I’ve been helping both of my children prepare for college, and as the entire family has gotten caught up in the hustle of doing “all the things” to prepare for their college futures, this podcast guest came along at just the right time to remind me that they are already enough just as they are right now.
Lisa Congdon is an award-winning fine artist, illustrator, and writer who is widely accomplished despite being self-taught and not achieving career momentum until she was nearly 40 years old.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Lisa now makes art for clients around the globe, including Target, Amazon, Google, Warby Parker, The Library of Congress, and MoMA. Oh, and by the way, she has also authored ten (!) books.
Despite her untraditional path, Lisa has achieved recognition, not just as an artist, but as a leader in the industry for her work in social justice, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and teaching. In March of 2021, she was named “One of the 50 Most Inspiring People and Companies According to Industry Creatives” published by AdWeek.
In this refreshingly raw interview, she shares with us her childhood story of growing up and being told that she was a hard worker but not “gifted”, and how in adulthood with the support of a therapist, she realized that it was time to let go of that victimhood because she was the only one left who was selling herself the old story that she wasn’t enough.
Lisa and I talk about how to find our authentic selves through creativity, how to use our voices to speak our truth, the challenges around mental health, and how to know when to quit something that is not making you a better partner, parent, creator, or overall human being.
If you’ve ever believed that you are not enough, this episode is for you.
Tune in for wisdom on how to face your fears and insecurities around your creativity, how to stop listening to the voices telling you that you are not enough, and how to remember in your darker days that you are never alone. There is an immense amount of joy, color, and hope available to you if you are willing to get support, prioritize yourself, and face your deepest truths.
Because Lisa is more than enough. And guess what – so are you.