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Monastic Mamas

Monastic Mamas

By Jaime Handley

Small bursts of creative/spiritual insight as well as amazing interviews with women following their God-led creative paths.

I want to help you live your best creative life! Listen, be inspired, implement and create.

Come on busy lady, you've got world-changing work to do!

You can also follow me over on IG @monasticmamas and check out my website at www.monasticmamas.com.
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Episode 22: Finding Your Fire with Firefly Scout's Stephanie Rose
Episode 22: Finding Your Fire with Firefly Scout's Stephanie Rose
In this episode, I sit down to talk with Stephanie Rose, Founder of Firefly Scout. Stephanie and I met about a year and a half ago through "The Artist's Way." She is an empath with a beautiful take on creativity and finding what lights you up. I know you'll enjoy this episode as we talk about her journey, why she does the work she does and some beautiful thoughts on creating rhythms and finding evidence for discovering our magic.  Here's a bit more about Stephanie:  "Feeling overwhelmed and waking up to the reality that her life wasn’t fulfilling her sense of WHY, Stephanie went on a personal growth journey. As a working mom with two boys, a spouse and all the grown-up commitments that come with it, she started taking moments to put herself first and remember her true self. Through a lot of intentional exploration, she became aware that she is so much more than ‘just a mom’ and was limiting herself when she let those basic life details define her. She’s taken the process she went through and packaged it up to share with all of us in the Illumination Kit and created a collection of other easy-to-use tools to inspire us all to keep scouting out all the things that light us up." You can find all of her amazing resources, including her Illumination Kit at her website: www.fireflyscout.com. And here are 3 books she mentions in the episode: Discover Your Dharma by Sahara Rose Sensitive is the New Strong by Anita Moorjani It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane I know you are going to be as inspired by this conversation as I was!
37:52
November 22, 2022
Episode 21: Kat Renee//Painter, Story Teller & Theologian Expressing Universal Truths Through Ragged Dolls (And So Much More)
Episode 21: Kat Renee//Painter, Story Teller & Theologian Expressing Universal Truths Through Ragged Dolls (And So Much More)
Kat Renee is an artist working out of her home, most recently located outside Dallas, Texas. With a BA in Art and an MA in Theology, Kat Renee has studied a wide range of subjects, all of which inform her artwork. She began a career as a commercial artist, but in an effort to create more meaningful art, left commercial work to focus on a personal project: a collection of paintings dedicated to the transcription of real-life experiences into visual stories. Using rag dolls as characters in these stories, she depicts each scene with specific detail and careful symbolism. Kat Renee has participated in several group shows in southern California, and is excited at the opportunity to expand to other cities. She views her art as an opportunity to understand 'truths' hidden in human circumstances and universal in human experience. In the words of John Lennon, "My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel." In this episode, Katie and I sit down to talk about ALOT ... from the history of art in the church, to art as prophetic vehicle, the need to create messy middle spaces for artists of faith, why the church would do well to engage with and invite artists into sacred space and the wide breadth of the human experience artists encompass in their work. And SO. MUCH. MORE. This episode was particularly fun for me as Katie and I have been friends for over 15 years and recently reconnected around this idea of artists in the faith space and how art and spirituality are so deeply connected. You can engage with Katie, her work and her beautiful Ragged Doll series at www.katrenee.com or https://www.talesofaraggeddoll.com. You can also find her on Instagram @katreneestudio. I really think you are going to enjoy this conversation. I know it did! 
01:07:23
August 25, 2022
Episode 20: Creative Micro Rhythms
Episode 20: Creative Micro Rhythms
I recently spoke with Kathy Belge on her “Solo Women RV” podcast about the art of catching creativity while you travel. You can listen to the episode here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-art-of-catching-creativity-while-you-travel/id1576631933?i=1000571460987. After talking to Kathy, I realized I wanted to bring some of what I talked about to my own audience. So here’s a micro episode for you! If you like what you hear and want more, go take a listen to Kathy’s podcast.
10:10
August 04, 2022
Episode 19: Do Analytical Creatives Actually Exist (Or, How Curiosity Taught the Cat to Keep Living!)
Episode 19: Do Analytical Creatives Actually Exist (Or, How Curiosity Taught the Cat to Keep Living!)
Are you a creative person or an analytical one? Ok, it's a trick question! Because I truly believe that we are all both.  Where have you excluded yourself from certain spaces because you have believed you are only one thing--analytic or creative? A "numbers" person or a "words" person? And why have you believed these labels in the first place? In this episode, we'll not only take a look at how curiosity, the great equalizer, can serve us in breaking down the silos we put ourselves and others in, but we'll also walk through a couple tools to let curiosity guide us towards permission to be everything that we are without the labels and restrictions. And if you want to link to the resources I've share in the episode, I've written about them on my blog at www.monasticmamas.com. I also reference my upcoming Memoir-in-Progress writing course, happening July 30th. If you want to register, you can sign up here: https://monasticmamas.ck.page/9cafc9271d
11:11
July 15, 2022
Episode 18: Deana Casella: "Chasing the Moon: Travel, miracles, magic"
Episode 18: Deana Casella: "Chasing the Moon: Travel, miracles, magic"
"Barns burnt down, now I can see the moon" -Mizuta Masahide  Grab a cuppa and come listen to this beautiful conversation with author Deana Casella.  After a tragic accident threw her young family's world upside down, Deana and her husband Anthony had to find a new normal. Armed with a contagious attitude of gratitude and her spirit of adventure, Deana and her family weathered some really hard seasons. And almost 30 years later, when Anthony is wrestling through a dark season, Deana has a crazy idea. What if they take some time to reconnect in one of their favorite ways: travel!  The story of their adventures on a 4-month world cruise will inspire you to take your next adventurous next steps and chase the moon!  Here's the book's description:  "What if when at the age of 50 you had a chance to take a “gap year.”? A year off to do anything you wanted, a chance to live the life of your wildest dreams and take a trip around the world? 33,000 miles, 26 countries in 115 days This is that story. Chasing the Moon is a powerful, intimate and honest memoir about love, loss, miracles and lots of magic. About living life to the fullest and the transformative power of travel. Author Deana Casella shares her story and her travel journals from this extraordinary journey circumnavigating the world. Chasing the Moon is a collection of stories about favorite places visited, the incredible people she met along the way and the stories that were shared. But nothing is quite so simple as that. Taking this chance did not come without difficult lessons learned early in life. Lessons that taught her not to take one moment of this precious life for granted. To say yes to every opportunity. To say yes to adventure. To chase the moon."  There's even a surprise drop-in by her husband, Anthony, in the episode! You can grab a copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Moon-Travel-miracles-magic-ebook/dp/B09LG63RVW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=9JA9OR5D88KM&keywords=chasing+the+moon+travel&qid=1657052147&sprefix=chasing+the+moon+travel+%2Caps%2C292&sr=8-1
01:00:03
July 06, 2022
Episode 17: You Have the Right (To Remain Silent)
Episode 17: You Have the Right (To Remain Silent)
Where do you, as an artist, find your largest source of validation? Does it come from others? Or does it come from yourself and your own sense of joy in doing your work? In this episode, we look at two industrial complexes: the educational industrial complex and the social media industrial complex. We see how these systems have trained us to look for external validation and how that undermines our creative flow. And we talk about some ways that we can reclaim our sense of worth!
13:28
June 30, 2022
Episode 16: Dark Night of the Creative Soul
Episode 16: Dark Night of the Creative Soul
Have you ever felt simply un-inspired? The old tricks to find your creative wind aren't working and you are wondering if maybe you've just lost your creative mojo altogether. Fear not! We all have dark nights of the creative soul; seasons where we feel bereft of energy and inspiration to create. In this episode, we look at what the word "inspire" really means and talk about some quick wins you can have to get some of that God-breathed creative energy back. 
08:56
June 23, 2022
Episode 15: The Virtue Trap
Episode 15: The Virtue Trap
“We strive to be good, to be nice, to be helpful, to be unselfish. Afraid to appear selfish, we lose our self.” -Julia Cameron. In this episode, we’ll take a look at the virtue trap and how we use it to block ourselves from actually getting our creative work done. I’ll also talk about how I have used this block and how I have moved past it.
14:24
May 18, 2022
Episode 14: Laugh the Devil Down
Episode 14: Laugh the Devil Down
How can the Old Testament idea of Samach, or rejoicing, help us as artists to be creatively and defiantly joyful in the face of grief and pain? I've personally walked through this in a deep way. Go take a listen to the "I'm a Survivor" episode in Season 1. I'm acquainted with pain. But in that pain, I've also seen God show up in incredible ways. I have to tell the truth about both. The darkness and the light. And you, as an artist, are invited to do the same. 
09:18
May 10, 2022
Episode 13: Why We Story
Episode 13: Why We Story
Why is story so important? As important evolutionarily as things like food and sex. And therefore, why does your art and the story you’re telling with it matter? In this episode, Jaime uses the framework of Lisa Cron’s book “Wired for Story” to talk about how we can use story to get behind the lives of the people our work serves.
12:43
April 28, 2022
Episode 12: Ronda Barney: Author of "Dear Susan: Letters of Comfort, Hope and Peace for Women Facing a Life-Changing Illness."
Episode 12: Ronda Barney: Author of "Dear Susan: Letters of Comfort, Hope and Peace for Women Facing a Life-Changing Illness."
In this episode, Ronda Barney and I sit for a chat about her new book "Dear Susan: Letters of Comfort, Hope and Peace for Women Facing a Life-Changing Illness."    This beautiful book invites those who have faced life-changing illness to look closely at their experience with both grit and grace. No stone is left unturned as Ronda gives language to both the hurt and hope into which anyone who has experienced deep grief has been invited. And for those of us caring for friends, family members and loved ones facing a life-changing illness, "Dear Susan" gives us the tools to help walk beside them as they process, grieve and ultimately, find glimmers of hope.  In our conversation, Ronda discusses her own journey with debilitating illness and how that gave her a lens into helping others. As well, she talks about the amazing (and I mean, it's amazing) story of how she came to write the book and how God took it from letters written to a faceless "Susan" to a very pointed book written to and for (as well as shaped by) the actual Susan.  I invite you to listen to this episode with a box of tissue and an open heart. And then, be sure to go check out Ronda's work at the links below!   FB: Ronda Barney LLC   https://www.facebook.com/rondabarneyllc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronda_barney_/ Website: rondabarney.com/membership/ email:ronda@rondabarney.com   Here is the "Dear Susan" bio to give you a sneak peak into this beautiful book! "Are you or someone you know facing a life-changing illness? When we experience the shock, the losses, and the harsh demands of pain and endless recovery, often devastation is all we see. Locked in a prison of unknowns, our hearts cry out, but the deep anguish goes unspoken as though it is our secret to bear alone. As hope dissipates, we wonder how to get through another day. Ronda Barney is intimately acquainted with devastation, hopelessness, and the haunting unknowns of illness. Forged out of her own healing journey, she was led to write letters of hope to a fictitious Susan. But, for two years, the letters laid quietly in Ronda’s journal. Then, miraculously, and right on time, she met a woman named Susan who was facing a terminal illness. Ronda began sending these letters to her new friend, opening a pathway of comfort, hope, and peace amid her suffering. Ronda is inviting you on the same journey. These letters will address the complexity of your anguish and loss while providing a bridge to finding • New joy, unconditional love and meaning • Strength to give voice to your pain • Freedom to be fully alive You can do more than just get through today. You can experience life fully alive! Come. Goodness and beauty await you, even now."
58:29
April 20, 2022
Episode 11: The Hero’s Journey: Setting Your Feet on the Path of Creative Risk.
Episode 11: The Hero’s Journey: Setting Your Feet on the Path of Creative Risk.
It’s been one year since our family sold our house and began traveling full-time. Yes, it was creative risk. But creative risk doesn’t always have to look so grandiose. It can be one small step towards trusting that there’s something else for you. That your creative voice matters. That showing up is important for you and for the world. I mention two authors in this episode. The first is Richard Rohr and his book “Falling Upward.” At the end of the episode, I also read a short piece by Anne Lamott. If you are a writer and have not yet read her book “Bird by Bird,” I highly recommend it.
14:42
April 09, 2022
Episode 10: Eva Butzkies: Costume Designer, Embroidery Artist and Creative Empowerment Encourager
Episode 10: Eva Butzkies: Costume Designer, Embroidery Artist and Creative Empowerment Encourager
Eva Butzkies is a costume designer and embroidery artist. Besides creating costumes for opera, dance and theatre productions, she supports women on their way to discover and celebrate their uniqueness through creative practices. She works in different cities in Europe and is based in Basle, Switzerland. Her brand Keine wie Du can be found @keine_wie_du on Instagram and the website for her costume work is www.evabutzkies.com. In this episode, we deep dive into the joys, challenges and multifaceted layers of Eva’s creative work. We also talk about the beautiful parallels between our creative and spiritual lives. Eva is a deep well of creative insight, inspiration and joy! Grab a cup of coffee and come be inspired.
57:08
September 14, 2021
Episode 9: Are you fempowered?
Episode 9: Are you fempowered?
Do you have a tribe of other faith-fueled creative women cheering you on, working alongside you and keeping you going? This week’s podcast is all about finding your tribe. Because none of us creates in a vacuum. Creative support systems are a MUST for creative longevity and a wildly beautiful gift from God.
10:08
May 19, 2021
Episode 8: I’m a Survivor
Episode 8: I’m a Survivor
Art is a beautiful tool for discovery and exploration. But it also functions as an amazing tool for walking through seasons of pain, confusion and trial; a tool for survival. In this episode, I explore how art can move us through difficult seasons and how that, in itself, is a gift from God. My dear friend Suzanne Burden reads a lovely poem at the end of this episode. You can find her on Instagram @sburden. She does incredible healing work through her grief and gratitude coaching.
10:00
May 07, 2021
Episode 7: Money Honey
Episode 7: Money Honey
Does charging people for your work make you feel ticky? Do you always devalue your own work by setting the price too low or simply giving it away? What would it look like for you to make a living as a creative and feel good about pricing your work? Lets talk about money, honey!
10:01
April 22, 2021
Episode 6: Humble Pie
Episode 6: Humble Pie
Shame, fear and perfection dressed as humility are often markers of pride. Ouch! We artists don’t want to hear that. And artists who also consider ourselves people of faith? How dare! So what’s the remedy? Sharing! Sharing our work with reckless generosity so we can get out of our own way and let our work do what it’s meant to do ... encourage others.
09:45
April 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: Will you look again? An Easter Reflection
Bonus Episode: Will you look again? An Easter Reflection
I’m learning to read Scripture slowly. I’m learning to take off the lens of what I’ve been told it all means and let the story speak for itself. This year, as I read the Easter story again, I was struck by the incredible humanity of it all; by the people who bore witness to what happened to Jesus. I was brought to tears by the acts of bravery and care. What kind of person could stir them to these kinds of acts?
05:59
April 04, 2021
Episode 5: Resident Truth Tellers
Episode 5: Resident Truth Tellers
Artists as prophets? Yes! In this episode, we’ll look at the role of artists as people who truth tell in the midst of the unthinkable.
07:27
April 02, 2021
Episode 4: Neither Created Nor Destroyed: Creative Energy is Abundant
Episode 4: Neither Created Nor Destroyed: Creative Energy is Abundant
Have you heard of the law of the conservation of energy that says that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system? This got me thinking: What about creative energy? What about spiritual energy?  In this episode, we'll talk about what abundant creative energy could mean for you as an artist. We'll look at how we can make some shifts in our God-concept to begin to break out of the dualistic mindset of God as either stingy or a spiritual slot machine and begin to see abundance and variety as an invitation into creative fulfillment. And as always, I'd love to hear from you if something resonates, so check me out on Instagram at Monastic Mamas and send me a message!
08:11
March 25, 2021
Episode 3: How Centering Prayer Fuels Creativity
Episode 3: How Centering Prayer Fuels Creativity
I've been practicing centering prayer since learning about it in seminary over 15 years ago. But it wasn't until I coupled it with my morning writing practice out of sheer necessity (it was the only quietness and stillness I got before my children woke up in the morning) that I made the connection between centering prayer and divine creative downloads.  The practice gave me the ability to become a deeper listener. Daily listening to God each morning opened me up to hearing God's voice in all sorts of unexpected places. Synchronicity became common place and a beautiful creative flow seemed to come naturally. In this episode, I'll give you some specific ways that I've benefited from centering prayer as a creative. Take a listen! Maybe you'll hear something that will spark a desire to add centering prayer into your daily creative/prayer practice. 
06:35
March 18, 2021
Episode 2: Specters: How to Blow Imposter Syndrome Away
Episode 2: Specters: How to Blow Imposter Syndrome Away
Do you ever notice the voices in your head that try to talk you out of your budding creative ideas. While these voices may be associated with real people from your past or present, they aren't real at all. They are the voice of the imposter--the inner menace--that works hard to stop your fledgling divine downloads from getting out into the world in full form. So what can you do? Recognize them for what they are and blow them away!
06:38
March 11, 2021
Episode 1: Why Creativity and Spirituality? What are we going to be doing here?
Episode 1: Why Creativity and Spirituality? What are we going to be doing here?
As a creative coach, I’ve been honored to walk women through using contemplative tools to connect with their deep creative well; the source given from the Creator to all of us. In these practices, we find ourselves brought into multiple moments of sacred hearing, gratitude and creative inspiration daily. This is not magic. It’s a practice. Join me as we talk about the intersection between creativity and spirituality and explore how to connect more deeply with the Divine, yourself and your deep sense of creative flow to realize your best creative life!
01:24
March 10, 2021