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How does creativity benefit our lives as grown-ups? I'm Claire, and I re-found my creativity after a time of almost crippling anxiety. Now I want to share the stories of other people who have found or re-found their creativity as adults, and hopefully inspire many more grown-ups to get creative. I chat with my guests about their childhood experiences of creativity and the arts, how they came to the creative practices they now love, the barriers they had to overcome to start their creative re ...
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Zero Degrees (0º)

Claire & Gabe Brown

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Are you someone who hears a mathematic or scientific phrase and mentally checks out of the conversation because you THINK you won't be able to understand it? Well - this podcast is definitely for you! Perhaps you sit at home and it suddenly dawns on you... wait... how does my smart phone REALLY work? Once again - this podcast is definitely for you! Maybe you're someone who groans at having to explain for the millionth time to your friends how gravity works. Surprise surprise... this podcast ...
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Small Business, Big Network is the podcast for small business owners who want better results from their networking. I'm Liz Drury, a freelance voiceover artist who knows that if you're not working as much as you'd like, then networking could help! The show is a mix of bite sized episodes on networking basics, and interviews with business owners who are successfully using networking to grow. There are lots of inspirational stories that will encourage you to get started or to keep going on you ...
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Take Back Retirement

Stephanie McCullough & Kevin Gaines

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You’re a woman on the cusp of “retirement” naturally feeling some anxiety. We are two financial planners who take this subject seriously (but ourselves less so). We will help you feel more confident about your choices by cutting through the myths and mysteries. Through conversations and interviews with both subject-experts and women who have gone through what you are approaching, you will have the correct information and motivation to be in control of your future.
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1. Neya - Too Deep 2. Amari Noelle & Jacob Latimore - Would'nt Do 2 3. Ann Marie - Therapy 4. Jhené Aiko, Meek Mill, Young Thug - Someone To Love 5. Rihanna - Needed Me (Amapiano Remix) 6. Krishawna - I Let Cha 7. Alexia Jayy - I Need a Man 8. Nelccia - Options 9. K. Michelle - You 10. Daniel Caesar - Valentina 11. Eric Bellinger - Sum 2 See 12. Zeina - Nasty 13. Aqyila - Hello 14. Jacquees - I Remember 15. Kimberly Brewer feat. Joe & Stevie Wonder) - Don't Make Me Wait Too Long 16. Jully Bl ...
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Flee Chavasse is the owner of Parker and Boots photography. She loves creating brand photography for business owners, as well as teaching children about photography, and being an NLP practitioner! Flee says she came to networking late but is glad she discovered it. www.parkaandbootsphotography.com www.linkedin.com/in/feliciachavasse https://calendl…
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Sewing up a storm. In this episode of the Mother of All Solutions podcast, Laura Broderick chats with Great British Sewing Bee contestants Lauren Tedstone and Vicki Reid who discuss their careers before entering the Sewing Bee, plus their work, family and sewing lives now. Mother of all Solutions CreativityFound.co.uk Instagram: @creativityfoundpod…
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“Think about practicing for retirement long before you get there.” -Mary Jo Hoffman Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines sit down with aeronautical engineer-turned-artist Mary Jo Hoffman. Renowned for her captivating photography project, Still, Mary Jo shares her extraordinary journey from a 17-year career as a scientist into becoming a …
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John Wilson is the Founder of Honest Video, a full-funnel video marketing agency for corporate clients. Honest specialise in beautiful corporate videos and work with the likes of AQA, Bauer Media, Thomson Reuters, Roche, and Asahi. Recently, John co-founded Xplnr which produces animated explainer videos with fixed fees, streamlined processes, and a…
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Kelly Drewett is the founder of Kaydee Website and SEO Agency. Kelly started her business at the tender age of 19 and has been running it for almost 25 years! She now lives in France but networks with people back in the UK through online meetings which she loves. As well as helping businesses with their websites and SEO Kelly also trains people do …
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From corporate communications to embracing personal creativity through writing, coaching, and more, Amy L. Bernstein illustrates in this episode that owning your identity and being true to yourself can lead to a sense of empowerment and fulfillment. Amy shares how she transitioned from high-paying corporate communications' jobs to pursuing more per…
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“It wasn't nearly as traumatic for me as I was expecting it to be. I was a little concerned about how I would transition from having to get up and having that routine to creating a new one.” - Sharon Welcome to another edition of Real Retirement Stories - a series of Take Back Retirement. Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines chat with Sh…
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Blake Caldwell is one of the co-founders of Brotherhood-UK, a coaching business that helps people (predominantly, but not exclusively, men) be the best they can be. Blake's background includes sport, sales and crisis intervention work for Children's Services. He's very keen on fitness and mental health, and wants to help as many people as possible …
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Nicola Auckland is a Business & Brand Photographer with a passion for the relationships formed between business owners, customer and brands. After her corporate career ended during Covid, she turned her profitable side-hustle into fully fledged wedding photography business. Whilst she loved this, she knew something wasn't quite right (and it had li…
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“Each dollar today buys less than the same dollar did 10 years ago. Which is why a lot of financial advisors are so focused on helping clients grow their money over time. It's not to become wealthy and die with the most money, it's because the cost of living goes up over time.” - Stephanie Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines demystify t…
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Crafting inspired by nature and gardens The creative workshops offered at Sussex Garden School range from garden design to pressing flowers, fused glass art, natural dyeing and rag weaving, all in a supportive and encouraging environment where adults can explore their creativity and unlock a sense of wonder and playfulness often lost in adulthood. …
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James West is the co-founder of ONLE Networking - the online business network for people who like people. He met his wife Kelly while networking and they built ONLE on the belief that most people can be trusted to network without the rules and protocols that get in the way of running a business. Based on his own experiences, James believes that the…
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Camilla is a Vedic Meditation expert, based in Kent, UK Camilla trained as a primary school teacher in 2000 and learnt to meditate when she was an Assistant Headteacher in an inner city London school. After meditating, she worked as a gardening teacher in the Eden Project, a chef and cooking teacher in Sydney and then returned to the UK to live in …
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Buying an embroidery kit is a great way to get started with this craft, and Mary Broddle creates modern kits using traditional methods, as well as teaching online and in person. In this chat, Creativity Found Collective member Mary discusses how embroidery engages the brain's reward centre, reduces stress and offers a productive way to relax. She a…
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Claire Waite Brown is the founder of the Creativity Found podcast where she interviews people about being creative in later life. She has also built the Creativity Found website to help grown-ups find their creativity by listing courses, workshops, events, books, products and subscriptions with creativity at their heart. In addition she has created…
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“If the average life expectancy for a woman is around 86, 87, fully 50% of women live longer than that. So, you can't plan just to age 87.” Can a simple quiz change the way you think about retirement? Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines uncover the hidden gems (and not-so-shiny stones) within retirement planning quizzes and surveys, esp…
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Creativity Found is 100 episodes old, something I never could have imagined when I started the show with a secondhand microphone and a good idea. In this celebratory episode find out the whys, hows and whos of the show so far, including highlights from some of my guests. And if you haven't listened to all 100 episodes, you'd better get started!! Gu…
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Martin Whiskin and Ben Bowles (collectively known as Bentin) are the founders of The Creative Collective (TCC), an online networking group for people in creative industries. Their motto is 'collaboration not competition' and their meetings regularly attract 30+ attendees which suggests it's an approach that works! Find out more at: www.thecreativec…
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In 2015, Debra decided to leave the corporate world and do something. Exactly what she was going to do was somewhat unclear! She decided to focus on smaller businesses and see if she could use her experience to support them. Having set up a website, she realised that she needed to get the message out which led to her joining various networking grou…
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“Human beings going into retirement will find every excuse to not spend their money” - Dan Haylett Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines sit down with financial advisor Dan Haylett. As the host of the “Humans Vs Retirement” podcast, Dan tells us how he inspires retirees to grab life by the horns and experience true wealth in their later y…
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Anna is a Sexual Intimacy Expert and Your YOU Coach, operating from China where her focus lies in helping women who’re disappointed, disconnected and detached in their relationships accelerate their intimate connection with their partner with her INTIMACY ACCELERATION 3 Step System. She has helped 100s of women shift from desperate and frustrated t…
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Tom Jepson is a coach for creative people who describes himself as being slightly rebellious and also quite nerdy! Tom's background is in the design industry as both an employee and a freelancer, so he understands the issues that creative business owners face. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomjepsoncoaching/ https://www.tomjepsoncreative.com…
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"Dad, you trusted me with everything. I'm trusting you with the truth.” -Nancy May Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines sit down with Nancy May, who drops some real truth bombs relating to eldercare and supporting aging parents and relatives. Nancy’s personal journey sheds light on the complexities and sacrifices involved in this critica…
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Growing up, Joanne Robinson was creatively encouraged in primary school and loved to draw for hours at home. However, her passion for art was dampened when she entered secondary school and was told by an art teacher that she wasn't very good. This negative feedback led Joanne to believe that she didn't have a talent for art, and she abandoned her a…
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Branding is all about creating an emotional connection between the brand and their ideal customer. When that prospective customer encounters your brand, it should create an instant feeling. That feeling if done correctly should grow and turn that customer into a customer for life. That’s exactly what Squark Design help business owners to do – build…
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Gemma Adair is the founder of Riada Consultancy, a marketing expert who helps businesses unlock their marketing potential. With an impressive 20-year marketing journey, Gemma has worked for and with some of the world's largest tech giants, including Accenture, Microsoft, Avanade, AWS, Ricoh Europe, and K2 (Nintex). Her deep understanding of the tec…
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Adventures with yarn, needles and hook Delve into the colourful world of crochet with my guest Jane Crowfoot, also known as Janie Crow, as she shares her journey from average student to renowned crochet designer, author and the founder of her own brand. Jane opens up about her early creative experiences, her education in textiles, and the pivotal m…
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“Every single thing in my life that has ever terrorized me and terrified me, and I avoided like nobody's business, when I finally either had no place else to run, or I chose to turn around and face it, it has never been as bad as I thought it would be. It has never been as shameful as continuing to avoid.” Our hosts Stephanie McCullough of Sofia Fi…
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Shanel Richardson is a British artist based in Sweden who creates memorable images for memorable projects through the use of illustration, animation and 3D, and she's passionate about helping companies think in creative ways when it comes to their image and marketing. Whether it's sketching out characters and ideas in a rapid sketch-session, or des…
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The Business Allotment is run by Jodie Newman, author of Build Your Business on Ideas (published by Icon Books). From her furniture design MA at the RCA, through a decade spent in marketing, Jodie has since built her business for the last twenty-one years on the belief that great ideas grow businesses and that creativity makes you a better business…
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Portraying and valuing everyday family life As a film photographer Rachel Larsen Weaver captures authentic and imperfect moments, particularly highlighting the nuances of motherhood and family life. Her work showcases the real and raw aspects of these experiences, steering away from the facade of perfection often portrayed in mainstream media and o…
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Barbara Gill is a specialist in marketing creative businesses and has a passion for marketing strategy and email marketing. Barbara founded Barbara Gill Marketing in 2020 with a mission to help businesses without a marketing department to take control of their marketing and reach their ideal clients and customers. Barbara is also a co-founder of th…
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“It's not a line that you are either academic or creative, or you are either scientific or creative, or you are either mathematical…They're not separate.” -Claire Waite Brown Ever felt like your creative spark got lost in the shuffle of life? Our hosts Stephanie McCullough of Sofia Financial and Kevin Gaines of American Financial Management Group s…
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Rayhaan is a Chartered Accountant and the founder of Sidekick, an accountancy firm specialising in providing outsourced accounting and CFO support to business owners. Focused on helping clients make more money and pay less tax, Sidekick distinguishes itself by prioritising client service above all else. This foundational philosophy ensures that eve…
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Helping everyone to find their sparkle From a young age, Jessie Elliott struggled with the idea of being her authentic self, feeling the pressure to conform to certain preconceived roles and expectations. She felt the need to shrink herself in order to fit in, stifling her creativity and inner voice. After the tragic loss of her father, Jessie took…
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Matthew Hunkin is a branding expert and runs Valhalla Branding. He has found that being clear on your branding helps with your networking too. If business is a battlefield, then brand is your most powerful weapon. To be victorious, you need a clear strategy, the right weapons, and good people on your side. That is where Valhalla comes in. Matt will…
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“I first ask this question: What is the number to make you feel successful? You and no one else. It might be a scary number. There’s nothing wrong with fear.” -Ella Glasgow Ever felt the anxiety-inducing pressure of pinning a price tag on your brainchild? Our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines break that down with guest Ella Glasgow, who's…
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Bryan Clayton isn't just another CEO; he's a visionary and a groundbreaker. As the mastermind behind GreenPal, an innovative online marketplace dubbed the "Uber for lawn care" by Entrepreneur magazine, he's revolutionizing the way homeowners connect with local lawn care pros. Boasting over 200,000 active users, GreenPal pulses with thousands of tra…
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Corrie Legge was following Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and during reading deprivation week – which she expanded to include other external distractions such as TV and social media – was at a bit of a loose end, having put the children to bed at her babysitting job. This period of quiet reflection resulted in a flurry of writing, something that…
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Welcome to our tenth episode! In this episode, we talked about pheromones, viral engineering, how a saw can stop your hand from getting chopped off, the total solar eclipse coming up in April, and centripetal force! We also discussed what happens when you're driven by fear or insecurity and room temperature superconductors! Are they real? :O Keep s…
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Clare Fuller has spent 30 years working as a palliative care nurse and has now set up her own business called 'Speak for me'. She helps people negotiate the tricky topic of advanced care planning, to ensure that at the end of their lives they get what they want and need as far as possible. She is also the host of the 'Conversations about advanced c…
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“If they're only worried about that current year, then that's what they're going to focus on. Let your accountant know, ‘I'm interested in what my tax bill's going to be three, five years down the road. So, if there's something we need to be doing, let's have a conversation.’” Tax season is among us. Or as Kevin would sing, “It’s the most wonderful…
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Dan Knowlton and his brother Lloyd run Knowlton Marketing, an agency which specialises in 'advertainment'. Dan is on a mission to rid the world of 'crap marketing' and encourages businesses to invest in marketing that actually makes their customers feel something. Networking is something Dan feels he got wrong at first, by going to the wrong places…
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In 2011, Rachel MacLynn took a leap of faith. Following a series of serendipitous events, she founded matchmaking agency Vida (now known as Maclynn) in London and never looked back. Rachel is a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology. Her own values around int…
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“If you're looking at the costs of medical expenses over time, they've actually historically grown faster than regular inflation. Healthcare is expensive, and it goes up faster than the rest of your spending; don’t overlook it.” Listen in as our hosts, Stephanie McCullough of Sofia Financial, and Kevin Gaines of American Financial Management Group …
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Navigating life's ups and downs by embracing creativity. In this episode Gaelle Jolly shares her journey from feeling unfulfilled in her job and struggling to find her place in a competitive sector, to discovering a passion for creativity that provided solace during difficult times. Despite previously not seeing herself as creative, Gaelle has foun…
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Joe Gallant is a creative guy living in Kent, England with his lovely wife, Naomi, their daughter and a little dog called Kobe. He’s a keen musician and a big sports fan following various sports both English and American. His passion is helping people and organisations to find their voice online, through effective branding and custom website design…
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Phil Tyreman is the most controversial personal trainer on the internet. Incisive and irreverent, his material makes some apoplectic with rage. However, it’s beloved by hardworking and underappreciated family men who are brave enough to engage with challenging ideas, and bold enough to put those ideas into action. He publishes a free daily email ne…
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Perseverance through practice and imperfection As a child Bianca Giarola loved drawing, partly influenced by her aunt – who encouraged her and her siblings to explore their creativity – and encouraged by her father – who would buy her those wonderful big colouring sets. However, as she entered elementary school she found that art was not particular…
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“If you know about a certain scam, you're 80% less likely to engage with it. So, please tell everybody you know.” -Kathy Stokes Could your loved ones be vulnerable to a $9 billion wave of deception? Kathy Stokes from AARP joins our hosts Stephanie McCullough and Kevin Gaines to unravel the complexities of fraud that's sweeping the nation, hitting o…
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