My new podcast: celebrating our first season!

Have you heard my new podcast?

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In my newest podcast, Lauren’s Best, I curiously consider art and life to reveal what has unlocked success in my creative journey of healing and growth. We invite listeners to join me in conversations with a fascinating mix of creators, illuminating the creative process and connecting over surprising common ground. The podcast is co-produced with Sam Blake, and I’m very proud of what we are creating.

Our first season has wrapped up after 12 episodes: 7 amazing guests, and 5 solo episodes.

We’ll be back on May 1. I’ve been speaking with more fabulous guests, and I can’t wait to share the conversations with you. There’s still time to submit your questions for solo episodes too- leave a comment on substack with your questions, or send me a DM voicenote on instagram!

Until then, check out season 1 and let us know what you think! We truly appreciate the subscriptions, ratings, and reviews- it’s a great way to support our work!

We are so grateful to our Season 1 guests. Please check them out and support their work! You can find each guest’s website and social media links in their episode show notes, linked below.

Ali Hassan
Rebecca Ogilvie
Valerie Jerome
Stephanie Keiko Kong
Sophia Lemon
Robin Radomski
Cody Caetano

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Podcast Pals: community calls!

The place for people in the podcasting space to connect in community, get advice, and share expertise. We rise together as we grow. This might be the place you meet your next podcast guest, find the creative collaborator you have been searching for, or feel the warmth from sparking new friendships.

Calls are held approximately twice a month.

It’s free to join. What are you waiting for? Sign up to get all the details in your inbox!

Podcast Pals

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    Our next date is:

    June 12 at 12 noon (ET)

    Then we take a break for the summer!

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    Hey podcasters! I made something for you.

    The reason I’m here? Your voice matters.

    Podcasters, I’m talking to you. You use your voice to connect with others, but do you connect with your own voice?

    Through ACE Voice for Podcasting, I guide personal development entrepeneurs to power up their voice & elevate their impact.

    It’s based on what I’ve tried and tested in my own pressure-cooker performance experiences and professional practice. My approach is informed by my own search for harmonious wellbeing and strategic clarity that respects my innate intuition, embodied cognition, and cyclic wisdom.

    I haven’t always felt clarity & flow when using my voice and I’ve had plenty of cringe- even frustrated tears and murky doubt about my own self-expression (and career!)

    A glimpse into more about me…

    I’m a mother and nature lover, living where the Pottawatomi River meets Georgian Bay.
    I started my arts facilitation business in Owen Sound over 6 years ago, inspired by social enterprises and impact entrepreneurs. I’m an interdisciplinary creative interweaving years of professional community practice as a poet, musician, and composer.

    I’m also a podcaster and longtime integrative voice coach!

    I’m rolling out a new 1:1 program that empowers podcasters to shine with voicework and mindful creativity. I developed my signature method, ACE Voice for Podcasting, through over a decade coaching voices and facilitating creative transformation.

    Right now, while I’m getting ready to open the doors to the full program, I have something special up for grabs! I’m offering a limited number of gift sessions for personal development entrepreneurs who use podcasting to connect with clients and collaborators.

    This is for:

    πŸ”Š coaches & mentors
    πŸ”Š health & wellness practitioners
    πŸ”Š people who help others with content related to mindfulness, mindset, somatics, embodiment, resilience, adaptability, etc.
    πŸ”Š YOU if you feel drawn to explore the potential of podcasting and the power of your voice

    This includes those who want to use their voice on podcasts and are just getting started. The full program is for people with some podcasting experience already, but these single session gifts are open to beginners. Don’t wait to claim your spot! These gift sessions are going to get scooped up.

    I’d love some help spreading the word to reach more purpose-driven changework entrepreneurs. Thank you in advance!

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    Interview on Sounds of Encouragement Podcast!

    From part one of my interview on Sounds of Encouragement podcast with Melissa Slocum.

    This episode gets meta as we contemplate messaging and impact. We go deep with big questions, but also touch into real examples from our lives and actionable encouragement. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and more questions you might have about. Want to know more about creative entrepreneurship? Voice coaching? Designing for creative processes that are both strategic and authentically emergent? Navigating an arts career with a home based business and family with young children? I want to know what you want to know.

    Here, I share about how I learned to make tough decisions with intuition and courage. It’s taken trial and error, and honestly healing and growth, to feel grounded and energized. I’m creating a future through both aligned generative action and also by discernment and saying no: discontinuing, disrupting, removing myself and making strategic changes to protect my energy, expand possibilities, nurture the unfolding of my success.

    I talk about encouragement for creatives with non-traditional career journeys, transitions in business, life-changing healing and recovery.

    I’m grateful for the platform to have these discussions and connect with other creatives. Please check out the show and follow along with Melissa’s impactful work


    Part I

    Part II

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    Where to buy Just Leaves

    Order signed print copies Just Leaves directly from me, with free Canada-wide shipping!

    Buying digital directly is the best way to support the author. Download a high-quality digital edition now and support Lauren directly:

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    Podcast Interview on The Rural Entrepreneur

    I am so glad to share this conversation with Chris Herbert from MI6 Agency on his podcast, The Rural Entrepreneur. We sat down to talk creative entrepreneurship, innovation, and resilience. I’ve been enjoying listening to local voices on his show, and I can’t wait to see where he takes it as it quickly becomes a valuable resource for entrepreneurs, leaders, and community builders alike. I was so glad to be featured on the show and share perspectives on navigating life, business, and building a career as an interdisciplinary artist. I talk integrative voice coaching, collaborative community music, and what I have learned by researching my great-grandmother’s writing for my latest performance poetry creation project.

    About the Episode

    In this podcast episode, Chris sits down with artist and entrepreneur Lauren Best to explore her multifaceted journey in the arts and entrepreneurship over the past six years.

    Lauren shares heartfelt stories, including the inspiring influences of her grandmother and great-grandmother, and how their legacies have shaped her path. She also delves into her recent projects, which span poetry, music, and community initiatives, offering a glimpse into her world where creativity meets entrepreneurship.

    The conversation is a rich exploration of the transformative power of music, the joy of community collaboration, and the learnings from her entrepreneurial journey, offering listeners a deep dive into the life and philosophies of a passionate artist and entrepreneur.

    The Rural Entrepreneur Podcast
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    Signed copies of Just Leaves at Ginger Press in Owen Sound!

    I am grateful to the Ginger Press for being the first independent bookstore to carry my book of poetry, Just Leaves.

    You can find this stack of signed copies in Downtown Owen Sound!

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    Checking out my great-grandmother’s dissertation from the library

    Holding my great-grandmother's Ph D sociology dissertation in front of the Owen Sound Library.

    5 years ago, I had a hunch I wanted to do a project involving my great-grandmother’s writing.
    I didn’t realize I could just request her 1937 PhD dissertation as an interlibrary loan from the university, and have it waiting on the hold shelf at the local public library. It’s on The Changing Family In India, and I couldn’t have asked for a better companion in my research.

    I picked it up today, finally. How long awaited, to have this physical copy in my hands.

    This is part of my research for my performance poetry project Child in the Mist. I will be working with her 1933 parenting handbook to produce new poetry with sound art, thanks to funding from the Ontario Arts Council.

    Reading her research and voice as a sociologist regarding the changing family in India will provide much-needed context. She had raised her own children primarily in India, and taught at Indore Christian College (and was later principal).
    It’s a treasure trove for me at this stage of my research.
    I’m incredibly grateful to have access to this as part of my process.

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    Just Leaves Audiobook available now!

    Just Leaves is now available at your favourite audiobook retailers!

    Click to go to the retailer for purchase. Don’t forget to give a 5 star review if you enjoy the audiobook!

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    Just Leaves purchase link for US

    American poetry lovers, here’s your link to buy Just Leaves on Amazon:

    Buy Just Leaves by Lauren Best

    This link gives me a wee bit of commission. Thanks for your support!

    Click here for the Canadian purchase link.

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