Today I’m chatting with Nicole Gulotta, the author of Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry.

Nicole encourages a mindful approach to writing, blogging, and living, and help writers balance work and creativity. She also pens a blog called eat this poem and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and French bulldog.

I absolutely love how she pairs poetry with food, and has such a thoughtful online presence.

Enjoy our ramble through the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and Nicole’s relationship with her body and creativity.

Things we chatted about in this episode:

  • the fairytale Beauty and the Beast
  • how Belle is such an introverted bookworm and such a caring person
  • themes of digging under the surface
  • relationship with creativity
  • how creativity ebbs and flows with the seasons
  • in fall and winter cosiness and consumption rules over creation
  • in spring and summer creative energy and starting projects rules
  • how her creative process includes a lot of thinking pondering time before creation comes
  • how asking the question “am I in a season of consuming, or a season of creating?” is useful
  • how creativity is affected by how she feels in her body
  • if she doesn’t feel good there isn’t enough creative bandwidth to explore her work
  • how walking relieves and shifts any creative roadblock – how physically changing space and walking away from whatever it is you’re facing and getting fresh air and letting brain and mind go to work gets you unstuck
  • relationship with body
  • the importance of caring about how she feels in the body, rather than what the number on the scale says, and how much exercise has been done
  • how having a baby changed her body relationship drastically
  • on pregnancy and nurturing a baby in their first year, and how much things change
  • how luxurious really getting dressed feels after having a baby
  • on reintroducing her body to herself, and how much yoga and walking helps
  • how neck and shoulder tension tells her she needs to care for her body more
  • how important self care is for parenting in a present contented way

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