Stepping Off Now is a podcast for creative people who think outside of the outside of the box. If you're feeling stuck, burned out, or like you're not fulfilling your true potential, this podcast is for you. The host, Kendra Patterson, discusses topics like harnessing the intuitive creative process, using anti-productivity to enrich your life, and sorting through all the external pressures and expectations to figure out what YOU really want. Her perspective is informed by her own experience with burnout and recovery, struggles as a creative misfit, and background in social science research.
Ep. 18: It's Maladaptive to Be Gentle but I Don't Care, I'm Gonna Be Me Anyway!
Do you have something about yourself that you've always felt you need to grow out of? For me, it's my gentleness. I've always been too soft for this world, too sensitive. Or to put it another way, I've always believed that I need to toughen up - and...
Ep. 17: The Place Where Time Isn't Linear (Stop Bullying Your Creative Self)
Hold onto your hats, guys, today I'm talking about the connection between theoretical physics and creativity! This is an oddball episode with one overarching theme: we need to stop bullying ourselves (or letting other people bully us) out of trusting...
Ep 16: Interview! Manuel Cordero Talks Building Haunted Houses for a Living and the Creative Process in Fine Arts Painting
Welcome to the inaugural interview of my interview series! In this series I invite people onto my podcast to talk about living the unconventional life, being a late bloomer, being a generalist, the creative process, and how to balance a personal...
Ep. 15: I Almost Ruined My Life Using Reasoning to Make Decisions, But You Don't Have To!
So it turns out reasoning isn't a good way to make decisions. Wait, what? In this episode I delve into a fascinating theory that reasoning didn't evolve to help us increase our understanding and make better decisions, but to help us win arguments....
Ep. 14: How to Be a Late Bloomer
The more I learn about late blooming, the more I think we're all late bloomers. Our society pushes us to achieve early, to all of our detriments. I can remember feeling like a late bloomer in my 20s, and I certainly feel like one now, in the midst of a...
Ep. 13: This One Skill Can Be a Secret Superpower for Creatives During Times of Turmoil
This last year has been the most productive of my life in terms of my creative output, despite the turmoil of the Pandemic and the political and cultural upheavals unfolding in my country (the US). How did I do it? I used what I now see as my secret...
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Makes sense for this INFJ
I’m 57 years old and this is the podcast I’ve needed my whole life. Thank you!
Love her story and curiosity
This podcast is so wonderful! I was recommended by a friend and was immediately hooked. Kendra is so relatable and easy to listen to. I love the way she is so curious about the norms of our society and really trying to understand for herself why we do the things we do. Her curiosity and zest for life is infectious and has really made me want to examine my way of life as well. I am in a big burned out transition period too. I consider myself a creative but don’t really know what the exact thing is that I am good at, but just generally love creativity, so her words and essays have really spoken to me. I have already sent the podcast to 5 other friends bc I love it so much! Thank you for your courage Kendra- you are a wonderful soul!
A message for everybody
I am truly glad I found this podcast. Kendra has a unique way and style of addressing common issues affecting not only creative people but people like me who are not on the creative side but who are tied up with conventional and restrictive processes.
Kendra’s insights come from her own experiences as well as research done in different fields. Her messages are practical, inspirational, and easy to understand. In her soothing style, she provides very good insights in dealing with burnout and her suggestions and views about accepting change have been very valuable.
In the end, this series help me understand that everybody is a creative at heart one way or another. Thank you Kendra for sharing your knowledge, wisdom and experiences.