Candidly Caffeinated

Learning to thrive in our creativity by embracing our true selves: strengths, flaws, and everything in between.


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Good work doesn’t happen in the limelight. It happens in the darkness of solace, where the only person watching is yourself. Attention only comes once you’ve laid the foundation.


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We live in a world dominated by success and ambition. These qualities are perceived as necessary if you want to get to the top of an industry, and ambition is certainly a beneficial quality. But when does it become too much? This week, we’re breaking down the divide between selfish and healthy ambition.

Be willing to risk the time to start something new. Staying where we’re comfortable is the place where we won’t fail, but also where we won’t grow. Regardless of where it goes, we need to remember the most important piece: just begin.

I had an epiphany the other day while driving. (Where many great epiphanies happen.) In a moment of cluelessness, I said aloud: I don’t know what I’m doing. And at that moment, I knew everything would be okay. It sounds hopeless, but it was in fact, filled with hope.

This week I’m excited to share a conversation with Sarah Patton, founder of Creative Souls Tribe, a diverse community for creative women. We cover what it’s like to go from lacking community to building it, creative confidence, building a legacy, comparison, and how health challenges can force a change we need but aren’t making on our own.

This week we're learning how to guide our future with a concept from personal branding: our pillars. These pillars encapsulate who you are, what you believe, and key elements of your story. It helps you better manage your time, focus your energy on what matters to you, and share the key parts of your story with others.

It's time to focus.

As we're finishing up a holiday long weekend, I've found myself scrolling far more often than creating. I loved revisiting this episode about time management for your creativity!

Listen in to Rebie Ikes' experience as she began focusing on creating rather than scrolling, and how to apply it in your own endeavors.

This week I'm excited to have Angela Bradway from NGEN Radio in Houston on the show. We cover imposter syndrome in her transition from college into full-time on-air work, how her mentors gave her the freedom to fail, and how to apply the age-old phrase, "life is show prep" in creative work.

Innovation doesn’t happen behind a desk. It occurs when we push beyond what we know in order to create something better. A life filled with the innovative discoveries everyone craves happens when we start out without fully knowing where we’re going.

Overcoming imposter syndrome is learning to live in the truth instead of the lie. It’s finding the root cause and it’s repeating a mantra over and over that you are not a fraud and that you do belong.

It’s gathering your community around you and ending the negative self-talk. We don’t immediately build an immunity to imposter syndrome, but it does come. Put in the work, and live in the results.

Feeling mediocre means you’re growing beyond what you excel at to try new experiences. Feeling like you’re constantly flailing is a part of living an exceptionally creative and experimental life.

It’s completely normal to feel like this, but dwelling on it doesn’t help us reach our own beautifully unique potential. The best is yet to come.

This week, I'm sharing one of my favorite episodes. It's a timely reminder in the midst of a challenging week that the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire is worth everything we put into it.

This episode is about how to work with fear, not against it, and how to fight like hell to get there. It’s not going to be easy, but the results, even the incremental results throughout the process, are so incredibly worth it.

Unfulfilled potential isn’t something to fear. It’s something to honor because we’re in the midst of a journey filled with good and bad, easy and hard. Instead, focus on growing your tools, reaching your goals, and serving others. This is the foundation for fulfilling your potential, and it’s perfectly non-negotiable.

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You were built to do something great, whether it’s in your community or beyond it. This is your permission slip to change your life to meet your goals.

The beginning is the fun part. You’re fired up, a bit idealistic, and ready to get going. You have the ideas, you started working to bring them to life, but then, poof. You’re unsure of where to go and how to fit the pieces together.

The middle is where it gets murky. The idealism fades into skepticism and we’re tempted to give up. Don’t let fear win. For planners who thrive in organization, this isn’t a pleasant part of the process. But it’s a necessary one.

If you want to achieve something great, you're going to have to go through "the middle".

Consistency comes down to three core values: Support + Making the Choice + Determination.

Let's commit to becoming more consistent together while realizing overnight successes are very rarely, if ever, overnight.

I'm thrilled to have Diana Kirby, M.S. on today's episode as we talk about the power of mental health in creativity and how she's bringing creativity into a conventionally "uncreative" field.

Listen as we hop on our soapboxes for a bit about the importance of self-care, and enjoy listening to Diana's insights into this powerful connection!

Connect with Diana on Twitter!

When we wonder if we’re doing enough, we’re questioning our abilities in order to meet external demands from culture, other people, or self-imposed expectations.

This week I'm re-releasing one of my favorite episodes so far: Blessed Are the Weird People. Partially because I love the message and partially because (real talk) I started a new writing project recently and am still trying to figure out how to integrate both projects I love into life.

I'll be back next week with a brand new episode! 

You didn’t choose the easy way, and you aren’t about to start. You chose the way that will set your soul ablaze and give you the sense of fulfillment that only comes from serving others with your passion and talent.

You don’t gain grit by living an easy life. You build it through trial and error, failure, and learning to live as your true self even when the path isn’t clear.

We were created to create. Don’t let doubt stop you from fulfilling your calling and instead begin affirming what you feel your calling to be and find a way to create the future you crave.

What we’re signing up for isn’t the easy way out, but it’s the best way through.

"Your life is the most important piece of art you can create."

Get motivated for the week by listening to one of Jessica and I's conversations on creativity, La La Land, The Artisan Soul, and her community of creatives at IASPOY.

Jessica is the Director of Digital Marketing at a marketing firm in Nashville, TN, and is passionate about helping people discover their value and creative potential.

If you want to achieve something great, you're going to have to go through "the middle".

Have you ever written a personal manifesto? It's more than what you see from bad guys on 24; it's an opportunity to make sure your daily actions align with your goals.

This week, we're diving into the questions to consider while crafting your own manifesto in order to overcome fear and to live a fulfilling, creative life.

I’d go so far to say that no person in a creative industry (let alone outside of it) has never struggled to create. It’s a part of everyone’s journeys, so why don’t we talk about it?

Because the ultra-pasteurized world pressures us to hold it all together and pretend everything is perfect, we often feel confined to fit into the mold of perfection. No more. This idealized perfection is keeping us from creating.

Join me in discovering three different ways your creative pursuits are always worth it, even through the struggle.

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." - Jennifer Lee

How to work with fear, not against it, to fight like hell to get there. It’s not going to be easy, but the results, even the incremental results throughout the process, are so incredibly worth it.

There are so many different standards of what "killing it" means in culture today, so how do we determine how we're doing? Plus, I share my own story of coming back from failure and the practical tips you need to begin living well as a creative.

You have the power to choose what's in your life, and this is how you make the right decisions.

We weren’t built for easy. We were built for pursuing our goals, helping others, and living a creative life true to who we are.

This week: putting in the time when we aren't sure if it'll be worth it. Is it just for the founders we read about, or for everyone?

Whenever we start a new pursuit, whether a blog or Instagram account, and yes, a podcast, it’s easy to wonder, will we ever run out of ideas? There’s got to be a limit somewhere, right?


Creating leads to more creation.

There’s a word permeating the business world. It’s found both online and offline. It’s in every post that’s hashtagged “entrepreneurship” or “startup culture”. It’s hustle.

If you fail, then it’s because you just haven’t hustled enough, or you haven’t hustled in the right way.

Your results aren’t dictated by the amount of hustle you put into your work. It’s by how you’re using your time to reach your goals, and how you’re focusing on your own health and that of others.

Should we ever look backward? Does it provide any value, or does it keep us from moving forward? Join me in discussing the benefits and drawbacks of looking backwards, as well as how we can learn to thrive in new environments.

It won't always be easy, but it will always be good.

Are you creating more than you're scrolling, or is social media taking up your free time? Listen in to Rebie Ikes' experience as she began focusing on creating rather than scrolling, and how to apply it in your own endeavors.

How a simple sign changed how I viewed myself, my creativity, and the world at a pivitol time in my life. This episode is complete with Brene Brown's writings, La La Land, and ultimately why the weird people are the ones that get it done.

Stay weird, my friends.

Start your week with this short but important take on uncertainty! Learning to thrive in uncertainty isn’t always a proven road that’s easy to find, because it’s just that - working in uncertainty.

My goal is to empower you to begin the work to embrace the unknown, because, yes, uncertainty isn't going anywhere.

But that’s also the beautiful thing about creativity. The surprises bring some of the best gifts to our work and career. We just need to be willing to take the leap.

You’re worth more than the blog post you put out yesterday, the photo you posted on Instagram this morning, and the contracts you landed this month. You have worth that goes far beyond any of that.

So why am I starting a new podcast with this super fun and definitely easy topic? (Hah, I kid.)

Because I’ve found that creatives especially can become too invested in their labels and forget that their worth isn’t in the day or month’s events.

Now, it’s pretty easy to talk about what the problem is, but how do we solve it? How do we learn to loosen the grip on our career as our identity?

This is what we're here to discover.