#21: How to Stay Committed to an Imperfect Creating Journey | Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

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Have you ever wanted to give up because you questioned if all the effort you’ve put into creating was worth it at all? 

My guest knows all about this and shows us how to remain committed to creating, despite the challenges along the way.

In this episode, author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond teases nuggets of gold from the toughest lessons she learned not just before but also after the debut of her novel “Powder Necklace”.  

Lessons like: 

  • Accepting that there’s never going to be a perfect set of circumstances to make creating easier 
  • Learning to follow your creative spark even if it switches gears
  • Knowing when something you’ve created has missed its time. 
  • Embracing the new parts of yourself you’ll discover on your creating journey.
  • Realizing that decision points don’t just come once. They come again and again.  
  • Seeing that creating isn’t an easy road that gets easier. It’s not even a hard road that will get easier. It’s often a hard road that gets harder.  Even so. Keep going.  It’s still worth it. 


Even if you’ve never felt like you had “a book inside you waiting to come out” there’s so much you’re going to learn from this episode about committing to a creating journey that’s windy, twisty, and gloriously imperfect!

If you’ve never read Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond’s debut novel “Powder Necklace” then you’re missing out and need to “run not walk” to grab your copy! 

Learn more about what Nana is doing next by visiting: www.nanabrewhammond.com 


My Guest:  Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is an American-Ghanaian writer of novels, short stories, and a poet. In 2014 she was chosen as one of 39 of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising writers under the age of 40, showcased in the Africa39 project. Nana has been featured on MSNBC, NY1, SaharaTV, ARISE TV and has been published in Ebony Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent, Everyday People: The Color of Life-A Short Story Anthology, African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunday Salon, and the short story collection, Women’s Work. Coming up next from Nana is a new novel, a children’s picture book, and a short story in the anthology Accra Noir. 

About: The Reframe to Create podcast is hosted by Joy Spencer, an Executive Leadership and Storytelling Coach, Speaker, and Organizational Development Consultant working with professionals and leaders at all levels within organizations.  Joy leverages over 17 years of experience she gained while working to champion change in social justice movements, including those related to global access to essential medicines and consumer advocacy for online privacy.  This work required a dogged commitment to not merely challenging the status quo, but to reimagining and working towards creating an ideal future.  It is this commitment to creating that has shaped Joy’s coaching philosophy and approach today. Using her signature C.R.E.A.T.E. framework, Joy guides her clients through a process to become incomparable in work so they can get paid to be themselves.  


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