Subscriber Showcase – Meet Elaine!

Welcome to a new Subscriber Showcase – where I share what your creative peers are up to in the world.

And this next showcase features a creative powerhouse from Ireland who is an inspiring whirl of productivity, creativity and force-to-be-reckoned-with.

Allow me to introduce…

Elaine Nolan  

 

Tell us about yourself, Elaine. 

Like, OMG… where do you start without either sounding like a shrinking violet (which I am, by the way), or an aggrandizing diva (okay… so I have my moments there too)

So, here’s the short answer:

I’m a creative where exotic and imaginative parallel universes sometimes overlap with this thing called reality.

And the long one?

For work, I recently did the personality-type tests and it came out as equally INTJ and INFJ.

Why tell you this?

Well… as with most creative types, I’m an introvert (see shrinking violet above), and intuitive, but all this science-y bit appeals to my Virgoan logical thinking and sense of achievement, (that’s probably the diva bit!!)???????

So what else is there to say…?

I’m an author, composer, cellist, pianist, awesome manager (I’m only quoting the results of my work test assessment here!!).

On the more mundane details, I’m the sole slave and door-person to three rescue cats who all have very strong distinctive personalities.

They all hate my singing (honestly, it’s not that bad), one’s terrified of the cello, and another insists on playing the piano while I’m trying to practice it. It’s never boring in my house.

 

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Tell us a little about your creative life, and why it’s important to you.

 

My creative life is a bit like juggling, and yes, sometimes there’s too many balls, or all different sizes, thus distorting the balance a little.

And recently I’ve discovered that it’s also perfectly acceptable to let them drop every once in a while, to let them all drop, and without guilt.

Mostly, I write novels, and I compose mostly classical music with a celtic and techno twist.

I write soundtracks to go with the books to give a unique reading experience.

The books usually get written in a myriad of coffee shops, in various locations (purely for inspiration -honest, nothing to do with the pavlovas in one, scrambled eggs in another….), the music is exclusively composed in my dinky little studio at home.

 

 

Why is it important?

I’ve always said that writing was cheaper than therapy.

It is a way to play out the ‘what-if’ scenarios, (especially the ones where I ‘wish I’d said…’).

It’s a way of delving into deep emotions, experience them, release them.

As a child, I used books to escape from the world, and much later, in my final year at school, an essay I wrote was read out.

It was deeply personal and referred to a class bully, sitting four desks away from me.

Unfortunately she recognised herself even though she wasn’t named.

Well, all hell broke loose and I was subsequently shunned and isolated at school, but at that point I realised just how powerful words were.

But as to why it’s important: We all live epic lives in our own ways.

It shapes us, moulds us, but the experiences do not have to define us.

They are our teachers, as much as the person standing at the head of a classroom, trying their best to impart their knowledge and own experiences…

And so I write…

I write to purge…

I write to grieve for losses I can and will never speak of…

I also write for the joy of it…

I write to be brave…

I write to experience love…

I write to set my soul free…

And so I write…xx

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Tell us more about your current creative adventure…

Currently, well…. There are a few projects on….

First up is the release of the 5th book entitled Crossing Lives, and its accompanying soundtrack. It’s a thriller about an Irish cop trying to catch a human trafficker who almost killed her in the line of duty.

Then, in March 2018, for International Piano Day, I’ll premiere the next album entitled Emergence, a 9 movement piano work of the journey and struggle to overcome the limitations imposed on a young musician to finally breaking free, and allowing the creative spirit to emerge.

The premiere concert will also be performed in aid of a mental health service in Waterford. (So practicing a lot on the piano!!)

In between those, I’m writing the first draft of the sequel for Red Hot Summer.

 

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Thank you, Elaine!

I hope that you enjoyed meeting Elaine and her (many!) creative projects. If you’d like to find out more about her, head over to her website or Instagram where you can find more details on how to connect, as well as a more info on her books and music (and cats!)

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And if you’d like me to feature you and your creative projects in a future Subscriber Showcase – please just let me know.

Here’s to you and all the inspiring creatives up to great work in the world.

Have a lovely week!

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Subscriber Showcase – Meet Sally!

Welcome to a new Subscriber Showcase.

I hope you’re enjoying this series of virtual meet-ups with your creative peers. 🙂

I’ve been enjoying the the diversity of my subscribers! It’s such a joy to discover the many different ways of living a creative life.

And this month we’re exploring a form of creative expression that’s a new one for this series – public speaking.

Allow me to introduce the inspiring and empowering work of…

Sally Koering Zimney

Tell us about yourself, Sally. 

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SallyAndyHS45Hi! I’m Sally.

I’m a presentation coach and consultant – and I have the awesome privilege of helping speakers (and people who are convinced they’re not speakers) to bring their voice and story to the world with more authenticity, courage and clarity.

After some formal training in the speech world (trained by some of the finest speech coaches in the country), and a decade of being on stage in the theater world, I found myself bringing these worlds together: taking the technical skills of speaking and applying them like an artist, because being a good speaker – like a good artist – requires us to really know ourselves as humans.

Most presentation training applies a kind of formula and aims to short-cut the process.

But the artistry of creating a moving talk takes intuition, creativity, and a willingness to dig a little deeper.

And in my view, speaking is something that is available to – and needed by – any creative leader who wants to make her mark in the world!

So I make it my deal to make speaking both a higher calling – and a lower hurdle to jump over.

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Tell us a little about your creative life, and why it’s important to you.

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I myself love being on stage!

It has always fed and challenged me creatively. I remember the first time I made people laugh on stage – I was hooked! And for a decade or so – that’s what I thought my life was moving towards.

But life kept offering me opportunities on the other side of things, as a coach. And I quickly realized that maybe even more so I am built to empower and illuminate.

I *see* what’s possible – and have learned how to help you get there. (Only after stumbling at that last part for a bit…)

Now my creativity is nourished as I wrestle with the possibilities that exist in each of my speakers.

One of my most cherished mantras is that We Start with an A – an idea that I had been living out as a coach, but which was given a name and explained in the amazing book by Ben and Rosalind Zander called The Art of Possibility.

art of possibilityThe basic gist is that as a coach (or a teacher, or a boss, or a parent…) my job is to give you an “A” – because the masterpiece is already within.

As the student you just have to believe in it and behave as if this masterpiece is there – and I have to help you chip away the other stuff that is covering it up.

I think, perhaps, this is the most accurate description of the process of creating a talk. It’s a chipping-away – not only at our ideas and our words – but all the things we hold on to that get in the way of really revealing who we are.

Great speaking reveals the masterpiece that is hiding inside.

I am most moved creatively when I can create that moment when a speaker experiences the joy of sharing something real – and having that connect with the audience.

It’s a liberating and empowering experience that I feel privileged to be a part of.

I’ve seen it turn a light on inside people because there’s nothing as powerful as standing in your own truth and having that truth be heard and appreciated.

I want to bring more of it into the world, not just for the empowerment of the speaker, but for the good of the world.

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Tell us more about your current creative adventures…

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I just launched a new service called Quick Coaching – quick, personalized virtual coaching to help you take your talk to the next level.

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It’s a great way for speakers to get a little guidance and feedback on what they’re doing without breaking the bank or investing in a long-term coaching partnership.

I have devoted much of my life studying not just what works, but how to communicate to and uplift people in the process of doing what works – and it’s a real passion of mine that I think can be surprisingly helpful.

And, I’m building my way towards an in-person workshop experience called the Movers Lab. Bringing a handful of experts who are building their signature talk together to workshop them, give them support and feedback in the process, and build some powerful connections amongst the group.

It’s a dream of mine – and I hope to bring it to life in the next year! (Along with, like, a billion other ideas! Help! I am drowning in hopes/dreams/wishes/ideas!)

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Thank you, Sally!

this moved me podcastSo, I hope that you enjoyed meeting Sally and her fascinating world of public speaking. If you’d like to hear more from her, she has a brilliant podcast series over on iTunes – it’s called This Moved Me.

Or if you’d like Sally’s support in telling your own moving story, please head over to her website where you can find more details on how to connect, as well as a free download:

7 Costly Myths of Public Speaking

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And if you’d like me to feature you and your creative projects in a future Subscriber Showcase – please just let me know.

Here’s to the power of telling our stories. 🙂

Have an inspiring and wonderful week!

Danielle

 

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Subscriber Showcase – Meet Dana!

Welcome to a new Subscriber Showcase!

And to align with all the New Year New You energy, I’d like to introduce you to a beautiful soul who is pouring her heart and creativity into an inspiring message of health and wellness.

Introducing…

Dana Dinnawi  

 

Tell us about yourself, Dana. 

 

dana-dinnawiHi, I’m Dana Dinnawi.

As a Health Coach certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I’m in the business of showing strong, smart, independent women how to take back control of their lives from what they eat and how they look, to what they do and how they feel.

I help them break out of the cycle of yo-yo dieting so they can shed the last stubborn kilos, and learn how to eat for life so they can regain their energy and self-confidence to refocus on themselves and create a guilt-free lifestyle that fills them up daily.

As the founder of Empowered Wellness and Living, I’m passionate about helping women discover what serves, energizes and fuels them.

Because once they realize that it’s the choices they make that hold them back or fuel them forward, the possibilities are limitless.

I am half-Egyptian, half Lebanese. I have lived in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, England, Canada and now Egypt. I’ve been happily married for 22 years and have 3 kids; Malak, 20; Nour 18 and Youssef 9.

I love good food; eating out; shopping and travelling whenever I can?)

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Tell us a little about your creative life, and why it’s important to you.

Growing up, creativity was a part of my life in a very big and natural way. I played piano and flute and was on the school band; I loved acting and was in every play through university; I did tap and jazz dance and drew and painted for fun constantly.

Life, however, as it does, got in the way and since university, I haven’t nurtured a single one of those creative outlets at all as I got married and had my children and then went back to do my MA and then went to work and so on.

It was only in the past few years, when I discovered my passion for health coaching and really re-tapping into my true self, that a need for self-expression and creativity made itself abundantly clear to me, although I had no idea how.

Last year, I launched my online Empowered Wellness and Living Magazine as a way to infuse my business with creativity and give myself something work-related that wasn’t monetized and wasn’t about getting clients, but simply a beautiful way of communication. And I have loved it.

 

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Tell us more about your current creative adventure…

And so my big creative dream NOW is re-launching, rebranding and creating the best version of this magazine that I can.

Although I loved creating it this past year, intuitively I knew that it needed to grow and evolve. My vision for it is an online global wellness magazine for the strong, smart, independent woman who wants to create a guilt-free, vibrant life that fills her up daily.

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And in order to do that, I am creating a team of international women to create this vision with me—women who are just as passionate about holistic health as I am, and who are on a fierce mission to transform women’s lives.

If you’d love to get the magazine – please sign up here.

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Thank you, Dana!

And I am honoured to be a part of Dana’s new labour of love as the magazine’s Creativity Editor.

I’ll be sharing monthly tips for enjoying more creativity, inspiration and wellbeing – you can catch my first post here; A Creative Route To Wellness.

My obsession with the the creative power of self care feels very at home in an Empowered Wellness movement.

And since health and wellness are always high on my agenda, I look forward to following Dana’s inspiring journey over the year ahead. 🙂

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So I hope you enjoyed meeting Dana and learning more about her creative dream and empowering message. You can find more about her here.

And if you’d like me to feature you and your creative projects in a future Subscriber Showcase – please just let me know.

Here’s to health, happiness and a wonderfully creative 2017.

 

Danielle

Subscriber Showcase: Meet Rhoda…

Welcome to a new Subscriber Showcase!

And this month’s featured lovely is a fellow mother of two boys, balancing the busy family years with an unstoppable yearning to create.

Introducing the beautiful and inspiring…

Rhoda Jordan.  

 

Tell us about yourself, Rhoda. 

 

Rhoda 1Hi there!

I’m Rhoda, and I’m a writer, filmmaker, and tantric meditation teacher. I work with my husband here in California, writing and making films.

Our most recent film Living Things is centered around the topic of animal rights, and was endorsed by PETA.

I’ve also helped my husband run his ghostwriting business for the past 12 years; we write books, scripts, speeches, and articles for clients all over the world.

We meet so many fascinating people who blow our minds every day with their stories.

I also teach online tantric meditation courses.

I show people how to wake up to who they are, to transcend the ego and plug in to more fulfilling and authentic ways of being.

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Tell us a little about your creative life, and why it’s important to you.

My creative life is everything to me. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to breathe.

If a day goes by without me having a chance to create, I feel stale inside. Creativity is the stuff that our life force energy is made up of.

As human beings, we need to create. Creating helps us to connect, to express, to liberate what is within.

Living-ThingsIt’s a divine merging of emotions, energy, passion, presence, and aliveness.

Creativity is a bridge that not only connects us to the deep, primal parts of ourselves, but it connects us to others, as well.

And when I say I need to do something creative every day, I don’t mean that I have to write a chapter of a novel or be shooting a movie constantly…

There are so many little ways to be creative.

When I redecorate my room, or paint with my kids, or shoot a YouTube video, or dance, or spontaneously come up with a new recipe, I’m being creative…

The opportunities for daily creativity are endless!

 

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Tell us more about your current creative adventure…

 

One of the most recent things I created is a Tantric Training Series!

It’s a 3-part video series where I share a bit about starting a tantric practice.

I share ways how you can use the breath to feel more orgasmic in every aspect of your life — in your work, your creativity, your sex life, your relationships.

It’s about waking up the body’s innate energy and bliss.

The breaths I share are intense, and they will spark your creativity very deeply.

If you want to sign up, it’s free and it starts on Monday, September 5th.

 

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Thank you so much Danielle for featuring me in your Subscriber Showcase!

You have inspired me so much, and my creative journey has been deeply enhanced by working with you!

 

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Thank you, Rhoda!

Rhoda was one of the first brave souls to trust me with their creative dreams when I began my coaching service, and I have been inspired by her energy and passion ever since.

So I hope you enjoyed meeting her and discovering her important and powerful work. You can find more about Rhoda here: rhodajordan.com

And if you’d like me to feature you and your creative projects in a future Subscriber Showcase – please just let me know.

Wishing you a wonderful, inspired and creative September!

 

Danielle

 

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Subscriber Showcase! Meet April…

Welcome to another Subscriber Showcase!

If you enjoy adventure, courage and beautiful Italian architecture – you’re in for a treat.

Because this month’s inspiring creative is…

April Lee.  

 

Tell us about yourself, April. 

 

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As a holistic life and wellness coach, I’m passionate about helping women rediscover their essence as they follow the path to their dreams.

I realize that may sound like a slick piece of marketing, but I mean it sincerely.

I recently changed the whole focus of my business to highlight the importance of dream-chasing-and-catching, because I myself am currently in the midst of fulfilling a long-held dream of my own. (More on this below.)

Previously, for some 20+ years, I’d counseled women with eating issues ranging from full-blown eating disorders to yo-yo dieting struggles and everywhere in between on the continuum.

My husband and I will soon celebrate 28 years of marriage. We have 2 fabulous sons (who are now 23 and 18).

One thing that has kept our union lively and healthy is our determination to avoid stagnation. In fact, we are getting ready to embark very soon on our biggest adventure yet.

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Tell us a little about your creative life, and why it’s important to you.

My creative life primarily revolves around my writing. I simply cannot process the world without pen and paper.

I keep a daily journal and a weekly blog, and I write a lot of poetry. I’ve also begun the process of writing my first book (about the dream mentioned above).

THE-ARRIVAL-August-1-e1467156429627My latest creative undertaking has been my signature e-course, THE ARRIVAL: the quintessential essence7 journey to making your dreams come true, which I am offering again on August 1.

My all-encompassing goal as an adult has been to understand, to connect to, and to embody my essence. My company, essence7 wellness, arose from this endeavor.

This course introduces and explores the 7 essential elements that make up my personal philosophy, my driving force.

I think existing in a curious, adventure-filled, dream-seeking manner is creative living at its finest; continuously coming up with creative solutions to whatever life presents.

I’ve applied this theory in many different ways throughout the years, such as: decorating different homes we’ve lived in, homeschooling my sons, handling situations involving conflict, traveling nomadically throughout the world, designing and running my own business, taking risks.

I enjoy leading a novel and vibrant creative life in whatever I do.

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Tell us more about your current creative adventure…

My husband and I are moving to Italy in September and refurbishing a 1920s Tuscan villa, which will serve as both our primary residence and also a retreat destination for my clients.

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We have been loosely planning this move since 2012, and are finally getting close to seeing the dream become reality.

It will actually be a combination of several different dreams coming together – living in Europe, opening up my home for retreats (which I call ARRIVALS), and renovating a large older house.

When I was a young girl, my mom and I would drive by stately homes that had been abandoned or neglected.

We’d gaze admiringly at the crumbling facades and imagine what once took place inside those walls.

I would often proclaim that when I grew up, I would “buy a big old house and fix it up.” I dreamed about lovingly restoring it to its former grandeur.

It became a theme in later years, and my husband even labeled our boxes “big house” the last time we stored our belongings.

Fast forward many years to 2015 . . . and house hunting in Europe!

After looking at hundreds of options (in several different countries, online and in person), we put an offer on a house in Portugal.

But after four long frustrating months, the deal fell through. It was extremely disappointing.

Then last August, the night before our 27th wedding anniversary, my husband found a house in Italy online – in our price range and in the architectural style we both love.

Italy had always been our first choice (and it is the country of my roots).

Up to this point, however, we hadn’t been able to find anything we liked that we could afford.

Until now.

 

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No one has lived in Villa Magnolia for four years.

And this inkling of an idea began four years ago.

I like to think we started making our way towards one another at the same time.

Synchronicity.

In my most overwhelmed moments, as I prepare for this monumental move from the United States to Italy, I imagine my strong beautiful villa waiting for me.

 

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Only two more months until we are finally together. (I just wish my beloved mom could see it too. She passed away in 2002.)

There are so many other parts to this story, but I’ve taken up enough of your space and time.

I definitely need to finish that book . . .

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Thank you, Danielle, for this opportunity to share my creative life.

And as I step into the vast unknown territory of my Italian adventure, I embrace these wise words of yours:

“But what if we can’t see a sure way, or we have no guarantee that things will work out as expected and make our precious efforts worthwhile?

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Faith is the powerful force that leads us to act in spite of uncertainty.

It’s the key difference between those who keep striving toward their goals and dreams, and those who give up – or never even begin.

Many of the world’s great creations, achievements, advances, and successes only occurred because someone took a leap of faith.”

Here’s to my leap!

 

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Thank you, April!

I hope you enjoyed discovering April’s work, and please do check out her new ecourse.

She also has a blog post here with more on her exciting (and brave!) Villa Magnolia story.

(I’ll let you know when her book is ready!)

And if you’d like me to feature you and your creative projects in a future Subscriber Showcase – please just let me know.

Wishing you a wonderful, inspired and creative week,

Danielle

 

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