This is an encore presentation of one of our most listened to episodes in the series so far. This episode revisits Wendy McWilliams' inspiring journey, originally featured in Season One. Wendy, who started seeking a simple hobby at the age of 49, eventually discovered her life's passion in painting. Despite going through 22 different jobs, including roles at Calvin Klein and Revlon in Europe, Wendy found fulfillment and success as an artist with her work sought after for private collections worldwide. The central message of the episode can be summed up with this: "You can't believe everything you think," emphasizing the importance of overcoming limiting beliefs.
When Wendy McWilliams was 49 years old, she felt like she needed a hobby. What started as a search for a simple past-time hobby, quickly evolved into her life’s passion - a thriving art career her work sought after for private collections around the globe. After working through 22 different jobs including for Calvin Klein & Revlon in Europe, she finally landed on what she was meant to do in life - painting.
It’s hard to not be skeptical about ourselves and our abilities. Art allows us to channel a source of energy, of inspiration, and opens us to become a vehicle for creativity to create beauty through our hands. We are meant to create, to allow creativity to flow through us. Our job is to remain open and to make sure we do not believe everything we think - especially when it comes to limiting beliefs.
“You hate your own creations because you think they look too much like you made them. You think if you keep trying you can make your work look like some other, better person made it. But there is no level of skill where you transcend yourself. The thing you hate about your art, is the most valuable thing about it” (paraphrased from Elicia Donze)
In this encore presentation, the episode revisits Wendy McWilliams' inspiring journey, originally featured in Season One. Wendy, who started seeking a simple hobby at the age of 49, eventually discovered her life's passion in painting. Despite going through 22 different jobs, including roles at Calvin Klein and Revlon in Europe, Wendy found fulfillment and success as an artist with her work sought after for private collections worldwide. The central message of the episode is encapsulated in the phrase "You can't believe everything you think," emphasizing the importance of overcoming limiting beliefs.
- Wendy McWilliams, a guest from Season One, is reintroduced in this encore presentation.
- Wendy's journey began as a search for a hobby at the age of 49, ultimately leading to a thriving art career.
- Despite navigating through 22 different jobs, Wendy found her true calling in painting.
- The episode highlights the skepticism we often harbor about our abilities and the role of art in channeling creativity and inspiration.
- The quote "You can't believe everything you think" serves as a guiding principle, encouraging listeners to challenge their limiting beliefs.
- Wendy's story reinforces the idea that we are meant to create and be open to the flow of creativity.
- The episode emphasizes the importance of remaining open, having fun, and being curious in one's journey.
- Wendy's transformative experience occurred when she allowed herself to be guided by what would be fun and enjoyable.
- The episode underscores the power of letting go of self-imposed limitations and allowing enjoyment to guide one's path.
- Wendy's journey is described as a powerful reminder of the significance of remaining open and lighthearted in pursuing one's passion.
Kate Shepherd: Hello there. It's Kate shepherd. Your host of the creative genius podcast.
Today, I find myself tucked up inside while the world around me has all, but come to a standstill. Because where I live in Vancouver, doesn't often get snow. And when we do everything, just sort of shuts down.
overnight it's I think it was about a foot of snow has fallen and. It's just about lunchtime. And I feel like we've had about that much more since this morning. So it really is one of those quiet days.
The schools have shut down. Most people aren't going into work. Our roads haven't been cleared.
We really heard not set up for this.
There's a kind of joy in that for me. I was thinking about why we love snow day so much. Of course, everybody loves an unexpected day off.
But there's something magical about getting to stay inside all day.
If you have kids in school, you get to stay home with them. If you don't, you probably get to work from home or even take the day off.
And time seems to change shape and really slow down.
There is an opportunity inside days like that. For us to look around and maybe allow ourselves. To deepen. Our willingness to be in the surrendered state. To enjoy the day to enjoy the different direction you're being taken the theme of season three, this season of creative genius podcast. Has been about learning to see. And our ability to learn, to see can be greatly enhanced by our ability to surrender. surrender to the way we thought things should look. Surrender what we think is supposed to happen next to what we think we're supposed to be doing and noticing, and seeing and feeling. And even thinking.
When we do surrender to the, what is of any given moment.
Something magical becomes available to us.
We're able to start to look around for what we might enjoy, what might make this moment. Wonderful. So it wasn't the way I thought it was going to be.
But what, what else is here?
The episode you're about to hear today. Is a wonderful example of somebody who.
Found herself in a situation
that she didn't necessarily want to be in and looked for the fun and what it led to. And I'll tell you a little bit more about that. In a moment.
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Kate Shepherd: And I would love to hear from you today's show is an Encore presentation of one of our most cherished bookmarked loved, shared. I listened to two episodes. We remastered it for your audio pleasure. And I'm so excited to bring it to you today.
It's Wendy McWilliams who joined us back in season one. And there were just so many important messages in, in so much of what Wendy shared with us. That I felt it was the right time to bring it back .
Kate Shepherd: Her journey is a powerful reminder of the importance of remaining open and having fun. And being curious and lighthearted, but really letting enjoyment guide the way. And I think what happened for her when she really allowed herself to let her senses guide her. And let the question.
Well, what would be fun guide her? The absolute miracle that happened next for her. If you hear something in this episode today that reminds you of someone.
Send them a link to the show and let them know.
And if you're looking to deepen your own intuition and your own ability to follow the yeses and the nos in your life. I would love to remind you about my activating intuition and creativity workshop. I do it once a month in the lead up to the full moon, it's a live virtual event. It's gorgeous.
People really enjoy doing it. It's included as part of the colorful community, creative genius Patrion.
You can also sign up for the workshop as a one-off on Kate Sheppard, creative.com.
A joy to bring you this conversation again. May it be exactly what you need to hear in this moment of your life. Enjoy this Encore presentation of my conversation with Wendy McWilliams.