I was honored to be interviewed by The Most Creative Thing where I got to share all things about being a creative in not such typical ways (like leading people to make a difference in the world) AND doing it as a mom.

You might totally relate to this (especially as a parent–but there are a ton of other resources there to help people be creative as busy adults), so check this blog out.

the most creative thing

Being a Change-Making Mama

Here’s a bit from the interview I thought lots of moms who want to make a difference in the world need to hear:

Learning to lead in creative ways has largely been the outcome of having my kids with me. Most of the projects and groups I’ve started and led, or the coaching I have done, has been with little kids running around in the background.

There are a lot of moms out there who want to get involved making a difference in the world

This hasn’t just been good for me, but it has been so freeing for other moms around me to know that they can lead a non-profit with a baby at their breast, or do life coaching at the side of the pool. I think we hurt ourselves when we expect leadership and creativity to fall into a certain mold of “professional,” when professional is allowed to have a different appearance if we are all okay with it. And there are a lot of moms out there who need to get involved doing things that make a difference, need groups that love them well, and need guidance in life to be their best-selves…all within the context of motherhood.

Elisa Johnston Leadership and being a Mama and creative

The Most Creative Thing Interview

Here is what Ashlee said to set the stage for this interview:

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re *really* creative, then you’ve got to read Elisa’s story. Often our understanding of creativity is far too limited, but you don’t have to be a “professional artist” to live a creative life, which is something Elisa demonstrates through social leadership and her humanitarian advocacy work. “Beauty will save the world,” indeed!

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Why is being a mother the most creative thing you’ll ever do? Here’s Elisa of @AverageAdvocate ‘s take: 👨‍👩‍👧 “Working with people is about empowering them through creative teaching and connecting with others creates life-changes. Finally, coming up with solutions–even small ones–involves innovation. All of it embodies creativity!” 👨‍👩‍👧 Teaching, connecting with others, solving problems, even small ones…sounds like #momlife to me! You can read the rest of Elisa’s thoughts on “everyday creativity” that we ALL can take part in on #themostcreativething blog — link in bio! 👍 #risingtidesociety #seekinspirecreate #createcultivate #wherewomencreate #calledtobecreative #communityovercompetition #catholiccreatives #beautywillsavetheworld #femininegenius #writerscommunity #carveouttimeforart #writermomlife #writermom #hopewriters #authorscommunity #writeyourheartout #artistmom #supportwomenartists #pursuewhatislovely #createdtocreate #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodrising #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodunited #inspirationalquotes #wordsofwisdom #quotestoliveby

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Hi! Let me introduce myself with my lovely cheesy fake smile. I’m Elisa Johnston and this is where I base online (in real life I’m usually in beautiful San Diego, CA).

I’m here to empower you,  an everyday, super busy, normal person who’s figuring out this adulting thing and who cares about stuff. I help you to be an influencer who makes a difference in the world. 

Stick around Average Advocate and together we will move past the overwhelm of life and the despair of global problems, find your purpose, and discover what your best role is to change the world is. 

I’m no magician. I just encourage and guide as I  write, coach, speak, consult and start-world-changing things to help us move forward.  

In case I sounded unapproachable, let me tell you a little bit about myself. Besides empowering this community, I spend most of my time attempting to live intentionally in my faith (I’m a Jesus person), in my home (the husband + raising my three kids + adult kid), in my relationships, and being creative and adventuring wherever and whenever I can. (Ya, I might live in beautiful San Diego, but I’m always itching to explore.)

Now it is your turn…  What’s your story? 

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