Committed to Create

By Lisa Funk

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Are you ready to create more of what you love with your hands and in your life? Join Lisa Funk for weekly conversations about the power of mindfulness and creativity. Whether you are looking to improve your mental health or just take your joy to the next level, you're in the right place. We're going to talk about creating, mindset work, faith, family life and more. Can't wait for you to join us!

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013: Consuming Carefully
28:50

Do you pay attention to how you’re consuming? What about the things that you’re consuming? If not, you’ll definitely want to hear this episode as I explore consuming carefully.

I hope this episode will serve as an invitation for you to step back, take a look at what is coming into your life and into your tank. We all only have so much in our tank for creating but if we spend too much of our precious energy on consumption, we won’t have enough time to create. 

You’ll hear my experience of camping (or glamping) with my family and how this was an eye-opening experience for me. I talk about taking inventory on your consumption, examples of inputs that you consume and questions you should start asking yourself around your own consumption. 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • Why I like creating with kids using chalk art
  • Why my family decided to get a travel trailer and a story about my experience with it
  • The reasons you need to take inventory of all of the inputs in your life
  • Examples of inputs that you consume
  • Questions to ask yourself around your consumption
  • My advice on being mindful of your ratio of creation vs. consumption

Links:

009: Creating with Kids
007: Life Lessons From Chalk Art
Chalk Art 101 Online Course

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jul 28, 2020
012: Inspiration Reach
26:58

Inspiration can be hard to come by some days. You might have to step out of your routine, out of the norm and out of what you normally create. Like one of my favorite author’s Julia Cameron suggests in her book, The Artist’s Way, sometimes you have to take yourself on an artist date.

There are a lot of places you can go to when pulling inspiration to create and in this episode that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about. I’ll be talking about why you might want to consider expanding your usual creative activity and trying something completely new. I also discuss some of the ebbs and flows we go through as creators.

I want to encourage you to try your own inspiration reach. Try something new, something different or maybe even something you used to enjoy but no longer do. Set your ambiance by playing music that fills you up, light a delicious smelling candle or even try changing the location that you’re creating from. The possibilities are endless!

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • A spotlight of a creator that’s been inspiring me
  • The default places people search for inspiration
  • The differences between ideas and the motivation to create
  • How inspiration ebbs and flows 
  • Why you should reach out of your niche for rejuvenation
  • How you can expand the work you consume and create

Links:

Morgan's Instagram

The Artist's Way

Introduction to Hand Lettering & Faux Calligraphy

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jul 21, 2020
011: Making Time to Create
38:22

Did you know that it’s up to you to make the time for your creative passions? It may seem overwhelming or like you just don’t have enough hours in the day but there are a few things you can do to help find more time for creating!

 

I know that a lot of people struggle with finding the time to create and I have even had days where I’ve used the “no time” excuse too…. But once I realized that we have the ability to take more control over our day I saw how much more time we could have on our hands to do the things we love. 

 

In this episode, I am diving into a few practical tips to help you make more time in your day for creating. I discuss a few episodes that might be helpful in this endeavor and how to reframe your thinking around the “mandatory” tasks. You’ll also hear why voicing your plans and having someone to hold you accountable is super helpful for making time to create. 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • A mindful moment about a scammer
  • The reasons people use to not create
  • Why you should take an inventory of how you’re spending your time
  • How everything you do is a choice
  • Reasons why you might be resistant to claiming time to create
  • Practical ways to make more time to create
  • Why taking care of your creativity is taking care of yourself

 

Links:

Instagram Post
Guide to Mindful Lettering
002: How Lettering Changed My Life
006: Guilt-Free Creativity
008: Failure Freedom
009: Creating with Kids

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!

I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jul 14, 2020
010: Comparison Stacking
34:47

Comparing yourself to others keeps you from creating. We all spend way too much time beating ourselves up and thinking about how we’re lacking or how we should be better. This stops us from spending time building, creating and doing the things that we actually enjoy. 

 

But I want you to know that you are amazing, just as you are. We’re all guilty of comparing ourselves to the mom on Instagram with the clean house or the Pinterest perfect birthday party. But I want to encourage you today to center yourself and distance yourself from the trap of comparison stacking.

 

In this episode, I talk about how I realized I was comparison stacking and why we compare ourselves with other people. I discuss paying attention to the things you find you’re comparing yourself (and your worth) to and why you shouldn’t look for your worth in being “good” at certain activities.  

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • A creative memory from last summer
  • How I realized I was comparison stacking 
  • Why we compare ourselves with other people 
  • How to center yourself so you don’t allow comparing to weigh heavily on you
  • Why you need to pay attention to what you’re comparing with a lot
  • Why you should avoid the belief that your worth relies on being good at something
  • An exercise you can do when you find yourself comparison stacking

 

Links:

Perfect Pen Pouch Starter Kit

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker

Instagram post about lettering in London

Melissa and Doug Blocks & Building Sets

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!

 

I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jul 07, 2020
009: Creating with Kids
28:42

When you encourage your kids to get creative it’s important to let them take the lead. Introduce them to supplies, options and ideas but know that you don’t have to force it. I’ve noticed from creating with my own children that sometimes, it’s our own expectations around what a creative activity will look like that leads us to disappointment.

 

There are a few things you can do to make creating with kids less stressful and more fun! Take some time to let go of those expectations and instead focus on creating intentional thoughts about the activity you’re encouraging them to take part in. Knowing your “why” around getting the kids together to create will help you to get through some of those annoyances that happen along the way.

 

In this episode, you’ll hear the tips that help me when creating with my own children. I chat about finding the right creative learning style for creating for each of your kids and the importance of the words you speak. Remember, it’s okay if it’s not perfect, it’s okay if it’s messy and it’s even okay if you or your kids get frustrated! 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • A mindful moment breathing exercise 
  • My story about trying to create with my daughter
  • Why you should take a moment and pay attention to expectations
  • The reasons you need to make intentional thoughts around creating
  • Tips that help me when creating with my kids
  • How to find what’s right for each of your children: open-ended vs. step by step
  • Why you should be mindful about the dialogue around your creations and your kid’s creations

 

Links:

5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jun 30, 2020
008: Failure Freedom
31:24

I often hear people tell me they’re afraid to try lettering because they might fail. Our brains fear the thought of failure to the extent that it literally stops people in their tracks. So many people never start something because they’re afraid. 

 

Can you imagine if you never started chasing after a dream because of that fear of failure? In this episode, I am talking about what it really means to fail and why you need to take a step back to examine the expectations you have for yourself.

 

I explore how the real problem is often the story that your brain is telling you. I talk about why you should take a few minutes to play the “what if” game when you’re feeling fear and why giving yourself the permission and freedom to fail will bring you joy. 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • An invitation to create and indulge in 5 minutes of mindful creativity
  • What it really means to fail and why you should examine your expectations 
  • Why you should play the “what if” game with yourself
  • Why you should remain committed to create
  • The joy of creating even when the thing you’re creating is imperfect

 

Links:

Chalk Art 101 Online Course

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jun 23, 2020
007: Life Lessons From Chalk Art
28:31

Chalk art is one of my favorite mediums for creating. In fact, I’ve learned a lot of lessons over the years from chalk art. Lessons that are helpful when you start anything in life, but especially when you’re taking up a new creative skill. 

 

These are lessons that you can apply to all of your creative endeavors whether that be hand lettering, painting or however you like to get creative! I will share the 5 life lessons that I’ve taken from chalk art as well as plenty of practical tips that you can take away to improve your chalk art technique. 

 

Segment: Creative Memories. I share a creative memory about how I initially got into chalk art and how you can involve kids in learning about chalk art. 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • My creative memory about chalk art
  • How I got into chalkboards and chalk art with lettering
  • What the Chalk Art 101 course includes (hint: a free bonus course, Chalk Art Summer Camp)
  • The 5 life lessons that I’ve learned from chalk art
  • Why I love chalk art and involving kids in the chalk art experience

 

Links:

Picture of My First Chalkboard

Chalk Art 101 Online Course

002: How Lettering Changed My Life

006: Guilt-Free Creativity

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jun 16, 2020
006: Guilt-Free Creativity
39:01

Why is it SO hard to invest time, energy and money into our own creative pursuits? As adults, we’re constantly encouraging children to learn, grow and increase their skills and creativity but when it comes to ourselves… We don’t make it a priority!

 

In this episode, I am talking about the ways in which you can begin to indulge in guilt-free creativity. You deserve to make it happen for yourself and your own wellbeing. All it takes is just a little bit of effort, changing the way you think about it and making the steps to make it happen because nobody is going to make it happen for you. 

 

I explore how we can change the conversations around creativity and why you deserve to have guilt-free creative pursuits at ANY age! 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • A mindful moment story from her trip with her son down the river
  • The pressure that society puts on adults to pursue productivity over creativity
  • Why you deserve to learn, grow and progress at any age
  • How we can change the conversation around creativity 
  • Why it’s okay to set boundaries around giving yourself space for creativity
  • Why you have to fill your own tank first
  • A story from Lisa’s childhood about her mom practicing guilt-free creativity

 

Links:

005: 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress
5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy
Power of Moms Radio
3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms
Intro to Hand Lettering and Faux Calligraphy

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

Jun 09, 2020
005: 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress
21:13

Mindfulness and meditation is great in theory but sometimes when we actually put it into practice, it’s not quite as zen as we imagined that it would be. 

 

The benefits that meditative practices can have on your life are nearly endless. But most people face challenges when incorporating meditation into their everyday life. Things like kids climbing all over you or a phone call that disrupts you mid-practice. The truth is, that’s completely normal.

 

In this episode, I am giving you an overview of my free guide, 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy.  You’ll hear me chat about the benefits of meditation, why you shouldn’t expect perfection with meditation and how these exercises can be used to ground yourself (or as a tool when you’re overly stressed out). 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • A reminder on the three steps to mindful creation
  • The endless benefits of meditation for your life
  • How the challenges of incorporating meditation into your everyday life is completely normal
  • An overview of what’s in the 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy guide
  • Why this is not a time to expect perfection
  • Why this exercise can be used when you’re stressed or to just ground yourself

 

Links:
003: Join the Movement

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I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

May 26, 2020
004: Your Best Tool for Creating
23:10

Do you know what your best tool for creating is? It may not be quite what you think… actually, I think it may surprise you. 

 

Your brain is one of the most powerful tools that you have for getting creative. Think about it. Have you ever struggled to start a creative project? You wanted to try something new but your brain was telling you, “I am not good enough to do XYZ.” Well, that may be because our brains have been conditioned since the beginning of time to use these default settings: seek pleasure, avoid pain, preserve energy. 

 

In this episode, you’ll hear my own experience of how my brain was hindering me from learning how to use a new brush pen. I discuss why you should learn more about your brain and why you should let go of the features of the brain that aren’t serving you anymore. You’ll also hear how you can experience life differently once you learn how your brain operates. 

 

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • Her disappointment of using a pen she thought would turn her cursive into calligraphy
  • Why she took a break from attempting to use that brush pen and what made her decide to give it another try
  • How your brain is the most important tool for creating
  • How your thoughts and feelings frame your outlook on everything that you go through 
  • Why you should learn more about your brain and let go of features that aren’t serving you

 

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!

 

I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

May 19, 2020
003: Join the Movement
24:26

Do you want to prioritize your mental and emotional health and live a beautiful, creative life? Worrying about what other people think or listening to that voice inside your head will only keep you from taking action and taking better care of yourself. On today’s episode, I am discussing why you should commit to creating with both your hands and mind and my three guidelines for mindful creativity. These guidelines have the power to help people who don’t even consider themselves as creative. It will teach you to be grateful for the process of creating and learn how to find beauty in it.

Are you ready to join the movement?

What’s in this episode:

  • Learning to prioritize your mental and emotional health and how to stop worrying about what other people think
  • Why you shouldn’t be embarrassed to admit that you’re human and how to be open about your imperfections and struggles
  • Discovering how creating can help your mental and emotional health and committing to creating with your hands and mind
  • The three guidelines for mindful creativity: why you should create for the process rather than for perfection, how to be present in the moment and how to be judgment-free about your creations
  • Becoming grateful for the creative process and finding beauty in it

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!

I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to live the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

May 15, 2020
002: How Lettering Changed My Life
25:22

I’ve struggled with my mental health for over 20 years. For the longest time, I had no outlet for dealing with and navigating through my struggles with mental health. After reaching a low point in my life, a friend encouraged me to use my creativity as an outlet and I never looked back.

I fell in love with the creative practice and using lettering as a way to get out of my own head. Words started to mean so much more to me and I was constantly taking notes on words that had meaning and value to me. Today I am sharing how I found out about life coaching and the shift I had with the negative voice in my head. I share how creativity can bring you mindfulness and why you should spend time doing what you love instead of only pouring into others.

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • Lisa's experiences with depression and anxiety in her youth and reaching her lowest point
  • The story of how lettering was the surprise hobby that she didn't know she wanted
  • How lettering positive phrases helped improve her mental health tremendously
  • Why you should embrace the imperfections of creativity and invest in yourself!

Mentioned on the Show:

Committed to Create

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available!

I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

May 15, 2020
001: Welcome, I’m So Glad You’re Here
05:24

In my own life, I’ve learned so much about myself and those around me through creativity and mindfulness. I am Lisa Funk, founder of Hand Lettered Design. From creating this business, my life has changed drastically. This experience as a business owner led me to learn about thought work, mindfulness and I even ended up getting certified as a life coach. In my practice, I combine my two favorite things - creativity and mindfulness. It is so fun and fulfilling and I can’t wait to share more about it with you. 

In this podcast, I am going to tell you about all the things that have helped me. Not because I am perfect or have it all figured out but because I have been there. I have felt like there was something wrong with me, I have felt alone. Ultimately, I want to offer what I wish I would have had - someone to help me find more joy, confidence, excitement and answers to how I could feel better.

This podcast is going to be all about keeping it real. I am a mom of four small children, a wife to my husband Andy and a business owner. I feel called to share my journey with you about my mental health, creativity and how they’ve combined in my life. I will chat about creativity, mindfulness, faith, family life and all of the things that really matter to us. I can’t wait to share more with you. 

 

Mentioned on the Show: 

Hand Lettered Design - come and find resources to start your own mindful lettering journey!

Ready for a fun activity to feel less stress? Come get our FREE Guide - 5 Creative Steps to Less Stress & More Joy while it's still available! 


I hope that my podcast has left you feeling inspired and excited to create the life that you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, I’d love for you to subscribe so you can continue to hear more. Want to get to know me better? Connect with me on my website or on Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on with me and my business.

May 08, 2020