to this world than what meets the eye, and partly because I’m bloody dubious about many of the practises that are offered, and I want to be able to sort the wheat from the chaff.

So last week, in the name of science, and fun, I tried a breathwork workshop.

When I first heard of breathwork, I just assumed it was some variation on the kind of stuff you might do in a yoga class. Breath of fire, lions breath - these are all different techniques that I’ve dabbled in, not without some resistance, when in a yoga class.

Much of a muchness, if I’m honest. But what I’d heard about this kind of breathwork, more specifically known as Holotropic Breathwork, is that it takes you a LOT further. And by further, I mean it doesn’t just calm you down for 10 minutes. I mean it can take you to places in your mind (or to some, other realms) and do as much work on your psyche as you could in an hour or two with a therapist.

Yikes.

Naturally, I went with an open but skeptical mind. (Yes, it’s possible to have both at once.)

To explain what I was getting myself into, i’ll read from the website that I booked the workshop through:

"What if there was something right under your nose that could change the way you see the world and offer you health, harmony and peace of mind? Wouldn’t you want to know what that was?

Alchemy of Breath is a system of breathing practices that restore your self-awareness, love and compassion. By working with Anthony you will discover breathing techniques that will have an immediate effect on your wellbeing, and can be incorporated instantly into your daily life, improving your relationship with yourself, and therefore with the world around you."

OK. Not bad considering breathing is free (though the workshop definitely was not.)

I’ll also point to Stanislav Grof, who you might be familiar with, but for everyone else: he's a Czech psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche.

And he is responsible for bringing holotropic breathwork to the wide world. Interestingly, he developed it as a kind of legal-successor to his LSD-based psychedelic therapy, following the suppression of legal LSD use in the late 1960s.

According to a 2009 publication from the American Cancer Association, "Breathwork has no verified beneficial effect on health, although there is some evidence it may help relaxation. However, some people find its effects distressing.”

OK. Fine. I’ll take my chances I thought...

 

Full episode + show notes here

Jun 11, 2018
 
Raise your hand if you’ve ever said that to yourself or anyone else.
 
(Unless you’re in a public place, in which case, I’ll let you off the hook with a blink.)
 
You probably already know on a deeper level that it isn’t really lack of time that’s stopping you from pursuing your dreams, ambitions - or just getting those little nagging tasks taken care of.
 
There’s the old Instagram adage: “You have the same hours in the day as Beyoncé…”
 
To which we reply, "BUT BEYONCÉ ISN'T DRIVING HER KIDS TO SCHOOL TODAY!”
 
I’ve come to the conclusion that even Beyoncé is probably whining sometimes about not having enough hours in the day, too.
 
This is all part of the human condition: we’re forever wanting more, more, MWAR!
 
And it’s easy to throw our hands up in frustration because we can’t have it all, all at once (not that we’d even like that if we had it… after all, would you really want to eat ALL the food you’ll ever eat all in one sitting? Probably not. You want it in a steady stream, ideally every day.)
 
But if we remember that we’ll get exactly what we need to get done, done, all in good time… Oh, isn’t that a relief?
 
In today's podcast, we'll be tackling time. I can't promise you more time, but I can promise you a way to make the most of the time you DO have.
 
Full show notes here >>
Jun 7, 2018

A somewhat gentler Year of Fun challenge from last week... but not without it's own risks of mild peril.

Candle making was something that wasn't actually on my Year of Fun bucket list, until a small brainwave I had a couple of months ago.

Two male friends on separate occasions expressed their irrational love for... candles.

Without going into any gender stereotypes, I'll just say that I was surprised. I like candles well enough, but really I'm more of an incense gal.

But these guys were very enthusiastic about the waxen light source. In fact one coughed up £30 for a candle that smelled of obscure trees. £30.

Pondering this mystery, the brainwave came to me.

 

Full show show notes here

Jun 4, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert podcast I talk to Thea Orozco of Introvertology.

Thea started Introvertology four years ago, after talking to two frustrated people on Twitter who had been comparing themselves to others and feeling broken. It was clear to her that they weren’t broken, they were one of the 50% of the US population whose strengths aren’t shouted from the rooftops.

After working for a time as a life coach for introverts, Thea realised that she got a kick out of helping her entrepreneur clients. She also noticed a pattern with introverted entrepreneurs and thought leaders – that many of them couldn’t grow their business because they were approaching social media marketing like an extrovert, so they felt overwhelmed and burnt out and with a huge case of imposter syndrome.

So now she's here, helping introverted entrepreneurs make a difference in this world by authentically sharing their products and gifts and knowledge and ideas.

 

What we discussed:

  • Feeling weird and broken as an introvert
  • Are personally type tests helpful or harmful
  • How our to deal with the negative stories we tell ourselves
  • How the inner work is just as important as the outer work
  • Transferring confidence from one area of your life to another
  • Biggest challenges introverts face in business
  • The problem with being a multipotentialite
  • How to go to a conference and manage your energy
  • How to overcome fear of the camera and embrace video content

 

Links:

Is Myers-Briggs BS?

The Enneagram series

Thea's takeaways from Social Media Marketing World

 

Full episode show notes

May 31, 2018

Oh boy. Where to begin...

I guess at the beginning. On January 14th 2018, I booked myself in for the trip of a life time.

A trip to Peru... and a trip in Peru.

There was the flight, that was one part of the trip. Then there was the psychedelic trip. the spiritual trip. The healing trip. That part of the journey was with ayahuasca, a 'plant medicine' which makes DMT available in our body.

DMT is a very powerful stimulator of seretonin receptors in the brain, which doesn't normally get into the body because it's broken down by the stomach. But when you make a drink with the a plant like chacruna (containing DMT) and mix it with the vine of ayahuasca, the latter acts as a blocking agent and the DMT can get into the body, and the effects are rather undeniable.

While the plant is illegal in the UK and many other parts of the world, it is still currently legal in South America, and the most popular place for us gringos to experience it is in Peru.

I won't bore you with the backstory, but I had done my research and decided that if I found a retreat centre that looked safe and appealing, I'd go for it. Dreamglade checked all my boxes, I found some reasonably priced flights for May and off I went.

First off, I just hope I do a good job at explaining what I understand ayahuasca to be, and basically do the whole tradition justice. If you think ayahuasca is another party drug, or something to try out for the 'fun of the ride', you've got the wrong end of the vine.

In this podcast, I'm going to go in depth about my experience (so you'll notice it's a fair amount longer than usual) and I hope I can offer some help and answer some questions to any of you pondering ayahuasca use for its healing properties.

As always, if you have any questions after the show, simply send an email to hello@thecreativeintrovert.com and I'll do my best to answer or find someone who can.

Full show notes here

May 28, 2018

The starting place for any adventure, project, collaboration, big leap, epic change, scary ass challenge that I take on is answering the simple question:

Why?

Why am I doing this?

Why am I really doing this?

Why does this matter to me?

It's not often I get asked these 'why' questions. More common is 'How'?

How do you get the courage to speak on stage?

How did you build your website?

How do you grow your lnstagram account?

These questions are pointless, without first finding your why.

But I get why you aren't asking why more.

It’s not a question we’re encouraged to ask. At one point, you were probably really good at asking ‘why?’… that was until some big person told you to be quiet and stop being so nosey.

Or my personal (un)favourite: ‘I’ll tell you when you’re older.’

My parents have a LOT of questions to answer…

Anyway, starting with why isn’t a new or radical idea. You just have to watch the TED talk by Simon Sinek to get on that bandwagon.

The reason I’m getting into it today with you, at the start of this 21 day journey into facing the Resistance, is to show you how having your grand Why will help you when it comes to overcoming creative resistance, that inner critic, and finally achieving all your dreams.

I realised some time ago the only way I can do something scary, something my inner Resistance is preventing me from undertaking, is to have a damn good reason why.

 

 

Full show notes: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2mB

May 21, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert podcast I talk to Kerstin Pressler of Sparkling Creative.

 

What we discussed:

  • How Kerstin turned her painting into jewellery
  • Owning your creative superpowers and using them to make a thriving business
  • Finding creative ways to run a business
  • The challenges introverts face
  • How to deal with lack of support
  • How to talk about our work
  • Limiting beliefs we face as creative introverts

 

For the show notes: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2kY

May 14, 2018

We’ve spent the last three podcasts in this Enneagram series going through the three triads, covering all the core 9 types. The idea is that your core type, one of the nine numbers we’ve discussed, describe your personality overall.

However: it gets a bit more complex. The wing - another type - adds an important, sometimes contradictory, element to your personality.

May 10, 2018

Last weekend was opening weekend and I surprised myself: I got stuck in to Brighton Festival for the first time.

 

On Saturday I went with a friend to a comedy gig. I didn’t have much in terms of expectations, I just knew it was at the right time of day (early evening - I’m not going to an 9pm gigs because, bedtime) and it was in the right place: the Warren.

The Warren is a part of the festival that I’ve heard very good things about, so I wanted to explore it. And oh boy: was I in for a treat.

I have this thing, may be it’s because I’m fairly empathic or maybe it’s because I know how it feels to be on stage…

But I make extra effort to smile and laugh.

And may be it was the beer, but after the initial awkward 5 minutes (which by the way EVERYONE experiences - something to think about if you’re scared of being on stage - you only need to get past the first 5 minutes)

After that passed, I was basically in hysterics. And I mean hysterics: laughing and crying. Yes, there were tears. I think the comedian took a shine to me then, because I was clearly a fan - and pulled me on stage to dance with him as part of this bit where he acts out the starting credits to Magnum PI, with the themesong playing…

Apparently I was only there for 15 seconds, but it obviously felt like an eternity.

Thank god there was some booze in the system or that would have been much, much worse.

Click here for show notes

May 7, 2018

If you’ve been keeping up with this series on the Enneagram system, you’ll know about what it is, where it comes from, all the different nine personality types and the wings of each type.

Unless you’re already familiar with the Enneagram, I really recommend going back and checking out the rest of the series here, in order to get much sense from today's post.

OK so today we’re talking about the Levels of Development. Now this is what really got me hooked and interested in learning more about the Enneagram because I don’t know of any other typology system that really lays out in detail this idea of progress within each personality type.

And forgive me, if you’re someone who understands the Enneagram as more than just a personality typology, I know it’s not defined in that way by everyone, but for the sake of this beginners series, let’s look at it in that light.

The idea is that there is an overall structure to each personality type. Each type description spans from healthy traits, to its average traits, and then to its unhealthy traits.

 

Full episode show notes here: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2jA

May 4, 2018

Reading is one of the best solitary activities there is, and I for one have always been - since I could read I guess - a big old book worm.

But one thing that you can’t do alone, is discuss the book afterwards - and this is something I love to do. It’s like going to see a film: for me, the best part is discussing the film afterwards with the person you went with. And as much as I love solo cinema going I do miss that post-mortem part.

So books are no different. On the odd occaision someone has read the same book as me - ideally recently because my memory sucks - there’s nothing like a good discussion about the book. What we liked, what we didn’t like, what we learned.

Oh and on that note - most of the books - 99% - are non-fiction. For whatever reason, I got on the non-fiction train a few years ago and haven’t gotten off since, apart from the odd graphic novel.

But I don’t have many friends who read non-fiction quite as avidly as I do, well, until I moved to Brighton. Last year, while hunting for speakers for a live event myself and a friend put on, Wildfire Women, I met Donna for the first time.

Donna is the founder of Gozen Girls and has recently started her own podcast.

The idea behind Gozen Girls is getting together to discuss books, mostly non-fiction, written by women. The non-fiction part is what hooked me, and I finally went to my first GG book club: I didn’t have a choice when I saw the book to be discussed was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I loveElizabeth Gilbert. So much. I had put off reading Eat Pray Love for the longest time, purely because I thought it was - and please don’t get offended - ‘chick lit’. I thought it was a fictional account of some soppy love story and that just didn’t inspire me to read.

But then someone gave me a copy as a gift, and I decided - why the hell not. Since reading EPL, I declared my all out fangirl status for Elizabeth Gilbert and decided to consume all of her works.

Big Magic is her finest work, in my opinion, second only by a hair to EPL.

Now it’s safe to say that the book club were a fan too. And, happily, everyone there was all up for having those big conversations that Gilbert starts in Big Magic: about creativity, the resistance, fear, courage, purpose, creative calling and so much more.

It was an awesome night full of stimulating conversations that left me pondering all sorts of questions afterwards, and reminded me of how lucky I am to have this creative, open minded community on my doorstep. Which I guess I already knew, but if someone didn’t know that, all they would have to do is go to a book club like this and see for themselves.

And that’s my message for you today. Is there a ready-made community available for you on your doorstep? May be it’s also a book club - they’re common in most cities. Or can you be the one to start one, like Donna?

It doesn’t take much to get a group of people giving there opinions about something they love, like a book, and you don’t have to do anything other than show up. In fact, a couple of women who joined us did just that: they sat back and absorbed.

I didn’t leave feeling drained, likely because it was lifted to two hours which is just about my limit, and everyone was polite enough to give each other space to pipe up, if they wanted.

No pressure from Donna, who was a wonderful facilitator: who asked great questions and gave us a worksheet to go through which I found very helpful. If you’re subscribed to the Museletter you’ll receive the questions Donna gave us from that in this week’s update.

So, a perfectly introvert friendly evening, even if it was technically a group environment.

Fun rating: 8/10

Links mentioned:

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 30, 2018

If you’ve been following along on this Enneagram series so far, you’ll know exactly what the heck I’m talking about and are ready for this instalment where I go through the final 3 types 8,9,1 of the Enneagram.

If not, don’t worry! You’ll want to go back to the first episode in this series, which you can find here.

Ok so last week I spoke about the Thinking triad: that is the three personality types, described by the enneagram that are types 5,6,7.

Today we’re onto the Instinctive triad: so we have three more personality types to dig into.

Apr 27, 2018

What what - an introvert at a conference!?

I know - but remember I do like a challenge...

This was an unexpectedly fun part of my week, and my conclusion for why this was is... FOCUS.

My funk last week, I believe, is down to a lack of focus.

A feeling that is definitely disturbing to type-A MUST BE ACHIEVING folk like myself.

Focussing on a speaker at a conference is much like the equivalent of watching a film at the cinema vs. watching Netflix at home. Your focus is increased. I bet you aren't scrolling through Instagram at the cinema.

Fun rating: 7.5/10

I did leave at lunchtime (6 speakers is quite enough for me, thank you) but I feel that was the perfect dose of though-provoking information, lots of tips and a lot of people to carry me into the weekend!

(NOTE: This is also the first ever off-the-cuff podcast I've recorded, so if you want the full low down - word fluff and all - definitely listen to the full episode.)

 

Apr 23, 2018

If you’ve been following along on this Enneagram series so far, you’ll know exactly what the heck I’m talking about and are ready for this instalment where I go through the types 5,6,7 of the Enneagram.

If not, don’t worry! You’ll want to go back to the first episode in this series, which you can find here.

Ok so last week I spoke about the Feeling triad: that is the three personality types, described by the enneagram that are types 2,3,4.

Today we’re onto the Thinking triad: so we have three more personality types to dig into.

Apr 20, 2018

I've been in a bit of a funk lately... nothing serious, just a bit of apathy that I know will pass.

What's weird is that things that might have excited me and challenged me and delighted me in the past, aren't quite doing the job this time.

Do you ever experience this? I'm sure, if you're human, you do. It's not a feeling that says something's wrong, or even that there's a problem to solve. In some ways, I'd love a problem to solve - as long as it means I can get fired up about it.

Instead, I'm left with a vague sense of impatience and craving, but without any real drive to take wholehearted action - which is odd, because I've historically been a very action-oriented, head strong type.

So this apathy can range from day to day activities, certain coffee shops I love (or have loved) to work in, bits and bobs for the Creative Introvert and how I choose to spend my free time - including many of the activities I've put in my Jar of Fun.

But what does this all meeeean??

Well, that's the question I've been asking. i've been journalling about it, discussing it with my pals, sending intentions out to the universe to answer me: what is this slump all about?

If something isn't fun anymore... What's changed?

If the activity hasn't changed... And my circumstances are still the same - and on the whole, very good - I guess it's me that's the culprit of this change.

Now I embrace change, or at least I attempt to.

Particularly personal change - heck, I wouldn't have started this Creative Introvert business if I wasn't a personal development junkie myself.

But I can't deny this has made me feel a bit like an awkward chrysalis (by the way, have you seen the process of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly? That sh*t is crazy) somewhere between my former caterpillar self, wiggling around and munching on everything in it's path, and the incredible butterfly that soars all around your garden.

It's not entirely pleasant, but I'll take it if it means the butterfly stage is coming.

I'm also using this caterpillar butterfly metaphor to explain - to myself as well as you - the change we all go through at various stages of life, over and over again, as we shed our former self that may be limiting us in some way, and become what we're destined to be.

I'm using the word 'destined' lightly, because I'm not sold on the idea of fate or destiny currently, but I am a big believer in their being a True Self, or a more authentic, genuine self, that we're possibly always subconsciously aware of... and are always getting steered towards from within... if we listen carefully.

Ok so esoteric stuff aside, what does this mean for the Year of Fun?

Well, I've decided to take an approach which I've been doing more and more over the recent year or so, but my former caterpillar self would absolutely balk at.

I've been looking at my to-do list and only picking out what I want to do in that moment.

If something feels uninspiring, I leave it for a time when I'm feeling more up to it.

Of course, I still keep my appointments and scheduled calls, but I haven't been acting on something just because it's in my Asana calendar.

Now there are times when this approach might not be a good idea, and of course I'm in a position where I'm under very little external pressure or responsibilities, but on the whole: I think each and every one of us could stand to pay attention to the way we feel about the day-to-day tasks we demand of ourselves.

We go into autopilot, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. But it can be limiting you becoming your butterfly self. When you stop and pay attention to how you really feel about things in your life that were once serving you but now may be aren't... that's when you can usher in real change.

Of course, this is especially applicable to this little Year of Fun project. Part of me - the INTJ - the thinker, the finisher, the doer, the analyser - wants to turn everything into a science experiment with rules and controls and a method and an aim and... I'm not sure that's helping me find my FUN.

 

Full show notes: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2li

Apr 16, 2018

Last week I introduced this series which is all about the Enneagram: a system for describing nine personality types.

Like I said, I see this as just one more way of learning about yourself, and it’s a fun tool to geek out on.

Today we’re going to be looking at three of the nine types, which all fall under the Feeling triad.

The two, also known as the helper, the three, also known as the Achiever and the Four, also known as the Romantic.

When these three types are at their best, they’re in touch with their feelings, their emotions, they’re compassionate and considerate of others - they’re basically the nurturing ones we need in our life.

But when they’re at their worst, they can get out of touch with their feelings, suppressing them in order to conform or be liked by others, rejecting their own identity in the belief that they’ll be more lovable if they act in another way: creating a false self image.

 

 

Links mentioned:

The Myers Briggs Typology

Personality Types by Don Richard Riso

The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Test

Patreon rewards

Apr 12, 2018

Here we are - the 13th week of Fun in the year.

Since we last spoke I had a birthday, exited my twenties - with some trepidation, some relief. 

I was planning to use my birthday as the subject of this week’s podcast but if I’m honest, there was little to say other than, I had a nice time with my best friends, basically on a pub crawl around my beloved Brighton.

But that’s a very short episode and I figured you deserved something more substantial.

Fortunately, my quest to find something else fun to do this week to tell you about resulted in some interesting self reflection, and that’s really what I want to tell you about.

Sure, I made a collage, which was in my jar of fun, a safe option, and something I really should do more often. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines, which is understandable when the ones I buy can cost up to £10 or so.

But cutting them up and making an interesting collage from them makes me feel a bit more justified in my hoarding.

Weirdly, my favourite part of making a collage is the cutting. I love the process of flicking through a magazine or catalogue and finding images or words that speak to me. The actual assembly part is much of a muchness.

Anyway, back to my revelation.

When I pulled ‘make a collage’ from the jar of fun, I was a bit disappointed. I’ve mentioned before about my need for challenge, so I suppose that ws missing. But there was another element: people.

Recently, I’ve had some really really fun times with people. Not randoms either, I mean people I consider my very good friends.

And whilst I still enjoy my solo cinema trips or an hour spent cutting and sticking for a collage, there’s part of me that is really craving that sense of a shared experience.

Improv wouldn’t have been as fun if I didn’t have my accomplice, thank you Rachel. That cottage weekend was fun entirely because of the company I was in.

This realisation definitely put me in a bit of a tailspin.

Am I questioning my introversion?

No, actually. Because I know where my boundaries lie. I know that a shared activity doesn’t mean doing something with strangers - like the Charleston episode. It’s doing things with people I know and love.

It also doesn’t mean partying late into the night - groups above 5-6 become substantially more draining for me.

It just means making time, regularly, to do things for fun whilst also considering asking a friend or two to come along. I’m very rarely the one to ask someone to ‘do something’ with me. I get the invites, I say yay or nay. That’s been my comfort zone for these 30 years.

But now, I’m wondering if embracing my idea of fun means being the inviter, not just the invitee. Which also means getting used to the idea of hearing no, i’m busy. Or no, not for me. Yikes. Is this how extroverts feel?

Anyway, that’s all for today - I’m going to send out some invites this weekend to see if I can recruit anyone to partake in a fun activity with me - and I will let you know how I get on. Wish me luck! 

Apr 9, 2018

People are weird.

Right?

l don't know about you but understanding myself is hard enough, let alone the behaviour of others.

This is one of the reasons I'm a self-confessed junkie of personality type testing.

If you listened to any of the Self Knowledge Series - the 10 part series that l published at the tail end of 2017, you might be familiar with some of my favourite typologies or at least the ones I've found most helpful in my personal life and my creative business career.

If you missed it, you can scroll back through the archives or download my free, 68-page handbook that takes you through each of the type tests and explains how to use them in a practical way.

Find that here.

That said, the series is by no means complete. There are MANY more typologies out there, some more useful than others, but plenty worth checking out.

The one that has most recently got me excited is definitely not new, and I'm sure many of you will be familiar with it, and that's the Enneagram.

So... what IS the Enneagram? And why do you need to know about yet ANOTHER typology?

Well that's what I'll be covering in today's podcast, and over the next several weeks.

 

Links mentioned:

The Myers Briggs Typology

Self Knowledge Handbook

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Matthew Campling's 12-Type Enneagram (example of the numerology stuff)

Personality Types by Don Richard Riso

The Enneagram Test

Patreon rewards

 

Apr 5, 2018

A little back story for today’s Fun recap, which is a bit of a yearly tradition. Around the Easter break, myself and 5 very dear friends have a habit of going away. We’ve been to Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and they’ve all been some of my favourite holidays ever.

This holiday however, we all stayed in one rather large house in the English countryside, somewhere near Godalming I believe. My slight concern was that there wouldn’t really be any chance of me having some solo time, other than at night, especially when the weather is a bit pants and the idea of going for a little walk on my own was less appealing than going to an all night rave.

 

 Full show notes: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2kv

Apr 2, 2018

Do you feel like you’re ready to quit?

Do you feel like you’re flogging a dead horse and beginning to look like a creazy person to you fam and friends?

Do you have an iron-clad grip on a project or pursuit that is costing you time, money and energy - and your sanity?

Then OH BOY do I have a podcast for you!

 

Shownotes >> https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2bL

Mar 29, 2018

My bad: I did indeed miss one update last week, and I honestly don’t have a particularly good excuse.

Show Notes: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2k3

It did help me remember that.. the whole point of this year long challenge is to explore the concept of fun: what fun means to me, what new ways can I explore fun, and that also means finding out what I don’t find fun.

There were a handful of fun things I could have told you about last week: but the actual idea of sitting down to write, record and edit a podcast… sounded terribly un-fun.

Which taught me something new:

Fun fluctuates. What sounds fun one day - or even most days - may not be fun on another.

And this level of instinct: of going with what feels good for me right now and paying attention to what my body is saying - rather than my dictator-like mind that so badly wants to follow the script and do what my Asana calendar says - this is something I’m really working on right now. Practising, may be a better way to describe it.

But here we are: I’m back in a more inspired mood, ready to fill you in on my latest fun adventures.

This is a bit of a controversial one, but I’d love to ask you dear listener: what comes to mind when you think of going to the cinema - or ‘the movies’ if you’re stateside - all alone?

For a very long time, this was a total no-go for me. As much as this introvert embraces virtually all solitary versions of activities… with some exceptions - seeing a film alone was just not on the list of fun.

Until… I was travelling solo in Avignon, a few years back, and I found myself rather bored on a rainy day. And I just happened to be right by their trendy artsy cinema, which was showing a film in English (with French subtitles.)

And… Yes, I felt a bit awkward for all of 5 minutes, until I realised how brilliant this was. I mean, it’s the perfect solo activity because what kind of maniac speaks in the cinema? Bad form. Compare that to a meal, where talking to your buddy can enhance the experience - well, if you like commenting on your food as much as I do…

In addition, I could cry without holding back! Which has become a habit of mine, almost regardless of what film I’m watching - I can’t seem to control my emotions in my old age, and have even been known to cry in trailers. Doesn’t take much.

OK so: the cinema: a fun activity, in my opinion regardless of companionship.

I actually managed two cinema trips in the last fortnight, one solo, one with friends.

One experience cost all of £4, one cost over £65.

Which was more fun?

Well..

The £4 experience was the solo trip. I happened to be in Worthing, an arguably sleepy town not far from my place in Brighton, and I thought it would be a nice end to a rather high-adrenaline morning (I taught a workshop that morning) plus the theatre itself, called the Dome, is really quite charming looking, and I figured it would be worth a look inside at least.

Now I had no idea you could still go to the cinema for less than £10 in the UK. But £4 tickets that - get this - included a free cup of tea or coffee… well, that is still blowing my mind.

And the theatre itself is genuinely lovely - much nicer than the big multiplexes we have that cost a fortune and have sticky floors.

So that was a success. I watched the Shape of Water, which I adored, cried heartily at, and have continued to argue with my loved ones about. That’s the other part of the solo cinema experience: I thought I’d miss the long debates I have afterwards discussing the film, but more often than not, your mates will at some point see it too even if you go separately. Plenty of chances for film debates.

Ok so cinema experience #2: the £60-odd quid experience, was a bit more unique. This is the Secret Cinema: which is basically an immersive experience where you go to some warehouse in the arse-end of nowhere, which has been decked out to look like you’re on the set of a blockbuster film.

I’d been to a Star Wars themed one before, which was amazing, but this one was Blade Runner.

Now, I’m a fan Blade Runner, both the original and the revamp. I even tolerated Ryan Gosling for 2.5 hours.

And this experience was - I think it’s the first fun activity I’ve spoken to you about - which involved my actual real life friends. Who were by far the highlight of my night: the actual Secret Cinema itself was… underwhelming.

It was kind of fun being in this seedy world of neon lights, actual rain even though we were indoors, strange laboratories, a kind of strip club…. Sure, they did a good job.

When it came time to watch the film, you sort of forget what you came to do. And despite paying through our noses for tickets, you didn’t even get a free tea.

Honestly? I’d take a quiet afternoon in the Dome over Secret Cinema any day.

Fun rating for Worthing’s Dome: 8/10
Fun rating for Secret Cinema: 5/10

 

 

 

Mar 26, 2018
Ben O’Brien (aka Ben the Illustrator) likely needs no introduction especially if you’re a fellow illustrator - and even if you’re not - there’s a good chance you’ve seen his work, whether it was in the Guardian, GQ or for one of the other high profile clients he’s worked with.
 
Ben also produced a phenomenal survey of over 1000 illustrators in 2017, and this was partly why I couldn’t wait to chat to him. We discuss his surprising findings, as well as his ideal workday routine, what he would do differently if he started all over today, and some of Ben’s favourite podcasts.
Mar 19, 2018

When I worked a 9–5 job in a design agency, I couldn’t think of anything worse than living the same day over and over again… until the weekend, at which point my routine fell apart and with the help of a lot of booze and ice cream, so did I.

Freeing myself from those shackles, my life took the other direction - and my first few months as a freelancer looked a lot like CHAOS.

I figured, my life was now about FREEDOM. Why ruin it with boring old routine?

Now. I have learnt since then that if you embrace routine, designing your life to suit your needs, desires and values - even if you’re a routine rebel - you will actually create MORE freedom than you ever dreamed possible.

Not to mention the success which comes with getting shit done.

So… how to go about designing your ideal life through routine? That’s what this podcast episode is for.

 

Links mentioned:

Myers Briggs

Your Creative Type Quiz

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

The pic of my week planning grid

Mar 15, 2018

If you read the title, you'll know already that I did not uphold my planned fun activity this week which was to go to a car boot sale.

 

Unfortunately the British springtime weather just didn't seem appropriate for a wander around parked cars on the 9th floor of a car park.

So I did what any sensible introvert would do and went to a museum.

If I'm honest, staying in doors would arguably have been as much fun.

Back to back cups of tea and episodes of Girls, being entertained by Lena Dunham and the crew.

But I know myself well enough to remember: staying in doors all day ends up making me quite a grump, come 4pm.

 

I did attempt to entertain myself indoors: I rearranged the furniture in my bedroom which was satisfying.

But then I was finished... and only 20 minutes had passed.

I think this need for novelty is to do with my high sensation seeking nature, which often conflicts with my high sensitivity and introversion, it's a push pull situation that can really make decision making tough at times like this.

Past of me says stay inside where is dry and safe, part of me says get out and experience the new!

If you want to know more about that high sensation seeking and high sensitivity dynamic duo, I recommend checking out the podcast I recorded with Dr Ken Carter.

 

Ok so the museum.

To be fair, this place is all of a 5 minute walk from where i live,so i really didn't have much of an excuse not to go.

Actually, if it wasn't for the year of fun, I'd probably never get round to going. .. it's that weird phenomenon that happens when you live somewhere with lots on your doorstep but never go because they're so close to home. You'll get round to it one day.

 

Full shownotes here: https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2iK

Mar 12, 2018

Show notes >> https://wp.me/p5bc9S-2hW

 

In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert podcast I talk to Joe Moran, historian of the everyday, about his book on shyness, ‘Shrinking Violets.’

 

What we discussed:

  • The difference between shyness and introversion
  • How shyness is more common than you might think
  • The value of silence
  • Why small talk is actually a very thoughtful thing to do
  • Whether or not we blush for a reason
  • The difference between shame and embarrassment
  • How shyness is seen differently over the world
  • Would art exist without the shy?
  • Why shyness is like lower back pain
  • The Personality Positivity Movement

Links:

Shrinking Violets by Joe Moran

Other books by Joe

The Stanford Shyness Test

Quiet by Susan Cain

Joe's Blog

 

Connect with Joe:

Twitter

Website

Amazon author page

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