Hi and welcome back to another week on the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Today I’m going to be sharing about some great podcasts for creative’s. As a creative, you are using your imagination to come up with original ideas all the time. My friend Brandon Mikel Paul (his Artist Interview is here), says that “creativity is like a tank, you have to spend time filling it”. I agree wholeheartedly, and how I fill my creative tank, will be different to how you fill yours. But maybe, just maybe, sometimes we fill our tanks the same way. With today’s blog post, I’m hoping that’s the case…
I use podcasts to help fill my creative tank. I love them, whenever I’m creating, drawing, driving or surfing the internet, I have a podcast going. Whether it be how to do something or understanding someone else’s way of life, podcasts are the best way I’ve found to learn new things and expand my thinking. I love learning so much… one day I’ll try to put into words just how much I love learning, but for now, just know that I do!
I’m going to try to break these podcasts down a bit for you today though. I thought I’d try to put them into categories, this way, if you’re looking for podcasts on spiritual growth, you can try these, or if you’re after story telling, you can try these etc. You know, the Lord can work through anything, I believe He can work through these podcasts, they will open you up to a new way of looking at things which is really integral to growing spiritually and creatively as an artist, and ultimately, they will help fill your creative tank.
So in no particular order, let’s get into it.
BUILDING A CREATIVE BUSINESS
- The Boss Girl Creative Podcast: This podcast is hosted by Taylor Bradford and it’s all about running a creative business online. Taylor shares about blogging, marketing and running a successful website. She also has a series called “Nitty Gritty” in which she interviews other boss girls, which I’ve found very encouraging.
- The Influencer Podcast: This podcast is hosted by Julie Solomon and as the name says, its all about influencer’s. Julie gets down deep into what makes someone a great influencer, and she does this through interviewing. The interviews reveal how today’s influencer’s engage, persuade and grow their following through being the best version of themselves. It’s inspiring and it opens you up to new ways of thinking.
- The Accidental Creative Podcast: This podcast is hosted by Todd Henry and I’ve been listening to it for years. Todd has a passion for empowering artists and creative’s through sharing practical advice and tips on how to thrive. He is very hands on, providing advice that you can go away and put into practice immediately.
- The Art Marketing Podcast: This is the podcast I wish I had found earlier! The advice that’s packed into every episode is priceless. Their goal is to help you sell art online and to generate consistent monthly sales. Now tell me, what artist doesn’t need that sort of advice?
- The Stevie Says Social Podcast: This is a new podcast hosted by Stevie Dillon and it focuses on social media marketing. If you need help on how to lift your social media game for your creative business, Stevie has some great advice.
- The Ear Hustle Podcast: Let me put this out there first up, this is my favourite podcast! Ear Hustle is into it’s second season and it’s been highly acclaimed. The podcast is hosted by Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, two men currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. Nigel Poor, a visual artist who volunteers at the prison, joins them. They are sharing stories about prison life by those prisoners living it, so there is some course language. It’s groundbreaking in many ways, and it really opens you up to a whole other world that’s the day to day for so many.
- The School of Greatness Podcast: This podcast is hosted by Lewis Howes, a former Olympian and professional athlete who suffered a career ending injury, that in his words “shattered my identity. I didn’t know who I was without sports.” He has gone on to create one of the Top 100 podcasts on iTunes, where he shares inspiring stories from some of the most brilliant minds, world class athletes and celebrities. He does so to encourage you and to inspire you with what makes people great.
- The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast: This Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey and to be honest, I too’d and fro’d about whether or not to put this into the Spiritual Growth category too. Jamie interviews other christian women and shares their stories. She focuses on faith, parenting, marriage, and everything in between. These stories are powerful, they’ll make you laugh and cry, but more importantly they’ll prompt you to reflect on your own life and faith journey. I’m so devoted to this podcast, it’s just beautiful.
- Journeywomen Podcast: This podcast is hosted by Hunter Beless, it’s one of my most recent finds and I’m loving it! Their podcast blurb says, “Life is a journey that we were never meant to walk alone.” Each week they chat with “mentors about gracefully navigating the seasons and challenges we face on our journeys to glorify God.” My word to describe this podcast is nourishing! It’s such good spiritual food.
- Catalyst Podcast: This podcast has been around for ages. It’s mission is short and sweet, Catalyst is for leaders who love the Church. I find it’s content challenging, uplifting and thought provoking.
- The Practical Christian Podcast: This podcast is hosted by Travis Albritton and he likens his podcast to a homegroup bible study. It’s intimate. He has a way of explaining things in such a simple way that anyone can understand, I guess you’d say he’s kinda practical! I also love that his podcasts are around 10 mins long, so they are the kind of podcast you can fit into your day at some time or another.
- The Brian Houston Leadership Podcast: Brian Houston has such a heart for growing others spiritually. He says, “I believe in the potential of people.” He really does, his podcasts are so encouraging and uplifting, and after listening to his podcasts, you feel like you can achieve anything. His podcast is so empowering!
- The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast: I love this podcast. Let me say it again, I love this podcast! It has been eye opening and probably the most revelationary podcast I listen to. Craig has such a concise way of teaching that enables learning, he really is an expert communicator. I find myself wanting to take notes when I listen to his podcasts as he is imparting so much good stuff! He is a gifted leader who has a heart to raise up other leaders, and I wish I had of found his podcasts sooner.
- The Nestled Podcast by Post Nest Designs: This is the podcast I need at the moment. I am not someone who finds entertaining or hospitality easy, as I’m a very private person, but this podcast really speaks to that. April and Bayleigh are two friends, who are neighbours, and they interview other women who also have a passion for making people feel comfortable in their homes. They talk about what makes people feel nestled in a home, and I love how they invoke deeper reflection on hospitality.
And that’s where I’ll leave it. Do you know that you wouldn’t be reading this blog if it weren’t for some of these podcasts? I tribute the creation of the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog to some of these podcasts, as they have shaped me considerably. They have helped to widen my realm of possibility, provoking me to think and dream big. I believe that nothing is impossible with the Lord, so no dream is ever too big.
The next time you create, put your headphones on and tune in to one of these great podcasts. Be alert though, for a gentle whisper as it prompts, as it stirs and urges you to do something or to try something. When you hear it, be obedient. In 1 Kings 19:11-13 there’s an account about the Lord coming to Elijah in a gentle whisper. Here’s what it says:
11“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I know in the past, I have expected to hear from the Lord in big ways. I’ve expected Him to come to me with bells and whistles on, that I’d be left with no doubt that it was Him I had heard from. But these verses in 1 Kings say something else, it says He comes in a gentle whisper. How easy it is to miss hearing Him. It’s so vital that we remain alert, listening for His voice as He leads. He really is the best creative tank filler!
So I hope you’ve found a podcast or two to add to your playlist. I am soooo keen to hear about new podcast recommendations, so if you have a podcast you love,that you think I’d love, leave me a comment or a link to where I can find it. The next time I’m creating, I will put it on. In the meantime, let me tell you a little secret…. if you want the heads up on things before the rest of the world, if you’re after the latest news, shop discounts and the odd freebie or two, you’ve gotta sign up to my email list. It’s the monthly email you don’t want to miss.
Until next week, connect with the Creator, let Him inspire you. His magnificence and beauty is everywhere, even in art and craft.