*Photo by Julia Hembree.* 

This episode is sponsored by Kindred Word Studio, writing and editing services for people and businesses who give a damn. And by Big Cartel, easy online stores for artists and makers.

Tina Essmaker is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Great Discontent, a print publication and online magazine featuring inspiring conversations with today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers. TGD evolved to tell stories via a podcast and live events as well. After going through a divorce with her husband and business partner last year, Tina is now a speaker, coach, and writer…and she’s crushing it.

We talked about her life and career shifts, the process of grieving, adapting to change, challenges of the publishing industry, working with her husband while going through a divorce, making space for new projects, and more. Listen above or on iTunes.

Show notes

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The process of going from social work to starting The Great Discontent
  • How Tina and Ryan stopped vegging in the evenings and made room for TGD by literally clearing out furniture
  • Why TGD diversified its media platforms to evolve with an ever-changing industry
  • Using your day job to get to your dream job
  • Becoming a better editor
  • The importance of being a good listener for finding the magic moments
  • How Tina made interviewees comfortable
  • Accepting and adapting to change, like a divorce and forced carer change
  • Creating space for yourself to process and grieve
  • The importance of a support group
  • What it means to be a coach
  • Coming to things with openness and embracing your individual process
  • Leaving room for the unknown

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