This week I am talking with Cassandra Lam co-founder of The Cosmos an community of Asian women creators. In this episode we talk about the unique challenges that Asian women faces as creatives as well as switching the mindset from surviving to one of flourishing and thriving. In just a little under a year The cosmos has grown to a community of thousands of women who are exploring the question "What does it mean for Asian women to flourish and thrive."Read More
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This year I have embarked on an experiment to live this year as if it were my last. To be honest I'm not really sure what that will look like but in this episode I'm talking about what's coming up for me already, and some questions that I'm asking myself.
If you would like to follow along I will be sharing mostly on Instagram @maringhiga
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What if you could live a life that 100% represented your singular experience? What if you stopped asking how can I fit into the current society and dominate culture and instead asked what space can I carve out in the world that is mine, and fully supports who I am and what I care about?
Have you ever been in a stage of your life and thought "I thought I would be so much further along in _____ than I am" This week I am talking about that uncomfortable space of when we are going after our dreams and goals and we realize at some point that our expectations have not been met.Read More
Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say "Just show up and do the work?" Well, in this episode we are getting deep into what that looked like for Nicole Miyuki watercolorist, teacher and author as she wrote her first book.Read More
If your someone who has ever had an interest in doing a year long project this episode will hopefully provide you with the inspiration to do one yourself. If you asked me 2 years ago if I thought this was possible for me, I would have told you that I never follow through on long term projects and that I am just not the type of person who completes these sorts of things.Read More
Tiffany Han, CPCC, is a writer, speaker, teacher, and coach whose work focuses on helping highly-creative women embrace a new framework of creative productivity to design and build the businesses of their dreams and bring their best ideas to life. As the founder of Say Yes Creative LLC, Tiffany has been helping creative women take bold, inspired action towards their dreams since 2011.Read More
Coleen is a mother of two, emergency room nurse, photographer and blogger located in Arizona. Her passion for capturing the beauty of the everyday started the second she became a mother. The launch of this passion project was a dream come true for her. She believes in capturing the beauty and unique spirit of every child.Read More
I'm Elise and I make stuff. That's who I am and that's my job.
I started a blog in 2005 because I wanted to share my thoughts with the Internet. A year later, I began sharing craft projects and tutorials. In 2008, I opened my first online shop and since then, I have made and sold everything from letterpress prints to wooden plant stands.Read More
Before becoming a Designer, Jen received a degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. While Anthropology stimulated her fascination with varying cultures, and Psychology explored the area of social work, both were lacking the creative outlet she yearned for.
She seized the opportunity to move to Macerata, Italy to study Italian art and learn the language while being submerged in the culture. She soon began to realize that her passions for both design and helping people could culminate in an exciting career.
After moving to San Diego, she enrolled in design school where it became apparent that design was in her nature as she graduated with top honors while simultaneously working at a high profile model home design firm. Over the following eight years she additionally dabbled in closet design, kitchen re-facing, upholstery, and professional real estate staging.
By far, the most important outcome of these cumulative experiences was her realization that she wanted to design on a more personal level. Through her extensive experience in these many different aspects of the industry, she has refined a keen design eye for color and layout and an ability to work with a wide array of clientele and design tastes.
And while high-end remodels and model homes were interesting, she prefers the joy and ease of the collaboration with clients who are budget conscious but who need help sprucing up their spaces. Jen explains: "I don't want design to be unapproachable and scary for people. Designing your home should be fun, rewarding, and exciting, and it's my job to make that happen!"
Sarah Natsumi Moore is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Austin, Texas. Having previously worked as the in-house creative for the largest travel magazine in The Netherlands, she is now enjoying the sunny freelance life in the lone star state.
It was so much fun interviewing Sarah. When I meet people who are part of my tribe it makes me feel less like I belong somewhere. For most of my life I have felt like the black sheep struggling to ‘fit in’ with the mainstream ways, and when I read Sarah’s blog I knew I had found a kindred spirit. Sarah Moore is both funny and witty and a great example of someone who is willing to overcome her fears and put her work out there.
We talked about her 12 Experiments project: which is her personal year long project of doing a different experiment a month for a year.
The challenges of doing long term projects.
Facing Fears- creating healthier habits
Being ok with feeling like a hot mess
How having type A friends is so helpful, but also remembering that we help our type A friends too.
002 Katinka Kraft: On Creative Risk and Knowing how to Fail
Katinka Kraft is a spoken word artist, performer and artistic director of Shut Up and Sign_Speak, a project that brings together deaf and hearing poets in Berlin. On the cobble stone streets of Berlin, she started her performance and directing career, at the early age of 7, with a 80s pop rendition of Mary Poppins. She grew up in a German-American family and moved to the United States from Germany, as a teenager. There she discovered spoken word and eventually became a teacher, organizer and performer in the spoken word and poetry slam scene in the USA for over 12 years. She moved back to her hometown Berlin in 2008. Here she works as a freelance workshop facilitator, consultant, and artistic director. She received her B.A. degree from Western Washington University, Bellingham (USA) in Cultural Studies, Youth Advocacy, and the Performing Arts and my M.A in Biographical and Creative Writing from the Alice Salomon University, Berlin. She speaks German, English and is currently learning German Sign Language.