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cre·​a·​tive ex·po·nent (noun):
a person who believes in and upholds the truth of their creativity

Authors, Bloggers, Business Coaches and friends, Marian Parsons and Shaunna West launch their latest adventure, The Creative Exponent Podcast. They long to hold a conversation around all things creative, and encourage every person to discover, uphold, and share their creativity. To encourage you that you do have a creative voice to offer, and it is yours alone. To laugh with you. To be real with you...creativity is sacred. It is scary. And it is a gift.

You can find Marian and Shaunna continuing their passionate conversation around creativity and creative business at www.thecreativeexponent.com.

Podcast cover art exceptionally created by Gabriella Larson and Heidi Sellers. The Creative Exponent Theme written by A Walker Spring and performed by Elly Swope and Johann Wagner.

The Creative Exponent Marian Parsons & Shaunna West

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cre·​a·​tive ex·po·nent (noun):
a person who believes in and upholds the truth of their creativity

Authors, Bloggers, Business Coaches and friends, Marian Parsons and Shaunna West launch their latest adventure, The Creative Exponent Podcast. They long to hold a conversation around all things creative, and encourage every person to discover, uphold, and share their creativity. To encourage you that you do have a creative voice to offer, and it is yours alone. To laugh with you. To be real with you...creativity is sacred. It is scary. And it is a gift.

You can find Marian and Shaunna continuing their passionate conversation around creativity and creative business at www.thecreativeexponent.com.

Podcast cover art exceptionally created by Gabriella Larson and Heidi Sellers. The Creative Exponent Theme written by A Walker Spring and performed by Elly Swope and Johann Wagner.

    2.37 - Sharing What You Create Vs. Creating To Share

    2.37 - Sharing What You Create Vs. Creating To Share

    Welcome to the Season Two Finale! While we will miss you guys, we also believe deeply in the value of downtime, and we’ll take a short break during the holidays. Don’t worry, we will be back in January with guests and more episodes lined up that will hopefully continue to help you discover, uphold, and share your creativity.

    Today we are chatting about a topic near and dear to both of us. We have both done it. We have both learned ways to avoid it. We have both learned the value in sharing what we create vs. creating so we can share. In a sea of people making a living on social media, how can you do the work you love? We mean to emphasize you...how can you build a business around sharing the work and not building it around what you believe wants to be seen and shared? It is definitely an upstream course, but it is possible.

    In today’s finale, we talk about the ways we know this matters, what we have seen it do to our own businesses and lives, and how we will keep striving to create what we want and share it next.

    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative. We’ll see you for Season 3 in January!

    • 31 min
    2.36 - Business Savvy & Wisdom With Mariele From Young In The Mountains

    2.36 - Business Savvy & Wisdom With Mariele From Young In The Mountains

    When we set out to talk to Mariele, the founder and jewelry maker behind Young in the Mountains (and also the rockstar woman who created Shaunna’s wedding ring), we had no idea what a treasure trove our conversation would be. We knew she was talented, but listening to her talk we found ourselves furiously taking notes and getting so worked up we could hardly sit still.

    Mariele tells us the fascinating story of how Young in the Mountains came to be (even her business title has a beautiful backstory), the work it took mine and source natural stone, to get her here, running retail stores, managing wholesale lines, managing her full time team, and yes, still finding some time to make her one of a kind pieces. We loved hearing her perspectives on social media, on how to foster the team surrounding her, and building a brand around something bigger than simply herself. If you are starting a business as a solo entrepreneur, or want to, this episode is for you.

    You can find Mariele and Young in the Mountains at https://www.younginthemountains.com and on Instagram @younginthemountains.

    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.

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    • 49 min
    2.35 - Behind The Scenes Of Our Podcast

    2.35 - Behind The Scenes Of Our Podcast

    Join us today as we chat about all the things we had to learn to make The Creative Exponent Podcast. We really had to learn quite a few new skills to pull this venture off, and are still learning so much!

    We also chat about all the funny little moments that happen unseen, like our constant yawning battles that begin on days we record multiple episodes, what we think about comments and suggestions from listeners, and our thoughts on keeping this podcast casual and relatable for the long haul. We hope you enjoy this little peek behind the scenes of our podcast we have grown to love so much!

    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.

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    • 40 min
    2.34 - From B&B Owner To Blogger - Michael Wurm Jr. Of Inspired By Charm

    2.34 - From B&B Owner To Blogger - Michael Wurm Jr. Of Inspired By Charm

    This week we are joined by one of our friends and fellow bloggers, Michael Wurm, of the popular home decor and lifestyle blog, Inspired By Charm. If you haven’t heard of Michael, there is almost certainly a chance you’ve seen his work. His recipes and entertaining experiences are ALL over the internet, and his approach to what he shares is what draws us into his content over and over.



    We chat about his wonderful story of buying a Bed & Breakfast, Old Charm, and how creating experiences for his guests gave him something to blog about….and how that blog then became his full-time career. Michael’s passion is creating approachable content that inspires people to create hospitable experiences in their own homes, and we talk about this, social media, hospitality, and more in today’s episode. We hope you leave as inspired as we did!



    You can find Michael at his blog https://inspiredbycharm.com and on Instagram @inspiredbycharm.



    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.

    • 40 min
    2.33 - The Benefits Of Developing Creative Rituals

    2.33 - The Benefits Of Developing Creative Rituals

    Neither of us would consider ourselves hyper-scheduled or ritually rigid. However, we both have learned the value in instilling little creative rituals that help us get started, or keep going, or get inspired.



    We chat about the importance of setting up a designated place for your creative practice, the time you choose to create, and the ambiance you surround yourself with. There is so much you can’t control in your environment, but setting some intention around these three areas can help move you into your creative routine even on the days you feel like you just cannot muster it.



    Shaunna’s Studio Vibes Playlist:



    https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/studio-vibes/pl.u-55D6XY1t8gmbr9



    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.

    • 33 min
    2.32 - Janelle Of Tono + Co Shares How She Shopped For A Fridge On Craigslist & Bought A Business

    2.32 - Janelle Of Tono + Co Shares How She Shopped For A Fridge On Craigslist & Bought A Business

    A picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, maybe Janelle’s photos aren’t worth a thousand words, but they do tell the story of how much she loves color and how it shaped the course of her now hand-dyed textile brand.



    And maybe the best part? This all started after her year abroad in Italy, as she searched for a refrigerator on Craigslist, and wound up buying a business instead. And the rest, as they say, is history. We chat about drive, adapting, funneling your energy into projects you really love, and the art of being a little scrappy to get where you want to be.



    You can find Janelle at https://tonoandco.com and on Instagram @tonoandco.


    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.

    • 42 min

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