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.

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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…

CSW Podcast 183: Asking for What You Need


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 183: Asking for What You NeedIn the wee hours of Monday morning (my birthday!), I got back from a two-week trip.

There are so many amazing things to share with you about this trip.

I started my journey in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, at the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® UnConference, where I was completely blown away when my Master Trainer presented me with a surprise award — the Facilitator Development Award — on the first day.

I even got a trophy made out of LEGO® bricks by a Certified LEGO® Professional! read more…

CSW Podcast 182: Meet VP of Fun Jeffrey Harry


CSW 182: Meet VP of Fun Jeffrey HarryThe recording was live when Jeff Harry and logged into the Zoom room, long before our “official interview” started, but the conversation for the first fifteen minutes was so interesting that I decided to keep it in.

Be prepared to really feel like a fly on the wall of my studio in this one!

Here’s Jeffrey’s official bio:

Jeff believes that there’s nothing quite like watching a Senior Executive screaming with delight while skipping after a tiny LEGO® car.

As the VP of Fun at Play-Well TEKnologies, he and his team show kids and adults how to tap into their true selves — feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing with tiny LEGO® pieces.

Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. It turns out that giving people permission to be really silly helps them be more productive, learn faster and love their work.

His play work has been featured on read more…

CSW Podcast 181: On Building Communities with Emmy McCarthy & Naomi Hattaway


CSW 181: On Building Communities with Emmy McCarthy & Naomi HattawayEmmy McCarthy has been building communities across Europe since Y2K. Before we liked each other on Facebook, before we became a number on someone’s mailing list, Emmy was helping humans connect to humans.

She sees patterns where others see chaos. She uses those patterns to connect the dots and develop strengths-based solutions that grow communities and help small businesses thrive.

By getting clear, getting focused and taking action, she knows that read more…

CSW Podcast 180: Finding the Underlying Goal


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 180: Finding the Underlying GoalOn Sunday I led my second ever Creative Sandbox Playday.

Three people were in attendance.

Two of whom were me and my husband.

The first Creative Sandbox Playday had eight people, so only three was something of a let-down, though there were supposed to be four — one attendee got sick and wasn’t able to be there.

And a few others would have been there, but had scheduling conflicts.

This kind of thing is a ripe opportunity for gremlins to rush in and tell me what a loser I am.

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