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8 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes in 2018

BONUS EPISODE: A year-ender reflection for 2018. I made a lot of mistakes this year, I need to own up to them, and hold myself accountable. And that’s what this episode is all about. I’ll talk about self-doubt, money, feeling lost in life, shame, and even how I lost weight. So without further ado… Here are [...]

5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes in 2018

BONUS EPISODE: A year-ender reflection for 2018.


My Failed Experiment & How Design Thinking Helped Me Develop Failure Immunity: The Last Episode

Have you ever failed at something very important to you? If you have, I know what you feel. It sucks, right? But I guess the more important question I have is: What did you do about it? That’s what we’ll discuss in this season-ender episode of The Purposeful Creative. This podcast started out as an [...]


Ep. #16: Adulting Advice for Passion-Fueled, Purpose-Seeking Millennials

Today is a special Q&A episode, and this episode is definitely for you if you are someone who is struggling with figuring things out in “adult life.” This episode is for you if: I really think you will find this episode valuable if you have questions and internal battles about quitting your job to pursue [...]


Mini: How to Start A Social Enterprise – or Any Purpose-Driven Project (with Reese Fernandez-Ruiz)

In today’s short episode, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags2Riches is back to talk about how to start a social enterprise. In this episode, she’ll outline how she started that journey, and more valuable tips on becoming a social entrepreneur. Notes from our interview with Reese Fernandez-Ruiz: How she started a social enterprise: “First, we went to the communities [...]


Ep. #15: Finding Your Why & Growing Your Business Around It – Social Entrepreneurship with Reese Fernandez-Ruiz)

‘Before, [my relationship with purpose] was very image-driven. ‘Okay, I will look like a good person, I’m amazing, I’m such a great entrepreneur.’ But it has evolved over the years. It became less about how it will look like on me, and to how it will look like in the world.’ That is just one [...]


How to Share Your Work on Social Media… Without The Shame [Quick Start Guide]

I know how intimidating it is to start sharing your work online, and being really anxious about what your friends will say – especially your immediate circle. You get scared that they’ll make fun of you, tease you, or think you’re being too ambitious, or “trying too hard.” In this minisode, Reese Lansangan, a singer-songwriter, [...]


Ep. #14: Why It’s Okay to Have More than One Passion, Unabashed Ambition, and to Make Money from Your Art (with Reese Lansangan)

Today’s guest is Reese Lansangan, a 26 year old singer-songwriter, visual artist, graphic designer, fashion designer, and published author; all rolled into one convenient sushi. In this conversation, we we delved into tricky issues like feelings of jealousy and the habit of comparison in the age of social media, we talked about shame and shaming [...]


Mini: Building A Team Around Your Passion Project (with Roxy Navarro)

In today’s story I am bringing back Roxy Navarro, who I talked to in the previous episode, Episode 13, where we talked about her business called Works of Heart. In this episode, she’ll tell us about how she found like-minded people, rallied them around the idea, and how they were able to build their company [...]


Ep. #13: Combining Design + Purpose + Social Impact (with Roxy Navarro)

My guest for today is Roxy Navarro, she is the founder of Works of Heart, a design studio that serves mission-based groups by providing effective branding and visual story telling to help these groups solve the issues of lack of awareness and access to market. In this conversation, we do a deep dive into why [...]


Mini: Turning an Art Hobby into an Online Shop and Freelance Career (with Abbey Sy)

In today’s story, I’m bringing back Abbey Sy, who I talked to in the previous episode. Abbey is an artist and best-selling author, with over a hundred thousand followers on Instagram, and has published two books. In this minisode, she’ll tell us about her beginnings, and the exact three steps she took to start selling [...]


Ep. #12: Abbey Sy: Finding Success in the Intersection of Art and Business

My guest for today is Abbey Sy, an artist and best-selling author from Manila, Philippines. Passionate about both art and travel, she is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations. She has written books on lettering and journaling, and continues to explore ways to make art and share stories through her own eyes. She [...]


Ep. #11: Tips on Finding Your Own Tribe (or, making creative friends as an adult!)

Today’s episode was inspired by my recent trip to Morocco: I’ll be sharing with you some tips and steps you can take so that you can also find your own tribe. THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF… You’re someone who struggles with finding kindred spirits who share in their same passions, and who push them [...]


Ep. #10: How & Why You Should Do A Monthly Review: January 2017 Review

Most times, the days and the week just roll by, and if we’re not mindful about reviewing our progress regularly, then time just escapes us. I’m going to share my personal process on how to be always aware of my growth and goals. I do this at the end of every month so that I [...]


Special Episode: Join the Empathy Challenge

This special episode invites you to take part in our community challenge called ’30 Stories of Empathy’.” THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF… You want to make empathy and compassion a habit. The challenge: How it works The #30storiesofempathy challenge is a 30-day challenge to genuinely listen to, and collect a story from one person [...]


Ep. #8: Dealing with Quarter Life Crisis, with Isa Garcia

“My quarter life crisis was spent mourning after the lives I didn’t get to live. I wanted to do more, be more… to see if I could flex my muscles in other spaces.” This is just one of the many, many truth bombs that our guest for this episode, Isa Garcia, dropped in today’s show. Isa [...]


Should I Quit My Job to Pursue My Passion? [Minisode]

“I have had this passion project in my head for quite some time now. Should I quit my job to really put all my energies to pursuing this idea/business? Because right now, I barely have time or energy because of my day job.” THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF… You struggle with the roadblock mentioned above. [...]


Ep. #7: How to Raise Money for Your Passion Project

In this episode, I’m sharing 4 steps on how to raise funds your passion project or big goal. THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF… This episode is perfect for anyone who is still struggling with managing her or his money, and often uses lack of money as an excuse to not pursue an idea or [...]


What if my idea has been done before? [Minisode]

“I want to pursue this idea, but it’s been done before! And they’ve already done it SO well – who am I to think I can top that?” THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF… You struggle with the roadblock mentioned above. We’ll give you ideas on how to break through that insecurity 😉 I’m back with [...]


Ep. #6: Overcoming Perfectionism & Introversion with Christine Herrin

Today, I’ve brought in my very first guest on the podcast. Her name is Christine Herrin, and she is an artist & graphic designer based in San Francisco, and she is currently one of the 4 creatives handpicked by Adobe to join their 2016 Creative Residency Program. THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF… You are [...]