It was never about me being a singer in a gospel choir.

Have you listened to the Ted interview with Elizabeth Gilbert? (a new podcast from Ted) It’s ah-mazing + you should stop what you’re doing and listen right now. She talks about creativity (and grief) in the most resonant and beautiful ways… and she makes a really helpful distinction between passion and curiosity:

[After discussing her curiosity about gardening that ultimately led to writing The Signature of All Things] “That’s it.What am I going to plant in this 10×10 piece of ground in my backyard? And to be open to the notion that, you don’t need to know why you’re interested in this. It will be revealed if you continue to investigate. That’s it. That’s all that curiosity asks of you. Passion asks you to throw it all in the bonfire. Curiosity is way more generous. It says, just give me a little bit of your time and let’s see what we can do.”

Curiosity has always been the starting place for me too. I wonder what would happen if… I wonder if I could… I wonder what it would be like to… We don’t need to know why. We can lean into the mystery.

Decades ago, after many years of going to Glide Memorial in San Francisco (mostly to listen to the gospel choir!) I found myself thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to be part of that swaying mass of sound… “ and so my friend dared me to audition. And I did. And it was hands down, the most terrifying thing I have EVER done. But I got to sing with the choir for a few months and I got to experience that incredible feeling of being part of the music. Inside the music. Full body, holy wow.

In the end, I’m not much of a singer (I was kind of terrible at it!) and it was really stressful to keep it up. I realized that I actually enjoyed listening to the music so much more than I enjoyed singing it. With much relief, I quit. Hallelujah!

It could have felt like a failure, but here’s the thing: It was never about me being a singer in a gospel choir.

I was laid off from my dream job soon after + I knew it was time for me to start my own business. This experience was exactly what I needed to strengthen my courage muscles. Whatever it took for me to audition, to go after something that I wanted so much and yet was so terrified to pursue, was exactly the kind of daring I needed to take the leap and start my business. In fact, compared to singing in a world renowned gospel choir, starting a business started to look easy!

Follow those whispers of curiosity. They are purposeful. If only to delight us + grow us in new ways.

And if you have been thinking, “I wonder if I could start a podcast…” The answer is yes! I will show you how.

Class starts tomorrow. Monday, October 22nd, 2018.

[Video] Do you have a dream of creating a podcast? Class starts on Monday.

Over the course of 4 weeks, I will help you through every step of the process to creating your very own podcast! Learn everything from how to choose the name of your show to how to get it up on itunes! I promise to make it fun + easy so you are sure to make this dream real.

In this course, we will explore:

Week #1: Let’s make it real.
This week we will get clear on what our podcast is about, what our vision and deeper purpose is for our show, choosing a name and creating a description for itunes. We will also create a graphic for our podcast! And some fancy music for the intro + outro.

Week #2: The technical pieces you need to know.
Equipment, how to name your files, what software you might need. Don’t worry. I promise to make this all very fun + easy. We will hold hands when it feels overwhelming!

Week #3: We’re geeking out now.
Writing and recording your intro + outro. Show notes. Creating graphics for each episode. How to infuse storytelling into your work.

Week #4: Recording, editing and publishing
Launching your show! And getting the word out. We will be bringing it all together in this last week and making sure you have everything ready for your podcast launch. Then we will celebrate because holy moly, we deserve it!

P.S. If you love podcasts but don’t want your own show, listen to mine! Some favorite episodes lately:

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Let’s geek out on podcasts together.

Many years ago, at a retreat for creative women on the Oregon coast, it was my turn to have my “Radiate session.” In this session, we received mentoring from the group – laser focused on us for that particular 30 minutes. It was powerful. But what I remember most from my session is that someone said, “Andrea, you need your own radio show!” and the rest of the women squealed in agreement. I was like, what the what?

It only occurred to me years later – Podcasts! I could create a podcast! That’s how I could have my own radio show. They were so right and clearly saw it before I could see it for myself.

In the last year that I have had The Creative Superheroes Podcast, I have interviewed some seriously amazing people! SARK, Kelly Rae Roberts, Dr. Rick Hanson, Frank Ostaseski, Danielle LaPorte… just to name a few. With each episode, I felt like I was finding my voice, finding my power and practicing courage. It’s become one of my favorite parts of my business.

But why am I sharing all of this? Because you can have your very own podcast! And I’m going to teach you how.

Over the course of 4 weeks, I will help you through every step of the process to creating your very own podcast! Learn everything from how to choose the name of your show to how to get it up on itunes! I promise to make it fun + easy so you are sure to make this dream real.

In this course, we will explore:

Week #1: Let’s make it real.
This week we will get clear on what our podcast is about, what our vision and deeper purpose is for our show, choosing a name and creating a description for itunes. We will also create a graphic for our podcast! And some fancy music for the intro + outro.

Week #2: The technical pieces you need to know.
Equipment, how to name your files, what software you might need. Don’t worry. I promise to make this all very fun + easy. We will hold hands when it feels overwhelming!

Week #3: We’re geeking out now.
Writing and recording your intro + outro. Show notes. Creating graphics for each episode. How to infuse storytelling into your work.

Week #4: Recording, editing and publishing
Launching your show! And getting the word out. We will be bringing it all together in this last week and making sure you have everything ready for your podcast launch. Then we will celebrate because holy moly, we deserve it!

 

P.S. I am deliberately calling this the Mighty Little Podcast Course because I want you to know that your show doesn’t have to be huge. You don’t need to have big advertisers (or advertisers at all!) You get to make a show that is for you + your people. You get to create something that is purely for your delight + to delight others. It’s a beautiful way to grow a community.

CSP #37: From Heartbreak to Wholeness with Kristine Carlson

Kristine Carlson, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker, is passionate about spreading her message of living with joy and gratitude.

Kris’ life mission expands upon the phenomenal success of she and her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson’s work in the (“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series). She continues his legacy of peaceful and mindful living through her own bestselling books, including the most recent, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, The Hero’s Journey to Joy.