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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 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 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 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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English


Episodes

2.37 - Sharing What You Create Vs. Creating To Share

11/17/2020
Welcome to the Season Two Finale! While we will miss you guys, we also believe deeply in the value of downtime, and we’ll take a short break during the holidays. Don’t worry, we will be back in January with guests and more episodes lined up that will hopefully continue to help you discover, uphold, and share your creativity. Today we are chatting about a topic near and dear to both of us. We have both done it. We have both learned ways to avoid it. We have both learned the value in sharing...

Duration:00:31:05

2.36 - Business Savvy & Wisdom With Mariele From Young In The Mountains

11/10/2020
When we set out to talk to Mariele, the founder and jewelry maker behind Young in the Mountains (and also the rockstar woman who created Shaunna’s wedding ring), we had no idea what a treasure trove our conversation would be. We knew she was talented, but listening to her talk we found ourselves furiously taking notes and getting so worked up we could hardly sit still. Mariele tells us the fascinating story of how Young in the Mountains came to be (even her business title has a beautiful...

Duration:00:49:16

2.35 - Behind The Scenes Of Our Podcast

11/3/2020
Join us today as we chat about all the things we had to learn to make The Creative Exponent Podcast. We really had to learn quite a few new skills to pull this venture off, and are still learning so much! We also chat about all the funny little moments that happen unseen, like our constant yawning battles that begin on days we record multiple episodes, what we think about comments and suggestions from listeners, and our thoughts on keeping this podcast casual and relatable for the long haul....

Duration:00:40:00

2.34 - From B&B Owner To Blogger - Michael Wurm Jr. Of Inspired By Charm

10/27/2020
This week we are joined by one of our friends and fellow bloggers, Michael Wurm, of the popular home decor and lifestyle blog, Inspired By Charm. If you haven’t heard of Michael, there is almost certainly a chance you’ve seen his work. His recipes and entertaining experiences are ALL over the internet, and his approach to what he shares is what draws us into his content over and over. We chat about his wonderful story of buying a Bed & Breakfast, Old Charm, and how creating experiences for...

Duration:00:40:45

2.33 - The Benefits Of Developing Creative Rituals

10/20/2020
Neither of us would consider ourselves hyper-scheduled or ritually rigid. However, we both have learned the value in instilling little creative rituals that help us get started, or keep going, or get inspired. We chat about the importance of setting up a designated place for your creative practice, the time you choose to create, and the ambiance you surround yourself with. There is so much you can’t control in your environment, but setting some intention around these three areas can help...

Duration:00:33:12

2.33 - The Benefits Of Developing Creative Rituals

10/20/2020
2.33 - The Benefits Of Developing Creative Rituals by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West

Duration:00:33:12

2.32 - Janelle Of Tono + Co Shares How She Shopped For A Fridge On Craigslist & Bought A Business

10/13/2020
A picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, maybe Janelle’s photos aren’t worth a thousand words, but they do tell the story of how much she loves color and how it shaped the course of her now hand-dyed textile brand. And maybe the best part? This all started after her year abroad in Italy, as she searched for a refrigerator on Craigslist, and wound up buying a business instead. And the rest, as they say, is history. We chat about drive, adapting, funneling your energy into projects...

Duration:00:42:34

2.31 - It's Okay To Take A Break

10/6/2020
As creative entrepreneurs, it is pretty common to have seven plates spinning at once. Because our income relies on us consistently producing, we tend to tell ourselves we cannot take time off to rest, or to take a break from certain tasks. None of us ever begin our journey of creative entrepreneurship by telling ourselves we want a job where we can never take a day off. Because we don’t have employers, these fears and rules are self-imposed. BUT, bonus...this means these fears and habits can...

Duration:00:15:02

2.30 - Author Myquillyn Smith On Staying True To Your Style & Writing Out Of Frustration

9/29/2020
Today’s episode is such a treat. NYT Bestselling author Myquillyn Smith joins us today to talk about her new book, Welcome Home, her love of the generosity of women on the internet, how her business came to be and how she continues to shift and adapt to continue pursuing work she loves. We chat about her unapologetic attitude towards making a home that works for YOU, how to avoid falling into the trap of doing work that everyone else is doing, and how she hopes to continue evolving and all...

Duration:00:39:01

2.29 - Chloe McIntosh Of Boxwood Avenue - Instagram, Ranch Life & Design

9/22/2020
Talking to creatives is our favorite, and this one is a treat. Chloe of Boxwood Avenue joins us this week, and she is just as passionate about sharing value and insight with her audience as we are. While it isn’t our traditional podcast conversation, we were dying to hear the story of how this city girl came to live on a ranch and build such a unique life, all while building a creative business career around her passions and hobbies! We chat about the story of how Boxwood Avenue (the ranch...

Duration:00:45:56

2.28 - The Importance Of Defining Success

9/15/2020
We know. This topic can be one to scoff at. Defining success for yourself sounds like a really fluffy, cliche topic. The truth, though, is this: defining what success really looks like for you impacts the choices you make as a creative entrepreneur every single day. And the other truth is this: we have to continue defining what success looks like for us all along the way. With so much pressure coming at us through the lens of social media, and what perceived success looks like for others, we...

Duration:00:34:31

2.27 - Becoming A Stylist & Combating The Sea Of Sameness With Heather Bullard

9/8/2020
The Creative Exponent podcast returns this week with a bang, great conversation, and an incredible guest. Heather Bullard is an Editorial Prop Stylist, Creative Director, Producer, and Business Coach - with more than a decade of experience, and on top of all of that, she believes deeply in pursuing your own creative path & creating a rich, fulfilling, career built around the things you care about. Yes, she’s our kind of woman. We chat this week about styling and photography, creating classic...

Duration:00:37:14

2.26 - Creative Self - Care

7/28/2020
How can we take care of ourselves creatively? Making time for it is a huge start. But how do we do that? How do we keep our creative time a priority and more importantly, how can we protect how we feel about our creative work? How can we avoid burnout and the angsty feelings of “not getting enough done?” What kinds of things can we do to promote creative self-care? This week, we’re talking about what works for us, talking about how we approach our schedules and grace, and how we try to...

Duration:00:25:11

2.25 - Who Are You Creating For…

7/21/2020
2.25 - Who Are You Creating For… by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West

Duration:00:34:53

2.24 - Saying No To Good Things To Say Yes To Better Things

7/14/2020
You’re a creative entrepreneur. You wear a million different hats. And chances are, because you are opportunistic and optimistic or financially motivated, you wind up saying yes to everything. And while sometimes we have to say yes to more than we’d like, the goal is to move into the place where we can become discerning, and say no to the good to make room for the best. Saying no is golden. Saying no when something is not a “heck yes!” is essential to save room in our businesses and in our...

Duration:00:34:33

2.23 - Talent Vs. Creativity

7/7/2020
2.23 - Talent Vs. Creativity by Marian Parsons & Shaunna West

Duration:00:37:40

2.22 - Building Your Vision Pt 2 - Discovering Your Vision

6/30/2020
Once you have determined what matters to you and your brand, THEN we can begin to build a vision. So often, as solo entrepreneurs, it feels a little lofty to create a vision. But knowing where we are going matters. The unearthing of your vision matters. Your decisions, your yes’s, your no’s...will all stem from here. Dreams and ideas are singular, not necessarily tied to a holistic picture. A goal is trackable and actionable. A VISION is the picture of your true north. Where am I actually...

Duration:00:28:46

2.21 - Let's Talk About Instagram Growth

6/23/2020
Ahh, growth and social media. You rarely hear a conversation about Instagram, or any other social media channel, that is not synonymous with growth. And while we know growth does matter as it relates to our creative businesses, this is not a “5 steps to grow your Instagram” podcast episode, but rather, a totally honest, exploratory conversation between friends, one with a large audience and one with a smaller audience. How it works for us, what the frustrations are, the good stuff...what...

Duration:00:45:54

2.20 Building Your Vision Pt 1 - Boundaries

6/9/2020
Sometimes we launch a creative business by accident of sorts. Sometimes the business shifts drastically. Sometimes, as creative entrepreneurs, we long to change or further develop the vision of our business. This week, we talk through the first part of building your vision. Think of your vision as the “could’s and should’s.” We talk about setting up your core values, non-negotiables, and must-haves. Who are you? Where are you willing to go? What needs to be at the heart of your business? You...

Duration:00:37:54

2.19 Creative Activities For Non - Creative People

6/2/2020
We would argue that everyone is creative, and we give you some more reasons to believe us this week. But just in case you’re still on the fence, we talk about practices for the “non-creatives” out there. What are some small, simple ways to shift your perspective or maybe open up the creative work or hobby you had to sideline some time ago? We chat about these this week, and talk about the ways we have used these exercises to stir up our creative juices again and again. You can find us,...

Duration:00:43:02