10 CYOP Podcast Episodes You Haven't Downloaded Yet (But Should)

10 CYOP Podcast Episodes You Haven't Downloaded Yet (But Should)

In last week's Creative Digest (subscribe here, if you're not already on the list), I decided to switch things up a bit and offer some recommendations for those who listen to the Creating Your Own Path podcast. 

You see, certain episodes featuring interviewees who aren't super internet-famous simply aren't getting the love they deserve. So, in my weekly dispatch, I offered up three podcasts my subscribers may have missed. You can read the full email below:


When faced with too many choices in life, we often gravitate toward the familiar. You should see me at the grocery store. I find myself making a beeline for items I know will be delicious because I've had them before. They're slam dunks, those items-I-get-every-time. All the while, that fancy new flavored water is waving at me from the end cap. It's unproven. Unknown. So, I move along.
I know what you're thinking and I promise I'm not opposed to trying new things. I try new things all the time! It's just that familiar is simple—easy, even. It's human nature to go with what you know.
After two and a half years of podcasting, I've seen a trend in my listenership/download numbers. Some CYOP listeners are scrolling past the episodes featuring new-to-them interviewees. Instead, they're skipping right to the episodes with creatives they already know and love. They're sticking with what they know and leaving that fancy new flavored water for another day.
I get it. Leaning on the familiar is completely understandable. I've got 88 episodes in the archives and that is a lot of content to sift through. Not to mention, I interviewed those familiar, well-known creatives for a reason! I know and respect their work, they have so much wisdom to share, and their stories are inspiring regardless of how many times we've heard the narrative.
That said, I hope you'll to head on over to that fancy flavored water and pick up a case anyway. Why? Because exploring the unknown is good too. Hearing unfamiliar stories can lead to great ideas. New-to-you people become known entities if you let them.
That's why I've decided to share three interviews today that you may have missed over the last few years (but that are absolutely worth your time).

Because the response from subscribers was so lovely, I thought I'd expand upon my recommendations and offer 10 podcast episodes you may have missed:


Happy listening, my friends, and don't forget to sign up for the Creative Digest to get podcast episodes (and other goodness) sent right to your inbox!


Photo Essay: What We Loved in Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

When life gets overwhelming, I tend to look for the good stuff—happy stories, good people, and fun memories. So, it's no surprise that I recently found myself rummaging through my photo archives from our spring trip to Europe.

Today, I'm excited to share what I found in the "Ghent, Belgium" file on my computer. We had a lovely visit that came complete with a stunning Airbnb (the photos on the site don't do it justice—trust me), slow evening walks (perfect for stumbling upon beautiful architecture), and plenty of time to sample as much beer and chocolate as possible. 

As I mentioned, the flat we rented was incredible. I did a terrible job or taking photos of the rental, but I did manage to capture our favorite spots: the living space and the deck.  

Ghent, Belgium // Airbnb
Ghent, Belgium // Airbnb
Ghent, Belgium // Airbnb
Ghent, Belgium // Airbnb

As far as sightseeing goes, we sort of broke our trip into history lessons that also afforded us great views of the city from up above and exploring the city at the street level. We, of course, started with a castle that happens to be located right in the middle of the city.

The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium
The Gravensteen // Ghent, Belgium

Our next stop was the beautiful Belfry of Ghent, which is located just down the road from the castle. You can actually see it in many of the photos above!

Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium
Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium
Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium

The tour of the belfry is full of really fascinating information about how the bells are made and how the mechanisms controlling the chimes actually work. Then, when you make it to the top, you're rewarded with more amazing views of the city.

Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium
Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium
Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium
Belfry of Ghent // Ghent, Belgium

At the street level, Ghent is just as charming as you might imagine. We loved walking around, winding our way through side streets, and ducking into shops and the occasional restaurant or bar. 

Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium

We were also really intrigued to find a few key spots that were perfect for hanging out for a bit. The first was the Stadshal, which is a modern event structure built right in the middle of the historic center of the city. I shared more about it here, if you'd like to get the backstory, but we were definitely excited to see a food and drink festival taking place at the Stadshal while we were in town!

The Stadshal // Ghent, Belgium
The Stadshal // Ghent, Belgium
The Stadshal // Ghent, Belgium

The next spot we decided to spend a little time was something my husband came across in his pre-vacation research: an entire street dedicated to graffiti art! I loved it.

Graffitistraatje // Graffiti Street // Ghent, Belgium
Graffitistraatje // Graffiti Street // Ghent, Belgium
Graffitistraatje // Graffiti Street // Ghent, Belgium
Graffitistraatje // Graffiti Street // Ghent, Belgium
Graffitistraatje // Graffiti Street // Ghent, Belgium
Graffitistraatje // Graffiti Street // Ghent, Belgium

One of the things we noticed on this trip was just how much we missed being out in nature. Most of our vacations revolve around hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures. Truth be told, this trip didn't offer us the peace and quiet we're accustomed to. So, we found this pretty park and spent some time exploring away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

Citadelpark // Ghent, Belgium
Citadelpark // Ghent, Belgium
Citadelpark // Ghent, Belgium
Citadelpark // Ghent, Belgium

Overall, it was a lovely stop during our European getaway. We'd definitely go back to this charming college town.

Now tell me, friends: have you ever been to Ghent? What was your favorite spot?



CYOP #88 - Changing Your Mind + Redefining Success with Author (and Hollywood Expat) Lisa Jakub

CYOP #88 - Author (+ Hollywood Expat) Lisa Jakub // creatingyourownpath.com

Today's guest is actor-turned-author Lisa Jakub. If you’ve ever seen Mrs. Doubtfire or the original Independence Day, you’re likely familiar with her early work. I came across Lisa a few years ago on Twitter and she has since completely changed careers. She’s now a writer living thousands of miles away from Hollywood.

When I read Lisa’s book, You Look Like That Girl…, in which she details her major life and career shift, I knew I wanted to have her on this segment of the show. You might think the story of an actor-turned-writer would be completely un-relatable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth in this case.

In the interview, we chat about how Lisa got into acting at the age of four and how she handled the period of time between leaving Hollywood and where she is today. We also talk about the tools Lisa used to understand how she could view success outside of the world of acting and filmmaking, why she feels it’s important to talk about the difficult times she’s faced over the years and what she’s working on next.

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"You're allowed to live your life in a way that makes you happy." — Lisa Jakub, Author + Hollywood Expat // creatingyourownpath.com

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