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Hello all my radiant rays of sunshine, I hope you’re doing well! I’ve had this weighing on my heart and I wanted to share it with all of you here in this amazing community. I ask you to please share your thoughts, opinions, ideas, all are welcome.

I have been thinking about wanting to start a podcast often over the last 2-3 years. I feel like the time has come. I have decided to open this up as a forum for discussing the possibilities. There are many directions this could take. I have fiddled with many topics and titles over the last few years, with quite the running list on my phone. The one that always comes back to me and speaks to me at my very core is, Embrace Your Shine. 

Why do I want to start a podcast, you ask? I did not always believe in my inner magic. I could not see the beauty of my soul that others so clearly cherished. It’s taken me a long time to appreciate and love the qualities that make me so uniquely beautiful, magical, and lovable. I want to remind others of how special and magical they are. I want to encourage them to look inside themself and know they are beautifully different, just as my husband always tells me. 

As I have mentioned before, storytelling is a powerful tool. We all have a story to share that can touch others in ways we never even imagined possible. Stories have always done this for me, which is a huge reason I love creating and sharing stories with others. Stories and art naturally spark our imagination and remind us to play, to connect with, and nurture our inner child. 

Believe it or not, I did not always openly share my creative talents with others, not even my closest friends and family members. It was not until I was in high school (about 13-14 years old) when I had a teacher that was captivated and moved by my writing. I could not believe the way she saw me. She saw the depth of my raw, sensitive, and caring heart that poured out through my poetry. I started to let others into my highly protected and sacred world of creativity. 

Don’t get me wrong; there were times I allowed individuals close to me to peek inside my creative and imaginative world. However, I was a very- sensitive child, and my fragile sense of self-worth had been crushed and maltreated by those that were supposed to protect me. Trust is a delicate matter, especially in the vulnerability of a child. Early on in my youth, I had shut down, at times, refusing to allow my muse the opportunity to play. 

Though my confidence had begun to grow, and the seeds planted in early childhood began to blossom, I still felt unsafe and insecure in who I was. My garden needed; to be cared for with tenderness. It needed to know that no matter what happened, it was loved and appreciated. Over time I began to nurture and tend to my garden, which grew into a greenhouse. I learned to love every intricate detail making up its one of a kind ecosystem.

I want others to know there is light within the darkness. I want to be a ray of light that reminds them how magical they are. I want to help others to embrace their shine. So many beautiful souls have touched my life, helping me to shine brighter in the world every day. I want to put more light out into the world. I love that I have the opportunity to do some of this here on the blog. However, I feel pulled to do more.

Please share your thoughts with me. When you think of me starting a podcast, what do you envision? What titles and topics circulate in your mind? My goal is to start recording soon and have 7-10 episodes ready to air by my birthday in early September. I want all of you to be a part of this journey as you continue to light me up every day, even if you don’t realize it. Thank you all for always being a part of my light that helps me shine bright (especially on my gloomy days)!

Sending lots of love and light (and of course warm hugs)! 🙂

Let’s Connect: Opening My Heart to New Opportunities

TheSunshineArtist


Hello, my rays of sunshine! I’m Jenna Gee, aka the Sunshine Artist, always seeking to brighten the world around me and seeking to help others embrace the magic that’s inside them. Every day is an empty canvas waiting to be painted and an empty page waiting to be written. Let’s fill today with the magic of the world around us!


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26 thoughts on “Let’s Connect: Opening My Heart to New Opportunities

  1. Absolutely love the idea … no wonder you were keen for feedback as this has been percolating for ages!

    Really appreciate hearing your story and how you got there. Always love your artwork, that bike resonates as I love cycling … sadly I haven’t listened to any podcasts and seldom watch youtubes created by my followers 🙁 WP is ‘enough’ for me 🙂

    But you have amazing talent and the first thing that came to mind was you reading your stories with your art flashing on at crucial moments. In other words, like a kindergarten teacher .. speaking your written words and sharing your illustrations along the way. But what would I know … might be safer to ask those who consume podcasts.

    What draws people in, I think you and your talent would be enough … but published works would help also. As I said you need to see which podcasts are popular, which followers would transfer across. You are smart and gifted enough to work it out and when starting anything new you need to be flexible but authentic … you can do it!

    1. Thank you Kate for your feedback, I didn’t even consider a YouTube podcast, but that is definitely an idea well worth considering too. There so many ways to expand my stories into every day conversations. I really want to target adults, but have been considering an adult and a children’s podcast too.

      1. some of us ‘grown ups’ quite like it sweet and simple … don’t complicate it too much … post a few and see <3

      2. Trial and error for sure 😉 thank you for that Kate, I’m one that frequently needs the reminder to keep things simple. My husband and family often tell me I have a way of over complicating things. Of course my intention is to bring my podcast content to the blog as well, whether it’s audio or visual. 😁❤️

  2. Hello Jenna! For some reason, I can’t like this post or comment through the WP reader so I hope this gets through. I think a podcast is a great idea! I have only started to listen them – they are great company when I am working out and better than radio.

    I think Kate’s suggestion of a youtube channel might be the better venue for you since your art is a large part of your work. We wouldn’t be able to see your art on a podcast. However, if you are combining your podcast with your WP blog then that might be a way to target both thing aspects of your creativity.

    I like your idea of “Embracing your Shine” – I just wrote a post about “A shining moment” for dVerse Monday Haibun and my last line was this idea that people should shine all the time and not just have one shining moment. So I LOVE this idea and I think it’s a great message!

    Keep us updated with this! I am happy to support you in whatever direction you chose!

    1. I recently made a lot of changes to the blog. It seems oncey I approve someone’s comment one time they are god after that. I’m trying to keep the security on my blog high after a creepy incident a few years ago.

      I love the feed back I’m getting, I love brainstorming! 😊 ❤️ I’m a huge fan of podcasts on and off YouTube, of course each one has their own unique value. 😃

    2. I too am a huge fan of podcasts in a variety of formats (youtube and other non visual), of course each has their own unique value. 😊 I always have had the vision that if I eventually did any youtube videos it would be conversation while I worked on illustrations, crafts, that sort of thing. I want to have conversations around my art and stories.

      Some of my podcasts just seem to reach my soul in a powerful way and provide me with what I need in that moment and somehow make me feel heard and seen in meaningful way. I want to do that for others.

      I love the way we all connect here, how I connect with students in the classroom, and now I know it’s time to take this adventure a little deeper. 😊❤️ I will definitely keep everyone up to date, your support means the world to me! 🌈💗

  3. My dear Jenna, a podcast is a wonderful idea! Do go ahead with it and I am sure you will do well. You do connect with your students in the classroom, I am sure you will connect with your readers too!
    Follow your dream, my friend, we are all with you. 🤗❤️
    Love the bike…so whimsical! 🤩

  4. Hello Jenna i missed this one..and i am joining in the convo and echo the thoughts of kate and Irma…we would love to see more of your creative works ..

  5. My dear Jenna,

    Great idea – I support it too – there are really many topics that might be of interest to be discussed.
    Chose whatever you feel in your heart, dear friend.

    Warm hugs and love and I hope all is fine with you 🙂
    Didi

  6. Hi Jenna! I’m so excited to see you making this commitment and taking the plunge, so to speak… Your opening up about hiding your inner beauty from the world because you worried about hurt is something that many people, if not all, struggle or have struggeled with. Afterall, we are human. It seems telling that story to us is a good step in sharing what it is to get out of that mindset and begin sharing your talent. Perhaps it is how you will grow organically by building on how you got here.
    You’re the best! Looking foward to catching up on your writing and listening to your podcast! ;-)))

    1. Thank you Kevin, sharing our stories and opening up is definitely the first strep in achieving growth. I’m excited as I’ve officially begun recording as things have weighed on my heart and mind. Im planning to air the first episode on my birthday September 11th. It seems only right to bring something new into my world on my birthday. 😉❤️

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