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Be Createfull

By Jo Ellis and Madison Hale
Be Createfull is a podcast about finding fullness through creativity. Join Jo and Madison as they explore all the ways creativity enriches daily life.
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32. Make Up Your Mind Already! | Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

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32. Make Up Your Mind Already! | Overcoming Analysis Paralysis
Decisions are hard! Whether it's something small (like what to watch on Netflix) or big (like where to move after college), indecision can keep us from moving forward with our lives. This week, we're talking about the main causes of our analysis paralysis and a few things that help us make decisions with confidence. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
54:13
April 5, 2021
31. Changing Your Mind
This week we're talking about having the freedom to change our minds. Creativity has helped us understand that nothing has to be "set in stone" and that being flexible and open-minded is a pathway to genuine growth. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:05:01
March 29, 2021
30. In It To Win It!
We're keeping it light this week with a conversation about creative reality shows and the affect competition has on creativity. Topics discussed: our opinion of reality shows, pros and cons of competition, and tips for keeping that competitive spirit from derailing your creative efforts. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:08:47
March 22, 2021
29. Embracing Identity with Meredith Jones | Part 2
Here's the second part of our conversation with Meredith Jones about finding our identity in the midst of imposter syndrome, assumptions, and first impressions.  Find Meredith on Instagram Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
48:16
March 15, 2021
28. Embracing Identity with Meredith Jones | Part 1
Meredith Jones is our special guest for this week's conversation about finding our identity in the midst of imposter syndrome, assumptions, and first impressions. We're building off last week's episode about Imposter Syndrome. We had A LOT of thoughts, so we've split the conversation into two parts. Enjoy part one and will back with the rest next week.  Find Meredith on Instagram Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
51:40
March 8, 2021
27. Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Feeling like a fraud is a common experience for many of us. This week, we're learning some history behind the "imposter phenomenon," sharing our own experiences with feeling like imposters, and discussing ways we overcome those fraudy feelings. Buckle in, ya'll... we have a lot of thoughts about this one! Here's the Imposter Phenomenon Test we took. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:11:32
March 1, 2021
26. Six Months Already?!?!
This episode marks the six-month milestone for Be Createfull! To celebrate, we're reflecting on how it all began, our goals and concerns, things we didn't expect, and lessons we've learned. We've also got a few practical tips for starting a passion project of your own. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:05:37
February 22, 2021
25. Creativity through the Seasons
It actually feels likes winter in Arkansas! Freezing temperatures have us thinking about how our creativity changes with the seasons. We also attempt a discussion about the metaphorical "seasons" of creativity. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
52:19
February 15, 2021
24. Suck it Up, Buttercup
Nothing is fun all of the time, so how do we know when it's ok to quit and when we need to "suck it up" and power through the rough parts? This week, we're talking about the balance between persevering and letting go, why creativity is about more than happiness, and practical tips for how we trudge through the parts that aren't so fun. As promised, here's A Trail of Three Sisters (Jo's backpacking blog) New Valentine craft kits are available now. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:03:50
February 8, 2021
23. Overcoming the Fear of Failure
"Fear of failure" is a major obstacle to creativity (and other things). But why? In this episode, we're chat about what we're really afraid of, lessons creativity has taught us about failure, and tips for getting over our fears so we can accept failure head on and keep on living our createfull lives.  New Valentine craft kits are available now. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:10:22
February 1, 2021
22. Getting Unstuck
Sometimes you just feel... stuck. In this episode we're chatting about everything from being unsure of the next step to dealing with weeks (or months) of losing your createfull mojo. New Valentine craft kits are available now. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:03:04
January 26, 2021
21. Managing Createfull Obsessions
This week's episode was 100% inspired by Madison and her new found obsession with knitting. We talk about the cycles of creative obsession and offer some practical tips for how to balance your obsession and all the other responsibilities that come with being a functioning human. This month's word-of-the-year embroidery kit are still available!  Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
53:18
January 18, 2021
20. Our Creative Goals and Resolutions
It's the first episode of 2021! This week, we're talking about our personal resolutions and the goals we have for Make.Do. in the upcoming months. Also, more about this month's word-of-the-year embroidery kit so you can Make.Do. at home. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
57:40
January 11, 2021
19. 2020... What a Year!
I think it's safe to say that 2020 is a year we won't forget anytime soon! In this episode, we're chatting about the highs, the lows, the unexpected, and all the other createfull moments 2020 brought us. It's a lot.  Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio)
01:11:48
December 28, 2020
18. Jo's Birthday Eve Episode
Jo's birthday is tomorrow (wooohooo!) and we're celebrating with an episode all about her. Madison's questions cover the whole spectrum, including where Jo gets her drive, how she feels about her grey hair, and her favorite Harry Potter character. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Snag your holiday craft kits at https://makedocreate.org/merry-makedo/
01:09:46
December 21, 2020
17. The Business of Being Tired
Phew! We're tired. Like, really tired. We're having an impromptu (and unedited) chat about why we're exhausted and how we're coping. We also talk about crafting with kids, which was our original topic for the week, and perfectly timed for anyone participating in #merryMakeDo holiday craft kits with youngters. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Snag your holiday craft kits at https://makedocreate.org/merry-makedo/
01:03:20
December 14, 2020
16. How to Teach Your Hobby
The holidays can mean a lot of time sitting around with family, wondering what to do. Especially this year, since we're all trying to stay at home as much as possible. That makes now the perfect time to teach someone how to do that craft you love to do. When you get tired of doing puzzles and playing cards, you'll all have something createfull to occupy your time! Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-16/
49:31
December 7, 2020
15. Managing Busyness
It's that time of year when everyone is decking halls, stuffing stockings, and participating in general merriment. It's also that time of year when everyone feels a little more stressed, busy, and exhausted. So this week we're discussing how tell-tale signs that we're doing too much, how we manage our to-dos, and a few tips that help get us through the busyness. The quilt raffle mentioned in this episode isn't happening (yet). You can still support Make.Do. for Giving Tuesday through Facebook and Instagram! Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-15/
54:28
November 30, 2020
14. Createfull Holiday Musings
Real tree or fake? White or colored lights? Did Santa wrap your presents? This week, we're talking about random holiday memories for our childhoods, how we celebrate  now, and the role creativity plays in it all. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-14/
52:28
November 23, 2020
13. Barriers to Creativity
There are hundreds of things that keep us from being creative. This week, we knock down internal and external barriers that keep getting in our way. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-13/
57:50
November 16, 2020
12. Benefits of Creativity
Phew! 2020 has been a wild ride. We're following up with previous conversations about creativity as a therapeutic stress management tool with more discussion about some of the ways we currently benefit from creative expression.    Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-12/
55:36
November 9, 2020
11. The Creative Process
We're always saying "creativity isn't about the product, it's about the process", but what does that even mean? This week, we each outline key steps in our creative process and the feelings that go along with them.  Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-11/
01:00:39
November 2, 2020
10. Stress Management & Self Care
Following up to last week's episode with Stephanie, we're talking the role of creativity in stress management and self care.  Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-10/
51:49
October 26, 2020
09. Creativity as a Therapeutic Outlet
We have our first guest on Be Createfull this week! Stephanie O'Brian is bringing all her expertise as a licensed counselor to help us understand how creativity can be a therapeutic outlet. We talk about Stephanie's experiences at Make.Do. as well as her work with sexual assault survivors and low income high school students. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-9/
01:01:18
October 19, 2020
08. Creative Pet Peeves
We needed a palette cleanser after last week's episode about social tension. This conversation about pet peeves gave us plenty of opportunity to release some pent up frustration. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-8/
57:46
October 12, 2020
07. Creativity & Social Tension
Y'all, this was a tough one. We tried to stay focused on how creativity can help us navigate social tension while leaving our own opinions and biases out of the conversation. In this episode, you'll hear us stumble to find the right words, struggle to speak through tears, and wrestle with our own inflammatory instincts. We forgot to say things we wanted to mention. We'll probably step on some toes. Still, I hope you find some comfort in our imperfect conversation. We are grateful for you! Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-7/
01:02:44
October 5, 2020
06. Myths of Creativity
There are a lot of myths we believe about creativity. Whether someone is a seasoned "creative" or just beginning to explore creativity, these lies are major barriers to being createfull. Here are some of the myths we (and our Make.Do. class participants) have believed about creativity.  Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-6/
49:01
September 28, 2020
05. Letting Go of Perfect
We're following up to last week's episode about perfectionism with ten practical tips on how to let go of the need to be perfect.  Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-5/
39:04
September 21, 2020
04. The Problem with Perfect
Perfectionism is one of the biggest barriers to being createfull. In this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the "problem with perfect" through the lens of our own experiences, struggles we see among participants at Make.Do., and how the creativity helps us overcome perfectionism. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-4/
51:03
September 14, 2020
03. How To Be a Good Beginner
We're following up last week's episode with some practical steps that have helped us be good beginners. They won't make you an overnight success, but hopefully you will be encouraged to try something new! Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-3/
23:02
September 7, 2020
02. You Gotta Start Somewhere
Julie Andrews taught us that the beginning is a "very good place to start"... but being a beginner isn't always easy. We have a lot of experience being beginners through our work at Make.Do. As Jo says, "We're in the business of being beginners." In this episode, we share some of our own experiences as beginners, obstacles that keep people from trying something new, and a few "takeaways" for the next time we find ourselves at the beginning. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-2/
52:04
August 31, 2020
01. A Createfull Introduction | Meet Jo Ellis and Madison Hale
It's finally here... the very first episode of Be Createfull, Make.Do.'s new podcast about finding fullness through creativity. This is the obligatory introduction episode. Find out more about us (Jo and Madison), how we met, Make.Do.'s origin story, and what motivated us to start a podcast. Thank you to Craig Hutson for our createfull theme music! Listen to more of Craig's music on Spotify. Connect with Make.Do. on Instagram (@makedocreate), Facebook (Make.Do.Searcy), and YouTube (Make.Do. Creative Studio) Find show notes at makedocreate.org/episode-1/
29:24
August 19, 2020