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Interview with Mollie Player – Author

     

Mollie Player
Seattle, Washington based Author
Author: You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends (The Mystical Memoir Series Book 1) And The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation (The Mystical Memoir Series Book 2)
Blog: https://mollieplayer.wordpress.com/

OmArtist: Helping people with depression is a major theme on your website. Can you tell us a little about your own depression? How did you find your way to connect spiritually in order to help yourself heal? What took place during your healing that you would considered a turning point toward creating your site and all of the amazing content that you share?

MP: Oh, goodness. My depression started when I was a young child. I think I always had it a little–my dad would say that I had a “cute worried expression” even as a toddler. Some of my earliest memories are of sadness.

Ever since I was a child, I looked to spirituality to heal my depression–even before I knew I had it. I grew up Christian, and for a long time I tried to be happy by being perfect. My mantra was the Bible scripture, “Be ye perfect, even as I am perfect.” This was not a good strategy.

After my first child died (and partly before that time as well), I returned to spirituality, but this time I chose a different kind. One that feels healthier to me. I started voraciously reading books about the Law of Attraction, New Thought, Buddhism and more, and I am continually in the process of forming my most effective spiritual practice combination.

That’s why I focus my blog on spiritual practices for depression. There are just so many to choose from, and I wanted to share with other people what works and what doesn’t (for me, anyway). I really, really want to help people overcome depression.

OmArtist: How does it make you feel to know that people all over the world are reading your books to help heal themselves?

MP: I don’t know for sure that they are. I don’t know if people read all the books they download or if they just grab them and forget about them. I do know that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and I have many more books planned that I hope will help people. But it’s not my job to make that happen, or worry about whether or not it is.

OmArtist: Mollie as I read through your books, articles and blog posts, it’s obvious to me that you have a gift for writing. Is writing something that you’ve always loved to do through your school years or is this something that was born from your research and content on www.mollieplayer.wordpress.com?

MP: I have been a writer since I could write, and a reader since I could read, if that makes sense. As a beginning reader I would take stacks of short vowel sound books from the library and read them one after the other. I didn’t care about what the book said–I just read for the pleasure of deciphering the words. Funny, now that I think about it. Kids are great.

When I was in the second and third grades, I wrote short stories for my teachers, unassigned and unprompted. Eventually I became an ad writer, then a tech writer. Now I’m focusing on my website and my books.

OmArtist: With regard to your first book, can you tell our audience what you felt while writing it? We know that all creative people have struggles throughout their process of creating. Did you ever doubt your ability to express your message and research? What spiritual practices did you use during the creative process to help you bring the book alive?

MP: Interesting question. It does help to center yourself before sitting down to write. I suppose the main spiritual practice I use while writing is listening to my intuition, ruthlessly. Oftentimes I decide to go one way with my chapter or post or paragraph or whatever, then sense strongly that that’s not where I should take it. I reconsider, and only later realize why the thing I wanted to write about next wouldn’t have fit as well. In a way, it’s like channeling, but you don’t have to be a “real” channel to do it. Everyone has intuition.

OmArtsit: The books in your Mystical Memoir Series; “You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends” and “The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation“, delve into your own experiences using mindful and spiritual practices. What would you like people to know about this series and its purpose? Are there more books planned for this series?

MP: I have three more books for this series already fully outlined, two of them
with bare-bones first drafts complete. What I want people to know is that these books are for real people with real struggles with spirituality and spiritual practice. I read all these amazing teachers like Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie all the time, and they are so darn inspiring … but I fall short in following through on their advice. This is the struggle I want to convey. The learning process, the discovery, is fascinating to me.

OmArtist: Thank you so very much Mollie for taking the time to speak with me. You are appreciated!

1 In Artist Interviews

Interview with Evan Griffith – Author/Gallery Owner/Creative Guru

Evan Griffith - NotesforCreators.com     Evan Griffith - Burn Baby Burn, Spark the Creative Spirit Within

Evan Griffith
Florida based Author/Gallery Owner/Creative Guru
Author: Burn Baby Burn, Spark the Creative Spirit Within
Founder: www.NotesforCreators.com
Owner: Studio E Gallery

OmArtist: Some artists/writers have had a lifelong affair with creativity, while others find the spark later in life, what can you tell us about the Evan Griffith story and how you came to be in this creative space?

EG: I’m a little bit of both, like Star-Lord says at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. I first began writing stories when I was seven, I think. Term The Termite. A series of stories about a termite who started out with his colony in Africa — whose home was used as a plank in a ship — that shipwrecked off the shore of Florida in a hurricane — where poor Term The Termite struggled ashore after losing his family and friends — and found a new colony — not far from where I lived incidentally.

So it’s been lifelong. This creative compulsion. I ended up in graphic design in New York City. However, when my wife and I opened ​an art gallery, all personal work went to the wayside for about 15 years.

For a number of years now I’ve been back at it with a vengeance, juggling a successful and demanding art gallery business with family and creative time. Many people struggle with how to fit in their creative mojo with the demands of living, making a living . . . so I riff off that at NotesForCreators.com

OmArtist: Who or what inspires you?

EG: I’m inspired by every creative soul I encounter — in real life and in books and articles.

One of my favorite things in the world is to talk creative shop with other creators. Perhaps my biggest thrill is whenever I get to stand in someone’s creative workspace. It could be a home office, an art studio, a writing niche, or command central at their business. Home-based operations excite me — to get to witness how someone is putting it all together.

I always get a sense of awe standing in someone’s creative space. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a teenager who’s coming to grips with their passion in a makeshift manner or someone who’s running a multi-million dollar business.

I love getting a spatial sense — how their work flows — how they prioritize — if they do! — how they seque into their creative work — what their routines are — what their frustrations are — what their aspirations are — when they work and in what order — when they stop — it’s all instructive to me.

OmArtist: I first came to know of you through your blog “The World is Freaky Beautiful”. Can you tell us how that endeavor started for you?

EG: It began several months before a bankruptcy that never happened. During the crash years it looked like we were going under, like 80% of the art galleries did in our area. We had fended off the beast for several years and had exhausted all resources, exhausted ourselves. Maxed out our credit. Sold our home. Even family and friends were suggesting we call it quits. Some forcefully and repeatedly. (I’m looking at you, Dad.) Even my wife favored that option! I was mostly alone in thinking we could make it to the other side.

Something stirred in me, thinking that if I could catalog the wonders and woes of this period, it might be helpful. The World Is Freaky Beautiful site was born this way. An attempt to suss out the sublime in my worst ever experience. That site has morphed into Notes For Creators . . . which continues that celebration of the creative spirit. It’s a never-ending exploration, personally and professionally.

We never went bankrupt. The art gallery survived and is thriving today . . . part of the credit goes to mining the extraordinary wherever I could find it — in the midst of collapse!

OmArtist: As a subscriber to your mailing list, I was made aware of and thoroughly enjoyed reading your bookito; “Burn Baby Burn, Spark the Creative Spirit Within”. Can you tell our audience about the book and how this book came to fruition for you?

EG: Burn Baby Burn is all about connecting to the rich creative source within you — and thus bringing out your best work. To me, creative work is the highest work, not a battling of demons within. Rather it’s more akin to a yoga practice — where reverently drawing upon your inner reserves takes you beyond where you thought you could go.

There’s a phrase in yoga — finding your edge — meaning getting to that place that is both comfortable and uncomfortable, but not going over it into screaming pain. It’s a great metaphor for creative work — whether in science, business, healing or the creative arts — getting to your edge. Through a sustainable daily practice.

Burn Baby Burn explores how to connect in such a way. You know, how to draw forth lightning . . . but not get singed by it 🙂

OmArtist: What other projects or endeavors do you have in the works that you would like to share?

EG: I’m working on a nano book I’ll be putting out in October. A $0.99 ebooklet called The Creative Morning Challenge.

I challenged myself to get up 2 hours early for 30 days in the middle of our high season at the art gallery — the results were mind blowing. This short booklet is part memoir — detailing the experience through the eyes of a reluctant night owl (me!) — and part instructional — giving tips and insights, for those who might want to challenge themselves similarly. It’s an amazing way to accomplish a side project quickly.

OmArtist: Do you feel connecting (ie. meditating, prayer etc) plays a roll in your creative process and/or success?

EG: I feel it’s everything. Connecting on a deep spiritual level has seen me through enormous tumult. It also prompts a great flow of ideas. And appreciation. For all the richness I get to experience every day . . . .

All that I am today issues from my daily meditation practice. When I am at my best it’s because I bring the understandings found in meditation into my day-to-day world.

More than that, it provokes happiness the way a comedian sparks laughter. It seems to be an inevitable by product. Blissification.

OmArtist: Thank you so very much Evan for taking the time to speak with me. I appreciate you!