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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.

    2.33 - 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
    2.31 - It's Okay To Take A Break

    2.31 - It's Okay To Take A Break

    As creative entrepreneurs, it is pretty common to have seven plates spinning at once. Because our income relies on us consistently producing, we tend to tell ourselves we cannot take time off to rest, or to take a break from certain tasks. None of us ever begin our journey of creative entrepreneurship by telling ourselves we want a job where we can never take a day off. Because we don’t have employers, these fears and rules are self-imposed. BUT, bonus...this means these fears and habits can be self-corrected.

    We have to see if what our minds construct as a possibility is a real outcome in reality. Taking time to rest or to take breaks from specific projects usually brings with it more productivity, fresh perspectives, and new ideas...not the other way around. We hope this episode encourages you to listen to yourself. To take breaks when you need to. To take vacation days when you need to. To rest when you need to, so you can continue doing work you love for the long haul.

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

    • 15 min
    2.30 - Author Myquillyn Smith On Staying True To Your Style & Writing Out Of Frustration

    2.30 - Author Myquillyn Smith On Staying True To Your Style & Writing Out Of Frustration

    Today’s episode is such a treat. NYT Bestselling author Myquillyn Smith joins us today to talk about her new book, Welcome Home, her love of the generosity of women on the internet, how her business came to be and how she continues to shift and adapt to continue pursuing work she loves. We chat about her unapologetic attitude towards making a home that works for YOU, how to avoid falling into the trap of doing work that everyone else is doing, and how she hopes to continue evolving and all the while, staying true to the work that brings her the most life.

    You can find Myquillyn on her website https://thenester.com and on Instagram @thenester!
    You can find us, Marian and Shaunna, at www.thecreativeexponent.com where we continue our passionate conversation around all things creative.

    • 39 min
    2.29 - Chloe McIntosh Of Boxwood Avenue - Instagram, Ranch Life & Design

    2.29 - Chloe McIntosh Of Boxwood Avenue - Instagram, Ranch Life & Design

    Talking to creatives is our favorite, and this one is a treat. Chloe of Boxwood Avenue joins us this week, and she is just as passionate about sharing value and insight with her audience as we are. While it isn’t our traditional podcast conversation, we were dying to hear the story of how this city girl came to live on a ranch and build such a unique life, all while building a creative business career around her passions and hobbies! We chat about the story of how Boxwood Avenue (the ranch life and business) came to be, continuing to pursue new dreams and ventures, and the world of Instagram and Design. We know you will love this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it!

    You can find Chloe on her website https://boxwoodavenue.com and on Instagram @boxwoodavenue!

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

    • 45 min
    2.28 - The Importance Of Defining Success

    2.28 - The Importance Of Defining Success

    We know. This topic can be one to scoff at. Defining success for yourself sounds like a really fluffy, cliche topic. The truth, though, is this: defining what success really looks like for you impacts the choices you make as a creative entrepreneur every single day. And the other truth is this: we have to continue defining what success looks like for us all along the way.

    With so much pressure coming at us through the lens of social media, and what perceived success looks like for others, we must find some kind of destination with places to stop and enjoy the view along the way. Considering what success looks like for you also means inviting in the responsibilities and downsides that might come in different phases of success. This week we’re chatting about the reasons we believe it is so important for us to define our own success and why it’s not cliche at all.

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

    • 34 min

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