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This is the place where we get you behind the scenes with the female entrepreneurs & businesswomen you've been following and supporting, and allow that right brain of yours to finally talk to the left!
Join Barbara van der Westhuizen as she keeps you connected, to keep creating.

The Creativ & Kin Podcast Barbara van der Westhuizen

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This is the place where we get you behind the scenes with the female entrepreneurs & businesswomen you've been following and supporting, and allow that right brain of yours to finally talk to the left!
Join Barbara van der Westhuizen as she keeps you connected, to keep creating.

    Floral Poetry - interview with Jen Lagedrost Cavender

    Floral Poetry - interview with Jen Lagedrost Cavender

    Jen is an inspiring soul who combines poetry and floral design to make art that inspires and empowers others. In this episode, we discuss her journey into floral artistry and her experiences growing up on a farm and growing her own flowers as a child.

    We chat about finding your purpose, stepping into it and then possibly making a living out of it. Jen gives advice to artists and makers in better translating emotions into words for their audience or creative community, as well as creating a context for their work or products. We then further discuss 'pivoting' your brand or business during these strange times and how this growth and change can be especially messy but really good.

    Listen to the end for a live reading by Jen of one of her beautiful poems!

    Please share with us what has left you most inspired during this episode and tag us @nectar_and_bloom and @creativ.and.kin - we'd love to share it.

    (If you want to read the full story of Jen's journey from a writing career back to flowers, scroll down on her Instagram page to her posts of 15-23 February 2020. I'm sure it'll leave you feeling inspired!)

    As always, stay connected and keep creating xx

    • 38 Min.
    10 Ways to Push through the Tough times

    10 Ways to Push through the Tough times

    In this episode we'll be tackling: 10 Ways to Push through and Stay focused when times are tough (in your business or your creativity)

    1 - Take it one day at a time. Every day has new opportunities and could bring a brand new perspective. You know me - I try and look at the step in front of me in stead of looking at the whole stair case. I often have to remind myself of that quote - if I get overwhelmed with the big picture, I just ask myself: what's next? So, what's next??

    2 - Make a daily list with attainable goals or tasks - What I mean by this is that is doesn't help anyone to have a massive long list the size of the Nile to get you motivated. If it seems impossible, it's most likely going to be demotivating. So spread out the tasks in your week and tick them off for extra satisfaction when you're done.

    3 - Possibly one of the things on your list above should be clearing your dedicated work space or general area. I know I always have this my list, but I can't work constructively in a cluttered space. I like to do 20min bursts of clearing, so it doesn't end up taking up my whole morning or day. So I set a quick alarm on my phone, tidy and pack away as much as I can and then when it's workable, I leave the rest of the deep clean for later if I've finished my more important tasks.

    4 - Now that we've spoken about cleaning, we need to plan for rest too. Use your weekends mainly for rest and inspiration. But: when the muse comes to visit and inspiration strikes, make a quick note of your thoughts on your phone's notepad and revisit it later when you have time to plan it out.

    5 - Plan ahead: if your are creating content for social media, it's always a good idea to have something prepared , as opposed to furiously trying to type out a post. Remember that if you want to serve your audience or your community well, you should be focusing on what would bring them value - be it inspiration, motivation or personal growth. Remember that quality is always better than quantity here. Being consistent doesn't necessarily translate to daily.

    6 - And then if it all gets a bit too much, or your mind feels jumbled and confused - Air it out, and even better: garden it out! Go for that walk, do some mindless weeding, as in pulling weeds from the ground (I did it again this morning and here I am writing suggestions for you!) It's not a waste of time, your mind needs breathing space too! When you focus your mind on things that don't need much executive function, it often gets the down time to sort through the things you've been meaning to think through. Amazing huh?!

    7 - Map out dedicated work time and switch your phone and mind to silent - don't answer distracting emails or phone calls during your creating or admin time. Just power through your list and answer those messages in batch form later. This has been a game changer for me recently - when I'm in flow as they say, I can use that block of time way more constructively. And please note that this work is never done in complete silence or super-focus, I have gotten used to have comics or rather educational shows as my background music. I have no problem with an extra screen offering me some help here and there during the day.

    8 - KEEP GOING FOR IT - Stop waiting for someone to ask you or to invite you. Ask them. Send an email or pop a DM. You've got nothing to lose. The worst that could happen? They say no. So you move on to the next opportunity. I say create your own opportunities. You know what? I bet you'd never be able to guess who of my guests on the podcast asked for an interview, as opposed to those whom I invited. I'll just leave you with that thought.

    9 - So now that you're back in your zone of genius, how about a little mood board or a mind map to keep you inspired and focused on where you're going? Certain colours and visible motivation have been proved...

    • 6 Min.
    "Pumpkin finds her Queen" - interview with Bianca Flanders

    "Pumpkin finds her Queen" - interview with Bianca Flanders

    In this episode, we chat a bit about the journey that brought Bianca to writing a children's book - a book that is very significant in exploring identity, self-worth and diversity.

    We talk through what the process of publishing looked like, the need for more local children's literature and the message she wants to spread with this beautiful book. Listen to the end for a reading from both the English and Afrikaans copy, specially by Bianca!

    Please let us know what inspired you most in this episode! Share it and tag us @bianca.flanders, @pumkinfindsherqueen13 and @creativ.and.kin - we'd love to share it!

    Also, if you love this podcast - please leave a review!!

    As always, stay connected and keep creating,
    Barbara xx

    • 26 Min.
    Letting Life shape your Art - an interview with Sophie Smith

    Letting Life shape your Art - an interview with Sophie Smith

    In this episode, Sophie and I chat about her journey into lifestyle photography and how motherhood has weaved itself into her craft and creative expression.

    We touch on her style of photography, her love of storytelling and her approach to parenting. She has such a natural and honest take on life and I'm sure you'll get a few new ideas or tips for how to navigate some of these topics.

    Sophie is launching her new manual photography course in the next 2 weeks and it promises to be so valuable and super practical, so be sure to keep an eye out for that via her instagram page!!

    Here are the podcasts Sophie referred to in the interview:
    • Unruffled Podcast by Janet Lansbury
    • Episode 188 of The Ten Percent Happier Podcast by Dan Harris: Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

    Please let us know what inspired you most in this episode! Share it and tag us @what.sophie.saw and @creativ.and.kin - we'd love to share it!

    As always, stay connected and keep creating!
    Barbara xx

    • 38 Min.
    Floral Queen - interview with Heike Hayward of Fleur le Cordeur

    Floral Queen - interview with Heike Hayward of Fleur le Cordeur

    In this long-awaited episode, we get the full scoop on where and how it all started: Heike's intense love of flowers, her unending creativity and her unstoppable capacity for dreaming big. She's a soon-to-be mom of 5 who grew up on a farm in the Karoo and always dreamt of having a big family and being able to work from home.

    We discuss the responsibility that comes with the use of social media, the importance of mentorship and passing on knowledge and the concept of balancing extreme hard work with wholesome family life.

    We hope you enjoy this episode! Please share with us the things that inspired you most and tag us @fleurlecordeur & @creativ.and.kin - We'd love to share it!

    As always, stay connected and keep creating!

    Barbara xx

    • 45 Min.
    "Mentor Me" - interview with Elsa Sharp of Blooming Butter

    "Mentor Me" - interview with Elsa Sharp of Blooming Butter

    This episode is meant to encourage and support all of you who are continuing to grow your community, brand or business during what can only be described as an utterly strange and tough time. May you use the ebb & flow of work/inspiration and rest to your advantage during lockdown!

    In this episode, I start off by discussing the "5 Questions you need to ask yourself" when wanting to grow an engaged and supportive community. I really believe that the way forward, is to grow your brand in an outward-focused way.

    We then dive into a really insightful interview focused on launching a new product-based business, with Elsa Sharp of Blooming Butter. She has successfully launched a brand new line of hand-crafted sunflower butters. We discuss what went into launching her unique business, the importance of mentorship and the beauty of trusting your gut whilst working through new processes; even if that means you learn from mistakes made along the way.

    Please share with us the things that inspired you most in this episode and tag us:
    @blooming_butter & @creativ.and.kin - we'd love to share it!

    As always, stay connected and keep creating!
    Barbara xx

    • 34 Min.

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