Every week I invite listeners to leave a review on iTunes, or the Apple Podcast player. If the podcast has made a difference for you, and you send me a note letting me know how, then leaving me a review is how you apply to be featured on the podcast in a listener spotlight!
Listener Joni Lynn Nelson left this review on iTunes:
If you love to create art and struggle to take time to do it, Melissa shares great insights to help you to shift your mindset so you’ll actually make time….even if it’s just 15 minutes a day! It’s so worth it! Melissa is an artist with a real heart for helping others and you’ll feel that connection with her in no time at all. Melissa has a heartful of artful creative advice! Listen, and you’ll be glad you did.
Then she wrote me the following email, which got her on the show:
As you know, I love art! I am not “gifted” like many others who make their living at selling their art, however I am passionate about being creative! For years this comparison trap kept me from doing what I can and just ENJOYING the process.
Your podcast inspired me to let go of perfection, to send my little gremlins to get a pedicure, to do small acts and focus on the process – to have fun! I took your advice and in a moment of inspiration, I created my best and favorite piece ever.
It was done with ink (no pencil outlines) intentionally so that all the imperfections were a part of the piece. I couldn’t change it if I wanted to. Thanks for your inspiration!!!
In my coaching practice, so many of these principles spill over and as you know, I am equally passionate about inspiring others to be the best version of themselves!
It’s a process. We are not perfect. We focus on what we do well. Ditch the comparison trap, etc.
I know we’d have fun combining these ideals and spreading the word of how important creativity and personal growth are.
Have a listen to our improvisational conversation as we discussed:
- Confident vulnerability
- Personal growth and development
- Freedom from perfectionism
- The power of focusing on strengths, instead of trying to “fix” our weaknesses
- How overuse of strengths can show up as weaknesses
- and more!
Find Joni Lynn online:
On Instagram – @fly_with_strengths
Favorite Quote from Joni Lynn
“We gift others by allowing by allowing our weaknesses to be reinforced by others’ strengths. We honor them by allowing them to help us.”
Joni Lynn’s Favorite Piece Ever
About Joni Lynn
Being a lover of people, human development, and a strong sense of caring, Joni Lynn has always been fascinated with human behaviour and the desire to lift others up so they can reach their full potential of peak performance. With the discovery of CliftonStrengths in 2014, Joni Lynn embarked on her journey of becoming a strengths coach – the career of her dreams! Her strengths coaching company, FLY with Strengths, was established based on the idea that you can FLY – an acronym for Fully Leverage Yourself and/or Fully Love Yourself.
For Joni Lynn, there is no greater joy than to see a team come together, working in harmony in the service of others or in seeing an individual light up with an inner glow as he/she discovers something beautiful and powerful from within that they can now share with the world!
Much like a hot air balloon transforms travelers from where they are to where they want to be, Joni Lynn inspires greatness in others so they can RISE High and FLY with Strengths.
Her greatest gift is the depth of how much she cares!
From Joni Lynn:
IKEA shower suction cup hook and rack
Has the Live Creative Now podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?
I want to start sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.
Here’s how it works:
1. Just log into iTunes and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at livecreativenow.com/itunes-review).
2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight, and how the podcast has made a difference in your life. You can email me at livecreativenow.com/contact.
If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?
Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!
What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!
- Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
- 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
- Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
- How to turn creative blocks into friends.
AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself.
“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
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