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life is sweeter in candy color! {www.katrinaberg.com} hi! i'm oil painter, katrina berg. welcome to my midway, utah studio, where i'll serve up a palette of support, hope and love, with a side of realness! as a mother of 5 (3 teenagers & 8-year-old twin boys), i know that life is rarely easy and jolly...but savoring the sweet moments gives us the strength we need to find peace, growth, and fulfillment along our journey. {podcasting to support women, mother artists and creative entrepreneurs! ...
 
Learn from disability-focused leaders about high profile topics and how they are truly making a difference. Mai Ling and James give you front row access to intimate conversations that are shaping the way the world is supporting people with disabilities. They share their intimate experiences— so you can start, grow, and expand your impact.
 
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everywhere i turn i feel like satan is trying yet again to make me “choose a side” or divide from my neighbors, friends & human family as a whole. i’m honestly not sure what to believe on the news these days, but one thing i do know: when there is military conflict we can be assured that people will need help with the basics of food, housing & clea…
 
Our spotlighted guest for this episode is The Gerontechnologist, Keren Etkin! She is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and self-described age tech evangelist. Keren is the founder/director of AgeLabIL and she also runs the AgeTech Academy. She sat down with James to discuss some of the technological advances in the very specialized arena of tech fo…
 
Our guest today is disability advocate Jake Linn, who launched the Disability in Hollywood initiative to bring awareness to the inequities in Hollywood surrounding people in the entertainment industry with disabilities. Jake talks with Mai Ling about how he got started with the project, the issues he and his team are addressing, and some of his per…
 
it’s been my pleasure recently, to get to know beautiful jessica libor of “the inspired artist” podcast and “luminary artist academy.” her podcast is full of wisdom, positive invitations to manifest the artist life we really desire, as well as business tips and inspiring peeks into jessica’s incredible artwork and gallery. hear about her artist jou…
 
what are you grateful for right now?! my latest large circle floral with birds is named after the bing crosby song “i’ve got plenty to be thankful for.” hear about the symbolism for each flower, leaf & bird in the painting. lots to be grateful for and lots to consider in character growth in the “becoming” process. even more, i think the overall the…
 
c'est l'été! it’s summer! well, we officially survived the 1st week of summer madness. summer with teens & summer jobs are not for the faint of heart but we’re embracing all its goodness and soaking up all the learning & time together. in today’s episode you’ll hear a family & studio update on all the things. i’ll also share a podcast episode that …
 
Our guest today is the founder of FreshSLP and host of The Missing Link for SLPs podcast, Mattie Murrey-Tegels. Mattie chats with James about how to reinvent yourself and your career, the value and importance of self-care, and the difference between burnout and just being tired. In addition to this value-packed interview, Mai Ling and James share s…
 
at a time of immense uncertainty, it’s comforting to have a few constants in our lives. for me, it’s family, friendship, art & most importantly: my relationship with deity. finding & creating new ways to connect with our heavenly parents in these times are invaluable. two years ago, kathryn knight sonntag invited us to consider our connections and …
 
(***to watch the visual version of this episode, check out my youtube or spotify channels.) a bit of a studio update: you’ll see my latest large floral “our love is here to stay”, along with a peek at what the frame will look like and some detail photos. as for our artist tip for the week: i recently enjoyed suzanne redmond’s interview with mixed m…
 
We’re excited to share this great conversation with you! Our guest today is Chris Wenger, aka Speech Dude. He is an SLP, social media influencer, and the creator of the Dynamic Assess of Social Emotional Learning, a neurodiversity-affirming assessment to get a holistic view of a child. Chris talks with James about effectively using humor to educate…
 
hear about a great opportunity for female figurative artists as jessica libor of “the inspired painter” podcast interviews the collectors, curators & creators of “the bennett art collection” and “bennett prize”: dr. elaine melotti schmidt & steven alan bennett. I’ll also be sharing 7 things i’ll be doing to make the trasition to summer with our fam…
 
this week’s artist tip is all about the benefits of attending art shows, fairs & events for artists. we can learn a lot just from attending – it will help us better prepare for our own events and may even alleviate anxiety that we could be having preparing for the unknown. you’ll find the 6 minute video documentary on our heavenly mother, and i’ll …
 
Mai Ling and James are bringing a great interview for you this week. Our guest is professional American Sign Language interpreter and coach, Lanette Pinkard, who grew up as a child of deaf adults (CODA). Lanette has been the lead interpreter of teams for high-profile events all over the world and is the founder of My Hands Your Heart, LLC, a team o…
 
do artists need a website and if so, what should they consider when building it or refreshing its content? this week’s episode has tips for artist websites that will elevate your current or future site. our fourth episode in a mini-series on commissions is all about the power that comes as we accept commissions. there are so many unexpected bonuses…
 
sometimes, just getting started is the hardest part of creativity. hear about an artist whose been offering “jumpstarts” for artists for 11 years. i’ll walk you through some commissions i’ve done recently and how each project began and what choices my collectors made to make it all possible. this weeks’ red pill is about the grooming that may be ha…
 
In this packed episode, Mai Ling and James share some exciting updates and tidbits about what is happening in the disability space and then James has a great conversation with today’s guest. Gareth Walkom is subject matter expert on using virtual reality as a therapy for speech disability or difference and has spoken at events around the world on t…
 
today’s artist tip is all about “manifesting” but from a new perspective and i found it the most helpful explanation on manifesting that i've come across. we’ll also be chatting more about commissions and i’ll share my commission process: the questions and decisions my collectors make before i start and what the process really looks like. as for th…
 
if you’ve not had a chance to check out the annual art auction fundraiser for the early light institute (providing preschool scholarships for those little humans we love so much)...you can bid on all the artwork (created & donated by so many) till friday april 15th. @theearlylightinstitute on ig or just go to my feed @katrina.berg and start there. …
 
Our guest today is Joe Devon, the co-founder of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day and a co-founder of Diamond, an inclusive digital agency specializing in assisting clients to develop and implement accessible products. Joe talks with Mai Ling and shares some highlights from Diamond’s annual State of Accessibility Report, tells how his father w…
 
where do you find daily inspiration?!! music is such a favorite go-to in the CANDYcolored studio. hear how it influences my paintings and the titles of the pieces. listen to my favorite songs and singers that make my heart sing as i work away. you’ll find my amazon playlists and a couple on spotify as well. enjoy!! click HERE for the episode show n…
 
recently i ran across the manifesto of sorts of the incredible bookshop, cafe, home & fashion boutique "merci" in paris that began with: “curated, not collected.” it went on to describe trends, items that are not just beautiful but also useful and making the ordinary daily life full of extra-ordinary moments. join me and let’s brainstorm ways we ca…
 
We kick off this episode with Mai Ling and James both sharing about events they recently participated in and the takeaways from them. Then James has a great conversation with speech-language pathologist and author, Jeannette Roberes. She has extensive experience working with dyslexic learners and consults with tech companies on dyslexia inclusivity…
 
welcome to the CANDYcolored studio, snowy spring edition for march '22! today's episode is a little non-traditional. there's a video for you to watch with a virtual tour of my studio as well as the downstairs area of our home (since my studio is in our home, you can get a better idea of how we're using the space). then you can hear a "jack ryan" re…
 
what are your tell-tale signs that you’re simply saying “yes” to too many things or overscheduling yourself & your family? hear all about some recent epic fails in parenting & life – all due to running too fast. it’s definitely something i have to constantly be aware of, reevaluate, reassess and make a new plan. i’ll share some things that are help…
 
Mai Ling sits down with Katrina Martin, PhD, the founder of Bridges Learning System, to chat about her work in curriculum development. Katrina has focused on designing curriculum for disabled youth that supports and empowers neurodivergent individuals. Katrina shares why it’s so important for both students and educators to have educational tools de…
 
do you ever look out at your creative biz and see way too many things that you need to improve? maybe you even catch yourself saying, “the grass is greener on the other side? I opened an email from amy porterfield of the “online marketing made easy” podcast and she had a couple really profound descriptions & suggestions that i think will help so ma…
 
did you miss so many friends during pandemic like i did? i found my heart swelling with gratitude for all the dear friends who made a positive impact in my life and so many others. i started sharing about these amazing women who i call “SWEETladies”. ondalynn lewis vance is one of those extra special friends who made my college years so bright, fun…
 
In our first episode of 2022, we kick off Season 4 of the show with a new co-host! James Berges joins the Xceptional Leaders podcast for the first time, so Mai Ling takes this opportunity to introduce him to you. James is a speech-language pathologist and copywriter who uses his diverse skillset to support and enable SLPs and other clinicians as th…
 
what a treat of an interview! as stephanie braced for an alabama storm & possible tornado, we chatted about all sorts of things: her tech background & skills, artist journey, teaching art, mentoring artists, time management, mothering, priorities and podcasting! it’s an episode jam-packed with goodness. one of my very favorite parts is when she tal…
 
"tell me about YOUR sacred grove" 48" oil on wood, custom framed to 4’10” when joseph prayed to God with his soul-burning question, the sacred grove burst forth with light and knowledge. similarly, our heavenly parents greatly desire that each and every one of their children create a safe space where they can take their questions, ponderings, and r…
 
isn’t hindsight 20-20? or just 2020 lol?! now that we’ve had time to look back over the past 2 years since the pandemic began, it’s easy to see things we would have liked to have done better or perhaps we feel guilty about our choices. no judgment here, everyone made choices they felt was best at the time and i know that no matter what there was a …
 
when in a rut or just simply in the need of something new to taste, i dive back into my favorite cookbooks to remember recipes, or to find new ones. here are eleven of my favorite cookbooks. some were given at our wedding and others i’ve collected over the years. the ones i go back to again and again are quite often those that are easy to adjust or…
 
"eve & asherah [a mother-daughter portrait]" 28x36 oil on wood (click to see painting) let's chat about all things adam & eve, how we can learn from their journey and what blessings do we enjoy because of their Fall? i've been researching across different of christian thoughts as well as from a messianic jewish perspective too. so many different fe…
 
looking back at the sweetest memories that simply keep on giving...so much laughter and love, so much learned and enjoyed being friends with my beautiful dear friend christy. so much heart, soo much knowledge, and a giggle that is absolutely contagious -- this adventurous friend amazes me with all she has done and continues to do for all of those a…
 
happiest new year! in this episode, we'll dive into hopes & dreams for 2022, some deep thoughts for a blank slate snowy january, room for growth & learning, and the ever-present need for discernment as we process our journey. i'll also share a new favorite channel on youtube: the house of valentina...in which you can watch an episode about january …
 
have you read the book "the relatives came" by cythia rylant & stephen gammel?! oh it is so fun and wonderfully shows all the beauty & craziness that comes when we spend time with family. during the holidays i learned so much being with family members. here are 5 of the life lessons and epiphanies i pondered & gleaned. we learn so much from family …
 
one of my favorite things during the holidays is to ready holiday books with our kiddos. for many years, i gave a book to each kiddo during christmas. we keep them in a very accessible place during the season and read them constantly…most years, well into the next year. in this episode i’ll share 15 of our favorite books from our collection. you’ll…
 
what are your favorite christmas albums of your childhood or throughout your life? in this episode i’ll share some of my favorites albums, songs and i’ll even play a couple clips. i’ll share some new songs that just came out and some brand new christmas albums too. “the chosen” had an incredible christmas special last year and this year we went to …
 
talking about all things sweet lady ashley today! this sister-in-law is the queen of fun and has the best eye for design. she is always up for a party and take the time to make special moments. enjoy learning about this amazing sister of mine. love you ash! click here for show note photos LEAVE ME FEEDBACK: - what should i talk about next? let me k…
 
alright artists and creative biz friends. let's chat about the benefits of previewing your collection or show pieces to your collectors ahead of the release/event. what are the benefits? i'll list 12 ways you can give a proper preview and reap the rewards. and for this week's redpill let's talk about life lessons and where we're actually learning m…
 
have you ever heard of the "thanksgiving proclamation"? i hadn't, and yet it was such a beautiful thing to consider and read this thanksgiving week. i'll link to it below so that you can take a look. you'll also hear a clip of robert f. kennedy jr. talking about censorship and a great transfer of wealth. listen and then research to find out for you…
 
throughout my life i was taught to separate media into two categories: the “imaginary” and “truth”. but what if it’s not that simple? what if there is truth hidden in films and fictional novels? what if there are lies hidden in “the news”? what if all this time i should have been discerning carefully between all the media i am inviting into my thou…
 
catching up with mary was such a treat. it reminded me how important it is to not just celebrate all the good in each other's projects and lives, but also to honestly share about the challenges we’re facing and what they’re teaching us too. thank you mary for sharing so much of your heart. and for giving us a peek behind the scenes of your incredib…
 
the lovely nicole woodbury returns to the podcast to share about the latest certain women show in salt lake. she gives an update on the show events and the upcoming catalog soon to debut with all the artwork and artist statements. she also updates us on all she’s been up to the past couple years: baby #4, new series, a big show, moving, and of cour…
 
oh do we have a gift for you today! tracy ann holmes is a ceramic, watercolor, pencil artist living in tucson, arizona...sharing her heart and creative journey throughout this episode. her ceramic work is a gift from her soul -- full of love, light, and all the support that we women need most. hear all about her incredible heavenly mother piece in …
 
artist & curator laura erekson is sharing all about the latest “certain women” art show at anthony’s fine art & antiques in salt lake. the show will be open till november 13th and if you’re not local you can see all the artwork on the certainwomenartshow.com website. laura shares background on the heavenly mother theme and specifics about the show.…
 
In this final episode for 2021, Martyn and Mai Ling bring you up to speed with all that’s going on in their respective worlds and share about what’s in store for the show in the future. Martyn then shares his conversation with strategic marketing expert and podcaster, Anna Price. Anna talks about what it’s like living with ADHD, the experience of b…
 
the latest certain women art show is up and this year’s edition is all about our heavenly mother. in this episode, i’m sharing my statement and a little about the creation of this painting. i’ll also talk about red pills, a scene from the first matrix movie, and how it applies to eve, her choice, our choices and our current quest for truth. LINKS c…
 
Mai Ling kicks off this edition of the show with a few updates for the Xceptional Leaders community and then she introduces this episode’s guest, Chris Klein. As the vice president of Impact Voices and a writer and speaker about AAC communication, Chris is equipping the next generation of AAC users with insights on AAC communication and other thing…
 
do you consider yourself a prepper? i don’t consider myself a “serious” prepper, but i have facets of my personal life as well as in my business where i prefer to feel prepared. it’s always a work in progress, i’m always learning new things. i’ve had some disasters-of-a-sort in both areas of my life and it’s taught me so much. and how about you? wh…
 
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