The Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast

The Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast with Melissa DinwiddieLife is too short to not express the innate creativity inside of you. Host Melissa Dinwiddie features individuals and organizations who are approaching life and work creatively, playfully, and innovatively — making a difference, or living life “in full color”— in other words, living the principles of her book The Creative Sandbox Way. Along the way, and in between interview episodes, Melissa shares practical tips on creativity, productivity, innovation, and leadership.

Whether you’re a corporate leader looking to boost innovation and foster a culture of creativity at work; or an individual looking to get past fear, self-doubt, resistance, and distractions, so you can finally make time for the art / music / writing / craft you’ve been longing to do, if you’re ready to feel more ease and enjoyment in life and work, walk the Creative Sandbox Way™ with Melissa.

Sign up to get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox once a week, and I’ll also send you the first 50 pages of my book, The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life.

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CSW Podcast 193: How to Stand Up for Yourself Without Being a Jerk with Amy E. Smith


CSW 193: How to Stand Up for Yourself Without Being a Jerk with Amy E. SmithAmy E. Smith is a certified and credentialed confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. Owner and founder of Joy Junkie Enterprises, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals beyond limiting beliefs and sabotaging mindsets to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-love.

With acute focus on helping people “find their voice,” Amy uses her popular weekly podcast, The Joy Junkie Show, to address issues of worthiness, self-confidence, and letting go of people-pleasing to assist listeners in creating and living radically joyful lives. Co-founder of TheSelfLoveRevolution.com, Amy has been instrumental in aiding hundreds of women in stepping into their authentic power and craft lives they desire. She is highly sought after for her uncommon style of irreverence, wisdom, and humor and has been a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego and YourTango.com.

Start stalking Amy at www.TheJoyJunkie.com and grab a free copy of her eWorkbook/Audiobook, Stand Up for Yourself Without Being a Dick: 9 Proven Challenges to Radically Improve Your Self-Confidence and Self-Love.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Amy’s story & what lead her to the work that she is currently doing
  • The importance of finding the hybrid of assertiveness and kindness
  • The biggest regret that people face at the end of their lives
  • Understanding how other people might be impacted by you but not taking responsibility for someone else’s feelings
  • Putting limits on your time
  • Externally imposed guilt versus internal guilt and how to manage both
  • When it is appropriate to feel guilt and when we guilt is mislabeled
  • Tips for establishing boundaries in different scenarios

Mentioned In This Episode

Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port (aff link; or click here for a non-aff link)
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bonnie Ware (aff link; or click here for a non-aff link)
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown (aff link; or click here for a non-aff link)

Something Cool

Melissa’s Something Cool: YNAB

Amy’s Something Cool: Voxer

Connect with Amy

Website | Stand up for Yourself without Being a Dick | Facebook Community | Instagram

Quotes

“I always felt very strongly that I cannot be telling people to be their authentic self, coach speak for just be yourself and speak up for the things that you find offensive or your time, your energy. I couldn’t do those things if I was still masquerading being what I thought would be a ‘professional life coach’ or a speaker. It would just not be congruent.” – Amy E. Smith

“I wore a mask for many years.” – Amy E. Smith

“It wasn’t until many, many moons later that I realize that you can actually speak up for yourself, you can establish a boundary, and do it kindly.” – Amy E. Smith

“My whole life, because I’m female, I was programmed that your feelings are more important than my feelings and you know what, screw that. I am now taking a stand and saying, ‘no, my feelings are most important.’” – Melissa Dinwiddie

“We twist and conform to these ideas that everybody else’s approval or validity must equate our self-worth instead of going internal.” – Amy E. Smith

“Be gentle with your journey in this regard and know that any baby step is truly a step in the right direction.” – Amy E. Smith

“When you set a limit, the universe throws things at you to test.” – Melissa Dinwiddie

“You’re only being a bitch if you’re actually being a bitch.” – Amy E. Smith

“Please be compassionate. If it’s just one invite that you decline or you tell one person to please not say that in your company, that is a huge step and this takes fierce courage and bravery because we’re bucking a system that is telling us to behave a completely different way.” – Amy E. Smith

Enjoy!

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at melissadinwiddie.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight, and how the podcast has made a difference in your life. You can email me at melissadinwiddie.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way™!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for The Creative Sandbox Way™ on Tunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

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CSW Podcast 192: Nicole Lewis-Keeber On Creating an Intentional Relationship with Your Business


CSW 192: Nicole Lewis-Keeber On Creating an Intentional Relationship with Your BusinessNicole Lewis-Keeber holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has combined her experience as a therapist and mindset coach to assist entrepreneurs in revealing the blocks and blind spots in their business, that have origins from their past experiences. Nicole’s articles about the impact of small-t trauma on entrepreneurship can be found on Medium and in her blog.

In this episode we talked about:

  • How she got started as a mindset coach & why she left the therapy world
  • Issues Nicole sees surrounding money mindset
  • Figuring out what to charge for your work or services
  • What it looks like to have a healthy relationship with your business & what goes into an emotional sustainability plan
  • Claiming ownership in your business
  • What small-t trauma is and how it impacts us
  • Identifying the kiddos within us and learning to partner with their gifts

Mentioned In This Episode

CoCommercial
Brene Brown

Something Cool

Melissa’s Something Cool: Herbalism

Nicole’s Something Cool: What Do You Do With a Problem?, by Kobi Yamada (aff link; or click here for a non-aff link)

Connect with Nicole Lewis-Keeber

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Medium | Linkedin

Quotes

“My clients now call me a business therapist.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“It shows up as these normal, everyday business challenges but they don’t get relief from the obvious solutions.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“We judge money everywhere. We judge people who have it. We judge people who don’t have it.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“Our inner worth impacts our outer wealth.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“I think our rates and our numbers and what it means, it really does bring up a lot around that. We have to feel really good and solid with that number so that there’s ease in saying it out loud.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“There’s always going to be someone who’s going to think you should charge more and always someone who thinks you should charge less.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“We enter into a relationship when we start a business and if we don’t set an intention to have that relationship, we will default into old patterns that don’t serve us.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“You helped me see my relationship with my business in a different way.” – Melissa Dinwiddie

“We don’t drop our baggage at the door when we start a business, that stuff comes with us so we need to look at it and honor it.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“You get to decide what your business looks like. It is yours. We lose ownership of our business so quickly. It is yours.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“Most of us have what I call, ‘small-t trauma,’ which are those cumulative experiences that we have as a child that takes us off course from who were are.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

Enjoy!

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight, and how the podcast has made a difference in your life. You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for Live Creative Now on Tunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

Manifestos by Melissa DinwiddieSubscribe to My Newsletter and Get My Manifesto!

Click Here!

 

CSW Podcast 191: Whole-Body Creating with Pieter Van Winkle


CSW 191: Whole Body Creating with Pieter Van WinklePieter Van Winkle is a soul-centric facilitator and men’s leader. He combines wild, clear seeing with an abiding sense of humor to facilitate individuals, couples, and groups towards greater freedom and fulfillment. He gratefully lives on a farmstead in Western Colorado with his dog, Gia.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Pieter’s background in dance
  • How we can have either toxic or healthy, playful relationships with creative outlets
  • When & why he began pottery
  • How getting caught in the trap of perfectionism will paralyze you
  • Looking at your unfinished objects as a blank canvas
  • How Pieter was able to get around the ego in songwriting
  • Closing the loop by sharing your creative work with an audience
  • The Enneagram & how to find out what number you are
  • How he works with his clients

read more…

CSW Podcast 190: The Playful Path to Love and Dating Over 40 with Macy Matarazzo


CSW 190: The Playful Path to Love and Dating Over 40 with Macy MatarrazzoMacy Harjot Matarazzo, AKA Reverend Lunchlady, is a Love Coach, Spiritual Teacher & Unicorn Wrangler. A first-time bride at 43 with over 25 years collecting failed relationships, devastating heartbreaks, & dateless holiday parties before she finally found the formula which broke the painful cycle! Now she devotes her life to helping other women stop the madness and draw in a meaningful love. She brings her clients a magical combination of transformational change methodology, Kundalini yoga & creative exploration to help women find their unicorn. read more…

CSW Podcast 189: Neen James & the Costs of Not Paying Attention


CSW 189: Neen James and the Costs of Not Paying AttentionI first encountered Neen James at Heroic Public Speaking Live. She is pint-sized, and (as she says herself) she sounds like a five-year-old, but don’t judge a book by its cover: Neen is a font of wisdom.

Neen is the author of Folding Time™ and Attention Pays™. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, and Abbot Pharmaceuticals among others.

Neen has boundless energy, is quick-witted and always offers powerful strategies for paying attention to what matters so you can get more done and create more significant moments at work, and home.

Neen is the kind of speaker that engages, educates, entertains, and delivers the real-world solutions that apply in your organization, your home, and your community.

In this episode we talked about: read more…

CSW Podcast 188: Rythea Lee Uses Humor to Help Us Heal Self-Hatred


CSW 188: Rythea Lee Uses Humor to Help Us Heal Self-HatredRythea Lee is a professional dancer and multi-disciplinary artist giving voice to personal and shared stories of healing. She’s an author, a singer-songwriter, a painter, a poet, and an all-around creative devotee. Her online show, Advice From a Loving Bitch, is her newest passion, teaching people to heal self-hatred through humor and emotional education.

Rythea is a proud Mom, a teacher of Peer to Peer Counseling, a trauma therapist for 24 years. She loves to help people free themselves and become fully expressive. She does this through her own rigorous inner work and through modeling courage. read more…

CSW Podcast 187: Queen of Stories: Daphne Cohn Asks Questions for a Living


CSW 187: Queen of Stories: Daphne Cohn Asks Questions for a LivingDaphne Cohn is all about stories. She literally asks questions for a living.

She interviews artists and makers for The Creativity Habit™ Podcast: the practice behind the art, the story behind the artist.

Daphne also conducts Story Sessions: helping artists sell more art.

The art market, online and off, is saturated, noisy, and competitive. The way to create real, lasting connection, build trust, and rise above the noise is through personal, honest, stories. Story Sessions uncover the stories that inspire, connect, and, ultimately, lead to more sales.

She’s also creating a community in response to the question: How do we read more…

CSW Podcast 186: Getting Out of the Comfort Zone with Ania Archer


CSW 186: Getting Out of the Comfort Zone with Ania ArcherLike many of us, listener Ania Archer is an artistic soul. Ania loves photography and creating beautiful designs that allow her to express herself.

Ania was an early member of my Creative Sandbox Community, and I love following her on Instagram. Some weeks back Ania mentioned me in her Instagram Story, which totally made my day.

I sent her a message, letting her know just how much it made my day, and I shared her story to my story. Then she messaged me back, “I’m so happy I found you because without you I wouldn’t be where I’m at on read more…

CSW Podcast 185: Jenni Heffernan Brown Is the Quintessential Type A Creative


I’ve got a few announcements before I get to today’s conversation.

First, I wanted to let you know that next week, there won’t be a podcast on Wednesday, because I’m moving to an every-other-week format.

This has been a long time coming, and I’ve been resisting it like crazy, because I’ve been producing a weekly podcast for almost three and a half years now. And pulling back from that production schedule feels like I’m letting someone down.

And the reality is, the more podcasts I produce — the more frequently I publish — the more downloads I get, and the more likely the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast is to become popular.

At least theoretically… read more…

CSW Podcast 184: Listener Spotlight: Jumping All In with Anne Marie Rowley


CSW 184: Listener Spotlight: Jumping All In with Anne MarieSince she was a child, Anne Marie Rowley was fascinated with music, photography and art, but never thought it was good enough to “put it out there.” However, after going through some major life changes, Anne Marie has been starting to put her work out in public spaces and use it as a conversation starter to think about the next phase of her life.

When she heard my interview on The Type A Creative podcast, something cracked open for Anne Marie. It was the first time she heard someone give her permission to be a passion pluralite and discuss the problem of perfectionist paralysis, as well as the importance of being curious.

So she started bingeing on my podcast!

She began using art to make sense of all the changes in her life, and to answer some life questions. Then she heard me speak about “putting it out there,” and she has jumped in!

She says, “Since listening to you and Jenni [Heffernan Brown] a few months ago I tried painting and even wrote poetry that I read at an open mic… not good poetry but poetry.” read more…

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