Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cassie Stephens Podcast!

Hey, y'all! I’m so excited (and nervous with sweaty hands but mostly excited) to share with you the Cassie Stephens Podcast! Creating this podcast was one of the first things I put on my Summertime To Do list and I'm thrilled (and really rather shocked) that I am able to bring it to life.  It's been a lotta work and I am equal parts frightened and thrilled to share it with you. 

As you might know, I have worked with The Art of Ed for some time on the podcast Everyday Art Room. I learned so much from that experience and I am so thankful for that opportunity. This week will be my final episode with Everyday Art Room before passing the mic to Nic Hahn who I am positive is going to do an INCREDIBLE job (go, Nic!). I'm excited to hear what she has to share. 

While I have much more to share on all things art teacherin in this new podcast, I wanted a place where I could also speak about life: my bouts with depression, feeling lost, hating myself both as a teacher and a human, struggling to figure out just who I am, what I want out of life and how to love the person I sounds dark and sad (but, y’all know me, it wont be for long!) but that is life. The part of life so many of us hide from or refuse to talk about. Well, I want to talk about it. Along with our day to day art teacherin life. Because that IS life: a mixed bag of family, work, feelings and figuring it all out. Here's just a bit more:
Many of you have asked about making the podcast available iTunes and I'm working on that. When it's available there, I will def let you know. Until then, you can find it on Breaker, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, Spotify and Pocket Casts. I'm also trying to figure out how to make it available for you right here! 

If you'd like to listen from your laptop or whatever device you are currently using, you can simply click these links to my first six episodes!

Episode 1: Welcome to Art Teacherin' with Cassie Stephens

Episode 2: Is this IT?! 

Episode 3: You're Hired! Now WHAT?!

Episode 4: What Teachers without Children of their Own Want You to Know

Episode 5: The Piano Story (for adult listeners only!)

Episode 6: Discovering Your Art Teacherin' Identity

It's been a learning curve for sure as I'm doing all the recording, editing and the rest. You'll have to be patient with least more patient than I've been with myself. You don't know how many times I nearly tossed this idea out the window. But what I want to share with you means so much to I'm gonna keep on trying to make that happen. 

Love y'all! And I would love to hear what you think. xo!
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  1. Can't find it on Spotify.

  2. Love the everyday art room, can't wait for this one!

  3. can't find it on pocket cast :(

  4. This appears to be Cassie Stephens' dress of many colors. Interesting blog.

    Someone referenced Cassie's blog just prior to referencing my blog:

  5. It is so funny (?) that people that suffer from depression think we are the only ones depressed, so it is hard to share your feelings because we think no one will understand. I am struggling with depression, take meds and see a therapist. They help, but just listening and knowing others are out there, especially in our profession, helps. Love you and your silly peppiness and energy!

  6. Thank you so much for Episodes 2 and 4. I feel like I may in the midst of repeating the first 10 years of your career. I haven’t been able to find my forever home art teachering and have wanted to give up more than once, the depression is real. This past year it was students who got too personal (al la episode 4) yes they are still my kids every 353 of them, but a few of them asked me this year, “what’s wrong with you?” And “are you not human?” We had the “my body, my life, my choice” chat, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t their fault, it was a cultural norm for them (these Students were from the DR and PR) and they were still middle schoolers. There were a few tears listening to the episodes (and now while writing) but I have to thank you and thank you some more. <3

  7. I love listening to you talk, so I got really excited to listen to these podcasts. I soaked it all up! I think a lot of what you said about finding your own art teacher identity can be applied to mothers and finding their own parenting identity too. Thank you for the trouble you went through to create these podcasts.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing episode 4. This is a topic close to my heart and I think it's so important to spread awareness to others. Infertility can be such an unspoken pain and I really appreciate that you've had the strength to publicly share your story so that others can gain a better understanding! <3

  9. Thank you Cassie for episode 4’s message. I too struggle with people who don’t respect the choices I’ve made in my life (not to have children) and even within my own family I feel judged and even pitied! It was so brave and kind of you to share; thank you.


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