Hello Creative friends,

Welcome to Season Two!

This episode is sponsored by the Holiday Card Making for Comfort Workshop happening December 19th from 1-3 pm CST.

I spent a lot of time the last few months thinking about what this podcast wanted to be in 2021. This episode feels like the perfect initiation into a new season: December.

To me, December is the most artistic month of the year. It's the month that new things get born. It often doesn't feel that way of course. We're too busy shivering and mired in the commercial tribulations of the holidays. But if you think about the deeper stories happening in the holidays and with nature, there's  fascinating teachings about how artistic December is when it comes to making art, work or a life.

If you're thinking about birthing something new, December is the first wave of contractions inward, prepping for a huge expression in the Spring. Contractions are not by their nature... fun. In fact, whether they're literal birthing contractions of a human, or figurative contractions of a new idea, perspective or phase of life... they're usually downright scary.

In this episode I tell a few stories about how I came to view contractive-ness as supremely natural, wildly important to the artistic process, and decidedly less scary over time. In what ways are the cold, dark, and quiet times of our lives, the perfect breeding ground for wild, new, ecstatic life??



We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

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Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 



Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 


Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 


Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

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