Creative Heroes: Jocelyn K. Glei

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series? Check out my intro post HERE!)

This week’s Creative Hero may be familiar to you if you’ve read the 99U series that includes: Manage Your Day-To-Day, Make Your Mark, and Maximize Your Potential.

As the founding editor of 99U, Jocelyn Glei was responsible for those books. I’m quite certain they have made a big impact on the work and lives of many creative people. Yours truly devoured them when they came out and they continue to be very popular – with excellent reviews! – on Amazon.

If you’re not familiar with Jocelyn, I’ve added her bio at the end of the interview. For now, I’ll just say that she’s a smart and interesting person who writes about work and creativity in the Age of Distraction (yes, I stole that tag line from her website).

Last week she launched her new book, called Unsubscribe. As I expected, it is brilliantly written and provides some excellent advice on dealing with the time-sucking monster known as email. Read more

Creative Heroes: Jennifer Lee

Creative Hero: Jennifer Lee | www.creativeandmindful.com

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Today’s Creative Hero is so exciting to me because I’m such a HUGE fan of her work. I can tell you, without a doubt, not ifs-ands-or-buts, if it wasn’t for Jennifer Lee and the Right-Brain Business Plan, there would be no Creative + Mindful. And I would most likely be very unhappy, in an unrewarding corporate job, and not using my creative skills to do more than make paperclip sculptures at my desk.

I took a couple of mental health days from my job in January 2012 to (virtually) participate in the Creative Live broadcast of her flagship RBBP class and the rest is history. Read more

Creative Heroes: Abby Glassenberg

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I met Abby, after more than a year of following her website/blog, at Midwest CraftCon in February 2016. She was one of the keynote speakers and, no doubt, a great inspiration for many of the attendees (including me, obviously!).

If you are unfamiliar with Abby, she sells patterns for adorable stuffed animals and dolls,  supplies, and craft-business ebooks. She has also published several print books, including one that I consider to be a modern bible on stuffed animal construction.

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The Productivity Project | a C+M book report

The Productivity Project - a Creative + Mindful book report | www.creativeandmindful.com

It’s back-to-school season, so I thought it would be a great time for another Creative + Mindful book report!

The last few months flew by and I haven’t had as much time to read as I would like. But I did manage to read The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey.

I’ll admit when I first got the book, I was skeptical. Doing more in less time is a big theme in the worlds of entrepreneurship, small business and creativity. I send a healthy chortle and eye roll to books like The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss (yes, I’ve read it, so I’ve earned the right to throw shade). Read more

Creative Heroes: Ben Venom

Creative Hero: Ben Venom | interview at www.creativeandmindful.com

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I have to admit I was a little star struck connecting with Ben. His work is just plain bad-ass and he’s deeply involved in the Bay area art scene. And he’s done some pretty neat collaborations, such as with Creature skateboards. Plus he’s a really nice dude.

He’s the artist I daydreamed about being when I was in art school.

Ben’s quilts may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The subject matter is very punk rock/heavy metal/tattoo/biker culture inspired. A pretty far cry from traditional quilt designs, the new modern quilt genre, or the fun and sweet patterns that are stocked at your local quilt shop. Read more

Creative Heroes: Brave Girls

Creative Heroes: Brave Girls | www.creativeandmindful.com

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For this week’s Creative Heroes interview, I had the pleasure of talking with the Brave Girls!

Because Melody was out of town and tied up with some projects, my conversation was primarily with Kathy. But she was able to give me some great insight into how this team of sisters makes the wheels of their company turn – and how they get to all their wonderful creative pursuits.

The Brave Girls Club showed up in my life at a time when I really needed some support and guidance. Their courses, daily messages, and uplifting community helped me out of an emotional jam on several occasions. The fact that the personal development wisdom they provide is centered on creative experiences and projects was really important to me. Read more

Creative Heroes: Lee Crutchley

Creative Hero: Lee Crutchley | www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series and links to all the interviews? Check out my intro post HERE!)

If you aren’t familiar with Lee Crutchley, you need to check out his 3rd book – How to be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad) pronto!

When I took the leap and contacted some of my heroes to see if they would be willing to discuss time management and creative productivity with me, Lee was at the top of my list. As someone who has struggled with depression for a very long time, I felt like I had met a kindred spirit when I picked up his book.

Lee is funny and smart and makes clever artwork. His blog posts aren’t prolific, his newsletters don’t come weekly, and he is just now working on his 4th book. But Lee’s focus seems to be one of “doing the important things” versus doing everything. Quality trumps quantity in the time management game.

And I knew Lee would have some interesting things to say about creative productivity. (spoiler alert: I wasn’t disappointed) Read more

Creative Heroes: Pat Sloan

Creative Hero: Pat Sloan | www.creativeandmindful.com

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When I decided to reach out to some of my favorite artists and creative entrepreneurs about time management and productivity, I knew I wanted to talk with Pat Sloan! She is so full of energy and amazingly busy. I was sure she had some really great thoughts on balancing creativity, a business, and the miscellaneous stuff of life. I wasn’t disappointed! Read more

Reverse engineering – productivity secret weapon!

What's the best way to make a schedule?

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some really great project managers over the years in my corporate jobs. Some were hardcore, certified IT project managers who mapped everything out on impossibly complex spreadsheets or in project management software. Others were just really organized, detail-oriented people.

Regardless of their pedigree, I learned a ton from each of those talented project managers. Out of all the on-the-job skills I developed, I feel like project management tactics were some of the most useful and practical experiences I left the corporate world with. Read more