The Maker View Podcast Episode 2 | Mari Richards Founder of Smallful

Today on Episode 2 of The Maker View I'm talking with Mari Richards, product designer, illustrator, blogger, and founder of the whimsical printables company Smallful. I first met Mari through her design blog, Small for Big, and have watched her grow as she launched her business, and is now celebrating Smallful's one-year anniversary--congratulations Mari! 

Monday Maker Motivator #7

Six years ago, I started this blog as a creative outlet after becoming a stay-at-home mama.  The site has been through many changes (including a name change!), and I never imagined it becoming what it is today. I've done everything from teaching myself to code, learning how to take better photos, building relationships and contributing to other websites, and now, starting a podcast! You may have seen my first episode of The Maker View go live last week--a huge thanks for all of your support in this new endeavor. 

As put-together as I may seem online at times, that is just one facet of my life, and there are 100 other things that I am unsure of and giving myself permission to be just good enough at. I hope you all are able to give yourselves permission to do the things that excite and scare you in your own creative journeys this week. 

Here are my weekly picks, hacks, and inspirations to motivate your own inner maker.

DIY Don't | Haircuts

In this day and age, with Pinterest and how-to videos for anything and everything under the sun, it's easy to feel like we have to DIY all the things. But that's where we end up with half-done and failed projects. Sometimes it's good to do things yourself, though, and it can definitely bring a sense of accomplishment. I've enjoyed making clothes for the kids from time to time (the girls have about outgrown these adorable coats though), and even my own eco-friendly cleaners. 
But sometimes it's just better to let somebody else do it. For me, that's haircuts. Unless it's a straight summer buzz-cut for my boys, I'm no hairstylist. Earlier this year, I discovered the ponytail haircut method and got excited to try it. Luckily I was wise enough not to do it on my own hair, and made my youngest, Amelia, my guinea pig (sorry, baby--every kid has to have at least one bad haircut in life!). 

The Maker View Podcast Episode 1 | Songwriter and Filmmaker David Kauffman

Surprise, I'm starting a podcast! I've been an avid podcast listener for years, so although this was a very recent decision, it was not at all a foreign one. I owe a huge thanks to Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income for his amazing video tutorial on podcasting (it's 100% free and he takes you through each step of the process). Pat's podcast is one of my all-time faves (and I highly recommend it to any other online entrepreneurs reading this), but the first podcasts I became addicted to were all about the stories of creatives. I'm a bit of a jill-of-all-trades myself, and hearing about the paths of other makers and artists peaks my curiosity and makes my heart soar right along with them. 

Last year I had the opportunity to preview musician and screenwriter David Kauffman's film, The One I Wrote For You, so when he reached out about the DVD release this month, I knew I wanted to interview him. I was first introduced to David through his music, and have had the honor of meeting him in person and even hearing him sing live. His words and voice are honey to my soul, and I greatly admire how he's merged his faith and talents. 

Listen below for the first episode of The Maker View, and learn about David's musical beginnings, how he followed his passion and took the jump to begin his creative career, and his advice for those embarking on their own. 

Learn more about David Kauffman and his work at The One I Wrote For YouGood for the Soul Music, and follow him on Facebook for news on his latest work. And be sure to get your copy of the film at your local Walmart! 

Stay tuned next week for my interview with Mari Richards, the amazing illustrator and creative behind Smallful

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Monday Maker Motivator #6

I recently printed this quote and taped it to my computer screen. I have limited myself so much in life because of fear--but the times when I have been brave enough to step out from behind it have been some of the richest experiences of my life. There's still a lot of fear in being a single mama making a creative living--but sometimes we just have to stop freaking ourselves out, and do it, right? 

Here's what's inspiring my own creative journey this week, and I'd love to hear what's motivating your making recently. 
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