{Podcast} The Single Most Killer Creative Skill I Mastered by Blogging

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I recorded this podcast with the deepest reverence for all of us who dare to engage fully with our creativity in this life. Hands down, there is nothing else like it.

I believe our creativity, our art, is the truest expression of our soul’s desire to offer love and light to the world. That who we are at our most raw and true comes out in our art and that kind of brave honesty is the greatest spiritual gift we have to give (and receive) during our time here on this planet.

As it happens, Glory Begin is one year old today. This warms my heart. If you have been here for the full journey or part of it, I am beyond grateful to have your energy and light in this space. Your light is my light is our light.

Of all the things I have learned along this creative journey (and, sweet mother lover, there have been a LOT of lessons) , there is one thing that has surfaced for me over this past year that stands out as unequivocally most important.

It’s a truth that is absolutely essential to keep at the forefront of every creative thing we do. Without it, our creativity is stifled, strangled, stunted and mangled, as are our spirits.

In today’s podcast, I share this secret I hold so dear.  The one thing that allows me to keep going, the thing that fans my creative flame time after time after time.

Interestingly (surprisingly? not so surprisingly?), toward the end of the episode I also share the one thought about creativity that completely breaks my heart.  Stay tuned for that – it’s a biggie.

Listen in and see if this resonates for you:

 

So, there you have it, guys.  The single most powerful thing I’ve learned about the creative life and continuing to do creative work with dignity, grace and passion.

Now over to you: Do you have a kick-ass lesson, skill or something the creative life has taught you as you’ve grown into the artist you are today? I’d love to hear about it in the comments . . . no pressure or guilt trip or anything . . . buuuuut did I mention it’s Glory Begin’s first birthday? And your thoughts are like gifts to me-– errr – us?

I mean. :)

It’s pretty amazing what we can learn from each other so please don’t hold back. Especially if you brought cake or champagne or anything.

In that case, seriously:

DO. NOT. HOLD. BACK.

I truly hope this has served you and your exquisite, talented, creative soul well.

Sat Nam, angel. Thank you for your gorgeous, gorgeous light.

Allison Marie Xxx

 

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Allison Marie Conway is the author of Vein (available now on Amazon) and the creator of Glory Begin Blog & Podcast. Her full body of work is focused on spirituality, sensuality, creativity and inspiration. Email Allison at glorybegin@gmail.com

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32 thoughts on “{Podcast} The Single Most Killer Creative Skill I Mastered by Blogging

  1. Liesl Garner

    Sweetly singing a little Happy Birthday song in a Nina Simone sort of voice – something like New Day, New Dawn – because of how it starts off quiet and whispering and builds into a raucous party that requires dancing around the room or down the street, parade-like, with reckless abandon. Because, this is a celebration, my dear!

    I am delighted to be on this journey with you. You are light and love, and you remind me I am light and love when I’m forgetting and getting all crunchy and grinding my teeth. Together, we can remember where we come from and where we are going, why we are here, and what we have to offer. That is your Gift. So much. You awaken in others a spark and you act as muse and encourager.

    A couple of years ago, I fell to my knees and realized that more than anything, writing is my spiritual practice. And like a true convert, I resist it like crazy sometimes, forgetting how healing it can be for me, I will sit in confusion, frustration or misery wondering how on earth to get out of it, and stubbornly refusing to pick up a pen and do the work which will always center and ground me. Just putting pen to paper – without even knowing what to say – can be like the beginning of a prayer for me, and out of the depths of darkness, tiny shards of light begin to break open my heart and show me the way.

    I wrote about it in an article called As Trees are Born to Bear Leaves.

    Bless you, dear heart. You are a joy and a wonder.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Oh LIESL,

      You are too good to be true. Your words and thoughts and most of all your elegant and warm presence here mean THE WORLD to me. I mean that with every fiber – thank you, thank you, thank you so.

      And you brought song and music and NINA SIMONE to the party? YOU. This is just the best. I totally think dancing is appropriate – for we are beautiful and lovely and together. :)

      I can’t tell you how dear it is to me to walk the path with you. You have inspired me and lit me up so many times and very especially with what you shared here about your writing as your prayer. That is the most beautiful thing and the way you describe it felt like home as I read it. I adore the way you have with expressing yourself through and about your art.

      You are exceptional, my love. “. . . tiny shards of light begin to break open my heart” . . . !!! God. Love this.

      I also love how you say you get ‘crunchy and grinding my teeth’ – TOTALLY get it. Totally. The crunching and the grinding. :)

      I would really love to read your article – is it on your blog? Or would you share the link here?

      Sending you the biggest, deepest, warmest hug, dear friend. I am humbled and blessed and all kinds of jazzed to be a part of your creative life. Thank you for the gift of you. Now . . .champagne? Cake? Yes. Yes, let’s do. XOXxxx

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  2. Liesl Garner

    Yes, sweet, it is on my blog. I’m running off to work this morning and can’t figure out how to link… But there’s a search bar – you can search by the title.

    All the best – have a downright delicious day!

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  3. Sharon

    I enjoyed your podcast, thank you so much. I hadn’t thought of it the way you talked about. To just let the work go and believe that it will reach those that it is meant to reach. What a beautiful attitude. Happy Blog Birthday!!

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Thank YOU so much, beautiful Sharon! I am thrilled to know this resonated for you and that you got something helpful out of this podcast. That’s awesome!

      Thank you for your light and presence and happy wishes – they truly warm my very soul. I am deeply grateful.

      Champagne and cake for you, my friend! :)

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  4. Elusive Trope

    Insightful and inspiring podcast. I feel I will try to listen to it once a week because the lesson is one that at least for now is one I need to really learn, not intellectually, but emotionally.

    The first lesson I’ve learned that pops into my head is that the writing of comments has as much value, expresses as much as a poem or photograph, lets the creativity and appreciation (love) flow out.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello my friend,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and leave such a gorgeous comment. Knowing this podcast is useful to you is the best, I am so deeply grateful to know it. Thank you for your light and for being open to the message.

      I think the messages find just the very souls who need to hear them. Like a cosmic hug. :)

      AND I adore your thoughts about the loving nature of leaving comments! I agree with you 100% and I thank you for sharing here in this place. I treasure it!

      Sat Nam, dear one.

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  5. Rajagopal

    Hearty congrats, Allison, may I raise a bubbly for completion of your first year in the blogging world, which has come as a surprise because, to me, you appeared all along as a veteran blogger of many years standing, by the quality of your content and the fervour with which you stretched out to embrace eager minds in your conceptual arms. Over the past year, it has been as much of a fulfilling experience interacting with you, Tej (short for Tejaswini), as it is for a meandering brook to merrily babble over pebbles in its giggling course towards the ocean. In like manner, may your creativity keep flowing….xxx

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      My gorgeous friend, dear Raj,

      Your warmth and light glows through your beautiful words, I cannot thank you enough for your presence here. I LOVE that you call me Tej – it makes me smile so big every time. :) You are such a joy and a gift to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being in my creative world. It means more than you know.

      Truth be told, Glory Begin is not my first blog (I was in fashion / style before, and before that in leadership) so I had plenty of time to hone my truest, clearest, most authentic voice (and make plenty of mistakes and mishaps along the way!). But when I launched Glory Begin I knew I was finally ‘home’ so to speak. I know without a doubt this is the space I needed and these are the things I need to be writing and speaking about.

      I read your comment multiple times because you always write so elegantly, and you have made me feel beautiful with your words. Cheers and a very merry toast to that, angel. Here’s to the inspired, giggling, meandering, eternal creative flow . . .

      You are a bright, sparkling light in my sky. ;) Xxx

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  6. Brad

    Glory Begins, Let’s Go and Returns! Congrats on your blogging anniversary Allison!!! :)

    Great podcast and reminders. I feel your passion for this lesson. Your voice and feelings stir me. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. You and your creative muse are on a roll. :)

    My lesson (of which I need to do more!) is to dance and play more, letting life and inspiration flow from joy. Thank you so much for pouring your passion into your creativity Allison;

    I am delighted to share the journey with you.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Gorgeous Brad V,

      It is now officially a party! Didn’t we say we’d find a way to have a party together somehow? Here it is – we did it! :)

      I can’t even begin to tell you how much your energy, support, love and brilliant light means to me, friend. Thank you for being you and for all you share with this world. I feel very, very much a kindred spirit between us. It’s totally awesome and I’m mighty grateful for it, guy.

      I am so, so glad this podcast rocked out for you. That warms my bones to know it. I love what you are doing by focusing on playing more – we don’t let ourselves do that often enough, do we? I’ll tell you something else that I think is really cool: I just bought my first mandala coloring book, talk about goofing around! (What is better than a fresh box of crayons, I ask you?)

      I can’t believe it’s only been a year either, man. Time is literally flying – and there’s so much SO MUCH I still want to do! But we’ll get there.

      For today tho, let’s pop the champagne and eat a few too many slices of cake with the frosty-est icing. Okay? :)

      SO much love to you, soul brother. So. Damn. Much.

      It is an absolute honor to walk with you, too. Xxx

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  7. Carolina

    This is so beautiful Allison <3 Happy Anniversary! I am truly happy to be part of your journeys as you are part of mine, I love what you are doing and I truly love to hear your voice with your podcast, it is one of my dear places where I go when I need to hear enrichment for my soul, and a place where I can relax closing my eyes, listening to your beautiful words. I am agree with everything you just said in this post. I am an artist and creative soul which I express my creativity in multiways, willingly to reach the heart and souls deeply, with my creations of every kind and my greatest gift is when someone tells me, that got inspired by my art and me. I started my Blog 6 months ago I learned a lot too, and I love it so much to interact with other great souls around the world. I was afraid at first, I felt like I was just a drop in the ocean…and I would never be seen, but then one day I did my jump into the water and started to swim with passion giving out everything, my words, my art, my soul and letting go free. I had beautiful response and amazing people came to my way which I connect every day, including you!
    After I listend to your podcast today I was inspired to write something for you in celebration, this is for you with love and light:

    Dear Allison
    ray of beautiful light expanding through the universe,
    filled with love and joy.
    Expressing your inner soul to us
    through your precious words,
    how glowing is a creative way to spread love and light.
    Opening your wings and letting go
    your amazing truth of love flowing in the air,
    and become one with our cosmo.
    We all are one and truth with our creativity to be
    spread from our hearts, like seeds in the wind
    to reach unexpected and amazing places,
    let go your seeds free…let go…let go…

    Love
    Carolina

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      1. Allison Marie Post author

        Ohhh Carolina!!!!

        Your INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING comment just came through!! When I saw it earlier it was just the first line!

        Oh My God. Babe – beautiful soul sister, I am in awe of YOU. Your words, your spirit, your brilliant radiating energy – you humble me. I literally have tears in my eyes reading this (I read it like five times, dear friend.

        I have written your beautiful poem in my personal journal where I keep all things that speak to me when I need to hear voices of the angels. You are an ANGEL to me, I hope you know this.

        Please let me know that you saw my reply here because your comment will stay with me always, always. I’m sorry I didn’t see the whole thing until now – I don’t know what happened.

        I could never thank you enough for being YOU! Keep shining and spreading your gorgeous art, okay? Don’t you ever stop. The word needs the light you bring, my love.

        Biggest hugs and so much, so much love, always,

        Allison XOXO

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        1. Carolina

          Thank you dear sister, I loved to read your beautiful reply to my comment! I am so happy that you received it straight into your heart and soul and that we have a great and beautiful connection. <3
          I am truly touched by you and that you wrote my poem in your journal, that's so beautiful I will be always there when you need me and here! You can also email me for a more direct connection! <3 <3 <3

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Ohhh Carolina!!!!

      Your INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING comment just came through!! When I saw it earlier it was just the first line!

      Oh My God. Babe – beautiful soul sister, I am in awe of YOU. Your words, your spirit, your brilliant radiating energy – you humble me. I literally have tears in my eyes reading this (I read it like five times, dear friend.

      I have written your beautiful poem in my personal journal where I keep all things that speak to me when I need to hear voices of the angels. You are an ANGEL to me, I hope you know this.

      Please let me know that you saw my reply here because your comment will stay with me always, always. I’m sorry I didn’t see the whole thing until now – I don’t know what happened.

      I could never thank you enough for being YOU! Keep shining and spreading your gorgeous art, okay? Don’t you ever stop. The word needs the light you bring, my love.

      Biggest hugs and so much, so much love, always,

      Allison XOXO

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  8. Susan

    Allison,
    Sister, you never cease to blow my proverbial socks off with your timing and insight. This would be the third time that you have defined my current struggle and drastically change my perspective on it. The universe totally speaks to me through you, girl friend! I am so grateful and blessed to be the recipient of your masterful creativity. Big cyber hugs and love,
    Susan

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Beautiful, talented, incredible Susan Soul Sister Love,

      Have I told you lately that your energy lifts me up so HIGH?! I could never thank you enough for your words, presence and light. One day I swear we shall meet and I shall hug you for a million years. :)

      Until such time, please know how honored, humbled, and blessed I am to know that this one rocked your world. I could seriously cry thinking about how totally awesome that is. I am so GRATEFUL to hear this! The Universe is so grand, yeah???

      Raise your voice, my beautiful girl friend, raise your spirit on up – – you are the light baby. All, Day. Long.

      Super big hugs and monster gargantuan sized love to you, babe. XXxxx

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Have I told you lately how much I love you, sister? :)

      From the depths of the fibers of my being: thank you, thank you for being here and for your light. I am honored and I am humbled.

      Namaste, angel.

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  10. Michael

    Congratulations on your anniversary here, Allison! You have inspired me often in the past year and I always enjoy your discussions on creativity and commitment. I liked what you said in this podcast about letting the work go. You take it as far as you can, and then you need to tear off a clean sheet of paper from the notebook and reboot… :) I’m starting to think we’ve found our niche when we’re not really all that capable of stopping. It’s almost like a hunger for the points of connection that emerge from the creative process. The outcome is often only as good as the connection that emerged in the process of creating it. In fact, the work is just the residue of that, really. It’s a reminder or a clue to the places we’ve glimpsed. That’s why it always astounds me when some connection emerges from it– when someone else sees that little crumpled ball of words we mustered, and says, yes… that spoke to me. How is that even possible!? Ha! It is a glorious ride, once we start the process of giving…

    Peace
    Michael

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Michael, Michael, amazing Michael,

      Thank you so much! Having you in my creative world has been a bigger blessing than I could ever express. I am always so grateful to hear your thoughts and perspectives – your work is such an expression of your soul and that is a tremendously brave and generous thing. Thank you for being here and bringing your energy to this space – it is SO MUCH brighter for it.

      I love your comment – this is so awesome “That’s why it always astounds me when some connection emerges from it– when someone else sees that little crumpled ball of words we mustered, and says, yes… that spoke to me.” YES!! RIGHT?! :) Amazing, amazing, amazing.

      It is a glorious ride isn’t it . . . I am quite honored to be exploring the ebb and flow alongside each other, my good friend. Thank you so much for that.

      Blessings, love and peace, always always,

      Allison

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Dear Aaron,

      I don’t think your perfect words could have come at a more perfect time. Thank you SO MUCH for your presence and for listening.

      It means the world to me. :)

      So damn glad we met each other out here!

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  11. Deborah

    Hi there,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Your podcast was EXACTLY what I needed to hear right at this moment. Like you say, it is amazing how the universe works with such force and direction.

    I love your passion and warmth.

    I’m excited to now be following your blog and look forward to reading and listening to more from you and hearing that gorgeous melodic voice!

    Kindest wishes,
    Deborah

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello beautiful Deborah,

      I am so happy to meet you and I LOVE that you came across the podcast at just the right moment. That is the BEST! :)

      Thank you so much for your glowing presence here in this place. I am humbled by your words. Truly, truly, thank you so much.

      I am thrilled to bits that you are looking forward to more! I have some good stuff up my sleeve, I promise, I promise.

      I look forward to keeping up with each other very much. Your work, passion, spirit and verve are so gorgeous!

      Blessings and peace to you always,

      Allison

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  12. Jacob

    I loved listening to this addition to your podcast, ‘you are you work’s baby.’ When I started this blog in January, I honestly didn’t know what I would accomplish in doing so. After weeks and months, I’ve realized that through writing and sharing, parts of my mind and heart have formed a bridge of communication. I used to be pretty critical with my writing and never really gave it a chance to breathe. I’m glad I nudged myself enough so my words could grow wings on their own through these lovely communities that want to read and listen. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. :)

    -Jacob

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello hello Jacob,

      I am honored that you took the time to listen in, thank you so much my friend. And I am doubly thrilled that this resonated with you. That means the world to me – thank you for taking the time and care to let me know.

      I love the story of how your blog came to be and the journey it is taking you on. Isn’t it wild and incredible what becomes of us as we are created, so to speak? This is golden: “parts of my mind and heart have formed a bridge of communication . . . ” that line totally clutched my heart. I fully get you, guy, I really do.

      Your work, if I may say so by the way, is absolutely gorgeous. Your words and images have so much damn soul. Please do not stop. I am so glad to grow our wings alongside each other here in this mystical cyber universe. :)

      Thank you again for your warmth, presence and light.

      Namaste,

      Allison

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