This week we talking to our listener Alyssa Nutile. She sent us a question last week about having to put her creative work aside for her family… We wanted to talk to her and help her out as much as we can answering her questions. So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

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[1:00] The gang welcome Alyssa to the show and Tom recaps Alyssa’s question.
[2:00] Ian shares where you can follow Alyssa.
[3:00] Alyssa shares how Dustin’s comment about being many things is freeing.
[4:25] Alyssa shares how picking one thing is very hard.
[5:40] When your identity is too tied into what you do.
[6:00] Dustin wants to know who has a finsta account.
[7:00] Ian has thought about having a Banksy style account.
[8:00] How Lauren Hom balances off-topic work.
[9:50] One of our Honest Designers reveals they have a covert account.
[10:00] Covert accounts yield creative freedom for many.
[11:20] Dustin asks Alyssa what she thinks of them.
[12:50] Tom reminds us of a past trend.
[14:00] Alyssa likes Tom’s idea of capturing life.
[15:00] Digging into others’ feeds can be addicting.
[16:40] Alyssa feels like her story is not that interesting.
[17:30] Life in general is very interesting.
[18:00] Everything is personality driven.
[19:00] Some people will like you and some wont and it’s ok.
[20:00] Dustin shares how easily he got sucked into someone else’s story.
[21:00] Alyssa asks where is the line between advocacy and exploitation?
[22:00] Tom talks advocacy vs. exploitation.
[23:00] Alyssa wants to share to help others.
[24:30] Trust your gut and you’ll know what is right.
[25:00] Are you the next Tiger King?
[26:00] Is there an ideal suggested project time frame?
[27:00] Set a time limit for a project.
[28:00] Exploring the 100 Day Sprint idea.
[29:00] Taking on a challenge during a challenging time in your life.
[30:00] Honor your struggles.
[31:00] Do not underestimate yourself.
[32:00] Finding knowledgeable people.
[33:00] Dustin builds a deer barrier. It’s boring until you are in it.
[34:00] The Nailed it Reality.
[35:40] Deer Fences – Dustin’s Sistine Chapel.
[36:00] Alyssa shares a very special Thank You to the Honest Designers.
[38:20] Ian and Dustin talk about some YouTube time sucks.
[39:00] Lisa wants to watch Dustin build his fence.
[40:00] You can find Alyssa at @pandabearsbyalyssa
[41:00] Go support Alyssa and show her some love.
[42:00] That’s a wrap!

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