Boy, did we land a ‘GET’ in today’s guest! We are thrilled to have the one, the only, the witty, the wise, and the wonderful Cathy Zielske on the show today. All hail the QUEEN of CRAP-FREE SCRAPBOOKING! Both Amanda + Kristin have followed her for years and agree that her presence + voice in this creative crafting community we all known & love is unmatched and unparalleled. It is our pleasure to bring her to you with this episode.
Cathy Zielske (pronounced simply as Zil-ski) gives us the backstory of how she got to where she is today, from her job as an assistant editor for a magazine to having a baby and freelancing to her foray into scrapbooking and how she ‘got hooked’.
Amanda + Kristin also talk with Cathy about finding your ‘thing’ and staying afloat in the creative industry by pivoting when needed and always evaluating when you need to make a tweak.
Cathy also gives the girls the low-down about FIT: her online class all about documenting self-care. The class aims for its participants to to answer: Can you connect to what you need?
FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //
Cathy on sustainability & why she doesn’t want to go back to corporate America :
“If I don’t change and evolve and try new things, I might not be able to sustain this. And I want to be really clear too: I don’t know anyone who’s self-employed whose business just sustains without vigilance and constant effort. If I don’t come up with something, I don’t make money. If I don’t make money, I have to go back to corporate America, and if I go back to corporate America, I have to wear…A BRA!”
Cathy on ‘DOING IT ALL’ :
“We are fed this ridiculous idea…that we are limitless….the sky is the…you know. Here’s the reality: we are actually human and the very nature of being human is that we are limited.
I feel like this idea that we can ‘do it all’ or that we should be ‘doing it all’ actually can contribute to a lot of negativity because it’s just not accurate. Like, LIFE ISN’T LIMITLESS. We are born and - guess what?! - nobody is going to make it out alive…there is a span, and within that span, you have limits, so get it line with what is real, and figure out: What are my strengths? What are my weakness? Go from there…”
SHOW NOTES //
• Cathy’s blog, scrapbooking, & card-making
• the story of how Cathy got to where she is
• Two Peas in a Bucket
• Simple Scrapbooks Magazine
• Stacy Julian
• Cathy’s books
• What’s Your Thing? episode
• “opportunity meets preparation” quote
• Ali Edwards
• We can’t afford to act like it’s okay that ‘Girls can do anything’ got translated somewhere along the line into ‘Women must do everything’.
• Cathy’s FIT class
• TAKING CARE OF ME IS MY JOB… WHO KNEW?
• Kristina Werner
CURRENTLY ROUND //
(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)
WATCHING: Game of Thrones
READING: absolutely nothing
LISTENING TO: 80s new wave music + Hungry Like A Wolf
MAKING: an effort to do brush lettering
PLANNING: new e-course to teach hybrid scrapbooking
LOVING: my relationship with my children
AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //
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