Episode 10: Why You Need to Share Your Creative Side With the World | Kim Dettmer

Episode 10: Why You Need to Share Your Creative Side With the World | Kim Dettmer

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On this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing author and artist Kim Dettmer. She is the author of Moments Meant to Savor and you can find her art out at kimdettmer.com. Kim specializes in mixed media collage, but has worked with a whole host of art forms.

She is passionate about helping others discover their creative side and to make a difference with their craft.

 From the interview…

  • Three words that describe Kim: Creative, Upbeat/Happy, Kind
  • Who inspires Kim? Brene Brown, Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • What did she want to be when she grew up? A mom.
  • She found that she had a need to fill up the creative part of herself
  • She started to search out new ways to be creative
  • Taking the time to be creative made her a better person, mom, wife… just happier.
  • She fought the idea that she was actually creative at first. It’s a lie.
  • “We all have our own creativity, we just need to find our medium”
  • Worked on college campuses, graphic arts, student newspapers
  • She loves to use lots of different types of papers. Ledger sheets, maps, stamps, etc.
  • There is more than meets the eye in her art.
  • She created a piece called Choose Hope tied to Sandy Hook tragedy
  • Project for a local school where she used patents, educational papers, blueprints
  • Sometimes when she’s starting, she has no idea where it will go
  • On her Mt. Rushmore of inspiration: Brene Brown, Oprah and Dr. Seuss
  • She loves to doodle. You just never know what you’ll create.
  • Her biggest roadblocks have been her own self doubt.
  • We need to get rid of the self-limiting beliefs
  • Not everyone has to like what we do or “get it”.
  • Her tagline: “Sending a little bit of happy into the world, one piece at a time.”
  • “If I create something that someone smiles at, that smile wouldn’t have been there if I didn’t create that.”
  • “Creativity can change a person. When you’re creative, you’re doing the work you’re supposed to do. You’re touching on your gifts and sharing those.”
  • Her book, Moments Meant to Savor. A big step to write and illustrate it.
  • Kim says “just start!”

 

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Episode 9: How a Creative Approach is Renewing Communities | Andy Sikora

Episode 9: How a Creative Approach is Renewing Communities | Andy Sikora

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On this episode, I sat down with Andy Sikora. He’s the Lead Pastor of Renew Communities, a different kind of church that is making an impact and changing lives. We talk about pursuing your purpose, persevering through hard times, finding hope when you feel like packing it in, and the power of renewal.

Andy’s got a great story that I think you’ll be able to not only relate to, but be encouraged by as well.

 From the interview…

  • Life as a sports fan in Cleveland
  • Three words that describe Andy: Relational. Achiever. Belief.
  • Andy’s family
  • Andy’s dream of baseball stardom as a kid and how that led to a conflict at a youth camp when he was 12.
  • God’s call on Andy’s life and what that means.
  • His schooling at Huntington University
  • Internship at Cedar Rapids. His love for working with youth.
  • His taste of working with a new church in Indiana. Making the decision to go even though he didn’t have everything worked out.
  • His move to Cleveland. Working at a large church while also attending online seminary. Working with 1500 young adults at the church.
  • Ministry hit by several major crises that stretched and strained Andy and made him question if he could stick it out.
  • The value of his community with the seminary cohort and mentorship with his lead pastor.
  • A lot of what he’s doing now came out of those years with the grad school.
  • He didn’t question whether God intended him for ministry, but whether he could persevere.
  • His distance running helped him in these areas as well. Pushing through limitations and beliefs. Training.
  • There is power in community
  • Struggles produce perseverance. Perseverance produces character. And character, hope.
  • How the book “The Path” changed the way he viewed things. It forced him to look into the future and helped him choose the path that led him to launch Renew.
  • The value of creating a ministry plan.
  • How a speaker who was a little bit ahead of Andy helped spur him on to make the leap.
  • What makes Renew Communities different? Is it a church?
  • Being intentional and not separating work and other aspects of life from church.
  • They are taking Jesus out to the community. Missional communities with a focus, a cause.
  • In a typical community, 60% of the people don’t want anything to do with church.
  • Andy says “I’m just trying to raise the level of people’s belief in what God’s put in them.”
  • Renew Communities: A church for our community
  • Story after story about how people are discovering God in a new way, building community through Renew.
  • It wasn’t hard until the started.
  • War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The “resistance”
  • Don’t do it alone! There’s power in community
  • Dare to do something differently, to re-think the norm.

 

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Episode 8: Knowing When to Pivot and the Power of a Mentor | Ken Cavanaugh

Episode 8: Knowing When to Pivot and the Power of a Mentor | Ken Cavanaugh

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On this episode, I talk with Ken Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh Photography about his passion for capturing memories through pictures, the value of mentor, learning what you DON’T want to do, the importance of great customer service, and what a limousine did that nearly ruined his day.

The interview is packed full of so many great tips for you  as you start or grow your business or passion.

 From the interview…

  • Ken’s favorite go-to coffee
  • One of Ken’s dreams
  • Who and what Ken would love to go back in time to photograph…. maybe even together.
  • How Ken got interested in photography. Some of his other loves as well.
  • The impact that having his pictures published made in his confidence
  • The value of a mentor that helped shape his skills and career
  • Trying something new and finding out it wasn’t a good fit.
  • Making the leap with his wife to starting his own business
  • How a simple business plan was a life saver
  • His original focus and how it shifted over the years.
  • His recurring nightmare
  • What you can learn after photographing 400 weddings
  • What we lose with digital photography
  • What it’s like to be sweating bullets but still come through for your customer
  • Some of the great things that having his own business has allowed him to do
  • The freedom to call your own shots, make your own decisions
  • The value of diversifying and knowing your craft
  • Customer service can make or break your business
  • Never think a job is beneath you
  • Ken believes that every person deserves to get a great photo of themselves. It can change how they view themselves.

 

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Episode 7: 7 Things You Can Learn From Starting | Shawn Washburn

Episode 7: 7 Things You Can Learn From Starting | Shawn Washburn

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In this episode, we take a quick break from interviews to talk a little bit about what I’ve learned about starting, some takeaways from the first five interviews, and much more.

 What I’ve learned so far (7 things you can learn from starting):

  1. Podcasting is hard work
  2. Podcasting is a lot of fun
  3. Mistakes will happen
  4. Scheduling can be a challenge
  5. There are some incredible stories out there
  6. Don’t be afraid to be yourself
  7. I love encouraging and inspiring others

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Four big takeaways for Starters from those interviews:

  • Start where you are
  • Find a mentor
  • Find a community
  • Have a deeper purpose

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Episode 6: How Starting Something New Can Bring People Together | Ken Hatfield

Episode 6: How Starting Something New Can Bring People Together | Ken Hatfield

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In this episode, Chef Ken Hatfield and I sit down at his restaurant, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, and discuss his love for BBQ, how breaking bread can bring people together, the value of hard work, and how pursuing your dream can make a difference in the lives of others.

Ken’s journey has taken him a lot of places and there are a lot of surprises in the interview that you won’t want to miss; as well as some great tips and encouragement from Ken for those of us wanting to follow our passion.

 From the interview…

  • What four ingredients would Ken take with him if trapped on a deserted island?
  • What would Ken choose if he could only eat one thing for the rest of his life?
  • Who have been some special people he has cooked for?
  • Has he ever been nervous about who he was cooking for?
  • Is there something that he’s known for?
  • Was he always interested in cooking?
  • Why did he set-up his restaurant like he did and what’s special about it?
  • How has faith played a part in Ken’s story and how does it drive what he does?
  • Growing up, did he ever think he’d make a living as a chef?
  • How has hard work played into Ken’s journey?
  • What’s it like to run a business versus just cooking the food?
  • What has he been able to do to help others who are where he was before?
  • What have been some of the biggest obstacles to Ken’s success?
  • What was it like planning and preparing 1700 meals a day on a missionary ship?
  • How did he make sure each country represented got a taste of home?
  • What special things have happened as a result of him stepping out with his food truck and restaurant?
  • What are some of the keys to success?

 Ken Hatfield

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