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After managing more than 4400 Jewish celebrations for over 25 years, Pat Blackwell has earned the title of the Jewish Party Maven. Join Pat here every week, where you, the BEST vendors, expand your wedding business into this lucrative Jewish market. By understanding the traditions & vocabulary, you will build TRUST and GROW your business. Cha Ching
 
Your one stop shop for creative ideas and inspiration. Each week on The Spark File podcast, Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien reach into their spark files and share stories, ideas and fascinations to ignite your imagination. Obsessed with creativity, Blackwell and Camien also talk with artists and makers, movers and shakers who have taken the spark of inspiration and fanned it into a flame. Hear from inspiring creatives like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Groff ...
 
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For everything there is a season, friends! And this season is winding down. Time for a brief respite. But, before we go, let’s talk season highlights! And we’ll leave you with an excerpt from In Your Light by Rumi... “I know you're tired but come, this is the way...In your light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance ins…
 
Long time listeners will know what a joy this episode was for us! In the way back times, Susan introduced us to a human spark named Lynne Cox - a celebrated athlete who set swimming records around the world and achieved astonishing feats of strength and endurance (including swimming with a baby gray whale - eighteen feet long! - in open waters) She…
 
John Lennon said, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end” This week, we admire the imagination and, frankly, the balls of @connorratliff, creator of Dead Eyes podcast. Connor created an unbelievable podcast experience in order to solve what he calls “a very stupid mystery that has haunted him for two decades: why To…
 
This week, Susan and Laura got to hang with bad ass lighting designer and friend, Marc Janowitz, whose holistic, dynamic lighting designs illuminate a story and light up an audience. His bold, no holds barred lighting transforms comedians into a rock stars and rock stars into gods. Tune in to hear how Marc approaches designs for concerts for My Mor…
 
This week, after experiencing unexpected loss, Laura and Susan discuss the role of grief and friendship, and the bittersweet and inevitable intermixing of joy and heartbreak along this journey we call life. Inspired by the genius of Brene Brown, Karen Walrond and Susan Cain, Laura and Susan agree with the conclusion that our broken hearts connect u…
 
This week, Susan and Laura had the distinct pleasure of unpacking the mind of Mike Michalowicz, the man Simon Sinek claims might be “the patron saint of entrepreneurs”. We have to agree. He’s a saint, but our kind of saint - comfortable with subversive humor served with a dash of profanity. On a mission to end entrepreneurial poverty, Mike changed …
 
Whether the war in Ukraine is causing feelings of unease, uncertainty, or outrage, there are creative ways to activate and support. There are ways to use your talents and resources for the power of good. Tune in this week to hear of creative acts by artists and others to support our colleagues in Ukraine. If you’ve wondered how you can put your tho…
 
Everywhere you look these days there is a con going down… Inventing Anna, The Tinder Swindler, The Dropout, The Puppermaster, Super Pumped, WeCrashed… Con artists are having a moment. Tune in this week to learn more about the hustle, and how you can avoid being a “sucker”, a “stooge”, or a “gull” – Better yet, turn the confidence game into an inspi…
 
Tired of the “starving artist” trope? Sick of the storyline that says “I’m creative and eccentric, I’m no good with numbers” Isn’t it time you felt a sense of personal agency over your finances? You are smart and capable. Tune in for some tips on how you can be even smarter and more capable.저자 Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien
 
You know that voice in your head? The one that drives you crazy sometimes? The one that points out your flaws and re-plays your mistakes over and over? What is the point of that voice? Tune in this week as we gain an understanding of how to tame this voice, and put it to good use, thanks to Chatter: The Voice in our Head, Why it Matters, and how to…
 
Sit back and marvel at this true tale of limitations inspiring ART as a survival job in less than ideal circumstances. That’s right. The Florida Highwaymen turned to art to elevate themselves and their community out of poverty while reflecting the beauty of Florida landscapes. These master painters (some trained and some self-taught) captured the b…
 
Want to know what every single creative can learn from the development and launch of Wordle, the simple and most unexpected game of the century? Recorded riiiiiiiight before Wordle was sold to The New York Times, we can still learn how creating for an audience of one, making your work accessible and so much more relates to everything we hope to sha…
 
You have undoubtedly heard her unforgettable voice on hits such as “Everybody, Everybody”, “It’s Raining Men” and so many more. But Martha Wash had to use her voice to fight to make sure you knew her name. Tune in to find out how Martha took the record labels to task for abusing the demo track system. Martha paved the way for all artists - to make …
 
If you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through your feeds or combing through google search results thinking “there must be something more out there”, well, this episode is for you! Laura and Susan dive into the concept of “Rewilding Your Attention” - the phrase was coined by Tom Critchlow, shared by CJ Eller and then expanded up on by Clive Thomps…
 
This week, snuggle up and join Susan and Laura as they delve into Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May. If you've ever wondered why we feel a pull to retreat indoors and slow down as the days get darker - look no further. It is not your imagination, and it is very much a necessity that we take time to quiet o…
 
This week, Laura and Susan dig into this taboo topic and explore how and why shame keeps us from talking about money, and sometimes even doing anything about money. But valuing ourselves for the amount of money we have accrued has not always been the norm, in fact, it is a rather new framework. Listen in and imagine a time when we valued ourselves,…
 
Sometimes a spark is so surprising, so complex and thought provoking it can stun you into silence. And so it was when Susan shared Operation Paperclip with Laura. As outlined in the book, Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen, information on this secret United States intelligence program was recently de-classified and we are now all learning about …
 
What keeps us from writing those pages we say we WANT to write? What keeps us from taking that first small step toward our goal? What keeps us from doing anything at all related to our creative vision? Why, its our dear ol’ pal, Creative Resistance. This week, Laura and Susan dive into the warm and cozy distractions that keep us safe from the conse…
 
This week, Susan and Laura dip their toes into the topic of Collaboration via the Metallica Masterclass. They discuss how the members of Metallica, guided by their mantra “whatever’s best” for the project, share how they communicate, keep their egos in check, get the most out of everyone, and how they stay inspired to come together to create great …
 
Here at The Spark File, our mission is to spark creativity, free innate self-expression, and grant permission to fear less and create more. In this episode, we share two recently discovered like-minded creative organizations that have completely lit us up! Here’s how it happened…First, Pam Harris introduced us to @creativemornings and Creative Morn…
 
This week, Susan and Laura delve into the very best ways social media can be used - to inspire, educate and spread joy. We call this The Spark Side of Social Media. Listen and light yourself up with tales of legacy-worthy chocolate via @morticianinthekitchen, kneel at the alter of @andy_birkey's gothic woodworking, and marvel at the beauty of fore …
 
This week, Laura and Susan explore the inexplicable craving to consume pandemic-related entertainment during a pandemic - not entertainment about the current state of the world, no, we prefer imaginary pandemics dreamed up in the minds of fiction writers and TV writers like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The End of October by Lawrence Wri…
 
Welcome back, Sparklers! All are welcome here. As long as no one is being a d**k, you are invited to be your real, open, authentic selves. This week on The Spark File, Susan and Laura get warmed up for Season 3! They share their gratitude and a mini-spark about indigenous food from The New York Times and an article about Sean Sherman, creator of Th…
 
Episode 33 Rosh Hashanah is a special week in the Jewish calendar. If you’ve been listening to our podcast in the past, perhaps you recall that the Jewish calendar is a solar – lunar calendar, meaning it is based on both the sun and the moon. Unlike the Christian calendar, which operates on a 365 day year. So, every year Rosh Hashanah occurs in the…
 
In the season 2 finale of The Spark File podcast, Susan and Laura celebrate the highlights of the past year - revisiting favorite sparks of inspiration, and recognizing the incredible achievements of the participants in The Spark File Select Group Creativity Coaching program.저자 Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien
 
Mary-Catherine Moore, Director of Events and Catering at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit, talks about what it means to be on a preferred vendor list. Links and more mentioned in this episode: DOWNLOAD FREEBIE: JPM Basic Guide to Jewish Holidays Get it NOW! CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD FREEBIE: JPM TOP 12 Wedding Words EVERYONE should know! Get it NOW! CLICK HE…
 
This week, Susan and Laura got to spend extra time with their beloved Hunter Bell, Tony and Drama Desk nominee, Spark File Creativity Coaching client, and creative / writer / maker extraordinare! Tune in to feel the love and the belly laughs. Too much is never enough Hunter Bell. Friends! We are opening the doors to our upcoming classes! Whether yo…
 
Jennifer Fishkind is the expert in quick & easy recipes. Princess Pinky Girl started in 2013 when Jenn found herself obsessed with a new app called Pinterest. Jenn was planning her oldest son's camp-themed Bar Mitzvah and was finding amazing ideas on it to use for the party. One afternoon, her niece called her and asked her if she knew that she had…
 
How do you create an amazing band? Steve Trudell put together one of the hottest bands in America: Your Generation in Concert Links mentioned in this episode: DOWNLOAD FREEBIE: JPM Basic Guide to Jewish Holidays Get it NOW! CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD FREEBIE: JPM TOP 12 Wedding Words EVERYONE should know! Get it NOW! CLICK HERE For more information, check…
 
This week, Susan and Laura take a deep dive with Tony-award nominee (and Creativity Coaching Client) John Ellison Conlee, and discuss the creation of a life in addition to a career. Plus, in this very special episode, The Spark File debuts a short story written and read by John Ellison Conlee himself - Cup of Joe. Friends! We are opening the doors …
 
What is a cantor? Neil Michaels, cantor at the largest Reform synagogue in the United States, talks about his role. Links mentioned in this episode: CLICK HERE to get the FREE DOWNLOAD JPM Basic Guide to Jewish Holidays CLICK HERE to get the FREE DOWNLOAD JPM Top 12 Wedding Words Everyone Should Know! For more information, check out the Jewish Part…
 
On this episode of The Spark File, Susan and Laura examine that deep seated fear that you're just not as good / worthy / capable as others think you are. Imposter Syndrome. Check out this episode and you just might find ways to let go of those coping mechanisms and start to believe in your own abilities. Friends! We are opening the doors to our upc…
 
There are lots of important people in the Jewish community - the rabbi, the cantor, the mashgiach, but none more important than your bubbie. Listen in to hear about the roles these people have in the Jewish community. Links mentioned in this episode: CLICK HERE to get the FREE DOWNLOAD JPM Basic Guide to Jewish Holidays CLICK HERE to get the FREE D…
 
This week, Susan and Laura, still super sparked by the life-changing whole brain approach of Jill Bolte Taylor, take an even deeper dive into her work, applying her philosophies to our creativity.저자 Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien
 
This interview with Brian Alexander shares some of his secrets as a successful band in the Detroit area. Preparation is NEVER a waste of time The best business advice he received along the way was: When you get out of the overhead business, you will start to actually make a profit. This lead him to STOP renting office space & use his home. Good is …
 
This week, Susan and Laura share sparks inspired by the bestseller Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. This exploration of grief led to a greater understanding of Mary Todd Lincoln, perhaps some tolerance and acceptance regarding her mental health, and introduced us to the phenomenal story of Elizabeth Keckly, former enslaved person who became…
 
Why should you care about Jewish holidays? Well, if you are a wedding vendor, and these holidays land on a weekend this year, that will likely impact your wedding bookings. Listen to this podcast to learn about: Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Sukkot Simchat Torah Chanukah Purim Passover Links mentioned in this episode: CLICK HERE to get the FREE DOWNLOAD…
 
This week on The Spark File, Susan and Laura discuss The Brain of Jill Bolte Taylor - one hell of a managed mind! The woman who taught us to "Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space" is the source of this weeks creativity spark. Tune in to hear Dr. Bolte Taylor's story (as shared in her book My Stroke of Insight) and how…
 
What do you look for when recruiting Red Coat Ladies? Flexibility, ability to think on her feet, and multitask, always with a smile. If you want to succeed in this Jewish Party world, you've got to understand the traditions and customs so important to our clients. Always be learning! Join Pat Blackwell here every week to learn and understand the tr…
 
This week, Susan and Laura serve up a single spark -- a spark 30 years in the making! Learn about the little card game that could - Canasta - and how it rose to fame, despite the Bridge Club establishment trying to keep it down! Friends and Foes, Joy and Pain, Triumph and Defeat intermingle at the card table. Plus a bonus mini-spark - did you know …
 
What is Shabbat? The bible says it took God 6 days to create the earth, and that on the seventh day he rested. That day of rest is Shabbat, or Shabbos if you speak Yiddish. Shabbat starts at sundown on Friday night, and ends after sunset on Saturday night. In the Jewish community, shabbat is declared a day of rest, contemplation, thought, and praye…
 
This week, Susan shares a spark so vast, we give it all our attention - Performance Anxiety. If you've ever felt tormented by fear, panic or anxiety related to your chosen profession, please do not miss this episode! Susan and Laura go deep into the prevalance of performance anxiety, what it feels like, who experiences it, and potential solutions t…
 
There are lots of differences between Jewish weddings and Christian weddings. This includes not just the "stuff" involved, but also the timing of the whole day. We talk about: Kippot Tish B'deken Chuppah Kiddush cup Stomping the glass Ha Motzi Mazel Tov Yichud Hora Appetizers in a Jewish wedding are a feast, not just a cheese & cracker tray. Then, …
 
This week, Susan and Laura dig into the realities of living as a Highly Sensitive Person and/or an Empath (and how to know for sure if you are one!), Plus, Priya Parker's life-changing approach to bringing people together in The Art of Gathering.저자 Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien
 
Kosher food is any food permitted by Jewish dietary guidelines. There are lots & lots of details to kosher food, but the primary rules contain the type of food that can be consumed, and the not mixing of meat & dairy at the same meal. According to Jewish guidelines, there are four types of food: Meat: beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, goat Dairy: milk, …
 
This week, Susan and Laura take a spin through some of the best advice they've ever received (including "don't pickle it!") plus, the very encouraging signs that people everywhere are entering the sixth stage of grief - finding meaning.저자 Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien
 
Episode 21 Interview with Rabbi Joseph Krakoff In this interview with Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, Senior Director of the Jewish Hospice Chaplaincy Network, we talk about how to honor your loved ones at a wedding. Join Pat Blackwell here every week, where you, the BEST vendors, expand your wedding business into this lucrative Jewish market. By understandi…
 
Wanting to write about your lived experience, but worried about how the other key players in your life might react? This week, Susan and Laura offer up various ways you can approach it so that your creativity is free flowing and feelings don't get hurt. Plus, recent events stirred up some questions about the monarchy, so we unpack what it is and wh…
 
Episode 20 Jewish Wedding Word of the Week: Mezuzah A mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe of many Jewish homes. There is a parchment inscribed with a biblical verse which serves to protect the inhabitants. The mezuzah signifies that all the residents of that home abide by a Jewish code of conduct. This is very similar to your brand. What expectatio…
 
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