In this episode we talk about:
- What comes to mind when Amber hears the label “Type A”
- How her Type A side impacted the process of writing her book
- The importance of physical environment and how it impacts Amber’s creativity
- Why her book almost didn’t get written
- What a “shadow artist” is and how it can cause you to hide from your own work
- The catalyst for writing her book, Choose Wonder Over Worry
- How the structure of her book was determined three weeks before her deadline and the way in which it makes the book unique
- The “worry voice” and the difference between toxic worry & useful worry
- Wonder being our curious inner guide
- The importance of having a healthy relationship with worry & wonder and how the thing that we often think is the problem is often not actually the problem
- Identifying “worry’s friends” and the importance of engaging with them
- Allowing all of our emotions a seat at the table instead of trying to confine certain emotions to certain boxes
- How Amber defines “union” in her book
- The concept of wisdom and how we can develop more discernment
- Amber’s tactics that creatives can use to get unstuck
- Her decision to write about her father’s death in the book and how she arrived at that decision
- How she wrote the book for herself first and then decided what she would share with the world
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About Amber Rae:
Amber Rae is an author, speaker, and artist who wants more people to live their truth, befriend their emotions, and express their gifts. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune and called “The Brené Brown of Wonder.” Her book Choose Wonder Over Worry hits shelves on May 15, which Seth Godin called “a gift” and Deepak Chopra called a guide “to unfold your infinite potential.”
As creatives, we have ALL experienced fear, self-doubt, and envy at some point. In this episode, Amber and I will be discussing how to stop the spiral of worry and comparison. By using our sense of wonder and exploring the wisdom hidden beneath our emotions, we can learn to transform it from something uncomfortable into something everyone wants more of — inspiration. We’ll also be jamming on differentiating between healthy striving and paralyzing perfectionism, how to follow the muse of wonder instead of the fear of worry, and why anxiety is our friend (not our foe!).
You can get a preview of her story here with the book’s introduction chapter.
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About The Type A Creative Podcast:
The Type A Creative is for those of us who feel like walking juxtapositions. You know who you are. You can balance spreadsheets just as easily as you can design a logo. Sometimes it’s a little disorienting because you’re a left-brain / right-brain blend that doesn’t always fit into the labels of “artist” or “numbers person.”
On the show we bring in fellow bosses, painters, creative directors, film makers, entrepreneurs, and writers — together we’re having conversations about what it is to be both Type A and Creative.
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