The Creative Spirits Podcast
By Kate Darnell&Sherrie Mccarthy
The Creative Spirits Podcast May 19, 2019
Creative Spirits Season 4 Interlude 3: Kate Darnell: Ramblings to an Awakened Healer
This week’s interlude is an interview with Kate Darnell on her book of poetry: Ramblings to an Awakened Healer
Awakened Hearts - Awakened Souls - Awakened Healers…
Ramblings to an Awakened Healer is the final book of a healing trilogy. It reminds us to take back the power of this moment – the moment that is love - the love that honours all of YOU, each of us.
These inspiring words encourage us all to step into a realm of love. To release fear, judgement and shame once and for all.
In each of her books, Kate Darnell’s writing empowers us to take time to come into the moment and start loving and prioritising US, by honouring our heart’s truest and deepest desires.
May Ramblings to an Awakened Healer inspire you to do just that.
Creative Spirits Season 4 Interlude 1: An Interview With Jo Jo from Tree Fox (@tree_fox_)
We are opening season 4's interludes with an interview with JoJo from Tree Fox who offers the most decadent looking handcrafted herbal offerings from her shop. We knew she was the person to talk to about taking care of yourself in order to root to rise. Because if those roots are suffering so is the rest of the tree!
Kate and Jo Jo talk about all things self care as well as one point that is so essential. When you think you have no time for self care that is the time you absolutely must do it!
Adulting is Hard & Emotions Are Real aka Podcasting As Mothers To Young People
The final episode of season 4 of Creative Spirits is a throwing down of being allowed to feel emotions as we talk through what expectations bring us, as well as do to us.
Today we talk about what story is creating our suffering and making our life harder (and Sherrie's son pops in a few times to underline how frustrating our expecations can be while also highlighting the importance of expressing ourselves) as well as how we can have the life we want and crave while living the one we currently are in.
This week’s podcast is all about the ultimate and most difficult aspect of rooting to rise: sweet surrender.
It is one thing to tell yourself you are exactly where you need to be. It is entirely another to believe it.
In this episode we talk about how we let go when we need to, or at the very least try to pry our fingers loose from the attempt to control everything!
And Kate shares an amazing technique to help you in your surrender.
Today we are talking money blocks, needs, desires and everything in between.
If money makes you feel squishy or antsy then check out this week's episode!
Allowing Yourself To Be Who You Are To Become Who Are Meant To Be
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week’s episode continues to look into how you root to rise and to do so we are looking at the soil that we have grown in.
This means looking at both the nutrient rich (or lack of them) substance that we build our life on - both the light and the dark aspects.
Too often we want to change without doing the work. We want to to stretch higher but we do so by pretending that it does not matter where are planted.
At Creative Spirits we believe you can change your environment and be who you want to be. But you can’t do it without first getting down and dirty with you are. And also how the people around you have helped shaped that. For better or for worse and in kindness or maliciousness.
That also means taking full responsibility for who you are right now. That often looks like kindness to the person who were who was hurt, who was made to feel small and then allowed themselves to stay small in order not to feel that hurt again. (And may have then made others feel the same way.)
If you wonder how you go about growing while trying to integrate your past without being overwhelmed by it, this week’s episode is for you!
Human design school that we mentioned in the podcast:
Divine Timing, Being Supported & The Bliss of Accepting The Wonder of You
Trust in timing is what everyone recommends and yet it is so difficult to allow.
How do you know if you are truly where you need to be? What is burn out and what is aligned hustle? And how do we step back in a world that just screams at us to do and be more, more MORE!!
This week’s episode Kate and Sherrie dive deep into divine timing and allowing yourself to exist, how to tell the difference between pushing and allowing and some honest truths about what success is and what it takes to be it.
Your Permission Slip To Be Fabulous
We, the Creative Spirits podcast, hereby give you permission to drop the fear of backlash, fight against tall poppy syndrome, and live your life to the fullest.
And although saying that is easier than doing it, we, along with the divine guidance of Rebecca Campbell’s Work Your Light oracle deck, have the three step formula that will help you do so.
Answer The Call
Share Your Voice
Align Your Life
Rinse and repeat as needed.
Listen to this week’s podcast to dive deeper with Kate and Sherrie on why we struggle to step into the life we want and how to give yourself permission to do so instead!
Episode 4.2 Change, Holding Your Power & Being Able To Stand In It
Wind and turtles have Sherrie slightly distracted in the beginning, but this episode is all about the messy glory of change and bringing in a new age!
Today we are talking about some of the events that need to happen deep in the soil in order to root to rise. Or the uncomfortable fact that sometimes things have to take root in the dark before they are able to be seen. And we need to be able to sit with this and allow it to happen.
If you are struggling and unable to see the changes you so wish to have or trying to bring about - this episode is for you, as we remind you that some things not only need time, but they also need faith.
Just like the turtles that refuse to let Sherrie take pictures of them, you exist outside of you public persona. Who you are as a person is so much more than your Instagram or social media feed. Do not allow others to dim your light, go deep and allow faith that you will emerge from the soil strong and reaching for that light.
4.1Using Your Own Light To Ground Yourself & Illuminate Your Way
Season 4 of Creative Spirits has begun! And we are so excited to welcome back our regular listeners and saying hello to all the new ones! We love you and we trust you are here in perfect and divine timing!
With the new year turning into this year we start the newest season with an episode on how important it is that you allow your roots to go deep and your own light to be the way you illuminate your path - even if at times the light from others seems to be brighter.
We have all been there. It does not matter if it is as a business owner, a creative or a mama. We begin a project with passion and it is infectious. Our light goes brighter and it attracts people who love the beam we give off. And then they begin to help us. They tell us how to grow bigger and faster and do it all better. We get excited and follow their advice but somewhere along the lines what began as something fun and full of enthusiasm has turned into an uphill battle and energy suck.
Does that mean we quit?
But it may mean we went from defining our happiness to being swept up into what others want, hope and expect from us and allowing that to define our happiness instead.
And chances are somewhere along the line the ego has creeped in and with it a full raging case of comparisonitis.
The solution? Not quitting. Not throwing yourself into things harder. But rather stepping back, breathing deep and feeling out your own roots. Going back to your why, going back to what you love and what lights you up, defining happiness for yourself and keeping your focus on your life.
Because it does not matter how shiny your bars glow for someone else, what matters is how happy you are in the life you experience.
Interlude 3.3 - Magic, Self Love & Healing: A Talk With Jenna Nelson of Lucy Moon Co
Today Kate is talking with Jenna Nelson of Lucy Moon Co about witchy goodness, essential oil bliss, connecting with self and the magic of just starting.
Too often we draw back in fear of competition, being one of many, or feeling like we are simply just not enough.
Kate and Jenna dive deep into why self care is essential, how to be brave enough to trust yourself to jump into living the life and biz you want and crave and how to reach out to give and receive support.
2019 Interlude 2 - Spirit Leads - We Trust - There is Magic in Doing
The Creative Spirit Code/Process
Spirit Leads - We Trust - There is Magic in Doing
Today’s episode is all about the Creative Spirit podcast, the hows and the whys we decided to start the podcast and why showing up and doing is so much better than planning out a perfect - but never finished - product.
If you find yourself with giant plans that you refuse to allow to come to fruition because nothing looks like it does in your head this episode is for you!
Listen on anchor or on any and all of your fav podcast haunts!
Year in reflection...or NOT...
Interlude 1 of season 3 was to be a review of the last year and how much can change in a span of one circle around the sun.
But once record was hit it quickly went into honoring your heart's desires wherever you are with them - in celebration or in pain.
Not everyone feels the need to welcome the new year and in this episode we talk about honoring those feelings as well as those that stem from joy.
And as always you can learn more about Kate and Sherrie on their websites!
Gumboots By The Sea Energy Forecast for 2019
Today’s episode is a special one! In honor of the New Year Kate is sharing her Gumboots By The Sea Energy Forecast for 2019!
Set your goals and intentions for the new year with the aid of Kate’s energy forecast for 2019!
This episode is a magic one as Kate channels from her very own almost created deck!
And for more details join Kate’s mailing list as she will be sharing the energy forecast each new moon via the Gumboots newsletter free at gumbootsbythesea.com
And as always you're invited to join Sherrie’s tribe over at
3.6 - TRUTHBOMBS AND CLUNKS - Rise sister RISE
Merry Christmas Creative Spirits listeners! Today we are talking about one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself: the permission to show up in all of your glorious imperfections!
We are talking about being awkward, showing up anyway and just being you! And it is MORE than enough, because you are!
We hope you enjoy today's show!
And as always, feel free to reach out and book a session with Kate at
Or join the goodness of Sherrie’s tribe over on her new member vault site:
Episode 5 We Are Going There! The Wounded & Awakened Healer: Our Choices To Stay The Victim or Be E
And we are talking about healers today because we are all responsible for our own healing. Even when we seek out others to help us in our quest to heal, it is only ourselves who can do the actual work.
Healers hold the space for us to do our own healing.
And we all have wounds. Much like death and taxes, being alive is to make mistakes, to be open to the wrong people at the wrong time, to be misunderstood and shamed, to be constantly told we are not enough and why we are not so.
Some of our wounds are very visible, others are deeper, some of us wear it all on our sleeves, others bury them so deep that the outside world has no idea of the tumult inside. No matter how you look at it, everyone has wounds, even those perfect people who you refuse to think could ever bleed.
And those are the thoughts are those of the wounded healer! It likes for the ego to take some pride in the pain. To believe no one has pain like ours (or to flip it and tell us to deny everything because our pain is so small) but mostly it wants to keep us where we are so we do not move out of the safe zone we have fallen into. A place where our pain can cover for us.
And so today the episode is all about going forward with how to know if you have been stuck in the wounded. Because to be fair, moving from an awakened place is also one where you hurt. It is not the pain that changes but rather your reaction to it.
We hope you enjoy today's show!
And as always, feel free to reach out and book a session with Kate at
Or join the goodness of Sherrie’s tribe over on her new member vault site:
Kicking The Need For External Validation To The Curb!
S3 E3 Creativity Through Movement & Self Care
Season 3 Episode 2: Learning To Enjoy The Ride As The Reward
Season 3 Time For You! Episode 1: Self Care While Still Showing Up In The World
Interlude 3: Kate's Healing Session With Sherrie
Interlude 2: A healing Session With Kate
We wanted to take our listeners on an insiders tour of what it is to have a session with each of us - and yet we are both aware that our sessions are something private. We hold a contained space that is sacred and meant for those directly involved only.
And then we realized. We could do the sessions before the episode and then jump on right afterward to share our thoughts and feelings in the immediate healing afterglow!
Kate's session with Sherrie was nothing short of magic and if you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own session do listen to this episode!
And you can book a session with Kate right here
Season 3 Interlude 1: Pursuing Your Passion To Write In Face Of All Fears
During the interview we talk not just about the fears of leaving a job to become a writer, but an even bigger more insidious situation, what about when you like your job and you are even good at it, but it doesn't light you up the way being an author does?
This is a must listen for anyone who has ever thought about being a writer but their fears are blocking their way to their dreams!
Mariëlle S. Smith is a writer, editor, and writing coach who believes in the absolute healing power of storytelling. Years of working with both fiction and nonfiction writers have taught her that most writers have similar struggles, but how these struggles play out in their day-to-day lives differs dramatically from one person to the next.
Her upcoming 3-month 1:1 Coaching for Writers Programme is geared towards those writers who are ready to figure out once and for all what keeps them from writing. During the Programme, we’ll take a close look at where you are in the process, how you ended up there, and where you want to be, taking into account your daily life and what roles you have to play throughout the day.
We’ll discuss and break down your needs, struggles, and goals, and reflect on your progress to create a solid game plan and writing habit that is attuned to your personal circumstances and will keep you going long after the programme ends, using:
* Weekly writing deadlines
* Biweekly conference calls (8 in total)
* Biweekly email check-ins (7 in total)
* Worksheets to dig deep
* Personalised journal and/or writing prompts
The above is included in the Bronze option. For those who want just that little more from the Programme, there’s also the Silver option, which includes 3 hours of editing, and the Gold option, which includes 5 hours of editing and a 2-hour brainstorm about your project.
Are you ready to finally take yourself seriously as a writer? Enrolment is open to 12 November, 2018. The Programme starts between 5 and 18 November, depending on which date works best for you.
Is part of you saying ‘Yes!’ while the other part is still on the fence? Send an email to email@example.com to schedule a free, no-strings-attached 30-minute call to find out more about the programme and whether Mariëlle is the right coach for you.
Root To Rise: Grounding Our Energy & Coming Into Self
Accepting The Now While Working Towards A Goal
The Guts To Create
It takes guts to create something - ask any mother! Labor is not a pretty sanitized experience, but the result is nothing short of a beautiful miracle.
We have begun to sanitize our lives much to our detriment. When asked to wade into darker waters to go after the things we really want we hesitate. Far worse, we think that the fact that the water is dark means we are not meant to have that wish we so desperately desire.
This episode is to tell you that what you want is on the other side of that dark, murky place. That it is through the blood and the muck that you face what you need to face: not to break you, but to make you stronger.
It is there that you develop the guts to create - be it a book or the life you deserve.
This week’s card was pulled from the Star Child Tarot deck by Danielle Noel.
You Are Enough: Quit The Quest For Perfection & Embrace You!
Taking The Lid Off!
We have some kids opening this week’s podcast and they helped to highlight the lessons we wanted to talk about this week! Mainly, to encourage us to embrace what being a child means and to unlearn some of the lessons we ourselves were taught (often with love) as children.
They also brought about a lesson in the moment about embracing and letting go, when Sherrie’s daughter dropped the lid of her favourite mermaid bottle into the ocean.
We kept on recording, embracing everything spirit had to teach us in that moment, as well as to drive home we need to take the lid off, BOTH in showing our messy sides for others to see as well as taking that cap off of our gratitude!
S2 E2: Knowing When To Act: Mama Intuition & Self Love
Season 2 BeLiving In Self Episode 1: Rituals for Self Care & Returning To Self
Interlude 3: Our Chat With Tarah Abram Of Juicy Living
Interlude 2: Sherrie talks Pen Names & Lynn Francis
Sherrie talks about giving herself the permission to finally publish her work, why she needed the pen name to be able to have the permission to move forward and hit publish in the first place, and why just writing and releasing is the most freeing gift you can give your creative self.
Both Sherrie’s, Kate’s and Lynn Francis’s are available on Amazon!
Season Interlude -Kate Darnell Presents Poems To A Wild Gypsy Spirit: A Dance With The Divine
As always, this podcast is not just the launching of this book into the world. We explore not only the book (Kate reads three poems that she picked for the podcast that were divinely inspired beforehand), but we also go deep into the process of publishing a book.
Not just the practical work of getting the book out there, but that juicy and so scary place that is the process of being brave enough to say goodbye to ego and stepping out to put your work out there in the world.
Raw and honest as always, this episode is a must listen for anyone who is called to put their work out there and yet is unable to step into their power and claim writer.
And you may just find some new favorite poems to inspire you on your journey!
Episode 8 -Comparisonitis
No matter how intent we are on staying in our lane, our eyes stray and we start to believe someone else has it easier, better or just has plain more.
And who can blame us! In this world of social media it is no longer just celebrities we oggle and wonder how they do it as we dream of ourselves in their lives. Suddenly EVERYONE seems to have it better and easier than you. (Just one carefully cropped and the perfect filter applied away).
Today Kate and Sherrie conclude season 1 of Creative Spirits with a candid talk about not just what it takes to go out and have the life of your dreams (spoiler alert: a lot of making your own luck and refusing to accept defeat!) but also the importance of recognizing that there is always a human behind the presented life.
Episode 7 -Allowing In Faith & Working With Spirit
Episode 6 - Opening Up To Your Voice & Strengthening Your Throat Chakra
Boundaries are so important, but to be able to speak up for what you need and set them in place you need to have an open and strong throat chakra.
Today Kate and Sherrie are talking about how to ask for what you need and empower your voice!
Episode 5 -Boundaries for Creativity and Spiritual Connection
In this week's episode Kate and Sherrie talk about setting up boundaries, how to recognize when we don't have them in place or are even unsure if we deserve to impose our needs on others. When in fact boundaries are very much the opposite. We are telling others what we need so that they can see if they are in alignment with us or not.
Book mentioned in this week's show:
If The Buddha Married
Episode 4 - Life Changing Magic of Living with Intention
In the Creative Mermaids courses and coaching (of which Kate is a member!) Sherrie often talks about goal setting, regular check ins and intention setting. Kate also offers intention setting support using the moon in the GBTS: Moon Magic Community, set intentions at the New Moon and Check In at the Full Moon, in a live, online, spiritual supportive group.
In this episode in honor the of the New Moon with a Solar Eclipse in Cancer, we wanted to talk about the importance of living life with intention. This is all about you creating your map for creativity, your business and your professional and personal life.
Episode 3 - Gratitude to Catapult us!
Episode 2 -The Regular & Spiritual Practice Of Words To Wisdom
The Messy Middle is something that Sherrie has often worked with in the Creative Mermaids ( read all about it in the September 2017 issue of Badassery http://badasserymag.com/september-2017/) and through it she discovered the importance of a regular spiritual practice in getting through the dissolved goo of the cocoon phase.
In this episode we go further in to not just the acceptance of the messy middle but also its importance in the cycles of life. Part of the wounds to wisdom growth is working through the shit and pain of our life not as a deterrent to, but rather an essential component of, becoming a woman
Drawn by shadow integration, rising above the wounded healer archetype and striving for a life that embraced cycles that honored the light and the dark, Kate and Sherrie decided to start this podcast to share their experience in the hope to inspire others to invite spirit in and to embrace their wild messy life and selves.
This podcast is as real and messy as us! So grab a cup of tea (or coffee), start your diffuser and prepare for honest talk on the journey from wounds to wisdom!