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Stepping Off Now is a podcast for creative and sensitive thinkers. If you're feeling creatively 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 ...
 
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My conversation partner, for the second time, is my friend and fellow writer Lauren Sapala. Lauren is a writer, writing coach, and an INFJ. She also wrote the book The INFJ Writer, a writing guide for intuitive introverts, HSPs, empaths and all other sensitive, struggling artists | laurensapala.com. During our conversation, we talked about things l…
 
Frances Khalastchi runs Better Bolder Braver (along with her partner Simon Batchelar), an online community for coaches that helps them learn how to market themselves in a way that feels natural, ethical, and authentic to them. In this episode we discuss her fascinating and winding path to starting her own business and the many meanings and uses of …
 
Happy New Year! In this first episode of 2022 I'm doing things a bit different. As I evolve as a creative, so does my work here on the podcast and elsewhere. That's how I keep things fresh for myself, which keeps me motivated and inspired. In this episode I discuss why it's not too late for you to achieve your creative dreams no matter what age you…
 
In this diary entry, I take the opportunity to formally introduce the Diary of an Indie Writer podcast. Listen to find out: - my story + why this podcast exists - how I became a 'writer' and an 'independent writer' (and how I define those two things) - why we are living in the best time there has ever been to make money - or a career - from writing…
 
My wish for all of us going into the new year is to NOT clutter our brains up with goals, resolutions, self-improvement plans, and the like. I want to encourage us to see the new year as an opportunity for personal empowerment through connecting with our true desires AND developing our confidence that we can actually achieve them. This is not an ep…
 
You've heard of the circadian rhythm, I'm sure, but did you know there are others that govern our daily functioning? One is the ultradian rhythm, which occurs in ~90 minute itervals through the day and night. The ultradian rhythm influences everything from our REM sleep to how long we can effectively focus on tasks. For years I felt something was w…
 
This special holiday season episode is part of the bonus content of my Patreon Reverse Side of the Tapestry tier. In it I talk about the challenges I face doing business as an introverted HSP. You'll also hear my thoughts on the forced and often aggressive positivity you see in the public sphere of the creator economy, why I not only accept but emb…
 
My conversation partner this time is Jessica Pereira. Jessica is a B2B SaaS and digital marketing writer. But you can also find her on Freelance to Fortune, a blog dedicated to her and other writer’s journeys to six figures. When she’s not helping freelancers scale her business, you can find her reading fiction and planning her next road trip. Find…
 
Today I have a happy holiday surprise for you! It is the one-year anniversary of my podcast, and I wanted to do something special for all my wonderfully supportive listeners. So for the next two weeks, I will be releasing episodes that are part of my Patreon bonus content. Today's episode is from my What the Research Says tier. Please check out my …
 
By the time you're in burnout, it's too late to manage it. You're in recovery mode. And it's a lot harder to recover from burnout than to manage it before it gets bad. In this episode I talk about the two kinds of burnout (why one you may actually want to experience, but the other kind you definitely don't), how to recognize when burnout is imminen…
 
My conversation partner today is Anna-Marie O’Brien. Anna-Marie O'Brien grew up in Ohio as a fan of rock music and good books. After working for a record label in the early 1990's, she spent almost 20 years as a public librarian. She now coaches writers through their creative journey, and is currently working on her third book. She lives in Phoenix…
 
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 a creator of any kind, if you’re already on that path, or you’re currently in a spot …
 
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,…
 
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 book is complete and is now on sale :) Find out all about it in today's diary entry. 📖 buy my book: https://theindieauthor.net 📝 notes: https://diaryofanindiewriter.net/episode-10-im-an-author-my-book-is-on-sale — created by Jas Hothi, with music by Chris Porter. ps. …
 
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…
 
In today's diary entry, I speak with my good friend Lauren Sapala, a writer, writing coach and INFJ. Find Lauren at: laurensapala.com. We talked about our sensitivity and how we can manage it. In particular, things like: - Checking-in with how we feel in our bodies - Counteracting screentime and computer/phone scrolling - Managing & responding to e…
 
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…
 
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 and Rebekah Mallory. Find Katherine at: kturnerwrites.com Find Rebekah at: rebekahmallory.com We talk about things like: - Katherine & Rebekah introduce their first books, Finding Annie and Train Gone…
 
In today's diary entry, 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(!) 📖 buy my book: https://theindieauthor.net 📝 notes: https://diaryofanindiewriter.net/episo…
 
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 forthcoming release of The Indie Author book, with Anja Schüler-Renner & John Davis. Find Anja at: asrenner.com Find John at: johncdavisauthor.com We talk about things like: - how Anja & John navigate both 'writing' and 'making money' - writing for yourself *and* for an audience / the …
 
In today's diary entry, I am sharing why 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…
 
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: lynndapollio.com Find Ritu at: walkingthroughtransitions.com We talk …
 
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 today's diary entry, I look back on my writing journey from my childhood through to the present day. 📝 notes: https://diaryofanindiewriter.net/episode-1-my-writing-journey — created by Jas Hothi, with music by Chris Porter. ps. check out my written diary and discover how to become an indie writer: 📔 https://indiewriter.net/start-here…
 
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. ps. I hope you'll join me on my new adventure! Join me at www.indiewriter.net by Jas Hothi, with music by Chris Porter — I ran the INF Club blog and podcast fro…
 
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 …
 
My conversation partner this week is Elizabeth Miner. In Elizabeth's words: "Global business coach, international speaker, digital nomad, and author Elizabeth Miner has learned true sustainable success relies on understanding the human engine running a business. Combining her 20+ years as a corporate paralegal with coaching clients around the globe…
 
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…
 
My conversation partner this week is Rick Rigdon. 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 in the US). I'm an INFJ who's a semi-retired web developer. This past year, I created a blog (Mystical Bear) where I docum…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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