TGGC #85: Balancing creativity alongside your day job with Kait Fowlie

Kait Fowlie is a Toronto-based writer who is interested in wellness and the writing process.

Kait and I talk about balancing a day job and creative projects without working all the time, diving deep into journaling as tool for healing, and using archetypes to understand your present mindset and situation.

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Balancing a day job and creative projects without working all of the time
  • Kait’s decision to transition into a day job after being a freelancer
  • Making space for her writing during the evenings
  • Kait’s journey with journalling
  • Using journalling to understand where you are in your life
  • Tips for going deeper with your journalling practice
  • Managing anxiety with journalling
  • Using archetypes to understand your present mindset and situation

 

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TGGC #84: Redefining cool & embodying empathy with Kerrin Smith.

Kerrin Smith is the founder of Cool & Thoughtful, an initiative to shift social values from hyper-individualism to empathy by redefining cool as generosity rather than rebellion.

I’m completely obsesesed with this concept!

We had the most amazing conversation with Kerrin about how meditation can help us process our feelings, blending action & faith when it comes to reaching our goals, and what it looks like (and feels like) to redefine cool for ourselves.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Kerrin’s exploration of interfaith work and how it led to her meditation practice
  • How meditation can help us feel, process, and learn from our emotions
  • Blending action and faith when it comes to reaching our goals
  • Where Kerrin draws her faith from
  • The Cool & Thoughtful project she has created aimed at imagining what the world look like if we understood "cool" as generosity instead of rebellion
  • Kerrin’s personal journey from the traditional definition of cool to redefining it as empathetic and thoughtful
  • Practices for exploring the idea of cool and thoughtful in your own life

 

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TGGC #83: FAQ: finding your girl gang, managing your anxiety, & taking a break from writing

Today’s episode is a special FAQ episode with me again! It’s the last episode before I go on maternity leave but don’t worry - I’ve pre-recorded interviews and we’ll just be switching to publishing them every other week rather than weekly. I’ll be back to recording in the autumn. I’m talking about finding your girl gang, managing your anxiety, moving to a new city, why I haven’t been writing for the past month, what I’ve learned from pregnancy and a lot more.

In this episode I talk about:

  • The biggest lesson pregnancy has taught me
  • My experience of body image during pregnancy and how I’ve coped with body image issues in the past
  • Find community in my new city
  • Managing the stress of moving
  • Taking your sense of home with you wherever you go
  • The practices I find the most grounding when I’m overwhelmed
  • How I deal with anxiety
  • The process of creating community online
  • Putting yourself out there, even when you’re scared shitless and don’t feel ready
  • Why I haven’t been writing for the past month
  • Meeting new friends and finding your girl gang
  • Whether I think it’s appropriate to call grown women “girls”
  • Finding a balance between being ambitious and being gentle with yourself
  • Creating intimacy with myself and with my husband
  • The thing I’ve found most surprising about pregnancy
  • What I feel I need as I step into motherhood

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in questions; I had so much fun answering them!

 

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