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Chasing Creative is all about how everyday people can make creativity a priority in their daily lives. We're talking to regular people who have insights and action steps you can take TODAY to make your creative plans happen. Whether you’re squeezing creative pursuits into your kids' naptimes or in the evening after working a 9-5, we're here to give you the inside scoop on how regular people are chasing creative.

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    S4 E10: Reading and Creativity

    This episode is all about books! We're chatting about how reading helps (and hinders) our creative lives, the books that have made an impact on our creativity, and the ups and downs of setting reading goals.

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    S4 E9: What Our Creative Spaces Look Like

    Every one of us dreams about having the perfect creative space: it’s got tons of natural light, elegantly potted plants, clear surfaces, and all of our tools within arm’s reach. This is far from reality for most of us, contrary to what Instagram would have you think. Ashley and Abbigail share what their real creative spaces look like, how they could make them better, and tips and tricks you may not have thought of to help you claim your creative space as your own and make it work for you instead of against you.

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    S4 E8: Celebrating Creative Wins

    Today's episode is all about creative wins: what we consider a win in our own lives, why it's so important to acknowledge our accomplishments (big and small), and our favorite ways to celebrate creative wins.

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    S4 E7: Creative Challenges

    It’s hard to work on your own creative projects. You have to find the time, the energy, and the motivation -- and those three rarely live on the same planet for most of us these days. One way to convince yourself -- or maybe trick yourself -- to prioritize your own work and make progress on your creative goals is to join a creative challenge. Ashley and Abbigail discuss the creative challenges that they are aware of, how they’ve helped them on their creative goals, and which ones they’d do again.

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    S4 E6: What We Turn to When Life Gets Full

    We all have our busy seasons in life, whether they're predictable or unexpected. No matter what’s happening in our lives, we still only get 24 hours in each day. In this episode, we’re talking about the tried-and-true resources that fill us up and don’t feel like a time-suck, even when life gets busy.

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    S4 E5: Sharing Your Creativity

    It’s a big topic in the creative world: sharing your work. It’s an issue that creatives of all ages and all experience levels can relate to. It’s scary to put your work out there, but hopefully our conversation in this episode will help you feel more comfortable sharing your creative self with the world.

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    S4 E4: How We Waste Extra Time

    We’ve all done it: said we had no time to get everything done, let alone do something creative. Sometimes, that’s true. And other times, we need to take a look at how we are actually spending those little moments throughout the day and ask ourselves if not having enough time is the issue, or if we are maybe just wasting a little more than we think. Ashley and Abbie fess up on what they spend their “extra” time on - and what they should be doing instead.

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    S4 E3: Seasons of Creativity - A Day in the Life with Abbigail

    We’re continuing to explore the intersection of creativity and daily life with a look at a day in Abbie’s life. Key takeaways include looking at your life as a rhythm rather than a rigid structure, the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, and remembering that we all go through seasons of ups and downs in our creative lives. Listen in to gain new insights and perspectives on your own creative life!

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    S4 E2: Juggling Creativity - A Day in the Life with Ashley

    In this episode, we’re jumping into a day in the life with Ashley as she juggles the urge to be creative with freelance work and being home all day with her two young kids. Key takeaways include starting the day with a peaceful morning and planning to make good use of your most unproductive time of the day. Listen in to gain new insights and perspectives on your own daily routine!

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    S4 E1 - Creative Conversations in Season 4

    Chasing Creative is back for season 4! Tune in to hear more about what we have planned for the upcoming season and find out what we’ve been up to in our creative lives lately.

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    S3 E7: Checking In On Our Creative Goals & What To Expect Next Season

    In our last episode of Season 3 of Chasing Creative, we chat about how our creative projects and goals are going for 2017, what work looks like for each of us, and what we’re going to be doing on our next break. Join us for the conversation!

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    S3 E6: Embracing Your Season of Creativity with Lisa Hensley

    We're chatting with Lisa Hensley about how she embraces her season of motherhood and makes space for creativity as she raises three (soon to be four!) boys. Lisa is the master at working within the life she's living rather than wishing she had more time to create. Listen in to hear her wisdom!

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    S3 E5: Balancing a Creative Job & Creative Hobbies with Sarah Fox

    We chatted with author and editor Sarah Fox about how she balances her day job (which is writing and editing) with her side hustle (which is also writing and editing...), how she gets in a writing groove, and the books she thinks you should read right now.

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    S3 E4: Getting to Work with Elise Blaha Cripe

    We're chatting with Elise Blaha Cripe about being creative throughout the different stages of life, taking breaks from your creative projects, and where she got the inspiration to create her Get to Work Book.

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    S3 E3: Balancing Creativity & Community with Rachel Dawson

    We're chatting with blogger Rachel Dawson on how to balance work creativity with personal creativity, how to find a happy medium with social media, and what she's reading lately (she reads more than just about anyone else we know!).

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    S3 E2: Literary Cooking with Nicole Gulotta

    We're chatting with blogger and writer Nicole Gulotta about her forthcoming literary cookbook, Eat This Poem. Join us to hear her tips on managing the writing life while supporting other authors (and, of course, cooking delicious food).

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    S3 E1: We're Back & Setting Creative Goals

    We're back for Season 3 of the Chasing Creative podcast! And we're chatting all about setting creative goals, practical tips we have for making creativity easy to slip into your daily life, and - of course! - the books we read on our break.

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    S2 E7: Being flexible during busy seasons

    Ashley & Abbigail here with our final episode of Season 2 of the Chasing Creative podcast! We're taking another little break after our mini-season, and in this season's finale we chat about why, how rolling with life's ups and downs is essential to the creative process, and when we're (hopefully) going to be back again with new episodes in Season 3.

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    S2 E6: Catching Up With Jenna & Josiah Hazel

    Jenna and Josiah are newlyweds, and one of the most creative couples I know. Jenna works from home as a self-employed photographer and blogger. Josiah works in graphic design and makes music as much as he can in his spare time. He finds selling other people’s stuff easier than selling his own. They recently moved to Denver… and then back again, and we wanted to catch up with them in their new home in Chicago! We last heard from them in episode 17 of season one, and they’ve made a few changes since then.

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    S2 E5: Catching up with Callie Feyen

    We first chatted with Callie Feyen in Episode 5 of Season 1. At the time, Callie was living near Washington, DC, and was teaching part-time, writing part-time, and being a mom all the time. Now she's moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is learning to balance writing with a full-time teaching job and a lengthy commute. Listen in to hear about her new creative projects (including TWO books!) and how she's making them happen. You can follow along with Callie at and on Twitter and Instagram as @CallieFeyen.

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    S2 E4: Catching Up With Bethany Grow

    We last heard from Bethany Grow in Episode 9 of Season 1, where she shared her dreams for opening her own ice cream business---and this last summer, she did! Learn what made her finally pull the trigger and start her own business, as well as the challenges and successes of her first summer selling ice cream. You can learn more about Bethany’s ice cream adventures and love of food at her personal blog,

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    S2 E3: Catching up with Aliza Latta

    The last time we chatted with Aliza Latta in episode 24 of Season 1 of Chasing Creative, she swore she was never, ever going to college. Well, she changed her mind and we were so excited to have her back on the podcast to discuss how she came to that decision and what her creative life looks like now that she’s back in class.

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    S2 E2: Catching up with Amy Lynne Hayes of The Global Creator

    We first met Amy in Episode 20 of Chasing Creative. Since then, she’s left her full-time job and is pursuing her next creative project: The Global Creator, a shop where designer goods and experiential luxury travel combine. Today we’re chatting about the perfect timing of starting her new business and what it’s been like to collaborate with so many other creatives. Be sure to check out The Global Creator at!

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    Season 2 Episode 1: We're Back!

    We’re back! We really, really enjoyed our break - and are also so excited to be back recording Chasing Creative again. In our Season Two intro, we share what we did over our summer vacation, how our creativity fared, and - of course! - what we read.

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    Episode 25: Creative Breaks with Ashley & Abbigail

    Join us in this last episode of Season 1 as we chat all about creative breaks, setting goals for yourself even during the slow seasons, and strategies for handling your online life when you're actively avoiding the online world. Whether you're a brand new listener or have been with us from the beginning, we can't thank you enough for joining us in the conversation here on Chasing Creative!

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    Episode 24: Choosing Your Own Creative Path with Aliza Latta

    Aliza Latta is a twenty-one-year-old writer, storyteller, artist, and hand letterer. She is a huge fan of both courage and ice cream, and we like how she thinks. We chatted with Aliza about her art, where she gathers her inspiration, why she chose not to go to college, and how choosing her own creative path has helped her find her passion.

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    Episode 23: Stumbling Upon Your Creative Passion with Sarah Woolworth

    Sarah Woolworth is the blogger behind Wisconsin from Scratch and a cofounder of Wisconsin Whisk, a collective of Wisconsin-based food bloggers. Sarah is a former engineer turned culinarian. We're excited to chat with her about finding her creative passion as an adult, starting a collective with other bloggers, managing a schedule filled with several creative projects and a young baby, and where she finds her cooking inspiration.

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    Episode 22: Choosing a Creative Life with Stephanie Hammer

    Stephanie is a freelance graphic designer with a passion for all things creative. Since graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015, she’s worked for numerous businesses, bloggers, and other creatives, bringing brands and web designs to life, and has even freelanced for dream clients like Target. On weekends you can find her with her cameras, and while she loves design, her true loves in life are her family and stuffed-crust pizza. She believes that creativity is essential for living a full life and that everyone is creative - and we agree. We couldn’t wait to speak with Steph about being a work at home mom, choosing graphic design over radiology, and being married to someone just as creative as she is.

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    Episode 21: Intentional Creativity with Erica Layne

    Erica Layne is the mom of three behind Let Why Lead, a place for purposeful women. Listen in as we chat with her about finding your why as a creative, living by your values, and being intentional about self-care and wellness.

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    Episode 20: Being a Global Creator with Amy Lynne Hayes

    Amy has played with wearing many hats over the years - artist, designer, blogger, freelance journalist. But at the root of all of this lies two things: a passion for travel and a creative, free-spirited soul. She now combines all of the above as the creative director for a luxury travel company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with 43 additional offices in 34 countries around the world. We chatted with Amy about how she makes travel a priority, what it’s like to run an Instagram hashtag that stretches around the world, and how the building blocks of her career led her to a dream job.

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    Episode 19: Creating vs. Consuming with Jenny Bravo

    Jenny Bravo is the self-published author of These Are the Moments and the blogger behind Blots and Plots, a motivational blog for readers and writers. We're chatting with Jenny about being intentional with your time, balancing creation with consumption, building the dreaded author platform, and crappy first drafts.

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    Episode 18: Finding Creativity in Loss with Amber Thomas

    Amber Thomas of Mr. Thomas and Me is one of our internet favorites. She’s genuine, geared for engagement, and so, so smart. We chatted with Amber about all the projects she has going (hint: it’s a lot of awesome), how her creativity changed as she experienced the loss of her father to dementia, and how she uses the internet in ways that keep her inspired.

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    Episode 17: Taking Creative Leaps with Josiah and Jenna Hazel

    Josiah and Jenna are newlyweds navigating the waters of making space for creative projects and taking big creative leaps. Josiah works in marketing by day and makes music by night while Jenna is a full-time creative as a self-employed photographer and blogger. Together, they recently released their first debut album for their band, Settling Houses. Join us as we chat about finding space in the margins for creative work, tackling a big creative project together, taking leaps of faith in your creativity, and dealing with the awkwardness of self-promotion.

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    Episode 16: Getting Gutsy With Your Creativity with Jessica Lawlor

    Today we are chatting with Jessica Lawlor. Jess is a communications professional, writer, personal branding expert and speaker in the Philadelphia area. After six years in the corporate PR world, Jessica left her job this spring to run her own communications agency, blog, and brand, and to teach yoga. We chat about her time management now that she is self-employed and how yoga brought new inspiration to her life.

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    Episode 15: Being a Creative Couple with Josh and Stasia Haroldson

    We're chatting with creative couple and hosts of the Our First Drink podcast Josh and Stasia Haroldson about what it looks like to be in a creative partnership with your spouse. Join us as we talk about the relationship dynamic that comes from working on a shared project, tips for any creative collaboration, and being yourself on social media.

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    Episode 14: Quitting a Dream Job for a Day Job with Nikki Tran

    Nikki Tran is a photographer, painter, pianist and puppy-mom to a Yorkipoo named Rusty. Over the last several years she has built a business as a talented wedding photographer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Now, she’s decided to give up what some people would think is a dream job to return to a 9-5 life. Listen in as she describes what her motivating factors are, and how she plans to make room for her creativity in this transition.

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    Episode 13: Tools to Manage Your Creative Life

    In this solo episode, Abbigail and Ashley are taking you behind the scenes of our own creative lives. Learn about the tools we use to manage our creative projects, our favorite ways to outsource mundane tasks, what our daily routines look like, and how we define creative success.

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    Episode 12: Make A Mini Creative Retreat with Jennie Moraitis

    Jennie Moraitis from Little Girl Designs started college as a music major… and then ended up working at engineering firms all across the U.S. It’s a little less of a traditional route than we hear on Chasing Creative, and it was such a joy to hear how she re-introduced creativity in her life, how she got started blogging about creativity, and how she makes time for it in her everyday life. She shares with us her theory of “procrastinating joy”---and how she created the project #2030Make to help us all conquer it.

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    Episode 11: Finding Happiness in Creativity with Morgan Swank

    Morgan Swank is a freelance fashion illustrator: how cool is that? We loved chatting with Morgan about how she chose to do what she loved even when it was a little scary, how she finds balance between making and creating, and how to stay yourself on social media. For all of you introverts out there, she also talks about the struggle to balance the desire to be alone in order to nurture creativity, with not being too disconnected from people that she goes too crazy. Relate? We sure can.

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    Episode 10: On Valuing Yourself Enough to Create with Kendra Adachi

    This episode is a little longer than usual, but we think Kendra’s words are worth it. We giggled. We made fun of folding fitted sheets. And we so, so enjoyed her perspective on making time for creativity amidst the craziness of children, home renovations, and the changing seasons of life. She gets seriously real about not feeling guilty about taking time for yourself, and how being a mom is not always what fills her creatively. She’s exactly the kind of creative, regular person we had in mind when we started the Chasing Creative podcast, and we hope you will enjoy and learn from her words of wisdom on being your own creative self.

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    Episode 9: Embracing Change as a Creative with Bethany Grow

    We're chatting with Bethany Grow about her transition from working as a freelance graphic designer to developing ice cream recipes in the hopes of one day opening her own ice cream shop. Join us as we talk about how to how to handle tricky creative transitions, why it's worth it to embrace trying new things, and how to find positivity on social media.

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    Episode 8: Being Actively Creative with Writer & Photographer Lindsay Crandall

    Lindsay Crandall is a photographer and writer, a mama, and half of the daily collaboration at She has written for Art House America and The Curator. Most recently, Lindsay began working as a photographer with Stocksy United. Listen in as we chat with Lindsay about finding joy in creativity, defining creative success on your own terms, being actively creative, and finding art in the ordinary.

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    Episode 7: Balancing Creative Interests with Susannah Brinkley

    Susannah Brinkley is the creative behind food and travel blog Feast + West and the branding and graphic design site Garnishing Co. Join us as we chat about the challenges of balancing many interests and projects, staying productive and organized, finding your creative focus, and why the cycle of creative burnout may not be as bad as you thought.

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    Episode 6: Creativity is a Muscle - Writing & Publishing with Amanda Shofner

    Amanda Shofner satisfies her need for adventure through the written word. She’s a self-published author who has written urban fantasy, non-fiction and romantic suspense. She’s a voracious reader, TV-watcher and Minneapolis native. We chatted with Amanda about her writing process, alpha readers, beta readers, pantsing, plotting and a little bit of everything in between.

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    Episode 5: Writing Creatively with Callie Feyen

    We couldn’t wait to chat with Callie Feyen for the Chasing Creative podcast! If you’ve ever read her blog, you know why: her essays are stunning glimpses into a life lived with eyes wide open, taking in the world and finding the beauty in the everyday. Callie is a writer, a teacher, and a mom to two awesome daughters. In this episode, she discusses how balancing the three of those callings has looked differently in each season of life, how she learned to bring her writing into her daily life, and adds a half a dozen more books to everyone’s TBR list.

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    Episode 4: Consistency and Creativity with Leah Van Ert

    Leah Van Ert is a church secretary by day and a writer, illustrator, and creator by night. Most often, she writes at her blog, My Favorite Adventure, about book recommendations, weekend getaways, daily life, and everything in between. Listen in as we chat with Leah about scheduling time for creativity, the key to being a consistent blogger, trying something new with Bible journaling, and when you’re “allowed” to think of yourself as a creative person.

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    Episode 3: Building Creative Community with Kayla Hollatz

    Join us for this episode of Chasing Creative as we talk with creative community builder Kayla Hollatz! Kayla is a PR and social media professional by day and a creative coach, community builder, short-form poet, and host of the Twitter chat #createlounge by night. Listen in as we talk about investing in your audience to build an authentic community, finding the courage to launch your creative projects, and fighting off online overconsumption.

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    Episode 2: Journaling, Making, and Motherhood with Kenzie Swanson

    For our first interview on Chasing Creative, we chatted with Kenzie Swanson from Hello Neverland. Kenzie is a writer, a photographer, an Etsy shop maker, and a mom to an 18-month-old. In the episode we chat about how her blogging strategy has changed over the last several years and how she’s tried out different creative outlets in a very public space. She gets real about going back to work after having her daughter - and then deciding that it wasn’t working and making the change to stay home. We chat about her love for journaling, how she manages her time, and what she’s been reading lately. Oh---and young, creative yuppies.

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    Episode 1: Start Here

    Welcome to the first episode of the Chasing Creative podcast! In this short intro episode we’re giving you the rundown on what Chasing Creative is all about. We’re sharing where we’re at in our own lives, including our constant struggle against creative burnout. We chat about not having enough energy for creative projects at the end of the day, the ways we (kind of) prioritize our creativity, why we have a love/hate relationship with Twitter, and what you can expect from the Chasing Creative podcast going forward.

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