The Creative’s Battle: | Why it Took Me Two Years to Launch a Podcast

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Creative Rising Episode 103 


I shouted from the rooftops that I was launching a podcast… but then I didn’t… for two years.

It was embarrassing, defeating, and discouraging.

I made all kinds of excuses. I blamed life, circumstances, miscarriages, and the business as all of the reasons why I didn’t launch this podcast just so I could avoid the painful reality that I had failed.

This is the raw story of what really happened in those two years – the life, the lies, the self-sabotage – and why it took me so long to finally put this podcast out in the world.

If you’ve ever struggled with perfection, doubt, failure, or grief, or you’re simply a creative entrepreneur fighting the creative’s battle, then my hope is that this deeply honest episode will bring a bit of healing salve to your soul.

Or at least in the end, you may not feel so alone.

This is the first narrative episode on Creative Rising, and this is the only podcast in the photography industry to EVER tell its story in the narrative style.

Take a listen above, and I hope that you’ll fall in love with this storytelling style just as much as I have.

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  • (6:39) The Story of Sweet Baby James
  • (18:49) Another Hope and Dream of Mine…
  • (24:03) Coming to Grips with Self-Sabotage


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We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren – and it’s our mission to help you thrive not just as a wedding photographer, but as a business owner. It’s time to set aside the stress and comparison of a hustle mindset, and build a life-giving business instead.

We met in college, got married, and started corporate jobs before we discovered (and fell in love with) wedding photography. But like many creative entrepreneurs, we were booking anything we could, strapped to our laptops and living dangerously close to burnout.

So we dug in and learned how to build a thriving business that supports our dream life – instead of a joyless business that runs a stressed-out life.

Today, we photograph only 10 Dreamie weddings per year, but we also run two other wedding brands plus a commercial studio in San Diego, CA. And we do it by only working the hours that fit into our life. The other hours? We spend those living a joyful life raising our two beautiful sons, James and Samuel.


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