{CBB Episode 2} Dealing with Crippling Self-Doubt

Creative Business Breakdown: Episode 2

We all deal with self-doubt, anxiety, and fear but those feelings manifest in very different ways from person to person. While I show my anxieties in an energetic and talkative way, Rachel tends to be more reserved and introverted.  That also means that we have very different way of dealing with self-doubt, which we discuss candidly in the episode below.

Here are a couple of the methods we highlight in Episode 2 of the Creative Business Breakdown for dealing with doubt related to making big decisions.

  • Ask all of the the questions but also trust that you have the knowledge and experience to move through each situation or know where to find the answers/solutions.
  • Build yourself up and let experience be your guide. You’ve handled big decisions and tasks in the past and are still moving forward. Celebrate your positive experiences and all of your successes.  Talk to yourself kindly!
  • Having a partner, trusted friends, mentor, colleague, or family member you can talk to is key! Find someone you can talk to, get advice from, and can be accountable with.
  • Surround yourself with the people who will build you up, question you when it’s needed, challenge you, and keep you on track by supporting the goals and deadlines you set.
  • Be honest with yourself and those around you.  Talk to them about what you are dealing with and ask for what you need. Whether that is tough love or just a hug, know what will help you move forward and ask for the help!
  • Just do it!!  Rip off the bandaid and move forward with whatever decision you need to make or whatever task you need to do!

Looking for some other tips for dealing with day-to-day self-doubt or anxiety?  Here are some additional ways we cope:

  • Say something genuinely nice about yourself. Say it out loud and mean it! 
  • Put yourself in check by asking the logical questions (ex. what is the worst thing that could happen?  Who are you really going to upset or let down?)
  • Talk it out!  That can be out loud with a friend or on paper by journaling
  • Sleep on it. A good night’s rest is the solution to so many problems.
  • Engage in self-care of some sort or exercise to work out any nervous energy and clear your mind.
  • Put a deadline on whatever you might be putting off and make that deadline know by either posting on social media or telling an accountability partner.
  • Ask yourself, “Am I experiencing fear or excitement”?

How do you deal with any self-doubt or fear you may experience?  We’d love to hear from you and share your ideas on a future episode of the Creative Business Breakdown.

Until next time: find your people, go for that big goal, set a deadline, and just do it! We’ve got your back! 

Creative Business Breakdown Podcast: Episode 1

Dreams really do come true!!  It may seem silly, but by starting a podcast are achieving a huge goal. This podcast is something we have been talking about for the past two years and we finally have the opportunity to get started. 

Over the course of the last 4.5 years working together, we’ve made some huge decisions, handled several challenges, learned more than we could have ever imagined, and built something beyond both of our wildest dreams. But the success and journey hasn’t been free of mistakes or serious life lessons, of that you can be sure!  We’ve been down in the trenches and are here now to tell you the 100% truth on how we’ve dealt with everything.


First, Our Story & Background – I like to think Rachel & I have an interesting and untraditional history. While Rachel began her career with a regular 9-5 job, her life quickly evolved into accidentally owning a thriving private practice.  At the same time Rachel’s practice was growing to the point of becoming overwhelming, I happened to move to the Springfield, IL area to be with my now husband.  With some encouragement I reached out to Rachel (the only other Music Therapist in the area) to let her know I would be looking for contracts in the area and didn’t want to step on her toes. 

Rachel responded with the most thrilling email, she had a large waiting list of clients and wanted to meet in person to talk about working together.  It was clear from our first meeting at Starbucks that it was a great fit.  After spending two years working as a contractor and talking only online with Rachel, we met once again in person.

The meeting was meant as a social visit to just connect and touch base but turned into so much more!  During that second Starbucks meeting, we set a HUGE series of dreams.  We dreamt what we thought was impossible at the time. We talked about joining forces, opening a studio, creating a team, and growing our services.  We talked about everything we wanted in the next 10 years.

Within six months of that meeting we found our first location, had created a new business plan, sat down with lawyers, created an LLC, formed a partnership, bought furniture, and so much MORE. We went into GO mode. 

During our first year of business together we met most of our 5 year goals, had maxed out our individual client loads, and needed to reassess.  Our second year meant a second much larger space, an intern, an expanded team, and even more diversity in our services.  All of which has lead to where we are now.


Why are we podcasting – There are so many things we have learned over the past few years.  It has been the most incredible experience but it hasn’t all been rainbows and sunshine.  When I talk to other business owners, they often share only the best parts of their story, the photo-worthy, award-winning moments, all while leaving out the how and why of those successes.  We want to share the unfiltered version.  We want you to know you are not alone.  We want to build you up and help you move through those tough situations.  We’ve made mistakes that we are willing to share with you as a fellow creative and business owner.

Upcoming Episodes – Want to know what’s coming next?  We’re going to be covering all the basses as we release a new episode each week. We will talk about how we handle self-doubt in all it’s forms, we’ll delve into the financial side of things, and we will talk about finding the right fit both for clients and team members. 

Until next time, remember: You can do anything in time with patience and perseverance.

-Katey & Rachel