The Creative Spirits Podcast

The Creative Spirits Podcast

By Kate Darnell&Sherrie Mccarthy
Kate Darnell of Gumboots By The Sea & Sherrie McCarthy of Creative Mermaids share the raw and the real of creative life on a spiritual path in this wounds to wisdom transformational podcast.

If you are looking to join a discussion on creativity, motherhood, the messy middle and bringing Spirit (however that looks for you!) into your life, this is the podcast for you!
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S3 E3 Creativity Through Movement & Self Care
All things are pointing towards getting in contact with yourself through music and movement in this week's podcast! We give you permission to give yourself permission to enjoy your life and your creativity to it's fullest. Stop being afraid to take up space and hit the music you want to listen to and move because you want to and because you want to celebrate your life, be more vibrant or shift a mental funk. Take up space and allow yourself to connect to your very life force! The virtual retreat can be found here: https://creative-mermaids-creative-vibrant-living-academy.thinkific.com/courses/creative-vibrant-living-virtual-retreat If you are craving a life that embraces your creativity but life keeps happening and you never feel like you are the one in control, this is the right place to start moving back into the driver's seat! Welcome to a weekend of creativity, healing & getting that creative restart you need to start writing that book. Sherrie gathered the amazing women who are the presenters and interviewees in this retreat because I wanted to offer a retreat that not only embraced creativity and healing, but much more important, did it in an accessible and inclusive way. I wanted this to be open to women who didn't have the ability to travel, either because of money, time, childcare or other mobility constrictions. I believe passionately in the ability for creativity to heal. And I believe that like Andre Lourde said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Not only can creativity heal us, it can heal the world. Creatives can imagine a world that is different from the one they are in. They create books that reflect back to us what needs to be changed and give us hope about what can be. They make pictures that change our lives when we realize what we are doing, and what we should be doing instead. They create music that can break our hearts and then mend them afterward. Creativity is not an indulgence, it is an act of self-preservation and an agent of change. And one that can heal us as it heals others. How wonderful is that! And so I gathered this diverse group of amazing women to talk about all kinds of aspects of self-care. Creativity for healing through challenge and grief, using meditation to help you cope when life gets crazy, but also as a treat to yourself. We also cover nutrition and family life, caring for yourself inside and out. And the common theme is that we can do this. even in what I like to call the "Messy Middle." "The Messy Middle" is why I created The Creative Mermaids, my creative coaching start up. The long and the short of it is, the messy middle is life. Too often we feel that we need to wait for the muse. Or that we can not be creative because it would be an act of indulgence in a world gone mad. Or we just think that we are not good enough, or the time is not right. The time will never be right. No one has it figured out. Like life creativity has cycles. And this is where the messy middle is. Learning to roll with it or learning to lick our wounds before we stand up again. There is no one size fits all. But this retreat, and the women in it, will give you the tools to start working out your own solution. One that sees you kicking writers' block to the curb! Take a weekend to complete the retreat or pull the presentations that speak to you as you need them, either way, get ready to stop putting yourself and your creativity last! And some music for your chakra healing! https://youtu.be/2SgFefNMoS0
23:51
December 6, 2018
Season 3 Episode 2: Learning To Enjoy The Ride As The Reward
This episode is about exploring the idea that there are no rewards. Step back, take a deep breath, and think about how freeing our world and life would be if we took away the idea that everything we do we did for some kind of external reward. We have been trained since childhood to tailor our behaviour for rewards - it made our caretakers lives easier when we would do so. In the doing so, however, we were trained to often ignore what our hearts truly wanted in exchange for what those around us needed us to be instead. Now in adulthood we often find that we still seek those external rewards but they fail to bring us the joy and satisfaction that they once did. Today Kate and Sherrie are talking giving yourself a gold star for exploring what you want and need rather than the external rewards you strive for but seem to never satisfy. If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or Sherrie! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and Sherrie offers coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. To book your own session with Sherrie or Kate, you can book directly with Kate here: https://gumbootsbythesea.com/healing-session/ Or reach out to Sherrie at sherrie@creativeandvibrantliving.com to talk about coaching or joining her oily writer team! If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the Creative &Vibrant Living Retreat and get the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self! https://creative-mermaids-creative-vibrant-living-academy.thinkific.com/courses/creative-vibrant-living-virtual-retreat
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November 27, 2018
Season 3 Time For You! Episode 1: Self Care While Still Showing Up In The World
Season 3 is here! And it is all about Time For You! In this episode Kate and Sherrie look at that ever maddening balancing act, how to know when you need to stop and rest and how to know if you are acting out in self sabatoge! It is often a hard line walk and very difficult to determine if you are "slacking off" or giving yourself a much needed rest. Or we feel guilty about the things that rejuviante us! If you ever wondered how to know which one it is, listen to today's episode! If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or Sherrie! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and Sherrie offers coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. To book your own session with Sherrie or Kate reach out to Sherrie at sherrie@creativeandvibrantliving.com and book direct with Kate here: https://gumbootsbythesea.com/healing-session/ If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the retreat and the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self! https://creative-mermaids-creative-vibrant-living-academy.thinkific.com/courses/creative-vibrant-living-virtual-retreat
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November 21, 2018
Interlude 3: Kate's Healing Session With Sherrie
Sherrie takes Kate on her own healing journey based upon The Celtic Book of the Dead: A Guide for Your Voyage to the Celtic Otherworld by Caitlín Matthews but using it with Brian Froud’s Fairy Oracle Deck. Using the framework of stories to build upon your healing journey (and your writer one!) is one of Sherrie’s passions, and Kate was kind enough to volunteer for this first session with Sherrie! To book your own session with Sherrie or Kate reach out to Sherrie at sherrie@creativeandvibrantliving.com and book direct with Kate here: https://gumbootsbythesea.com/healing-session/ If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or myself! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and I offer mentoring and coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the retreat and the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self! https://creative-mermaids-creative-vibrant-living-academy.thinkific.com/courses/creative-vibrant-living-virtual-retreat Check out the book and cards here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1742138.The_Celtic_Book_of_the_Dead https://www.amazon.com/Faeries-Oracle-Brian-Froud/dp/0743201116
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November 14, 2018
Interlude 2: A healing Session With Kate
Our last 2 interludes are a real treat! First a healing session with Kate and then one with Sherrie! We wanted to take our listeners on an insiders tour of what it is to have a session with each of us - and yet we are both aware that our sessions are something private. We hold a contained space that is sacred and meant for those directly involved only. And then we realized. We could do the sessions before the episode and then jump on right afterward to share our thoughts and feelings in the immediate healing afterglow! Kate's session with Sherrie was nothing short of magic and if you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own session do listen to this episode! And you can book a session with Kate right here https://gumbootsbythesea.com/healing-session/
25:08
November 7, 2018
Season 3 Interlude 1: Pursuing Your Passion To Write In Face Of All Fears
Today our beloved Kate is fulfilling her birthing partner duties but I still loved speaking with Mariëlle as this went beyond the usual “ra ra write interview”. Mariëlle knows the power of going deep and sitting with what issues and conflicts present themselves to you on your struggle to go from thinking about writing, to writing and then actually publishing. During the interview we talk not just about the fears of leaving a job to become a writer, but an even bigger more insidious situation, what about when you like your job and you are even good at it, but it doesn't light you up the way being an author does? This is a must listen for anyone who has ever thought about being a writer but their fears are blocking their way to their dreams! Mariëlle S. Smith is a writer, editor, and writing coach who believes in the absolute healing power of storytelling. Years of working with both fiction and nonfiction writers have taught her that most writers have similar struggles, but how these struggles play out in their day-to-day lives differs dramatically from one person to the next. Her upcoming 3-month 1:1 Coaching for Writers Programme is geared towards those writers who are ready to figure out once and for all what keeps them from writing. During the Programme, we’ll take a close look at where you are in the process, how you ended up there, and where you want to be, taking into account your daily life and what roles you have to play throughout the day. We’ll discuss and break down your needs, struggles, and goals, and reflect on your progress to create a solid game plan and writing habit that is attuned to your personal circumstances and will keep you going long after the programme ends, using: * Weekly writing deadlines * Biweekly conference calls (8 in total) * Biweekly email check-ins (7 in total) * Worksheets to dig deep * Personalised journal and/or writing prompts The above is included in the Bronze option. For those who want just that little more from the Programme, there’s also the Silver option, which includes 3 hours of editing, and the Gold option, which includes 5 hours of editing and a 2-hour brainstorm about your project. Are you ready to finally take yourself seriously as a writer? Enrolment is open to 12 November, 2018. The Programme starts between 5 and 18 November, depending on which date works best for you. Is part of you saying ‘Yes!’ while the other part is still on the fence? Send an email to marielle@mswordsmith.nl to schedule a free, no-strings-attached 30-minute call to find out more about the programme and whether Mariëlle is the right coach for you.
50:34
October 30, 2018
Root To Rise: Grounding Our Energy & Coming Into Self
We are finishing season 2 of BeLiving in Self with an episode on how important it is to root into our energy to come back into self. Deep roots allow for you to reach for the sky without falling over. We also talk about the experience of putting the Creative & Vibrant Virtual Retreat together & the lessons learned from just starting. Finally, we go deeper into what happens under the surface and why we quit too soon far too often. If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or myself! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and Sherrie offers mentoring and coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the retreat and the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self! https://creative-mermaids-creative-vibrant-living-academy.thinkific.com/courses/creative-vibrant-living-virtual-retreat
25:25
October 24, 2018
Energetic Upgrades
On this episode, we are talking law of attraction and energetic upgrades! Everyone imagines that mindset changes and abundant living are like a switch that we flip. Then when we find ourselves stalling our not calling in the abundance we expected we fall into the blame game. Which is what really stalls our calling in abundance! Kate and Sherrie go into the blocks of energetic upgrades and how to go deeper so that we can start calling in the abundance we all deserve, asking you to start from where you are and align your outer world with your inner one! If you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or Sherrie! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and Sherrie offers mentoring and coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the retreat and the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self! https://creative-mermaids-creative-vibrant-living-academy.thinkific.com/courses/creative-vibrant-living-virtual-retreat
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October 16, 2018
Accepting The Now While Working Towards A Goal
This one is a windy episode! And perhaps that reflects so many of our inner experiences around the topic: How to accept the now while we work towards an outside goal! It is tumultuous and full of conflicting advice. Our advice to you is to trust yourself and spirit! So often we allow our brains to kill us while trying to keep us alive! Playing small or throwing ourselves full speed ahead without ever checking in to see if the path we are on is in the fact the one our soul is calling us through and towards. This week we talk about how we both tackle our ego on our own paths! And if you are ready to stop putting your life on hold and make the plunge to start living your life to the fullest, talk to Kate or myself! Kate offers moon mentoring and healing sessions and I offer mentoring and coaching to get you writing and living the life you deserve rather than the one you accept. And both of our sessions are included in the free trial of the Creative & Vibrant Living Virtual Retreat. If you are ready to stop putting your creativity last then get the retreat and the tools to start building your creative life & the process of returning to self!
32:52
October 9, 2018
The Guts To Create
Following up our conversation from last week’s episode we dive deeper into what self-acceptance takes and why we shouldn't be afraid of the murkier waters that accompany deeper dives! It takes guts to create something - ask any mother! Labor is not a pretty sanitized experience, but the result is nothing short of a beautiful miracle. We have begun to sanitize our lives much to our detriment. When asked to wade into darker waters to go after the things we really want we hesitate. Far worse, we think that the fact that the water is dark means we are not meant to have that wish we so desperately desire. This episode is to tell you that what you want is on the other side of that dark, murky place. That it is through the blood and the muck that you face what you need to face: not to break you, but to make you stronger. It is there that you develop the guts to create - be it a book or the life you deserve. This week’s card was pulled from the Star Child Tarot deck by Danielle Noel.
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October 2, 2018
You Are Enough: Quit The Quest For Perfection & Embrace You!
Here is the thing wonderful creative spirit: accept the messy middle phase, stop fighting that time in the cocoon, stop judging your real life to someone else's social media feed! We all have good days and bad days, for that matter good YEARS and bad years. Life was never meant to be static! Today on the show we talk about this rollercoaster called life and assure you are ENOUGH! Right now, with a hot mess of a life or one to make your social media feed scream with envy, you are enough. The deck we spoke about and that we pulled our card from: Love Your Inner Goddess Cards: An Oracle to Express your Divine Feminine Spirit Cards – by Alana Fairchild & Lisa Ferrante https://www.amazon.com/Love-Your-Inner-Goddess-Cards/dp/0738757608
22:30
September 25, 2018
Taking The Lid Off!
This week’s podcast is all about taking the lid off! In more ways than one! Being unapologetic, showing up as ourselves, embracing our light and shining hard to be that lighthouse! We have some kids opening this week’s podcast and they helped to highlight the lessons we wanted to talk about this week! Mainly, to encourage us to embrace what being a child means and to unlearn some of the lessons we ourselves were taught (often with love) as children. They also brought about a lesson in the moment about embracing and letting go, when Sherrie’s daughter dropped the lid of her favourite mermaid bottle into the ocean. We kept on recording, embracing everything spirit had to teach us in that moment, as well as to drive home we need to take the lid off, BOTH in showing our messy sides for others to see as well as taking that cap off of our gratitude!
25:14
September 18, 2018
S2 E2: Knowing When To Act: Mama Intuition & Self Love
Kate & Sherrie are talking mother intuition and tuning in to know when to act and when to stay put, all in the name of self-love and living within spirit. It can often be difficult to know if you are acting from a place of fear or a place of knowing. Are our fears founded or are we letting them overrule us in our quest for a full and vibrant life where the universe has your back? We also go into “JUSTing” ourselves and how important it is to stop letting the ego take control & Kate shares a tool on how to stop justifying and downplaying our gifts. A must listen for anyone who has ever wondered "is this fear telling me not ever, or is it my intuition telling me not now."
30:26
September 11, 2018
Season 2 BeLiving In Self Episode 1: Rituals for Self Care & Returning To Self
Both Kate & Sherrie know what it is like to drown in motherhood. It can feel so good and yet you wake up wondering how things got so bad. This episode was inspired by our talk with Tarah Abrams when Kate spoke about how her daily 15 minutes meditation brought her back to self. In particular, it was the comment that her husband got his wife back that made goosebumps rise on Sherrie’s arms. Because that is exactly what happened to Sherrie and so many other mothers. We lose ourselves in the wonder of motherhood, forgetting that it is just a facet of our multifaceted lives and who we are. Rituals can bring you back to self. It helps you set those boundaries for self care and start following that thread back to self.
32:46
September 4, 2018
Interlude 3: Our Chat With Tarah Abram Of Juicy Living
The third and final interlude between season 1 & 2 of Creative Spirits has a very special guest! Tarah Abrams of Juicy Living By Design. Tarah is an author, essential oils advocate, meditation teacher and photographer who also works in interior design. She is also a mama to twin girls and a son. How does she do it all? Tarah says that “meditation and mindfulness practices also became a part of my life, I believe in the power and impact these tools have on our well-being, so much so, I again, went back to school so I could learn and share the science and philosophy behind these practices. As moms I feel we are always looking for a sense of balance and a way to bring more ease and flow into each day, and that we all deserve to live our best juiciest lifestyle however that looks to each of us!” So join us today for a conversation about meditation, mindfulness, knowing when you are on the right path and writing books! Find more about Tarah here: https://www.juicylivingbydesign.com
36:10
August 28, 2018
Interlude 2: Sherrie talks Pen Names & Lynn Francis
In this second interlude episode Kate and Sherrie talk about Sherrie's latest release; the short story The Kitsune Wife, part of her Samurai series under the name of Lynn Francis. Sherrie talks about giving herself the permission to finally publish her work, why she needed the pen name to be able to have the permission to move forward and hit publish in the first place, and why just writing and releasing is the most freeing gift you can give your creative self. Both Sherrie’s, Kate’s and Lynn Francis’s are available on Amazon!
25:51
August 21, 2018
Season Interlude -Kate Darnell Presents Poems To A Wild Gypsy Spirit: A Dance With The Divine
Today’s podcast is a very special episode! Kate launches her second book Poems to A Wild Gypsy Spirit. As always, this podcast is not just the launching of this book into the world. We explore not only the book (Kate reads three poems that she picked for the podcast that were divinely inspired beforehand), but we also go deep into the process of publishing a book. Not just the practical work of getting the book out there, but that juicy and so scary place that is the process of being brave enough to say goodbye to ego and stepping out to put your work out there in the world. Raw and honest as always, this episode is a must listen for anyone who is called to put their work out there and yet is unable to step into their power and claim writer. And you may just find some new favorite poems to inspire you on your journey!
36:04
August 14, 2018
Episode 8 -Comparisonitis
We have all been there. Just as it is hard sometimes to stop the Bigger Faster More ego train, it can be hard to stop the comparision game. No matter how intent we are on staying in our lane, our eyes stray and we start to believe someone else has it easier, better or just has plain more. And who can blame us! In this world of social media it is no longer just celebrities we oggle and wonder how they do it as we dream of ourselves in their lives. Suddenly EVERYONE seems to have it better and easier than you. (Just one carefully cropped and the perfect filter applied away). Today Kate and Sherrie conclude season 1 of Creative Spirits with a candid talk about not just what it takes to go out and have the life of your dreams (spoiler alert: a lot of making your own luck and refusing to accept defeat!) but also the importance of recognizing that there is always a human behind the presented life.
34:26
August 9, 2018
Episode 7 -Allowing In Faith & Working With Spirit
This episode is all about the big F. FEAR. Which may explain why it begins with Kate & Sherrie in hysterical laughter. In this episode we walk our talk. You can not be a human being and not experience fear. It comes in all shapes and sizes, it lies to us about how it just wants to keep us safe and protected, and even lies about the nature of itself. This episode almost never happened. And when it finally did we lost it halfway through. And we had to go back and do it again. (See hysterical laughter). Part of both us fought it. And then we realized, this is the messy middle. This is the part where you wonder if you should just give up because nothing is working. And then you look fear in the face and you do it anyway. And you come out with something better. So whatever fear you are feeling at this moment, join us for a conversation on the nature of fear in your life and as a creative, how to deal with it, and to show up as your glorious imperfect you.
23:58
August 9, 2018
Episode 6 - Opening Up To Your Voice & Strengthening Your Throat Chakra
After Episode five's talk about boundaries Episode 6 could only have been about one topic: strengthening your throat chakra so you could find and use your voice! Boundaries are so important, but to be able to speak up for what you need and set them in place you need to have an open and strong throat chakra. Today Kate and Sherrie are talking about how to ask for what you need and empower your voice!
29:52
August 9, 2018
Episode 5 -Boundaries for Creativity and Spiritual Connection
How do we have it all? A thriving creative practice and healthy relationships with friends and loved ones? it all starts with boundaries and enforcing them. What often starts out as something that feels difficult and even counterproductive, often ends up being the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others! In this week's episode Kate and Sherrie talk about setting up boundaries, how to recognize when we don't have them in place or are even unsure if we deserve to impose our needs on others. When in fact boundaries are very much the opposite. We are telling others what we need so that they can see if they are in alignment with us or not. Book mentioned in this week's show: If The Buddha Married https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/302171.If_the_Buddha_Married
30:45
August 9, 2018
Episode 4 - Life Changing Magic of Living with Intention
With a new moon just 2 days as of publication (coming up July 12th 2018!) Kate and Sherrie talk intentions, new moon rituals and going after your goals without burning yourself out. In the Creative Mermaids courses and coaching (of which Kate is a member!) Sherrie often talks about goal setting, regular check ins and intention setting. Kate also offers intention setting support using the moon in the GBTS: Moon Magic Community, set intentions at the New Moon and Check In at the Full Moon, in a live, online, spiritual supportive group. In this episode in honor the of the New Moon with a Solar Eclipse in Cancer, we wanted to talk about the importance of living life with intention. This is all about you creating your map for creativity, your business and your professional and personal life.
31:49
August 9, 2018
Episode 3 - Gratitude to Catapult us!
Too often we use gratitude to cap us instead of catapult us. Today we're talking gratitude practice as in "Thank you universe! More please!"
30:02
August 9, 2018
Episode 2 -The Regular & Spiritual Practice Of Words To Wisdom
Welcome back to episode 2 and this one is all about the regular and spiritual practice of turning our wounds into wisdom. Learning to lean in and surrender to spirit can be one of the greatest gifts our spiritual practice can give us. The Messy Middle is something that Sherrie has often worked with in the Creative Mermaids ( read all about it in the September 2017 issue of Badassery http://badasserymag.com/september-2017/) and through it she discovered the importance of a regular spiritual practice in getting through the dissolved goo of the cocoon phase. In this episode we go further in to not just the acceptance of the messy middle but also its importance in the cycles of life. Part of the wounds to wisdom growth is working through the shit and pain of our life not as a deterrent to, but rather an essential component of, becoming a woman
24:45
August 9, 2018
Introduction
Kate and Sherrie met in level 1 of Harness Your Healing Brilliance by Sarah K Jones and had their relationship cemented in level 2. Both were mothers who realized they were burning their candles on both ends. Drawn by shadow integration, rising above the wounded healer archetype and striving for a life that embraced cycles that honored the light and the dark, Kate and Sherrie decided to start this podcast to share their experience in the hope to inspire others to invite spirit in and to embrace their wild messy life and selves. This podcast is as real and messy as us! So grab a cup of tea (or coffee), start your diffuser and prepare for honest talk on the journey from wounds to wisdom!
23:30
August 9, 2018
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