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Stepping Off Now: For Creative & Sensitive Thinkers
Stepping Off Now: For Creative & Sensitive Thinkers
Kendra Patterson

Stepping Off Now is a podcast for creative and sensitive thinkers. If you're feeling creatively stuck, burned out, or like you're not... more

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E133. Connecting With Your Greater Purpose for Your Art

In these final difficult months of getting my novel ready for agent submissions, thinking about my art's greater purpose is... more

24 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
E132. Maintaining a Creative Practice Under Conditions of High Stress

When life gets messy, it's tempting to put our creative work aside until we have the space and energy for... more

10 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
E131. Developing Your Artistic Voice

Sorry for the lateness of this episode, I'm dealing with some very noisy construction at my house that is interfering... more

27 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
E130. The Deadline Experiment

What happens when someone who hates deadlines decides to try one out? Listen to hear all about my recent experience... more

06 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
E129. How Not to Get Stuck in the Doldrums of Almost Done

Why is it that after all the work you've put into your creative project you hit your biggest resistance when... more

22 Sep 2023 · 46 minutes
E128. (Final) Summer Updates + Upcoming Programming

This is my final update on this strange summer that was full of change, growth, and pure panic, if I'm... more

08 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
E127. Summer Updates + Creative Breakthrough

I finally have some excellent news to share! I've had a creative breakthrough on my novel and am on track... more

18 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
E126. Summer Updates + Redefining My Creative Identity

This is a grab bag of an episode in which I tell a long and rambling story about what getting... more

28 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
E125. Summer Updates + Thoughts on Humbling Yourself to Art

In which I talk about how I'm working through my current writer's block and the importance of surrendering to the... more

07 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
E124. Some Changes Going Forward

In which I discuss some recent developments in my life and the steps I am taking to deal with the... more

16 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
E123. A Defense of the Lone Wolf

Many creatives and artists have a bit of the lone wolf in them. But generally speaking, being a lone wolf... more

09 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
E122. Three Kinds of Creative Boredom and How to Handle Them

What do you do when you lose steam with your creative projects or practice? Nothing will block you faster than... more

02 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes
E121. I Think I'm Done with Ambition

I've never been able to figure out if I'm a highly ambitious person or not ambitious enough. What I've settled... more

26 May 2023 · 28 minutes
E120. Embracing Messy Art in the Age of AI

Will AI-created art change the way we view art and our relationship with it as consumers and creators? I contemplate... more

05 May 2023 · 23 minutes
E119. Using Interruption Constructively in Life and Your Creative Practice

Following your intuition when you are being nudged off course is a vital creative skill, but many of us are... more

28 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
E118. Entropy as Art: Turning Pessimism and Negativity into Appreciation

Lately I've been struggling with a growing awareness of pessimism and negativity around me in the world. It seems we... more

21 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
E117. You Know What You Need To Do

When we get stuck in life we can easily find reasons why we can't make the changes we need to... more

14 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
E116. Catching Ladybugs (aka Cultivating Creative Inspiration)

Do you ever feel like you have lost your creative inspiration, or worse, that you don't have enough to begin... more

07 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
E115. What Science Says About Creativity and Mental Illness (bonus cut)

It's a common assumption that highly creative people are more prone to mental illness. Van Gogh is perhaps one of... more

31 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
E114. Casting Yourself in Your Role

I recently saw a play called Women Playing Hamlet (by William Missouri Downs) that explores the idea of playing roles... more

24 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
E113. Three Types of Creative Risk and How to Take Them

Creatives are often told they need to take risks in order to reach their full potential, but what does that... more

17 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
E112. The Future of Art: A Discussion about AI and Creativity

There is no question that we are now in the era of AI, and everyone is talking about what AI-generated... more

03 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
E111. Has Magic Abandoned You?

Why does the magic disappear from our lives as we grow up and mature, and how can we get it... more

24 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
E110. The Impossible Dream (Birthday Weekend Re-Release)

For my birthday weekend I decided to re-release one of my favorite previous episodes as a way of giving myself... more

17 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
E109. A New Way of Understanding Done with Creative Projects

How do we know when we've finished a creative project? Sometimes we know because we have deadlines or explicit, concrete... more

10 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
E108. The Anatomy of Creative Breakthroughs

Creative breakthroughs can't be ordered up like a menu item, but there are things you can do to facilitate them.... more

03 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
E107. Playing the Long Game: Inspirational Hollywood Stories

Recently a number of comeback stories have emerged from Hollywood, and in this episode I talk about four that have... more

27 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
E106. The Sneak-Attack Motivation Killer

In this episode I discuss how to deal with a motivation killer that can take you by surprise, because it's... more

20 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
E105. Dealing With Lack of Clarity in the Creative Experience

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try to find clarity around your art and what you're... more

13 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
E104. Why Do We Feel Nervous When Things Are Going Well?

Have you ever noticed that you get anxious when things are going well? It feels like we're always waiting for... more

06 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
E103. Special Release: Aron vs. Dabrowski on Being Highly Sensitive

In December I release some of my previously recorded Patreon bonus episodes as a treat for myself and my listeners.... more

30 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
E102. Holiday Help: Dealing With Holiday & End-of-the-Year Blues

Stressed out or feeling lonely this holiday season? Angsty about yet another year gone and little progress to show for... more

23 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
E101. Special Release: Eastern vs. Western Storytelling Structures

This week I'm releasing one of my Patreon bonus episodes as part of my December special content! I discuss the... more

16 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
E100. Interview! Lindsay Getz on Combining Art & Spirituality

Lindsay is a thirty-eight year old creative, artist, medium and mother of two young boys, living in Burlington, VT. After... more

09 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
E99. Creative Courage Starts Small

We usually think of courage as associated with taking big actions and big risks for that big payoff. That's certainly... more

02 Dec 2022 · 31 minutes
Let the Holidays Begin + Thoughts on Social Media

Last year I inaugurated a tradition of taking Thanksgiving week off from podcasting, but I forgot to announce that last... more

25 Nov 2022 · 6 minutes
E98. Two Perspectives on Art as Healing

We all know that engaging with art, either as a creator or a consumer, can be healing, but what does... more

18 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
E97. Art vs. Entertainment: What's the Difference?

As I continue on my creative journey of revising my novel, I'm intentionally editing with the perspective of making it... more

11 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
E96. Why I Don't Try to Get Over Shit Anymore (and what I do instead)

If you are an HSP, INFJ, INFP, or other type of gentle/sensitive soul, you have probably had people respond to... more

04 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
E95. An Analysis of Elia Kazan's Actor's Vow (It's not just for actors!)

When I came across director/producer/actor/writer Elia Kazan's Actor's Vow a few months ago, I couldn't believe what I was reading.... more

28 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
E94. Midlife "Crisis" My Ass

There's no question midlife brings with it both surprises and challenges...but does the change we go through in this period... more

21 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
E93. Balancing Routine and Change in the Creative Life

One of the most challenging things for creatives and artists to learn is how to maintain a strong creative practice,... more

14 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
E92. How to Handle Creative Boredom

Every creative will encounter boredom with their work and life at some point, and it can wreak havoc on our... more

07 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
Hurricane Coming Through

We have a hurricane coming to Florida, so I'm taking this week off from producing a podcast episode to give... more

28 Sep 2022 · 1 minute
E91. How and Why Does Creativity Make Us Happy?

Last week I looked at how suffering relates to creativity. This week I discuss how creativity can improve our lives!... more

23 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
E90. Do You Have to Suffer to Create Good Art? Kind Of, but Also Not Really

I've had clients say to me that they feel they can't be "real" artists because they don't suffer enough. They... more

16 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
E89. Mind-Wandering and the Default Mode Network's Role in Creativity

I thought it was time to revisit mind-wandering and daydreaming and their role in creativity. In this episode I delve... more

09 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
E88. Getting Through the Void Stage of the Creative Process

Has this happened to you? You're on a roll with your creative project, getting stuff done, you feel enthusiastic and... more

02 Sep 2022 · 41 minutes
E87. My 2022 Update on Creative Entrepreneurship and Earning a Living as an Artist

This is my yearly episode on trying to earn a living as a working creative, where I talk about all... more

26 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
E86. The Feedback Episode: When to Ask--and Not Ask!--For It and How to Deal With It

I have two main pieces of advice when it comes to asking for and dealing with feedback. First, you don't... more

19 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
E85. What to Do When Your Artistic Plan Changes + When to Seek Feedback

I recently underwent a major change in my plans for my novel due to some feedback I received, and in... more

12 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
E84. The Two Kinds of Hard Work and Which Is More Important for Creatives & Artists

The reason we creatives and artists fail to reach goals and achieve dreams is because we misunderstand what kind of... more

05 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
E83. Interview! Jill Patterson and I Discuss Her Big Cycling Win + Handling the Ups and Downs of the Unconventional Life

My sister is back! Jill Patterson, a competitive cyclist, is having a great year after experiencing a not-so-great one last... more

29 Jul 2022 · 1 hour,
E82. Reconciling the Tension Between Making Art and the Business of Art

If you've ever felt insecure or angry about the fact that putting your creative work out into the world often... more

22 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
E81. Do We Really Fear Success More Than Failure?

You've probably heard  somewhere along the way that what really holds us back is fear of success, not failure. I've... more

15 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
E80. How to Be Your Own Biggest Fan (And Why It Matters for Creatives & Artists)

In the creative life you must learn to be your own biggest fan: that's what's required to come through the... more

01 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
E79. What the Heck Does "Trust the Process" Mean, Anyway?

You've probably heard it before, this admonition to trust the process. It's one of those things that's easy to say,... more

24 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
E78: Something New! An Exercise to Help You Find More Fulfillment AND Reach Goals

In this episode I'm experimenting with something new: I've devised an exercise to help you figure out how to enjoy... more

17 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
E77. A Summer Update + Challenge

Summer is a special time, and it calls for some special activities. In this episode I discuss why and how... more

10 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
E76. Recognizing the Damage Formal Schooling Does to Creativity

Our societal systems, including the public school system, are built to counteract subversive forces such as (too much) intellectual curiosity... more

03 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
E75. On Taking the Time You Need to Recover and Adjust

How much time should you take to rest and digest, recover from stress, and adjust to loss? As much time... more

27 May 2022 · 22 minutes
E74. When Change Comes

As I process the passing of my cat, Lucy, I contemplate why we so often fail to make the changes... more

20 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Interlude: My Cat Lucy

A little about my cat Lucy, who has reached the end of her life. 

13 May 2022 · 7 minutes
E73. What, Exactly, Is the Creative Life?

I used to think the creative life was only for "real" creatives or artists, the lucky few who are able... more

06 May 2022 · 22 minutes
E72. Why I Don't Seek Balance and What I Do Instead

Have you ever felt like you're living at a distance from your own life, not really immersed in it in... more

29 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
E71. Writing a Novel Without a Plan (The Intuitive Approach to Writing)

In this episode I tell you what writing my novel, The Gentle History, has looked like. I am an intuitive... more

22 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
E70. Interview! Pete Mosley Discusses Being Quiet and His Work as an Advocate for Quiet Inclusion

Pete is the Author of The Art of Shouting Quietly (2015) and A Quiet Person's Guide to Life+Work (due May... more

15 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
E69. How to Write an eBook: The Indefinitive Guide

I get meta in this episode by sharing about my creative practice of writing an ebook about creative practice. I... more

08 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
E68. Interview! Sophia van Hees Discusses Growing Up Shy in Australia and Her Life as an Artist

In this wide-ranging conversation, artist and fellow PhD Sophia van Hees and I parse the difference between terms such as... more

01 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
E67. Dealing With Writer's Block

Does writer's block exist? Yes it does. In this episode I challenge those who say it's not a real thing... more

25 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
E66. Becoming a Knight of Faith in Yourself

What do you do when the path ahead seems hopeless, and you feel resignation coming over you? I contemplate this... more

18 Mar 2022 · 20 minutes
E65. In Which I Read One of My Short Stories

I had a discouraging week, and so to cheer myself up I decided to give myself a break from doing... more

11 Mar 2022 · 37 minutes
E64. How to Judge the Value of Your Creative Work

It is notoriously difficult for creatives and artists to judge their own work. We cycle through extremes: one day we... more

04 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
E63. Let's Normalize Complex Feelings, Shall We?

I've never been the type of person who has one feeling about anything. As an Enneagram 4, I put equal... more

25 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
E62. Interview! Matthew Bellringer on Neurodiversity (ADHD & HSP) and Creativity

In this episode Matthew Bellringer and I flip the script on neurodiversity, exploring it from a generative and validating perspective.... more

18 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
E61. Life as a Continuous Intentional Return to the Self

Is being performative always bad? Not when it functions to give you a better understanding of your true nature. In... more

11 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
E60. The To-Do List Experiment

What happens when you've been living to-do list free and decide to make one? Listen to find out! You'll hear... more

04 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
E59. How I Manage My Depression Through Creative Practice

I sought out regular treatments for decades to help me manage my depression, and nothing worked until I finally decided... more

28 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
E58. Think You Need More Self-Discipline? You Probably Actually Need Less

Does this sound familiar? You start off a creative project full of enthusiasm, and in the beginning you're able to... more

21 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
E57. Interview! Frances Khalastchi on the Many Meanings and Uses of Art

Frances Khalastchi runs Better Bolder Braver (along with her partner Simon Batchelar), an online community for coaches that helps them... more

14 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Stepping Off Now: For Creative & Sensitive Thinkers
E57. Interview! Frances Khalastchi on the Many Meanings and Uses of Art
Stepping Off Now: For Creative & Sensitive Thinkers

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Frances Khalastchi runs Better Bolder Braver (along with her partner Simon Batchelar), an online community for coaches that helps them learn how... more