Rock Your Goals Podcast episode 12 - Connecting with your authentic voice - with Mandi Kontos

Want to hone your craft and grow your confidence as a writer? Mandi Kontos from Dreaming Fully Awake is here to help you silence your inner critic, fuel your creative flow, and create a writing practice that works for you.

Plus, Mandi opens up about how the death of her father has impacted her creativity, and I take a deep dive into one of my darkest times and how it’s shaped my present in positive ways.

It’s a mix of deeply personal and deliciously practical on the podcast today, and we hope that both our honesty and heart will leave you feeling supported, inspired, and ready to share your words with the world in your own beautiful way.

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Language note: this episode is explicit and contains light swearing/cursing.

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Episode Summary

  • Why not everyone will “get” what you’re doing (but it totally doesn’t matter).
  • Building a safety circle around yourself and your creativity – what it is and why you need one.
  • How to lovingly protect your passion from the scrutiny of others (especially when you’re first starting out).
  • Ready to write but the ideas just won’t come? We’ve got you covered.
  • How a change of scenery can help get your creativity flowing.
  • What a writing coach does and how they can help you establish a writing practice that serves you.
  • I (Sarah) share my favourite tip to make writing about yourself easier (and exactly how I used it to craft press releases about my award win).
  • Why looking after yourself is the key to your creativity.
  • How to deal with your inner critic and inner editor (when they just won’t shut up!).
  • How a great editor can help you shape your work and grow your confidence as a writer.
  • Why putting your heart and soul on a page can be scary and how to move through the fear and do it anyway.
  • Why a spot of dabbling & play is a wonderful way to find your flow.
  • Doing things that scare you & how it can help you build character and expand your comfort zone.
  • Mandi shares how the loss of her father has shaped her writing, her business and her life.
  • We get really deep and talk about the challenges in life that shape us and shift our course, plus why sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.
  • And we talk about why sometimes we just need to get out of our own way, trust ourselves and go for it!

Resources We Mention

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P.S. If you enjoyed this episode, wrap your ears around episode 8 where author Vanessa Carnevale shares her tips on becoming a better writer.

+ Loving shout out to Ane Novak who created the wonderful tune “Happy Day” (the awesome intro & outro music to Rock Your Goals the podcast) which gets me grooving in my seat every time I hear it.