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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 ...
 
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Jas Hothi is a writer following his dream. He started blogging in 2015 when he left his corporate job, and he is passionate about ‘writing freely’ and making an income from doing so. He recently published his debut book, The Indie Author, sharing the raw and honest stories of writers all over the world who have self-published books. Jas is an INFP,…
 
Have you ever thought you wanted something, but it didn't turn out as great as you expected? Or thought something would make you happy but it doesn't? It's confusing when we get what we think we want but don't feel as good about it as we'd expected. We can begin to doubt that we know ourselves, or that we have the capability to make good decisions …
 
Sasa is an indie maker I initially met on Indiehackers, and we then both ended up in the ‘digital nomad village’ in Madeira during the Summer. We recorded this conversation in-person whilst we were there. If you’re someone who wants to be an independent blogger or an author or a creator of any kind, you’re already on that path, or you’re currently …
 
In part 2 of my miniseries on creative rejection I tell you all about my coping techniques, the ones that worked and didn't work (but were still useful!) during my recent experience with creative rejection, and what I learned from it all. Whether or not you are an HSP, this episode will be useful to you! Here are some of the things I cover: Why it'…
 
I became an author a few days ago... after more than 2 years, The Indie Author is complete & on sale 🤗 And to celebrate its release + NaNoWriMo, the eBook is just $0.99 for the month of November 2021 🎉 Find out all about it in today's episode. — 📖 buy the book on Amazon or from my shop: https://theindieauthor.net 🎉 — 📔 my blog: https://indiewriter.…
 
In this first episode of a two-part series, I talk about why HSPs struggle so much with creative rejection through the lens of my recent experience of entering the PitchWars competition (see E41 about my writing journey for more on that). If you are an HSP and feel it has held you back from pursuing your creative dreams, rest assured you are not al…
 
Most of us see creativity as something we do when we have the time for it. After all the things we have to do are done, then we'll have the space to really focus on our creative practice. But this perspective of how creativity fits into our lives is one of the major reasons we suffer from blocks. What if instead we saw creativity as integral to a h…
 
Carlos Saba is a co-founder (along with Laurence McCahill) of the Happy Startup School, an online community for people looking to do heart-centered business in creative ways. Like myself, he is a PhD holder who has taken an unconventional route in life. In this episode he talks about his own journey to getting the PhD and beyond, the importance of …
 
Being irrational is bad, right? Not always. Sometimes our culture labels something as irrational because it challenges cultural control. If you find that all the things you thought would make you happy in life don't, and you have a feeling that you're missing something, it could be because you have learned to distrust your own feelings and eschew m…
 
My friend Lauren Sapala is a fellow writer and writing coach. In part 9 of our conversation series, we talk about our sensitivity and how we can manage it. Listen out for: - How we manage our sensitivity / checking-in with how we feel in our bodies - Counteracting screentime and computer/phone scrolling - Managing & responding to emails / the 2 hel…
 
So many people don't believe in their own creative capacities. They think that they're not one of the "really" creative ones. But everyone is creative, and everyone has the capacity to be highly creative. In this episode I talk about how we define creativity, what creativity actually is, and what holds us back from seeing ourselves as creative or m…
 
In this episode, I read an entry from my journal dated Monday, September 20th, 2021. 📝 my journal entry: https://jasraj.micro.blog/2021/09/29/monday-september-th.html — 📔 my blog: https://indiewriter.net 🎥 my video diary: https://youtube.com/c/indiewriter 📖 my book: https://theindieauthor.net podcast music by Chris Porter: https://madebyporter.com …
 
That's right, I actually love networking now, and that's saying something for a shy, sensitive introvert with social anxiety! In this episode I give you all the tips I've learned over the past 1.5 years of running my own creative business. The reason I used to hate networking is because I had a misunderstanding about what it actually is. There is a…
 
This is the third of 3 special fireside conversations to celebrate the release of The Indie Author book, with self-published authors Katherine Turner & Rebekah Mallory. It also happens to be episode 75 of the podcast 🎉 Katherine: https://kturnerwrites.com/ Rebekah: http://rebekahmallory.com/ 💬 What we talk about: - Katherine & Rebekah introduce the…
 
In this episode I share how I've put together my first book, The Indie Author. I talk about: - How The Indie Author transitioned from blog to book - How I found self-published authors to interviews for the book - Under-estimating the editing process(!) — 📔 my blog: https://indiewriter.net 🎥 my video diary: https://youtube.com/c/indiewriter 📖 my boo…
 
I don't think I've ever been this excited about a Stepping Off Now episode! I share all about my writing journey, including my previous failures to get published (ouch), how deciding not to seek publication of any kind for my work for a number of years helped me reconnect with my creative inspiration, and how I feel about now being back on a path t…
 
This is the second of 3 fireside conversations to celebrate the release of The Indie Author book, with Anja Schüler-Renner & John Davis. Anja: https://asrenner.com John: https://johncdavisauthor.com We talked about: - how Anja & John navigate 'writing' and 'making money' - writing for yourself *and* for an audience / the 1000 True Fans concept - "H…
 
Today, I am sharing with I started 'The Indie Author' project, and why I've stuck with it over these last two years. (I definitely haven't completed every project I've started, believe me...) I talk about: Why I'm so passionate about self-publishing and the 'indie' movement How traditional publishing isn't the only way, and may not be the best fit …
 
We cover so much in this interview that I hardly know how to introduce it! We talk about Samara's journey to Ministry as a non-theist Unitarian, how to be an individual in community, her struggles with autoimmune and mental health issues, how to reconcile chaos and disorder, the links between poetry and math, her possible ADHD (seeking diagnosis), …
 
I am delighted to bring you today's episode which officially marks the launch sequence for the release of my first book :) This is my fireside conversation with Lynnda Pollio & Ritu Kaushal, two of the contributing authors to my forthcoming book, The Indie Author. Find Lynnda at: https://lynndapollio.com/ Find Ritu at: https://www.walkingthroughtra…
 
I figured it was time for an update on my intentional practice of wasting time! I first talked about this in episode 3, and since then anti-productivity practices like wasting time have become even more important in my life as I grow my creative business. In this episode I get into the backstory of how I started wasting time and its relationship wi…
 
I have always felt guilty about my strong craving for solitude. Is something wrong with me? Am I a weirdo? Does desiring so much solitude mean I don't deserve to have intimate relationships? The answers to those questions are no, no, and...wait for it...no! In this episode I talk about the role solitude has played in my life from childhood to now, …
 
You know that feeling of inertia we all get sometimes, when doing something, anything, to improve our lives just seems so hard? Maybe you're dealing with exhaustion and burnout, maybe it's fear that's holding you back. Or maybe you just have no idea what your next step could be. What do you do when you are in a period in your life when you're just …
 
In this episode I look back on my writing journey from my childhood through to the present day. — 📔 my blog: https://indiewriter.net 🎥 my video diary: https://youtube.com/c/indiewriter 📖 my book: https://theindieauthor.net/ podcast music by Porter: https://madebyporter.com — by, Jas 🎙️ Tuesday, 17th August, 2021…
 
In this episode I share an announcement about a new direction I'm stepping in as I edge closer to releasing my first book, 'The Indie Author'. And there's a little surprise at the end, too. — 📔 my blog: https://indiewriter.net 🎥 my video diary: https://youtube.com/c/indiewriter 📖 my book: https://theindieauthor.net/ podcast music by Porter: https:/…
 
In this episode I interview Chrissa Trudelle, a fellow INFP, and we talk all things personality typology! Both being INFPs, we have many points of resonance, but as I'm an Enneagram 4 and she's a 9, we also diverge on many points. You'll hear about how being an HSP interfaces with being certain personality types in the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram sy…
 
So this was supposed to be an episode on identifying what motivates us and using that to guide us through periods of doubt, but it turned into a bit of a manifesto on how I want to do business as a creative. Here it is in a nutshell: I want to fit business into a creative model, rather than trying to fit my creativity into a business model. What do…
 
I've struggled with depression since childhood, and in this episode I tell you all about it. You'll hear about the two different kinds of depression I have, what they feel like when they hit, and how I'm dealing with a current bout of what I call the "depression flu." I discuss why I think depression is an inevitable and even important part of my e…
 
During my decades as creative writer, my greatest struggle has been consistency of habit. I always had to force myself to sit down and write on a daily basis. I started and abandoned writing projects constantly (four novels, at least that many blogs). When I started up my creative business in 2020, I knew that needed to change. I had to find a way …
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — In Elizabeth's words: "Global business coach, international speaker, digital nomad, and author Elizabeth Miner has learned true sustainable success relies on understanding the hu…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — I share my piece: 'Lessons from 6 years of blogging'. 📝 Shownotes/original piece: https://infclub.net/shownotes/episode-66-lessons-from-6-years-of-blogging/ — ℹ️ In August 2021, …
 
In this episode I talk to Dr. Ann Wainscott, a politics professor I met in grad school. Ann is one of the most naturally creative and intuitive people I know, and it's evident in how she lives her life on a daily basis. In this interview she talks about studying to be an end-of-life doula, the rituals she uses to get into creative flow, and how tea…
 
Would you believe I didn't understand flow until recently? I could tell when it happened - it's that feeling when you lose track of time and your surroundings, and your creativity just flows - but I didn't know how to make it happen. It seemed like I had no control over when it did. I just had to hope I'd get lucky when I sat down to write. I was d…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — In Rick's words: "I'm a 63 year-old gay man who lives with my spouse of 26 years in Everett, Washington. (We've officially been married for 8 years after marriage equality passed…
 
Being a grownup isn't supposed to be fun. Sure, there can be fun moments here and there, but mostly it's about responsibilities. Somewhere along the way we lose our ability to get lost in creative play. Do you remember when the magic of childhood started to fade for you? I do. In this episode I tell that story and many more about my own painful jou…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — In this episode, I read my journal entries from the 'digital nomad village' in Madeira, since I arrived here in June. — 📝 my journal: https://jasraj.micro.blog/ — ℹ️ In August 20…
 
My work on this podcast and on my blog is all about examining our implicit assumptions about ourselves and the cultures we live in, and in this episode I tackle a big topic: why I think despite all the introvert advocacy online in the last decade, being an introvert still carries a stigma. I think understanding and acceptance of the character trait…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — In Laurence's own words: "I'm Cerulean, an independent Performing Artist, born Laurence Warner in Eastleigh, a small town on England's South Coast. I make pop music for your ears…
 
I have long wanted to have Lauren Sapala on my podcast, because she is one of the major reasons I even have a creative business! She is not only my writing coach, but also my business mentor. Lauren is the person who taught me about intuitive writing, which I've mentioned here and there in my podcast and explored more thoroughly on my blog. In this…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — Part 8 of a conversation series with my friend Lauren Sapala. Lauren is a writer and writing coach. Listen out for: - Tools for changing the 'stories' you tell yourself - Lauren'…
 
Are you secretly waiting for your own golden ticket or letter from Hogwarts that will show you, once and for all, the path of your destiny? Many of us spend our lives hoping that we'll be chosen somehow, and that it will change everything. That was me, until I realized that no one is going to choose me. I was going to have to do it myself. Learning…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — My guest this week is David Johnson. In David's own words: "I am an Englishman married and living in Hawaii. I have been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for 30 years (ouch, where d…
 
You've probably heard of flow - aka being in the zone; being in your element - but did you know that flow can be active OR passive? Active flow is that state you enter when you're totally immersed in the moment and the activity you're doing just...flows. It can happen during creative practice, athletics, just about any activity. But what about the …
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — My conversation partner this week is Ayelet Baron. In Ayelet's own words: "Ayelet is a multiple award winning author of the F*ck the Bucket List Trilogy and Our Journey to Corpor…
 
Ah the dreaded creative impasse: that feeling you get when you've seemingly hit a dead end with your project and just can't see a way forward. What should you do? Trash the project and start over? Force your way forward? Hate on yourself for yet again being a creative failure? None of the above! In this episode, I talk about a recent impasse I expe…
 
Jill Patterson is a road and gravel cyclist who has been making a name for herself on the circuits the last few years. After a year's hiatus from races due to Covid, she's ready to maintain her dominance this year! We discuss how she got into competitive cycling at the relatively late age of 30 while living in Japan, how she never imagined she woul…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — My conversation partner this week is Kendra Patterson. In Kendra's own words: "I am a writer, podcaster, and creativity coach with a background in social science research. I coac…
 
If you've ever worried whether your creative work is good enough to share, or how you're supposed to get it noticed at all, I have some answers for you. You may have heard that it's perfectionism that holds us back from sharing our creative products with the world, but I think perfectionism is a distraction from our actual problem: we don't know ho…
 
*This is an episode I published under the podcast's old title: 'the INF Club podcast'. In August 2021, I renamed the podcast 'Diary of an indie writer' (see more below). — I give a life update + share an unpublished piece: 'What lockdown has done for me' I talk about: - my brother moving out - my digital nomad plans for this Summer - a little updat…
 
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