Spotify Called Me! - Shereen Kassam | FunnyBrownGirl

Hi Creatives! This week I share BIG news – Spotify called me! I also talk about setting intentions for 2021 vs setting goals, our guest next week – Bevy Smith to chat about her new book Bevalations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie, and of course why Spotify called me! 

Check out this episode!

Welcome to Creative Breakthrough and Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m excited for 2021.  Despite what happened here in the USA last week, 2021 is going to be a great year for creatives. 

I didn’t finish many of my 2020 goals, so my goal setting for 2021 was pretty simple.  

I also decided to spend more time in 2021 setting intentions rather than goals.  Now if you’re unsure what I mean, don’t worry. I didn’t know either – I had to google it.

A goal is a want or a desire.  Usually in the future.

An intention is more of a manifestation or visualization.  What do you want from today.  Intentions are in the present moment. Intentions are lived each day, independent of achieving the goal or destination.

Goals are focused on the future. Goals are a destination or specific achievement. 

And you can have more than one intention:

You can have one for your professional career, creative career, spirituality, health and wellness, and more.  There is no limit. 

Once you have your intentions share them with the group at the Facebook Group! Just search Creative Breakthrough Community.  

OK, so I can say, I’m so happy 2020 is over! For those of you who have been tuning in – you may recall in 2020 I lost someone I loved dearly, then COVID hit, I couldn’t perform comedy anymore, and I lost my job.  Which in the grand scheme of things, is not the worst possible year.  But then in November my season began to change.  I moved out a season of feeling sad, and angry to a season of self-love and opportunity.

In the last 45 days, I’ve had the opportunity to perform stand-up comedy to over 100+ incoming freshman at Brown University, lead a podcasting workshop for students across USA, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  I co-hosted the Ismaili Canada New Year’s Eve celebration.  I was invited to be the keynote speaker at an even called Unstoppable. And…Spotify reached out to me to record an episode for them about Creativity that they then shared with all their employees at their Holiday Party.  All this within 45 days.

And you know what I learned from this?  To enjoy it.  To be grateful for it.  To stop and remember how I feel.  When we are hit with rejection or loss, we marinate in it.  It’s all we can think about.  We question it. We over think it.  But when we are faced with wins and opportunities we jump up and down, maybe share it on social media or with our friends, and then we move on.  We don’t really stop and enjoy the moment.  And that’s what one of intentions for 2021 is going to be.  I will slow down and be grateful for the opportunities I am given and relish in the feeling of excitement and joy.

In other good news, Bevy Smith who you may know from Fashion Queens on Bravo or Page Six, launched a book this week and it is inspiring and amazing! I had the opportunity to read it and was so moved by it, I reached out to Bevy and she’s agreed to to come on Creative Breakthrough on the next episode.  So if you have any questions you would like to ask Bevy, let me know! 

With that said.  Today, I’m going to share the episode I created for Spotify with you all.  How to Be and Stay Creative.   So what are we waiting for – let’s get started! 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Be Mindful
  2. Step outside of your comfort zone
  3. Immerse yourself in the creative space whether it’s through classes, podcasts, Ted Talks or people
  4. Stop checking your phone
  5. Enjoy the process