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Inspiring Conversations with Kara Murphy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kara Murphy.

Hi Kara, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up an artist, so I always thought I’d go to art and design school. Instead, I ended up at a research university. I found out my college offered creative writing and that sounded like the most fun thing ever; I felt like I was cheating by having fun and not choosing a more traditional major. That was how I fell in love with storytelling and eventually film (or what I deem: the perfect blend of art and story). I first noticed my entrepreneurial streak when I became president of a club in high school, and then again, years later when I started my own clubs in college. The first business I started was a video production company a few years after college, but my business partner at the time and I closed it down. I still have dreams to reopen a film company one day, but I knew I had so much to learn before then, and decided to put my current skills to use and start a coaching practice, and I’ve been doing that for almost a year now.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I grew up with a host of mental illnesses and neurodivergencies that made it difficult for me to create my own art let alone run an entire business. It took me years to learn that I couldn’t hustle the way society will praise others for doing. I had to find my own rhythm for working and just be gentle on myself on the days where nothing much gets done. I dealt with a lot of creative blocks myself and for years barely produced any work. I felt alone in my struggle and didn’t know anyone who had the same seemingly immovable art blocks as me. And as a result, I stayed in the same place for more than half a decade. I feel like I’m only just this year coming out of this and am still learning how to overcome it daily! It was only through a combination of therapy and coaching that I started to get over this.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I run a creative community called The Magical Middle that is designed to help you make the long middle of your creative projects as magical as the beginning and end already feel. I named it after the Brene Brown quote, “The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens.” I’m a Creative Mindset Coach who helps people with creative blocks like perfectionism and burnout to move through these obstacles and start creating confidently again (and for some, for the first time!) I’ve always been an artist, but I only just became a coach this year. I’m proud of how quickly I was able to embrace that new identity and not let the feeling of imposter syndrome slow me down. It’s easy to feel like you don’t have the expertise to become a coach, but getting to work is the only way to gain that expertise. What sets my coaching apart is that I don’t believe in hustle culture and just pushing through. My coaching is designed around the idea that being gentle with yourself is healthier and more sustainable and that the healthier our mindset, the easier our creativity will come.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
The Magical Middle is a membership for creative community and resources to grow your practice. The Magical Middle is made to be your regular source of support—this is where you’ll find a creative community, supportive coaching, and a whole host of experts to guide you through your journey. We have weekly co-working calls, monthly talks and workshops, creative prompts and rooms where members can connect. People can join at the link at karamariemurphy.com/services. It’s my dream to help others feel creatively fulfilled and alive and not spend nearly as much time feeling stuck as I did!

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Ralph Crowder II

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