EP 93 // Creatively Owning My Worth Through Healing // Emily Merrell

“Try to see your own worth creatively.”

I got to sit down and record an episode with a friend of over a decade this past week. Emily and I met when we were babies in our twenties in Texas. Both our lives look drastically different than when we became friends. But we’ve been learning so many of the same lessons about worth.

Emily is an incredible jazz singer, teacher, podcast host, and all around creative. She’s been through really intense challenges to her worth – through her family and profession – and you can tell her wisdom and courage comes from those experiences.

We dive into many topics in this conversation including how to view your worth as a creative, go out of your comfort zone, handle really difficult family dynamics, and embrace our inner love of magic as adults. It’s a great conversation, in my humble opinion. Also, something wonky was happening with the mics during this recording, so please forgive the little scratchy sound that randomly shows up here and there. C’est la vie.

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Show notes

  • Why Emily considers her recent work her first “authentic” work (3:15)
  • Why “not being good enough” syndrome is so crippling for creativity (5:45)
  • How to face uncomfortable truths about how you were raised (8:23)
  • Why letting go of responsibility for not measuring up to someone’s expectations can be so scary (10:40)
  • What helps start the process of healing from worth wounds (13:31)
  • Why getting out of your comfort zone supports your worth (16:58)
  • Why it’s so important to let yourself be imaginative and creative (18:40)
  • How to manage critical self-talk (20:30)
  • How to navigate parental disapproval (29:30)
  • What it feels like to own your worth while redefining yourself (33:20)
  • What being honest about our pain and challenges teaches us about our worth (36:25)
  • How to set healthy boundaries around your worth and circumstances (37:30)

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