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cre·​a·​tive ex·po·nent (noun): a person who believes in and upholds the truth of their creativity Authors, Bloggers, Business Coaches and friends, Marian Parsons and Shaunna West launch the first season of their latest adventure, The Creative Exponent Podcast. They long to hold a conversation around all things creative, and encourage every person to discover, uphold, and share their creativity. To encourage you that you do have a creative voice to offer, and it is yours alone. To laugh with you. To be real with you...creativity is sacred. It is scary. And it is a gift. You can find Marian and Shaunna continuing their passionate conversation around creativity and creative business at www.thecreativeexponent.com. Podcast cover art exceptionally created by Gabriella Larson and Heidi Sellers. The Creative Exponent Theme written by A Walker Spring and performed by Elly Swope and Johann Wagner.

cre·​a·​tive ex·po·nent (noun): a person who believes in and upholds the truth of their creativity Authors, Bloggers, Business Coaches and friends, Marian Parsons and Shaunna West launch the first season of their latest adventure, The Creative Exponent Podcast. They long to hold a conversation around all things creative, and encourage every person to discover, uphold, and share their creativity. To encourage you that you do have a creative voice to offer, and it is yours alone. To laugh with you. To be real with you...creativity is sacred. It is scary. And it is a gift. You can find Marian and Shaunna continuing their passionate conversation around creativity and creative business at www.thecreativeexponent.com. Podcast cover art exceptionally created by Gabriella Larson and Heidi Sellers. The Creative Exponent Theme written by A Walker Spring and performed by Elly Swope and Johann Wagner.
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cre·​a·​tive ex·po·nent (noun): a person who believes in and upholds the truth of their creativity Authors, Bloggers, Business Coaches and friends, Marian Parsons and Shaunna West launch the first season of their latest adventure, The Creative Exponent Podcast. They long to hold a conversation around all things creative, and encourage every person to discover, uphold, and share their creativity. To encourage you that you do have a creative voice to offer, and it is yours alone. To laugh with you. To be real with you...creativity is sacred. It is scary. And it is a gift. You can find Marian and Shaunna continuing their passionate conversation around creativity and creative business at www.thecreativeexponent.com. Podcast cover art exceptionally created by Gabriella Larson and Heidi Sellers. The Creative Exponent Theme written by A Walker Spring and performed by Elly Swope and Johann Wagner.

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Episodes

19. Creative Frontier

11/26/2019
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In the season finale for The Creative Exponent podcast season 1, Shaunna and Marian explore the creative frontier! Why is it important to continue to look to the horizon to see what is outside of your comfortably settled territory? Creative exploration is important for the soul and for the creative community as a whole. We need to go beyond creating in our carefully manicured suburban plot and get out into the wild to see what can be discovered there. Let’s be brave and curious…

Duration:00:48:05

18. Bouncing Back From Burnout

11/19/2019
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It is just simply difficult to truly unplug and give ourselves enough rest creatively. Pressure, stress, the to do list...all of these things eventually lead to some form of burnout. Doing creative work we love is no exception. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about their own seasons of extended burnout, and how often it can be tied to turning the creative work we love into an income producing business, lack of rest, lack of unplugging from the “audience” before us. They talk about how...

Duration:00:49:22

17. Dealing With Copycats

11/12/2019
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Ahh, copycats. In creative work, running across someone doing exactly what you have done before is an inevitability. And while there are some cases where the copying is less of a compliment and more along the lines of trademark infringement, often the truth is there is nothing new under the sun, and the copying itself is actually a compliment. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about how they’ve dealt with copycats, and how mostly, they try to choose to keep their blinders on and continue...

Duration:00:45:25

16. Creative Schedule

11/5/2019
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Creativity and the word schedule don’t often go hand in hand. But Schedule doesn’t have to be a dirty word for creatives. It would be a wonderful world if creative genius would strike us over the head every single day, but often, it finds us working, and in our normal day to day routines. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about their own schedules and how creativity realistically fits in, and how you can build a schedule for creativity that works for you in your lifestyle, as is. You can...

Duration:00:38:27

15. Creating When Life Is A Dumpster Fire

10/29/2019
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How in the world do we keep creating when life just goes SIDEWAYS? When it feels like there are more things going wrong than going right...by a long stretch. How does creativity fit in then? Or our creative work? Marian and Shaunna each talk about some of the challenges they are battling right now in life. How it is simply a reality that we will face heightened stress and pressure as well as serious trial in our lives. How do we continue to create in the midst of a bonafide dumpster fire?...

Duration:00:37:28

14. Don't Babysit Your Work

10/22/2019
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There is such a tempting habit in today’s world of instant feedback. How easily do we get sucked in to sharing our work online, only to hover over what we publish like the best of all helicopter moms? We publish, and we check comments. We scan likes, followers, feedback. All day. If we own a creative business or share our creative work, do we have to be aware of the response to our work? Sure. Of course. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about the difference between awareness of the “public...

Duration:00:35:18

13. Normal Life, Extraordinary Work

10/15/2019
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Do you feel like your life is too normal, too boring, too typical, too ordinary to have anything interesting to say? Shaunna and Marian have heard this as an excuse time and time again as an argument against sharing stories, creations, and thoughts with others. “I just don’t have anything to say.” The beautiful truth is that we all have something to say. Even if you are a plain Jane suburban housewife soccer-mom with 2.5 kids and a dog, you have something to say. And, believe it or not,...

Duration:00:34:14

12. Procrastination Tools

10/8/2019
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Procrastination. The inevitable word all creatives eventually face. This week, Marian and Shaunna talk about all the subtle ways we can make ourselves busy as stall tactics. Procrastination for creatives is not always an obvious putting off of our responsibilities, because our to do’s also FEEL like action. They talk about the most common procrastination tools and how they usually stem from negative feelings about your and your business. They go a step further and ask, “Where do these tools...

Duration:00:46:20

11. Is The Best Of Your Past The Enemy Of Your Present Good

10/1/2019
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What happens we experience success as creatives? Success can be a catalyst for more success, but it can also, very subtly and unintentionally, create a set of unspoken expectations we place on ourselves and our creative work. This week, Marian and Shaunna talk about this reality, and share their own personal stories of how the best of their past has been the enemy of their present good. How those nagging questions can sneak up on us….”Maybe my best ideas are behind me.” “Maybe I’ve done my...

Duration:00:43:24

Minisode 3. Creative Autobiographies Part 3

9/27/2019
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Based on a creative biography exercise from the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe, these mini-episodes were born. Marian and Shaunna share their own creative biographies, and a lot of laughs, honest, off-the-cuff answers, and truth telling around each of their creative journeys. In this mini episode, you’ll hear Marian and Shaunna answer questions like: When confronted with superior intelligence or talent, how do you respond? When faced with stupidity, laziness, hostility, or...

Duration:00:25:10

10. When You Stroke Out Creatively

9/24/2019
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Marian and Shaunna relive their brainstorming weekend of developing The Creative Exponent and share the moment where Marian “stroked out” creatively. We all do it. We are plugging along with our creative work and out of nowhere, we hit a wall. One of the worst things we can do when hitting these walls is to try to push through it because of deadlines and pressures, both externally and internally. Marian and Shaunna talk about how they deal with their own walls, developing your own...

Duration:00:39:17

Minisode - Creative Autobiographies Part 2

9/20/2019
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Based on a creative biography exercise from the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe, these mini-episodes were born. Marian and Shaunna share their own creative biographies, and a lot of laughs, honest, off-the-cuff answers, and truth telling around each of their creative journeys. In this mini episode, you’ll hear Marian and Shaunna answer questions like: What are your habits and what patterns do you create? Describe your first successful creative act and one word attitudes towards...

Duration:00:22:49

9. Owning Your Place (Scarcity Vs. Abundance)

9/17/2019
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It is really simple to feel like creative work is scarce. We struggle to find and hold our own place in the world, to hold our own space creatively. Do you believe that there is a limited amount of success, joy, love, or creativity in the world? This week Marian and Shaunna talk about how easy it is to fall into the trap of getting stuck in a mindset of scarcity, which can ultimately destroy our creativity and keep us in a toxic place. Shaunna shares her own story of abundance to scarcity,...

Duration:00:49:28

Minisode - Creative Autobiographies Part 1

9/13/2019
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Based on a creative biography exercise from the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe, these mini-episodes were born. Marian and Shaunna share their own creative biographies, and a lot of laughs, honest, off-the-cuff answers, and truth-telling around each of their creative journeys. In this mini-episode, you’ll hear Marian and Shaunna answer questions like: What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? What is the dumbest? What is your creative ambition? What are the obstacles to achieving that...

Duration:00:13:08

8. Thinking Of Starting A Creative Busines Do These Things First...

9/10/2019
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Thinking of taking your creativity and turning it into a business? There are a few things you should be doing first. This week Marian and Shaunna talk about the things you should be doing before you expand into the world of creative business. They talk through the lessons learned, and what they would say to themselves about a decade ago. They would tell themselves, and you, to create privately for yourself, to decide if you REALLY want this to be a business, to establish your why to create...

Duration:00:39:23

7. Make An Appointment With Creativity

9/3/2019
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7. Make An Appointment With Creativity by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West

Duration:00:35:12

6. The Numbers Are People

8/27/2019
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Here’s a little secret to spill. Those numbers you’re looking at to tell you that you are doing good work...those numbers are people. This week, Marian and Shaunna talk about analytics and the numbers, and while we have to be aware of them, we cannot be controlled by them as creatives. They pose questions for us to consider: Are we looking to the numbers for worthiness and validation When are the numbers enough? How much more genuinely will we share our work and creative voice when we put...

Duration:00:33:54

5. Don't Wait For Perfect

8/20/2019
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Have you ever been paralyzed to begin a creative pursuit because everything isn’t just quite...perfect? Marian and Shaunna talk about the realities of waiting until everything is perfect for you to get moving and how much the creative process needs a little freedom. Marian shares a personal story of her own and you hear the benefits of allowing people to join you along your journey. They encourage you to be practical, sure, but to give yourself a little grace to begin before everything is in...

Duration:00:35:37

4. Sharing Your Creativity

8/18/2019
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So now you’ve decided you are creative and you want to protect and foster it...now what? This week Marian and Shaunna wrap up the introductory episodes to The Creative Exponent and talk about the realities of sharing your work, with a small or large audience. They chat about the importance of developing a thick skin, and how the benefits largely outweigh any downsides of sharing your creative work. They talk through strategies to help you face criticism or negative feedback and encourage you...

Duration:00:38:29

3. Upholding Your Creativity

8/12/2019
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This week Marian and Shaunna chat about the next foundational piece of your creativity: Upholding it. They laugh about Shaunna’s “failed” Pinterest birthday cake, and how her daughter reminded her that she was the one teaching her to go for it and try new things. Out of the mouths of babes, right? They are real about how easily we criticize ourselves, and how belief in ourselves is a practice, and one that takes time and intentionality. How fine the balance is of allowing feedback in and...

Duration:00:32:23