The Unlikely Artist

Graced Canvas

The Unlikely Artist gives you permission to stop settling for a life and career you don’t love. You’re an intelligent, accomplished, soul-searching, curious, creative and passionate human being. This podcast will help you master the skills you need to create a more powerful, purposeful and personally fulfilled life. The truth is you’re not stuck, no matter what choices you’ve made or how tied down you feel. This podcast will show you how to create the freedom you need to become who you want and the slow, easy steps to make it happen. Best of all, you won’t need to leave your job or take big risks. Each week, join former international tax lawyer, Heather Kerr, who left the law to become an artist and coach. Heather’s leading a life she loves now. And you can too. No giant leaps are necessary. Each week in this podcast, Heather will share one simple thing you can do to start creating the life you want. Join The Unlikely Artist podcast every week and Heather will help you expand your world.

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Joyful Living | UA86
3d ago
Joyful Living | UA86
In this episode I share how being pickpocketed in Italy (See episode 70) catapulted me into a search for joy in my coaching business and art and led to me making some major decisions. Joy and happiness are sometimes used interchangeably. I’d argue they’re not the same thing at all. I love this way of putting it: “Joy is in the heart. Happiness is in the face.” (from www.compassion.com.) Tune in to learn what joy really is and why living joyfully is important. EXPERIENCE MORE JOY You’re officially invited to apply for Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience that will teach you how to live more joyfully by eliminating the BS in your mind and doing more of what you love. To discover details, cost of this program and how to apply, go to www.gracedcanvas.com/magic-room-experience. You can also explore working with me 1:1 by booking a free coaching consultation call. We’ll explore your issues and I’ll give you my diagnosis of what’s causing them. I’ll arm you with the information you need to decide whether the individual coaching I offer is the right fit for you. Some people discover that the consultation call itself already leads to the transformation they were looking for! Here’s the link to my scheduler: Creative Expansion newsletter contains love letters from me to you in the form of stories, insights, offers and announcements of events. To subscribe, use the link at the bottom of page of my website, you find this podcast useful, you might enjoy my posts on Instagram ( Facebook ( and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: If you’ve found this episode useful, please spread the goodness by sharing it with a friend, family member or colleague. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Joyful Living | UA86
3d ago
Joyful Living | UA86
In this episode I share how being pickpocketed in Italy (See episode 70) catapulted me into a search for joy in my coaching business and art and led to me making some major decisions. Joy and happiness are sometimes used interchangeably. I’d argue they’re not the same thing at all. I love this way of putting it: “Joy is in the heart. Happiness is in the face.” (from www.compassion.com.) Tune in to learn what joy really is and why living joyfully is important. EXPERIENCE MORE JOY You’re officially invited to apply for Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience that will teach you how to live more joyfully by eliminating the BS in your mind and doing more of what you love. To discover details, cost of this program and how to apply, go to www.gracedcanvas.com/magic-room-experience. You can also explore working with me 1:1 by booking a free coaching consultation call. We’ll explore your issues and I’ll give you my diagnosis of what’s causing them. I’ll arm you with the information you need to decide whether the individual coaching I offer is the right fit for you. Some people discover that the consultation call itself already leads to the transformation they were looking for! Here’s the link to my scheduler: Creative Expansion newsletter contains love letters from me to you in the form of stories, insights, offers and announcements of events. To subscribe, use the link at the bottom of page of my website, you find this podcast useful, you might enjoy my posts on Instagram ( Facebook ( and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: If you’ve found this episode useful, please spread the goodness by sharing it with a friend, family member or colleague. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Light in the Cracks | UA85
27-09-2022
Light in the Cracks | UA85
This episode is about the feeling of bittersweet – sadness and happiness mixed up together. The stuff of life. For me, bittersweet is a signal I’m fully experiencing life. I’m putting myself out there. I’m vulnerably connecting. I’m allowing all of life to be there and I’m allowing myself to experience all of it. There are cracks in all our lives. We can pretend those cracks aren’t there. That our lives will always be smooth. But when we do that, we suffer in our resistance because we’re quieting an important part of us that wants to be heard. An incredible beauty is revealed when we decide to open ourselves to all of life, including the cracks. When we commit to accepting our own troubled messiness. When we stop insisting that only our shiny parts be seen. As Leonard Cohen wrote in his song, Anthem: Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. EXPERIENCE MORE JOY You’re officially invited to apply for Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience that will teach you how to live more joyfully by eliminating the BS in your mind and doing more of what you love. To discover details, cost of this program and how to apply, go to www.gracedcanvas.com/magic-room-experience. You can also explore working with me 1:1 by booking a free coaching consultation call. We’ll explore your issues and I’ll give you my diagnosis of what’s causing them. I’ll arm you with the information you need to decide whether the individual coaching I offer is the right fit for you. Some people discover that the consultation call itself already leads to the transformation they were looking for! Here’s the link to my scheduler: Creative Expansion newsletter contains love letters from me to you in the form of stories, insights, offers and announcements of events. To subscribe, use the link at the bottom of page of my website, you find this podcast useful, you might enjoy my posts on Instagram ( Facebook ( and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: If you’ve found this episode useful, please spread the goodness by sharing it with a friend, family member or colleague. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Why Beauty Matters and Where to Find It | UA84
20-09-2022
Why Beauty Matters and Where to Find It | UA84
Beauty calls to all of us in some way. It beckons us with its promise that things are alright. The world’s alright. The world’s magical. Beauty helps us fall into a feeling of awe, wonder and gratitude. Life really sucks sometimes. A sudden moment of beauty can help you forget your problems, stop the loop of negative thinking that’s been keeping you stuck, create space for possibility and open portals of creativity. You can use beauty to connect with yourself, with others and your environment. Beauty isn’t trivial or less important than more serious things. It’s a worthy task to look for the beauty around you. Tune into this episode to learn how to find beauty in the room where you’re sitting right now, in you, in the people around you, and in the things you create. LIVE MORE EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience that will teach you how to eliminate the BS in your mind and do more of what you love. To discover details, cost of this program and how to apply, go to (www.gracedcanvas.com/magic-room-experience). You can also explore working with me 1:1 by booking a free coaching consultation call. We’ll explore your issues and I’ll give you my diagnosis of what’s causing them. I’ll arm you with the information you need to decide whether the individual coaching I offer is the right fit for you. Some people discover that the consultation call itself already leads to the transformation they were looking for! Here’s the link to my scheduler: ( Creative Expansion newsletter contains love letters from me to you in the form of stories, insights, offers and announcements of events. To subscribe, use the link at the bottom of page of my website, ( you find this podcast useful, you might enjoy my posts on Instagram ( ( ( ( LinkedIn ( (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/)). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Cultivating an Attitude of Loving Stewardship | UA83
13-09-2022
Cultivating an Attitude of Loving Stewardship | UA83
If you obsess about your goals and are constantly anxious about achieving them, your life isn’t as fun now as it could be. This episode offers you a way to stop striving and feel good now. I got the idea for this episode as I walked around my 8 ½ acres and thought about how I’d intentionally developed a relationship of loving stewardship with it this summer. And how I’d used the same approach to develop a better relationship with my coaching business. In this episode, I describe a process of loving stewardship you can use in any area of your life. This way of reframing things will help you love what you’re doing and, better, love yourself so much more. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Magic Room Experience, your life will feel richer, more expansive and full of possibility, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. I’d love to meet you live. Join me for soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
You’ll Always be Human and That’s OK | UA82
06-09-2022
You’ll Always be Human and That’s OK | UA82
Part of being human is having a brain that predisposes you to negative thinking. No matter how much self development you do, that’s always going to be the case. The negative chatter in your brain will still be there. That’s because your negativity is there for a reason – to help you survive. It also gives you the impetus to grow and evolve. Which leads us to question the point of continuing your self development journey and hiring a coach, if you’re going to end up feeling shitty at the end of the day anyway. This episode explains why you can still benefit enormously from hiring a coach and provides food for thought if you’ve never been coached before. I share a bit more information about the Magic Room Experience group coaching program, which starts next month. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Magic Room Experience, your life will feel richer, more expansive and full of possibility, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. I’d love to meet you live. Join me for soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
How Pretending Hurts You | UA81
30-08-2022
How Pretending Hurts You | UA81
In today’s episode, we tackle all the ways that pretending can hurt you, and why so many of us crave the ability to show up more authentically. Pretending to be different than you are creates so much internal stress that it alters your body language and signals your deceit to the people around you. You feel “off” to both them and to you. Pretending not only feels terrible, but it cuts off your ability to connect in deep and meaningful ways with other human beings and, even worse, with yourself. Pretending constrains your choices and inhibits your creativity. The irony is that we usually pretend when we believe this will create a better outcome. In fact, the opposite is true. Our best results typically occur when we show up truthfully and authentically as ourselves. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Magic Room Experience, your life will feel richer, more expansive and full of possibility, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. I’d love to meet you live. Join me for soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Go Break Some Rules | UA80
23-08-2022
Go Break Some Rules | UA80
All those people who “know” what’s best for you - all the experts, advisers, family and friends – they’re all just people with opinions. It’s a mistake to elevate their opinions to the level of rules you MUST follow. Other people’s opinions, even expert opinions, are always formed in the context of their particular circumstances, their lives, the way their brains work, their emotional strengths, their biases, their level of awareness. No matter how much knowledge or experience they’re able to bring to the table, other people don’t have access to your aspirations, your inner wisdom, your creativity, your emotional chemistry, your preferences and desires, what motivates you to take action, and what’s likely to defeat you and turn you off. If your brain’s been telling you there’s a right way to do something because someone else has said it’s so, tune into this episode so you don’t deny yourself the opportunity to explore what’s best for you. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Magic Room Experience, your life will feel richer, more expansive and full of possibility, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. I’d love to meet you live. Join me for soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Making a Fresh Start | UA79
16-08-2022
Making a Fresh Start | UA79
There’s something in the air. Everyone around me seems to be blowing up their businesses, leaving their jobs, redefining their priorities, or changing their relationships. It’s like we can all suddenly see the downside of NOT changing. Before our brains were focussed on all the risks of making a change. Now we’re concluding it’s too risky not to change. In this episode I share 5 useful things to think about if you’re considering making a fresh start in some area of your life. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October, 2022 to February 2023 where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Magic Room Experience, your life will feel richer, more expansive and full of possibility, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. If you’d like to learn more, send me a DM on social media or an email request to heather@gracedcanvas.com. I’ll send you more details about the program and a Q&A form to complete. When you complete the form, we’ll hop on the phone for a 20 minutes chat to answer your questions and decide if the program’s a good fit for you. If you find this podcast useful, you’ll probably also enjoy my posts on Instagram ( Facebook ( and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). If you don’t want to miss out on any offers or announcements, subscribe for my newsletter (use the link on FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Simple Solutions to Any Problem | UA78
09-08-2022
Simple Solutions to Any Problem | UA78
The complexity of your thinking doesn’t make you smart. It doesn’t help you find the best solutions. It doesn’t make you more likely to succeed. But it definitely slows down the progress you make towards your personal goals. In this episode, I share 5 ways you can discover simple solutions to any problem. Try some of them out. Write to me at heather@gracedcanvas.com and share your experiences. What surprised and delighted you about the process of making things simpler? IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY You’re officially invited to apply for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Magic Room Experience, your life will feel richer, more expansive and full of possibility, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. I’d love to meet you live. Join me for soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
How To Be More of You | UA77
02-08-2022
How To Be More of You | UA77
The best thing you could ever tell me after I've coached you, or you've tried implementing some of the suggestions I make on this podcast is, “I feel more myself then I used to feel.” If more of us could navigate the world being more of who we really are, and less of who we believe we need to be, the world would shine a little brighter. In this episode you’ll learn about five reasons you might not be freely navigating your life as your most authentic self. I’ll offer prescriptions on how to think differently in a way that loosens those constraints so you can be more of you all of the time. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I’m pleased to introduce my briefest 1:1 coaching experience to date, “Expansive Creativity in 3 Steps”. This is a mini, life altering, custom, online experience that will unleash your full creative expression in just 3 sessions. The program is for you if: you have something specific you’ve been wanting to create; there’s a form of creative expression you want to improve; OR you’ve identified a new area of creativity you’d like to explore. For a $1500 investment you’ll learn an entirely new way to access your most vibrant, uninhibited creative self and get in-depth, personal coaching on your progress and challenges. Send me an email to heather@gracedcanvas.com if you’d like to apply for this coaching experience. I offer soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Experience, you’ll feel expansive, excited and open, and be actively creating the life you waEnt. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Being Witnessed | UA76
26-07-2022
Being Witnessed | UA76
Our desire to be seen and heard – to be witnessed – is a fundamental human desire. We all want to know we matter. This episode explores the experience of being witnessed by others, why it’s important, and how we can heal by witnessing ourselves. At a deeper level, our desire to be witnessed is also a key reason most of us have a yearning to express ourselves creatively. Creativity is an act of sharing what’s in us with others. It’s an act that creates the prospect of being seen and witnessed below the surface at the level of who we really are. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I’m pleased to introduce my briefest 1:1 coaching experience to date, “Expansive Creativity in 3 Steps”. This is a mini, life altering, custom, online experience that will unleash your full creative expression in just 3 sessions. The program is for you if: you have something specific you’ve been wanting to create; there’s a form of creative expression you want to improve; OR you’ve identified a new area of creativity you’d like to explore. For a $1500 investment you’ll learn an entirely new way to access your most vibrant, uninhibited creative self and get in-depth, personal coaching on your progress and challenges. Send me an email to heather@gracedcanvas.com if you’d like to apply for this coaching experience. I offer soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Experience, you’ll feel expansive, excited and open, and be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Ikigai, an Artist’s Mindset and Other Gems from Talking to Geetika Agrawal | UA75
19-07-2022
Ikigai, an Artist’s Mindset and Other Gems from Talking to Geetika Agrawal | UA75
Join me for this delightful interview with Geetika Agrawal, the founder of an incredibly creative-in-every-way platform, “Vacation With an Artist”. VAWAA, as Geetika calls it, connects 113 artists in 27 countries with people who’d like to spend a week with a master artist to learn about their craft and get a feel for their country and culture. Geetika shares her own journey from architectural student in India to CEO of this international venture, which she manages from Manhattan. Our conversation drifts from a discussion of “ikigai” (Japanese principles for how to feel more fulfilled), to pointers about how an artistic mindset can help you, to why Geetika believes artists are “the fingerprint of humanity”. You can find Geetika by googling “vacation with an artist” or by going to Geetika has won several international awards, and her work has been featured in New York Times, SXSW, Artsy, National Geographic, CondeNastTraveler and more. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I’m pleased to introduce my briefest 1:1 coaching experience to date, “Expansive Creativity in 3 Steps”. This is a mini, life altering, custom, online experience that will unleash your full creative expression in just 3 sessions. The program is for you if: you have something specific you’ve been wanting to create; there’s a form of creative expression you want to improve; OR you’ve identified a new area of creativity you’d like to explore. For a $1500 investment you’ll learn an entirely new way to access your most vibrant, uninhibited creative self and get in-depth, personal coaching on your progress and challenges. Send me an email to heather@gracedcanvas.com if you’d like to apply for this coaching experience. I offer soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience, a group coaching experience from October to February where you’ll learn how to bust through the BS in your mind, discover your inner knowing, and live more expansively. By the end of the Experience, you’ll feel expansive, excited and open, and be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com. For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live...
Be One-of-a-Kind | US74
12-07-2022
Be One-of-a-Kind | US74
You hurt yourself when you don’t honour your unique differences and traits. If you canvas other people for answers, you're depriving yourself of your own creative ideas that could lead you to new answers. It’s a mistake to look to somebody else to have it all already figured out. This constrains your choices to solutions other people have thought up. Far better to explore your own unique ways of thinking, your own unique brain chemistry, your own emotional makeup, your own thought patterns, your own way of piecing things together, and all the experiences you've had that inform your ideas. Only you have access to this wealth of insights, information and lived wisdom. Join me for this episode to hear my prescription for three practices that will help you access the gold in you. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I’m pleased to introduce my briefest 1:1 coaching experience to date, “Expansive Creativity in 3 Steps”. This is a mini, life altering, custom, online experience that will unleash your full creative expression in just 3 sessions. The program is for you if: you have something specific you’ve been wanting to create; there’s a form of creative expression you want to improve; OR you’ve identified a new area of creativity you’d like to explore. For a $1500 investment you’ll learn an entirely new way to access your most vibrant, uninhibited creative self and get in-depth, personal coaching on your progress and challenges. Send me an email to heather@gracedcanvas.com if you’d like to apply for this coaching experience. I offer soul-connected, nature and creative experiences at my gorgeous acreage and studio in Prince Edward County. You can find a calendar with my workshops at Most workshops are 2-4 hours in length. Or you can go to www.gracedcanvas.com and subscribe for my newsletter. Prefer a more in-depth, custom, creative experience at my acreage? Email me at heather@gracedcanvas.com to arrange a custom program for you and your friends or family. For a transformative and expansive group coaching experience, join me for The Magic Room Experience this October. We’ll meet weekly from October to February to bust through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and living more expansively. You’ll end the program next spring feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. For more details or to apply for the Magic Room Experience, send me an email request with “I’d like more information about the Magic Room Experience” in the subject line to heather@gracedcavnsa.com For other creatively expansive ideas, follow me on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/). THANKS FOR LISTENING: This podcast is my way to share my best advice for free. If you’ve found this episode useful, please give back by reviewing and rating the podcast, or by sharing a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague. Either action will help me reach more people who’d benefit from the shifts in thinking I offer. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I
Being in the Goo of Expansion | UA73
05-07-2022
Being in the Goo of Expansion | UA73
This episode is about Monarch butterflies, us and the magic of being in the “goo”. For a Monarch, the goo means the transformative stage when its caterpillar body has dissolved into a thick, black soup, and its cells are rearranging to form a new, glorious, orange and black winged body. For us humans, the goo happens when we’ve let go of something we used to be and are becoming something new. Being in the goo can feel scary. We feel impatient and anxious to rush into our full winged expansion. But when the day finally arrives, we only allow ourselves to enjoy our achievement for a day, or a week or, maybe if we’re lucky, a month. Then we’re onto the next area we want to grow and evolve, and we’re back in the goo. So let’s embrace being in the goo. Let’s celebrate being in the middle of our own transformations. Swimming in the goo can be a magical, enjoyable, opening, confidence-inducing experience, even when we don’t know what will happen next or how it will turn out and we feel fairly anxious about all of it. Tune into this week’s episode to hear how being in the goo can be the best of times. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I invite you to join me for custom online coaching on any specific, expansive goal you’re trying to make happen. I also offer custom mini-retreats on expansive topics for you and your friends at my property in Prince Edward County. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience group coaching program this fall. We’ll work together to break through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and living more expansively in one or more areas of your life. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more details about The Magic Room Experience, how much it costs and whether you could benefit, subscribe to my Creative Expansion newsletter. To do that, just click on the Creative Expansion newsletter subscription link you’ll find in several places on www.gracedcanvas.com. You can also hear my ideas about how to make your life more expansive on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/) or at one of my workshops at GRACE Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other...
Ageism and Myths About the Seasons of Your Life | UA72
28-06-2022
Ageism and Myths About the Seasons of Your Life | UA72
Learn a new way to think about the seasons of your life that will enrich your experiences whether you’re young or old. Too often, we look at other people and ourselves and fail to see what’s possible because of our habit of categorizing people as being in a particular season of their life. In this episode I argue for a different conception of life as a repeating series of seasons. We experience the four seasons over and over again: spring (a well of curiosity and excitement about new ideas), summer (plant our ideas and watch them grow), fall (harness what we’ve learned in the summer season and make it better) and winter (distillation, reflect on what we’ve done, create space for a new spring.) In this framework, we don’t let arbitrary ideas about the age and season we’re in limit our choices about what we can do and who we should do it with. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I invite you to join me for custom online coaching on any specific, expansive goal you’re trying to make happen. I also offer custom mini-retreats on expansive topics for you and your friends at my property in Prince Edward County. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience group coaching program this fall. We’ll work together to break through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and living more expansively in one or more areas of your life. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more details about The Magic Room Experience, how much it costs and whether you could benefit, subscribe to my Creative Expansion newsletter. To do that, just click on the Creative Expansion newsletter subscription link you’ll find in several places on www.gracedcanvas.com. You can also hear my ideas about how to make your life more expansive on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/) or at one of my workshops at GRACE Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the...
Removing Compulsion From Your Calendar | UA71
21-06-2022
Removing Compulsion From Your Calendar | UA71
Learn how you can expand time so that you’ll always have enough of it to do the things most important to you. In this episode, I share ideas about how to loosen your time constraints and think more expansively and creatively about time. Learn how to ditch time scarcity and create the spaciousness in your schedule for quantum leaps to happen. Enjoy a life where you do more of the things you love and fewer of the things that you don’t. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I offer a limited number of individual custom online coaching spots, as well as custom mini-retreats at my property in Prince Edward County, Ontario. If you have a specific, expansive goal you’re struggling to make happen or an expansive decision you’re trying to make, let’s talk. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience group coaching program this fall. We’ll work together to break through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and living more expansively in one or more areas of your life. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more details about The Magic Room Experience, how much it costs and whether you could benefit, subscribe to my Creative Expansion newsletter. To do that, just click on the Creative Expansion newsletter subscription link you’ll find in several places on www.gracedcanvas.com. You can also hear my ideas about how to make your life more expansive on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/) or at one of my workshops at GRACE Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
From Italy With Love | UA70
14-06-2022
From Italy With Love | UA70
Some surprising lessons on expansion from the end of my trip to Italy. I share what I learned from getting pickpocketed in Florence, missing my connecting flight home from Paris, and eventually arriving home only to discover I have COVID. Learn how challenges can sometimes help you build your expansive muscle more than easy and pleasant experiences. One of my most expansive insights was that I’d been rushing and pressuring myself to launch my new group coaching program for the sole reason that I’d publicly announced I’d do this. When I was forced to abandon my launch schedule, I realized the most expansive choice I could make for me was to delay my program. Instead, I’ll be spending a glorious summer painting and offering workshops at GRACE Studio during the most beautiful time here of the year. And I’ll be offering the online Magic Room Experience program, which is already developed and ready to go, this fall when it’s the perfect time to focus on expansion. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY I offer a limited number of individual custom online coaching spots, as well as custom mini-retreats at my property in Prince Edward County, Ontario. If you have a specific, expansive goal you’re struggling to make happen, there’s likely an experience I offer that’s suited to your tastes and inclinations. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. Join me for The Magic Room Experience group coaching program this fall. We’ll work together to break through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and living more expansively in one or more areas of your life. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more details about The Magic Room Experience, how much it costs and whether you could benefit, subscribe to my Creative Expansion newsletter. To do that, just click on the Creative Expansion newsletter subscription link you’ll find in several places on www.gracedcanvas.com. You can also hear my ideas about how to make your life more expansive on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/) or at one of my workshops at GRACE Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated...
Thought Shaming and the Tyranny of Positive Thinking | UA69
07-06-2022
Thought Shaming and the Tyranny of Positive Thinking | UA69
Once you discover the powerful connection between your thoughts and feelings, you’ll initially enjoy a tremendous feeling of capability, “Amazing. I never have to feel bad again!” Sound good? Hang on. It’s exactly at this point you need to keep an eye out for your perfectionist tendencies. If you’re like many of us, you’ll find yourself wanting to do this awareness work “correctly”. You’ll start to believe there are “right” thoughts (ones that make you feel good) and “wrong” thoughts (ones that make you feel bad). Don’t use this powerful awareness tool as a weapon you point at yourself. Don’t engage in “thought shaming” where you scold yourself for not thinking more intentionally. Listen to this episode to discover how thought shaming occurs and how to use self compassion to pivot out of it. Make “thought work” a tool you use to build greater awareness and understanding of yourself, and not as yet another thing you tell yourself you need to do well. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING EXPANSIVELY Join me for The Magic Room Experience group coaching program beginning June 28, 2022. We’ll work together to break through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and living more expansively in one or more areas of your life. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more details about The Magic Room Experience, how much it costs and whether you could benefit, subscribe to my Creative Expansion newsletter. To do that, just click on the Creative Expansion newsletter subscription link you’ll find in several places on www.gracedcanvas.com. You can also hear my ideas about how to make your life more expansive on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/) or at one of my workshops at GRACE Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. In addition to the Magic Room Experience group coaching program, I offer a limited number of individual custom online coaching spots, as well as custom mini-retreats at my property. If you have a specific, expansive goal you’re struggling to make happen, there’s likely an experience I offer that’s suited to your tastes and inclinations. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel...
What Expansion Is and Why You Should Care | UA68
31-05-2022
What Expansion Is and Why You Should Care | UA68
Imagine yourself standing in a roofless room and you’re suddenly limitless. You’re in Pharrell William’s “room without a roof”. This is what expansion feels like. Expansion is the difference between having a life that's just OK and having a life where you’ve finally decided that what you want matters, and you’re taking the steps to make what you want actually happen. In this episode, find out why expansion matters, why it’s relevant to you, why you’re not already living expansively, and what to do about it. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING AN EXPANDED LIFE Join me for The Magic Room Experience group coaching program beginning June 28, 2022. We’ll work together to break through all the BS in your mind that stands between you and your dreams. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more details about The Magic Room Experience, how much it costs and whether you could benefit, subscribe to my Creative Expansion newsletter. To do that, just click on the Creative Expansion newsletter subscription link you’ll find in several places on www.gracedcanvas.com. You can also hear my ideas about how to make your life more expansive on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching, Facebook (friend me www.facebook.com/heather.kerr.9461), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/heatherkerr/) or at one of my workshops at GRACE Studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. In addition to the Magic Room Experience group coaching program, I offer a few individual custom online coaching spots, as well as custom mini-retreats at my property. If you have a specific, expansive goal you’re struggling to make happen, there’s an experience suited to your tastes and inclinations. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.
Why Contentment is Your Most Productive Fuel | UA67
24-05-2022
Why Contentment is Your Most Productive Fuel | UA67
Learn why contentment fuels your productivity while worry and stress slow you down. When you get caught in the trap of believing that worry and stress motivate you to work harder, solve your problems and get things done, you’re experiencing a thought error. All worry and stress really do is cause you to focus on all the things you haven't managed to do yet and all the ways you believe you’re deficient. Stewing on what you haven’t done and all your inadequacies is never useful. It diverts your mind from finding solutions. You might get things done in the end, but it’s never a consequence of your worrying. It happens when you’re able to shift out of worry to more constructive, solution-oriented thinking. Times of contentment, of presence, of not overthinking allow space for creative solutions to appear. In those times, you’re no longer stressing and striving because you’re no longer trying to force yourself to come up with the answers you’re seeking. You’re just giving yourself sufficient space to receive answers and trusting that the best ideas and the most brilliant plans will emerge. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING AN EXPANDED LIFE If what you’re hearing in this podcast is connecting you with a desire to expand into something new, but you just can’t seem to get there on your own, you’ll find the help you need in The Magic Room Experience, my new group coaching experience beginning in June 2022. We’ll work together to break through the BS your brain throws up as obstacles between you and your dreams. You’ll end the program feeling unfettered, expansive, excited and open, and you’ll be actively creating the life you want. To learn more about The Magic Room Experience, start by clicking on the coaching tab on my website, www.gracedcanvas.com. There’s a brief outline of the Magic Room Experience there. To learn more and receive announcements and updates about this program, scroll to the bottom of any tab on my website and sign up for my Creative Expansion newsletter. Want to hear more of my ideas? Discover my posts on Instagram @gracedcanvascoaching or meet me live at GRACE Studio. GRACE Studio is where I show my paintings, host workshops and sponsor other live events. You can find out what’s on at GRACE Studio at www.gracedcanvas.com or by subscribing to my newsletter. In addition to the Magic Room Experience group coaching program, I offer a few individual custom online coaching spots, as well as custom mini-retreats at my property. If you have a specific, expansive goal you’re struggling to make happen, there’s an experience suited to your tastes and inclinations. To discuss opportunities for your custom coaching or mini-retreat experience, book a free personal strategy session at www.gracedcanvas.com. THANKS FOR LISTENING: Thanks so much for listening to my podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to hear more, follow “The Unlikely Artist” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform. Or go to www.gracedcanvas.com/podcast. This podcast is my way to offer free advice to people. If you’ve found it useful, the best way for you to give back is to share a link to the podcast with a friend, family member or colleague who you think might benefit from a particular episode. You can also give back by leaving a review, as reviews help put the podcast in front of more people. To complete a review, go to The Unlikely Artist on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to Ratings & Reviews, tap the stars to rate it and write a sentence about what you like best about the podcast. Become a contributor to the podcast. Send your podcast topic suggestions to heather@gracedcanvas.com. ABOUT ME: I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals. My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to...