It’s another Listener Spotlight today!
Anna Goldsworthy applied for a Listener Spotlight by writing the following iTunes review:
Listening to Melissa’s podcast caused me to completely re-evaluate my definition of personal creativity and artistic expression.
I was so tightly connecting commerce to my creative expression that I have been yearning for a commission so I could “do art,” OMG! She challenges me to stretch my imagination to new heights.
No longer do I believe the myth that says, “I can only create when there is an end purpose”… Lessons learned here are simultaneously tiny and “life changingly huge!”
Thank you, Anna! How could I pass up the chance to talk with Anna on the podcast?
In 2007 Anna left the corporate world behind to explore artistic creation. Paint, brushes, beads, paper, and other delightful found objects inspire her innovative designs and provide focus for her camera lens. She delightfully ignites color, laughter and joy.
Anna has two grown sons and is currently re-learning life through the eyes of her two amazing granddaughters. She lives in Kent, Washington with her favorite first husband.
Her essential advice comes from none other than Dr. Seuss, who said: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Have a listen to our conversation, and let me know if you resonate with anything we talked about.
Favorite Quotes from Anna:
“Does this make me joyful?” — seldom is that asked in life. I gotta tell you, when you retire, you don’t suddenly become happy because you don’t have job or you don’t have kids to watch anymore.
No matter what it is, what can I do, “tiny and daily,” that gives me joy?
Where’s the fun in it? … We can have that experience in everything, no matter what’s going on.
Links and resources mentioned in this episode:
Feel Good No Matter What: 52 Inspiring Reflections to Awaken the Life You Love!, by Nina Durfee & Anna Goldsworthy
Improvisor Phil Lunn, who transforms himself into whoever tonight’s audience wants him to be in his one-man improv show, Phil Lunn is…
I got to see Phil live as … Marianne Macdonough, I think it was, last Friday night, as the second half of a show where my improv group, All That Jazz, was performing as part of the West Coast Musical Improv Festival, and he was amazing.
He transformed himself into a completely convincing cabaret singer, sharing snippets of her fully improvised life story (with the help of audience suggestions — “does anybody know where I was born? Yes, that’s right, Switzerland!”), and fully improvised songs, also with the help of audience suggestions.
Jaw-droppingly good and utterly delightful.
If you get a chance to see Phil, don’t miss it.
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