The Unlikely Artist gives you permission to stop settling for a life and career you don’t love. You’re an intelligent, accomplished, soul-searching, curious, creative and passionate human being. This podcast will help you master the skills you need to create a more powerful, purposeful and personally fulfilled life.
The truth is you’re not stuck, no matter what choices you’ve made or how tied down you feel. This podcast will show you how to create the freedom you need to become who you want and the slow, easy steps to make it happen. Best of all, you won’t need to leave your job or take big risks.
Each week, join former international tax lawyer, Heather Kerr, who left the law to become an artist and coach. Heather’s leading a life she loves now. And you can too.
No giant leaps are necessary. Each week in this podcast, Heather will share one simple thing you can do to start creating the life you want.
Join The Unlikely Artist podcast every week and Heather will help you expand your world.
How to Stop Compartmentalizing Your Life | UA19
This episode challenges you to bring all the pieces of you to the table in every role you play. When you edit out bits and pieces in different contexts, you show up less powerfully and creatively than you could. You don’t take advantage of the full wealth of all your experiences. The result is you don’t achieve your full potential in any of your roles and you make life less enjoyable than it could be.
In this episode, you’ll learn what questions to ask yourself to relish every area of your life. You won’t need your circumstances to change to find more contentment. You’ll naturally start to transform everything you do to be more fun and feel more fulfilling.
The Challenge of Feeling Good Enough | UA18
Our tricky perfectionist brains like to spin the concept of feeling “good enough” into just one more thing we need to strive to achieve. When we discover just how often we don’t feel good about ourselves, we feel like we’re failing. We pile on even more self-criticism. We end up feeling badly about the fact we feel bad!
In this episode, you learn that “enoughness” is never an end state. It's a practice you decide to commit to keep coming back to. The goal at the end of the day is to feel good enough often enough to allow you to make choices that serve you, and to maintain sufficient faith in yourself to not quit on your dreams.
In this episode, I discuss 8 steps you can use in your practice of enoughness. The steps embrace you in all your flawed humanness. One of the keys to this practice is to apply a heavy dose of kindness and self-compassion to your own self-criticisms.
My mission in this podcast is to help you find the freedom to become who you want. In every episode, I arm you with one useful idea or strategy you can use immediately to start taking your life in a beautiful, new direction. If you’re loving what you hear in this podcast, please let your friends know about it. I want to serve as many people as I can, so we have more people out in the world doing what they love and sharing their gifts with us.
The Expansive Wholeness of Who You Are – A Better Framework for Making Good Decisions | UA17
One of the biggest challenges we encounter is not knowing how to make decisions that serve us.
In this episode, I teach you my concept “expansive wholeness”. It’s a framework I’ve created to help you start making decisions that are FOR you.
From Banking Executive to Stone Sculpting Fame – Tom Ashbourne’s Journey | UA16
You're going to so enjoy this interview with Tom Ashbourne. Until 2013, Tom was a VP of Finance for Scotiabank, one of Canada's largest banks. After Tom’s retirement, and with some urging from his wife, Tom catapulted to international fame as a gifted sculptor who creates beautiful stone pieces. In his sculpting, he has found both his passion and himself.
Tom has received numerous honors and awards, including being an elected member of the prestigious Sculptors Society of Canada, the Ontario Art Society, and the Society of Canadian Artists. Tom was nominated by UK's DESTIG magazine in a special feature on Toronto as one of the best artists of 2020. Tom was recently invited by the Florence Art Biennial to show his work in Florence, Italy. He's also featured in World Biz Magazine as one of 30 artists to collect in 2021. Most recently, Tom was juried into the London England Art Biennial. In other words, Tom has become a big deal in the art world.
In this episode, you’ll find out how Tom used the same set of skills, interests and thoughts to create both the financing career he loved and the sculpting career that has become his passion and focus.
Tom has a generous spirit and his wisdom rings through this interview. I’d recommend you grab a pen and paper and take notes. If you adopt even some of the thoughts and approaches Tom shares, your sense of what is possible will expand. You’ll come away with a broader (and more joyful!) concept of what it really means to invest in yourself.
How We Cancel Ourselves | UA15
All the discussion about cancel culture got me thinking about the concept of being thrust out of the social tribe and our fears around that.
In this episode, we explore the concept of being cancelled in a completely different context – a concept I call “self-cancelling”. It’s something we do to ourselves to create a sense of belonging. It’s premised on the assumption that our sense of belonging comes from other people.
I explore three areas of self-cancelling that come up because of our fears around (1) losing our professional status, (2) triggering other people’s jealousy or judgment, and (3) presenting ideas or philosophies that are new to us and outside the norms of the people we know. As a result, we hold back on our desires, limit our choices, and silence our ideas and creativity.
Listen to this episode to discover how to reframe your thinking so that you can stop cancelling the best parts of you.
Dealing With Loss | UA14
This podcast isn’t a room you come to for only the best, most “positive” feelings. It’s a room where you get to be real because being real is part and parcel of the savviest way to move forward.
Your ability to cope with your full range of feelings is a key contributing factor to your ability to create a life you desire. The part of you that suffers, judges, feels unworthy, gets hyper-critical, and experiences grief and sadness is along for the ride. Ignoring these feelings and trying leap to new and “better” thoughts doesn’t work.
You need a different approach to deal with your feelings when you suffer an important loss – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job you loved, the end of a friendship, being passed over for a promotion, or a denied experience you’d been anticipating. In this episode, I share a process you can use to deal with the emotions that inevitably surface when you’re coping with a loss.
Ways to find your joy
Heather's journey from corporate attorney to artist/coach is so inspiring. If you are not satisfied with the current career or life choices, this podcast is fo you. Her insights and suggestions give simple ways to begin creating a life filled with joy.
An Insightful New perspective
I’ve just listened to the first 3 episodes and looking forward to more. Mature, inspiring and fun!