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Welcome to my blog and podcast, dreamer!

It's time to get YOUR dream on!

Here's where I share articles, ideas, meaningful conversations, and actionable tips to help you live a life of creative freedom. And of course, ruminations on all things Appalachian!

Latest Episodes of What Dreamers Do Podcast

Choosing the best shoe for Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Here is some information to help you select the best shoe for YOU! How do I pick a shoe? This is always one of the first questions on folks’ minds when they start learning or diving deeper into Appalachian Dancing. I’d […]

Best Shoes for Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging

In this episode, I share some of my thoughts on songwriting and why I have a bit of impostor syndrome when it comes to calling myself a songwriter.I also share tons of information that I normally give in my songwriting workshops, including information about: song forms and structures, rhyme schemes, formats, story songs, and ballads.I […]

Songwriting: Behind-The-Scenes

In this episode, I explore the ways in which patriarchal and colonial thought systems affect the parts of ourselves we get to experience and express, and how we can begin to think of ways to be more complete, free human beings. I touch on how our dominant thought systems shape the reality we experience, how […]

The Patriarchy and Your Creativity

Becoming More of Who You Are with Yani Vozos Sometimes, when you’re meant to hear a message, the universe will send it to you over and over again in a variety of ways. That’s what happened to me this week with the message about how we all need to become more of who we are, so that’s […]

You’re Kind of a Big Deal:

Today we’re talking about….CREATIVE HABITS! You know, those things that you do to cultivate your creativity and keep your ideas flowing, no matter what your interests and skills are.  In this episode, I cover:The paradox inherent in a regular creative practice, the idea of discipline vs. playfulness and spontaneity, how to deal with the frustrating […]

Creative Habits: Your Brain Needs a Wrangler

Seeking inspiration, living an authentic life, and learning self-belief along the way “What’s this podcast all about? Who’s it for?” I’m sure those are some of the questions you have.  In this debut episode, I talk about my origin story a bit: the family and community members that influenced my growing-up years in Appalachian Kentucky, the […]

Origin Story of an Artist/Activist

This is a recent email to my mailing list. If you enjoy the story, please consider signing up. (Link at end of story) My inner circle receives exclusive content and freebies! One Saturday afternoon in 1984, I asked my dad to drive me from our home on Sandlick Creek to a little town called Fleming-Neon, […]

My Dad, Madonna, and the O-Rings

I have been a self-employed artist my entire life. That means I’ve been making a living from various aspects of my creative interests since I was 22 years old, and I’ve done things like dancing professionally in a touring ensemble, doing thousands of residencies in music, dance, and Appalachian culture, hitting the road with several […]

Embracing Your Creative Seasons

old coal mine photo

Do you want to have a conversation about Appalachia? If so, I’m going to ask that we make sure to include acknowledgement of the centuries of systemic economic exploitation that have shaped our region. While my art often touches on the wondrous and wonderful parts of being from here, there are other things we need […]

A Conversation About Appalachia

basket of apples with fall leaves

I’m not ready, but it’s happening. I’m starting to get emails hawking sweaters and fall outfits. I’m seeing back-to-school items for sale. Any day now, the pumpkin spice onslaught will begin. And I’m not ready! In the world of marketing, everything is always several weeks ahead of where we actually are in real life. But […]

Living By The Seasons

• Enjoy original songs, banjo tunes, and mountain ballad downloads from the hills of East Kentucky

• Learn the basics of mountain percussive dance in my free instructional video “3 Essential Steps for Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging”

• Snag our video guide to making your own herbal tinctures along with homey recipes from our family!

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Carla is currently based in Lexington, KY, ancestral lands of the Adena, Hopewell, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), and Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) nations.

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    A hearty helping of Appalachian goodness with lots of tools to help you stay happy and sane, including Kentucky songs and tunes, a Flatfooting & Clogging Video Class, our guide to making your own herbal tinctures, a creativity handbook, mountain recipes, and more!

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