I’m so excited to announce that today my podcast interview with Krystal Kenney of La Vie Creative is LIVE. The La Vie Creative podcast aims to help listeners live a more inspired life and tap into the artist inside all of us.

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I first worked with Krystal years ago on an online magazine called Romantic Paris Magazine. Besides having the podcast, she is also the owner and photographer at Miss Paris Photo. You can find her shooting at sunrise at Trocadéro and also at events across the city.

Our interview was recorded months ago, so any reference to the lockdown is in reference to the first one, when the city had a much different feel than it does now.

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In the podcast, you’ll hear me mention a couple of resources that have helped me in my creative process, and I wanted to share these with you as well.

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The War of Art is one of those books that I regularly crack open just to get a little inspiration. I haven’t been able to bring all my books to France yet, but this one was sure to make the trip early on. The book is a super easy read and it’s impressive how much depth Pressfield reaches in his bite-sized ideas. For those who are held back by excessive questioning of their unique path in life, this books serves as a great push to motivate daily work, however small, on one’s passion.

The Artists Way is a well-known book by author Julia Cameron, who encourages artists to do small things to spark their creativity. She suggests morning pages – essentially a morning brain dump onto the page through free flow writing. I haven’t done it consistently over the years, but I did find it useful to let go a lot of the nonsense I had jostling around in my head first thing in the morning and leave it on the page. Another one of her suggestions I like is “artist dates”, meaning you, the artist, take yourself on dates by yourself during which you’re open to inspiration and prompts that may lead to a story or a piece of art later. Or perhaps just help you get in the flow. I love this idea and realized upon reading this that my life in France is basically a series of artist dates. I spend so much time by myself here (less now, but certainly for the first 10 years), most of which is spent wandering and photographing when I’m not at my computer working.

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I really appreciate Krystal’s dedication to exposing her listeners to all the creatives in Paris. A lot of the people she interviews like me have their own small business so her shining a light on them (us) has been extremely helpful in this year of massively slowed business for many of us. If you listen to other episodes you’ll hear just how many of her guests depend on tourism, so you can imagine how tough 2020 has been.

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Photos by Krystal Kenney and Chen Sands.

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