Episode 12: Motivation
James realized that he’s struggling with a minor bout of depression and Teresa is struggling to rediscover her motivation and get back into her regular groove. We run with these topics and explore the sources of motivation and how to get it back when you’re struggling.
Episode 10: Burn Out
Teresa got the new website launched! She’s also stepped back from writing and social media and wrestling with burn out. James is making some plans and working his way through some plans. Creatively, though, he’s struggling. Join us as we explore the topic of burn out and how to overcome it.
Episode 11: Loneliness
James is having a decent week at work, and is realizing that busy-ness can be a cover for difficult emotions. Teresa is getting caught back up on her life after finishing the Wounded Birds Ministry website and dealing with a major shoulder problem. She’s really excited about seeing her new book in person! We talk about loneliness, a topic which is especially dear to James.
Episode 9: Highly Sensitive People
James had another good week. He got back to writing a bit and is feeling good. Teresa, however, is yawping. She is ready to be done with creating the new Wounded Birds Ministry website and having the project in her rearview mirror. She’s feeling burned out, but can see the finish line in front of her. This week, we talk about what it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person and some of the ways this diagnosis impacts lives.
Episode 8: Rejection
Everything is coming up roses for us this week. James is having a better week. He saw his spiritual director and worked through some big work concerns. and Teresa hit some big milestones on her book. She also witnessed a big breakthrough by a member of her Wounded Birds Ministry group, which was inspiring and reminded her why she writes. Our topic for the week is Rejection. We explore why rejection wounds so deeply and some ways to buffer ourselves against the pain of it.
Episode 7: Perfectionism
James and Teresa have both had some struggles this past week. Teresa’s battling with feeling overwhelmed and prioritizing her work, and James has mindset struggles. We talk about perfectionism, what it looks like, and some tips on challenging it. Full show notes are available at http://www.creatingnormalpodcast.com
Episode 6: Authenticity
We all hear that the avenue of success is to “be authentic,” but what does that really mean? How do you know when you’re not being authentic? This week, we explore what authenticity is and why the advice is so prevalent. Full show notes available at creatingnormalpodcast.com.
Episode 5: Criticism
Teresa found a great article on responding to online critics and James shares some of his experiences and decisions on handling criticism. Full show notes available at creatingnormalpodcast.com
Episode 4: Triggers
James experienced some rather significant triggers this week. We explore the topic and share some thoughts on how to manage challenging triggers. Full show notes available at creatingnormalpodcast.com
Episode 3: Coaching
This week, James answers all of Teresa’s questions about coaching for creatives, including when to look for a coach, how to know when you’ve found a good one, and budget-friendly alternatives. Full show notes available at creatingnormalpodcast.com
Episode 2: Social Media and Mental Health
This week, James and Teresa dive in and explore how mental health and social media relate to each other. We share things we’ve tried to help ourselves, some statistics, and point out that social media can be a benefit to us. Full show notes are available at http://creatingnormalpodcast.com
Episode 1: Procrastination
Welcome to the first full episode of Creating Normal! We are delighted to have you with us. This week, we have a chat about procrastination, its sources, and some ideas on how we combat it.