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Hi, thanks for stopping by! Life is full of challenges that can be difficult to overcome and I'm sure you've experienced some already. Maybe you've lost someone close to you, or had a parent who wasn't present, a friend who betrayed you or perhaps you've changed your religious beliefs and have had to leave your community. When you face obstacles like these, how do you break them down? Join me, Rachel Pierman, the CEO of CraftyMonkies, a platform I created where people can come together online and in person to pursue their creative passions. I've met some incredible artists, quilters, painters, and spiritual and entrepreneurial individuals in the last few years who've shared with me such inspirational stories that just had to be heard. I'm sure my guests and I can inspire you through their real-life experiences to live a more powerful, happy and fulfilling life, maybe even find your soul's true purpose and 'break your blocks’ in the process!You don't need to be an artist to listen, but I firmly believe creativity can help you with anxiety and depression, according to The Adobe Foundation and National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 60% of young people surveyed reported an improved sense of confidence through painting, writing or any form of creative expression. Creativity has changed my life, it's helped me to process my thoughts and feelings, and created an inner sense of calm and peace that had long been missing from my life. So what can creativity do for YOU dear listener, and how can it help you to overcome life's challenges? If you subscribe to our podcast you might just find the answer! I'd love to have you here as we set off on this podcast journey together!www.breakingtheblocks.com Instagram @breakingtheblocks Facebook @breakingtheblocksYouTube @CraftyMonkies (playlist: Breaking The Blocks)www.craftymonkies.comwww.rachelpierman.com

Breaking the Blocks Rachel Pierman

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Hi, thanks for stopping by! Life is full of challenges that can be difficult to overcome and I'm sure you've experienced some already. Maybe you've lost someone close to you, or had a parent who wasn't present, a friend who betrayed you or perhaps you've changed your religious beliefs and have had to leave your community. When you face obstacles like these, how do you break them down? Join me, Rachel Pierman, the CEO of CraftyMonkies, a platform I created where people can come together online and in person to pursue their creative passions. I've met some incredible artists, quilters, painters, and spiritual and entrepreneurial individuals in the last few years who've shared with me such inspirational stories that just had to be heard. I'm sure my guests and I can inspire you through their real-life experiences to live a more powerful, happy and fulfilling life, maybe even find your soul's true purpose and 'break your blocks’ in the process!You don't need to be an artist to listen, but I firmly believe creativity can help you with anxiety and depression, according to The Adobe Foundation and National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 60% of young people surveyed reported an improved sense of confidence through painting, writing or any form of creative expression. Creativity has changed my life, it's helped me to process my thoughts and feelings, and created an inner sense of calm and peace that had long been missing from my life. So what can creativity do for YOU dear listener, and how can it help you to overcome life's challenges? If you subscribe to our podcast you might just find the answer! I'd love to have you here as we set off on this podcast journey together!www.breakingtheblocks.com Instagram @breakingtheblocks Facebook @breakingtheblocksYouTube @CraftyMonkies (playlist: Breaking The Blocks)www.craftymonkies.comwww.rachelpierman.com

    Emily Watts on Overcoming Illness with Creativity

    Emily Watts on Overcoming Illness with Creativity

    Send us a Text Message.How do you keep your creative spirit alive while facing the challenges of a chronic illness? Emily Watts, an accomplished animator and passionate quilter, shares her personal journey, balancing her artistic passions with the realities of debilitating fatigue and vertigo. Growing up with a love for art, her parents once advised her to keep it as a hobby, but Emily defied that advice, transitioning from a corporate job to a thriving career in animation. Her story is a tes...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Threads of Emotion: Sarah Hibbert's Personal and Artistic Growth

    Threads of Emotion: Sarah Hibbert's Personal and Artistic Growth

    Send us a Text Message.What happens when bold, vibrant quilt designs meet a quiet, humble artist? On this episode of Breaking the Blocks, we welcome the extraordinary Sarah Hibbert. Her stunning creations feature whimsical elements like coffee cups and fried eggs, reminiscent of Andy Warhols flair. We discuss her unique artistic voice, shaped by her upbringing with a graphic designer father, and how she overcame shyness and creative blocks to express her true self through quilting.Sarah opens...

    • 45 min
    From TV Sets to Setting Intentions, Life Coach, Elliot Moscow's Path to Inner Peace

    From TV Sets to Setting Intentions, Life Coach, Elliot Moscow's Path to Inner Peace

    Send us a Text Message.Join us on a heartening journey with my friend and life coach Elliot Moscow as we traverse the transformative world of personal growth. Elliot, transitioning from the bustling set of Argos TV to the tranquil space of life coaching, shares with us his profound insights on shattering psychological barriers and fostering positive habits. Together, we reflect on the shared experiences that have shaped us and discuss embracing the rollercoaster of life's highs and lows with ...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Crafting Resilience: Mathew Boudreaux’s Journey of Self-Acceptance and Creative Defiance

    Crafting Resilience: Mathew Boudreaux’s Journey of Self-Acceptance and Creative Defiance

    Send us a Text Message.When the weight of the world seems to press upon our shoulders, where do we find the strength to rise above? This episode, featuring Mathew Boudreaux’s (known on Instagram as @mxdomestic) raw and poignant tale of confronting their own mental health struggles, past traumas, and the expansive journey towards self-acceptance on the autism spectrum, offers a glimpse into such resilience. Mathews narrative, intertwined with light-hearted moments of beauty and self-expression...

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Healing our Life: Carl Brown on Coping with Grief

    Healing our Life: Carl Brown on Coping with Grief

    Send us a Text Message.When the threads of life unravel, where do we find the strength to sew them back together? I, Rachel Pierman, along with former cancer nurse and fiber artist Carl Brown, unravel the complexities entwined in loss, healing, and the therapeutic embrace of creativity. In a candid conversation, we stitch together the silent power of presence in grief, the sanctuary found in the rhythm of needle and thread, and the unexpected joy that creativity can usher into a life shadowed...

    • 53 min
    Pencil Lines and Life's Echoes, Timothy Foss on the Symphony of Art

    Pencil Lines and Life's Echoes, Timothy Foss on the Symphony of Art

    Send us a Text Message.When Timothy Foss wields his graphite to sketch, it’s more than art—it's a tranquil haven for his restless mind. Our latest episode unfurls an intimate journey, with Tim revealing how his craft not only brings order to his ADHD thoughts but connects him profoundly with nature's intricate designs. Get enveloped in our discussion that spans the significance of names, the nostalgia of childhood's artistic sparks, and the serene quest to capture the world's elusive beauty. ...

    • 1 hr 11 min

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