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How She Creates Ep 208: Dance

Listen to this inspiring interview with dancer and arts educator about following the creative process. Click through to listen.
This week is another very important and special episode. I want this podcast to keep shining lights on women who are doing incredible things for the world and this episode is the perfect example of that. This week I am interviewing my, in real life, friend Abby. We taught a Zumba class together in Korea and I fell in love with her and her sweet family. They are kind, generous, selfless and oh so creative! Abby shares all about the creative process when it comes to expressing your creativity through dance. Her wisdom and words transcend all art forms and will inspire you to break a little more free in your creative work and be bold in your self expression. Abby talks about inspiration gathering, using your mistakes to grow, how to take on a new creative challenge (like dance) as an adult, and how creativity and dance helps heal our souls. She shares about their incredible plan to move to Nepal to be teacher trainers and to bring arts and healing to the community there.

 

A note about learning more and partnering with Abby & Ross for their work in Nepal: 
If you are as excited and intrigued as I am about the Williamsons journey to Nepal they would like to invite you to fill out the “Join Us” form on our website and receive our newsletter and/or more info. They would love to keep in touch through their newsletter with stories from Nepal and can share how you can support them on this journey. Be sure to tell them you found them via How She Creates!

 

How She Creates Challenge

This week we want to see how you express your creativity through dance! Get out there and try a dance class or just turn on some good jams and get moving. Share a photo or video (!!) with us using the hashtag #howshecreates.

 
Now, go listen and enjoy the show!

 

Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Abby Williamson is an arts educator and cheese enthusiast. She hails from Chapel Hill, NC but has lived in many places including Seattle, Houston, Kabul, Afghanistan, and Seoul, Korea. Abby has had some incredible opportunities (thank you Lord) to teach dance, creative writing, and poetry in some unique places and spaces. Abby loves merging her passions for the arts, other cultures, and mentorship to see students grow into stronger leaders and learners. She and her husband, Ross, are preparing to move to Nepal this coming summer to work with the Kathmandu International Study Centre’s EQUIP program. EQUIP works with teachers, students, and communities in areas of creative problem-solving and critical thinking to raise the level of education in Nepal. They have an opinionated, curious, hilarious one-year-old son named Jude.

Connect with Abby:
Blog · Instagram · Newsletter

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

Thank you so much to our sponsor: Get Messy Art Journal!

Get Messy is an art journal community designed to help you become the artist you desire to be and to meet your creative BFFs. Get Messy will teach you the foundations of art journaling and, every day, help you add a new creative tool into your art toolbox with art prompts, tutorials, inspiration and more. The best part of Get Messy is by far the private community where you can ask any art questions you have, make friends and participate in fun, worldwide artist events like material swaps, collaborative journals and more. To help you get started with your art journaling journey Get Messy has 3 free classes for you: Introduction to Art Journaling (beginners), Elevate Your Art (intermediate) and How To Find Your Style (all levels). Sign up for Get Messy’s newsletter below to receive instant access to all three courses.

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How She Creates: Ep 207 Encouraging Creativity

Listen to this fun conversation with Art Feeds Founder Meg to learn more about Art Feeds and feeding your creativity. Click through to listen to the full episode of How She Creates.
Today’s episode is super special. I believe that I am here in this world to do good and elevate others who are doing amazing things. This weeks episode is one of those moments for sure. Get Messy has been supporting Art Feeds for years and I am so glad we have finally been able to sit down and let others in on how incredible this organization is. They are bringing art to kids in need and we could not be more proud to have a very small hand in that. In our conversation today, Art Feeds founder Meg, shares the Art Feeds story, how she prioritizes her own creativity while working a crazy demanding job, tips for encouraging creativity in kids and ways that you can help bring art + healing to kids near you.

Now, go listen and enjoy the show!


 

Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Meg Bourne created Art Feeds, an organization that believes that all children are curious, imaginative, innovative, creative and our greatest resource. To fuel this creativity and expression, Art Feeds offers arts programming in partnership with schools and children’s organizations. Meg started  Art Feeds at the age of 19 in 2009 has been instrumental in the recovery of Joplin children and generated innovative programs now used for children worldwide. Meg has now worked with over 5,000 volunteers and 36,000 children. Meg is a fan of sour patch kids, being an aunt, and bad dance moves.

Connect with Meg:
Website· Art Feed’s Instagram · Meg’s Instagram · Email ·

About Art Feeds

Art Feeds has provided therapeutic art and creative education in Joplin, MO, Carthage, MO, Neosho, MO, Springdale, AR, Noel, MO, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bentonville, AR, Moore, OK, Jackson, NJ, Estes Park, CO, and international programming in Cambodia, Ghana and Honduras. She has facilitated the creation of 32 student designed murals and creative change resonating community wide. Meg was awarded the 15 Under 40 by the Joplin Regional Business Journal in 2015, Most Influential Women Honoree by Joplin Regional Business Journal 2014, Missouri Arts Award in Arts Education 2014, was a finalist on VH1’s 2012 Do Something Awards, represented 1 of 25 causes nationwide honored in NBC’s 2012 American Giving Awards, was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2011, has been in New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, AXS TV, HuffPost Live, TEDx Hendrix College, Teen Vogue and Fast Company.

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

Thank you so much to our sponsor: Get Messy Art Journal!

Get Messy is an art journal community designed to help you become the artist you desire to be and to meet your creative BFFs. Get Messy will teach you the foundations of art journaling and, every day, help you add a new creative tool into your art toolbox with art prompts, tutorials, inspiration and more. The best part of Get Messy is by far the private community where you can ask any art questions you have, make friends and participate in fun, worldwide artist events like material swaps, collaborative journals and more. To help you get started with your art journaling journey Get Messy has 3 free classes for you: Introduction to Art Journaling (beginners), Elevate Your Art (intermediate) and How To Find Your Style (all levels). Sign up for Get Messy’s newsletter below to receive instant access to all three courses.

Connect with Get Messy
Newsletter · Website · Shop · Instagram

Day in the life

Day In The Life is such a beautiful idea. It is the perfect way to capture what your life is. I know the saying for our generation is that older generations told us nothing, but we told them everything. But I’m calling not true. Our days are filled with routine that is so ingrained in us that we forget to record it. It’s like trying to remind yourself to breath every breathe, but you don’t have to, you just do it and you think this is insignificant and doesn’t deserve attention. But it does. Every season is different and unique. Our days are beautiful and worth our attention. Our routines are who we are at our core and should be captured and shared.

I have a beautiful new routine that is a gift. A gift of years of hard work and hope paying off. A gift of a new, fresh start. A gift of a new life. If you look back at almost exactly one year ago, the difference in these two days are shockingly different. Both beautiful, yet two worlds apart.

This is my new, every day.

A Day In The Life
October 19th, 2017

8:52am
A slow wake up to our new life of eternal sunshine.

9:09am
Breakfast with my love.

9:54am
Time to feed my soul.

10:47am
Messy overwhelm.

11:08am
Podcasts + cleaning. Clear desk, clear mind.

12:08pm
Pushing paint, creating, learning, exploring, making first.

1:06pm
Lunch with my BFFL’s.

2:50pm
Art, teaching, sharing, growing. Instagram is a large part of my community and day.

3:19pm
Work. Emails, writing, creating, customer service, meetings, ideas, work.

4:58pm
Break time. Getting ready for a night out. Getting dressed is now an event and not always part of my day.

5:59pm
Still working. Finishing the day, more ideas than time.

7:12pm
Sushi with friends. Laughter, story telling, sharing, loving.

9:10pm
Tea and dessert. Exploring new places and foods. Being with friends is the best part of the day.

10:29pm
Bed + movie.

Routine is a beautiful and dangerous thing. It can trap us and liberate us. Routine + Ritual. These are the days.