The Lisa Congdon Sessions is a podcast for creative folks about living and working with more intention, curiosity, and joy. Most interesting to Lisa is what happens at the intersection between life as an artist and life as a human, with all our baggage, aspirations, hopes and dreams. From big questions to practical ones about business, social media, time management, and finding your way through the winding creative path- each episode Lisa will share stories, tips, insights, and conversations from the heart.
Episode 15: Grace Bonney on Celebrating the Collective Wisdom of Women Over 50
I had the pleasure of interviewing Grace Bonney, legendary former editor of DesignSponge, about what she’s been up to since she closed DesignSponge in 2019 and about her latest book, Collective Wisdom. Collective Wisdom is a collection of interviews, conversations, and intimate photographs of over 100 trailblazing women over the age of 50, who describe the ups, downs, and lessons learned while forging their unique paths. It is also a tribute to the importance of intergenerational connections between women, with interviews conducted by daughters, friends, mentors, and colleagues. I am so delighted to be included in the book and to have gotten to turn the mic on Grace to ask her what inspired her to make this book.
Episode 14: It's Not Equal at All - Bicycling Magazine Editor Bill Strickland on Committing to Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cycling
Episode 14 is an interview with Bill Strickland, Editor-in-Chief of Bicycling Magazine. Bill’s equal passions for cycling and writing have led to several books, award winning stories, and leading the magazine into the future, most significantly in transforming the magazine to more accurately reflect the diverse community of cyclists in the world. While many organizations made such pledges in 2020 but quickly abandoned them, Bicycling is living it. In this episode, I talk to Bill about leading the magazine through this process, and what that has been like for him personally and professionally.
Episode 13: Working Through Anxiety in the Creative Process
In this episode, Lisa talks about the relationship between fear (which we also call anxiety) and the creative process. Fear and creativity are so inextricably linked that we almost cannot separate them. And, yet, they constantly feel at war with one another. And that conflict gets in the way of the making and the doing. So what do we do? The answer is simple, but it requires work and patience and a new perspective. Take a listen to learn more about mind shifts you can make when anxiety keeps you from moving forward.
Finding the Kind of Work that Brings You Alive: A Conversation with Jonathan Fields
In this conversation with renowned entrepreneur, podcaster and author Jonathan Fields, we dive into the question: what is your unique imprint for work that brings you alive? We also discuss the groundbreaking assessment Jonathan has developed to help us answer this question. We all want to do work that brings us a sense of meaningfulness, where we are in the flow, where we feel energized, where we are allowed to express the greatest amount of potential and have a strong sense of purpose. How do we figure out what that "work" is? And how has the global pandemic pushed many of us to ask and answer this question?
Episode 11: On Adventure, Community and living a Full Life with Gravel Cyclist and Designer Sarah Sturm
Sarah Sturm is an incredible cyclist and a creative. Her cycling resume is impressive, but what’s even more inspiring is her attitude and approach. She doesn’t train in the traditional way most endurance athletes do with strict training plans and an attachment to a heart rate monitor. Instead, she relies on her intuition and love for cycling as her training motivator. Sarah also prioritizes community over competition and works as a coach to kids in her hometown and as a positive force in the sport for inclusion. When she is not training and racing, she runs a successful graphic design firm from her home in Durango, Colorado. She sees having a balanced life as the key to happiness. Join us for a conversation between friends, artists and cyclists Lisa and Sarah!
Ask Lisa Anything #1
In this episode, Lisa answers her first set of ASK ME (LISA) ANYTHING (aka "AMA") questions, moderated by her wife, Clay. Questions in this episode range from "Do you believe in a higher power?" to "Do you believe in love at first sight?" to "What is your favorite procreate brush?" and everything in between! More of these ramblings to come in the future.