Fold Your Laundry, Change Your Life
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD
Why do I have overly fond feelings for my tiny, lavender laundry room?
It’s where I learned to save my own butt, financially.
Remember late 2007?
It was tulip-mania but with mortgages here in the U.S.
Personally I remember being pressured by temporarily deranged brokers to cash out the equity in my home and feed it like kindling into the inflated stock market.
Thank god my friend John Fitzgerald (a former trader) sat me down for a financial intervention. “No tulips for you,” he said.
John asked me to just listen to a then lesser-known Sunday podcast called the Financial Sense Newshour. They were outlining the danger of the mortgage-based speculative bubble and warning listeners about the possibility of a market (or dollar) crash.
At the time, I would rather have gotten get my gums scraped than pay attention to a financial podcast.
Because back then I couldn’t tell you who Warren Buffet was, never mind understand a “derivative swap.”
But I promised John I’d listen to Financial Sense on laundry day; if only to act like I was on the job with this whole investment thingy.
Many Sundays and tons of towels later, I started to really get into it. I hit the books and took a radical action.
I withdrew every penny out of the market before the lowest point of the 2008 crash.
I got well scorched but not immolated.
For me laundry + podcasts= equaled not having to sell my house.
What Can Podcasts Do For Your Life and Your Art Practice?
One art podcast I listen to has transformed my attitude toward my own creativity, as much as the Financial Sense Newshour transformed my attitude toward my own money. (See Savvy Painter below.)
Find a podcast that fits your style and needs. If you have found one you love not listed here, put a link to it in the comments.
The right podcast can companion and encourage you to pull yourself up and over a barrier: soon you’ll find yourself standing in the land your next creative break through.
3 Amazing Artists’ Podcasts
1. The Jealous Curator: Art For Your Ears with collage artist Danielle Krysa
Kryssa is brave, humble and casual. Her discussions with guests are quirky, funny and open-ended. Episodes are usually an interview with a single artist and don’t stick to any particular topic.
The host’s warmth, humor and self-deprecating delivery make for easy listening while working in your studio.
The tagline for her show is: “Turning Jealousy Into Get-Your-Ass-Back-In-To-Your-Studio, Inspiration.” Her blog is inspiring too. One of the only email newsletters I subscribe to anymore.
Got issues with imposter syndrome or your inner critic?
Check out the best episode I think Kyrssa has done thus far called: Pushing Through The Messiness, where Kryssa and her author friend Lisa Conglon ( Art Inc.) interview one another.
2. SavvyPainter Podcast with painter Antrese Wood
The Savvy Painter is an equally inspiring show but more solid and structured. Wood packs each episode with a purpose. She drills down and gets to the meat of a specific issue every time.
I’m not a painter and I love this podcast.
Antrese is a warm, honest, intelligent authority on art and the business of art. Her enthusiasm and accessible style educates and invigorates listeners.
Wood’s show notes for each interview, (which often include videos) are an inimitable resource in and of themselves.
The Savvy Painter is more than a podcast, it’s a community. If you feel isolated (and what creative doesn’t?) tune in and join the party. You won’t regret it.
Here is a fun episode to jump in with: Interview with Daily Paintworks Founder, Carol Marine.
Or…this one: Luck Has Nothing To Do With It: The perseverance and stubbornness required to thrive as an artist.
3. How To Sell Art,The Abundant Artist Podcast with Digital Strategist Cory Huff
Cory’s dream is to crush the myth of the starving artist. His passion is spreading the word about the business of art and what you can do to actually succeed financially.
Review: by Captain Red beard85 on Nov 09, 2015 “The Abundant artist is an amazing podcast! Huff brings artists the knowledge of the business and promoting side of the art universe. Something most artists fear, and dread to face. I promise you won’t leave empty-handed.”
Here are two episodes to bookmark for laundry day:
Extra Credit: My Take on How Podcasts Change Lives
Audio companions you in a different way than a blog can. Especially if you multi-task.
You are being “productive.”
Your interfering inner critic is foiled and your monkey mind temporarily subdued by the action of