In this episode, Erin welcomes her sister, Lara Hopkin! Lara talks about life as a nurse, “cookier” and mom and gives listeners a few tips for starting without supplies. Lara shares some of her favorite cookie decorating inspirations.
Erin guides listeners through a short exercise designed to connect us with a younger part of our creative selves. Erin suggests grabbing a journal and sitting in a quiet spot for a few minutes as you participate in the exercise.
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Adam Pinkham, Founder of Offset Cider Works joined Erin on the podcast today to talk about craft cider and what it takes to get a creative business off the ground. Adam had some solid truth to share about how to push through criticism and what voices you need to prioritize above the rest.
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Erin shares ten lessons that art has taught taught her including bravery, patience and integration. Erin asks what should be added to the list and invites listeners to send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
In this episode, Erin talks about age. Specifically, she confronts the idea of age as a limitation. Erin is joined by a special co-host, her 10-year-old son Griffin, who shares an early memory of creativity.
Today, we talk about bravery. Sometimes art isn’t easy to make. Sometimes the message we have to share or the words we want to write are potentially offensive to someone. How do we push through? How to we put what we are meant to share out into the universe when our subject matter is taboo or controversial?
This episode is not explicit but please do note that we discuss the Romance genre and various mature themes. If you have little ears in the room, or are listening in a public space, consider listening to this episode with headphones.
To discuss bravery on the episode, Erin talks to romance author Andrea Pangilinan. Andrea writes under the pen name Audrey Ryan. She is a self-described: daydreamer, wife and step-mother, and obsessive story consumer. She studied writing in college, dreamt about becoming a novelist and slowly forgot about it when real life took over. With a particular affection for contemporary retellings, adapting Pride & Prejudice to modern day has always been a dream. When she’s not reading and writing, Andrea enjoys talking crazy to her weirdo cat, consuming copious amount of wine and coffee with her girlfriends, and record shopping with her husband. Oh yeah, and there’s that small Jane Austen obsession. That doesn’t take up any time at all.
In this episode, Erin talks about artistic voice and about an artist’s unique perspective including four things that make up an artist’s artistic voice: 1. Memories. 2. Ordinary things. 3. Practice. 4. Skills.
Erin welcomes Kelly Sullivan to the show today to talk about what art can bring to life amidst chronic illness and other challenges. Kelly is a proud mother of 4 boys, Early childhood educator for 18+ years (now retired) and, she says, receiver of Chronic Illness 2 years ago ( Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ M.E.).
Kelly loves the outdoors, learning new things, and watching the wonder in a child’s eye as they discover the world around them.
Kelly suffers from Myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME which is a chronic post viral illness. According to the ME Action website, the disease is triggered by infection in the majority of patients. ME may be severe: 75% of those affected are unable to work and 25% are homebound or bedridden. ME is a common chronic consequence of viruses, with 10-12% of those with serious infection going on to develop the disease. Kelly reports that the illness is becoming increasingly more common for people who have contracted COVID – a group described by some as “long-haulers.”
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In this episode, Erin welcomes Pastor Debbie Montzingo to the show. Erin shares that Pastor Montzingo was her high school drama coach and English teacher but today serves as Pastor at Bethany Covenant Church in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Pastor Debbie received her MDiv from Fuller Seminary in 2013 and was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2018. Pastor Montzingo shares her perspective on creativity as a way to experience God and spirituality. We also heard Pastor Montzingo’s creative “origin story” and enjoyed discussing re-use and recycling objects into new creative projects. Inspiring to say the least!