Artist Marybel Martin is the guest on episode 32 of The Changed Podcast with Aden Nepom

This week in episode 32 of The Changed Podcast, artist, illustrator and wellness coach Marybel Martin joins host, Aden Nepom in thinking about how our opinions of ourselves change our outlook, health and resourcefulness.

Marybel Martin is an incredible artist and illustrator. Perhaps you’ve seen her work on Instagram, or are already familiar with her work on Etsy. But she is also a wellness coach who utilizes art as an important part of nurturing and healing. She is also a first generation American, born in California, and having lived in Argentina for 9 years. Her art has been shown in galleries around the world, and what’s particularly cool about that, is that she didn’t begin her art career until she was already 42 years old. Now almost a decade into her work, she is living and creating with full heart and it shows!

In the center of Marybel Martin's home studio hangs a painting she created early in her pursuit of becoming an artist. The painting shows a grove of birch trees. Among the trees are two babies in the womb surrounded b black birds. The babies represent her sons.
Artist Marybel Martin’s home studio with her prominently featured art piece representing the birth of her sons

In Marybel Martin’s studio, above her desk hangs an incredible painting. I asked her to share the story of the painting and if you are a creator you’ll appreciate perhaps more than anybody the significance of hanging this piece in the place where she births her creations.

This painting carries symbols of creation, represents her children but is also a piece which received harsh criticism when it was first brought from brain to brush to canvas. Hanging the painting represents embracing her creative intuition and herself! If you watch our episodes as a member of our Patreon, or our story excerpts on the Art of Change YouTube channel, then you’ll have already seen it. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a picture of this artwork.

Her story of change, of her own fork in the road, was a story of experiencing a panic attack and realizing that the feeling of suffocation was a message from her body that she needed to do things differently. This meant self love and acceptance, but it also meant adventure because the message received loud and clear, was that life is short.

Takeaways from this episode

You either get busy living, or you get busy dying. If you want to get the most out of life, you have to go out and live it! Waiting for someone to validate you, to tell you that you have good ideas, or that you have talent… it’s wasteful.

Your value as a creator is completely subjective. Want proof? Look around you! While there may be lots of people out there doing what you do better and succeeding… there are also lots of folks out there doing a ridiculously terrible job by your measure who are immensely successful. I like what Marybel said here which is, that even if one person is excited to buy what you’re selling, then there are thousands more just like them who simply haven’t found you yet.

Life is filled with secret menus. We often view people who are really successful and wonder how they thought of that great idea, gamed the system, or did it so uniquely… and it’s because they were ordering off the secret menu! I wrote more about this idea, which you can go read on LinkedIn.


During our ridiculous 2nd season segment: Aden Asks You a Bunch of Questions And You Answer Them As Quickly As Possible, Marybel identified The Artists Way as a book worth recommending. She is not the first! Author Amy Gentry, also suggested this book in our first episode of the season. You can listen to that here.

You can order a copy of The Artists Way from Powells Books

Interested in learning more about Art Journaling? Marybel Martin teaches classes. You can go here to learn more and of course access all things Marybel Martin on her website.

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2 thoughts on “How a panic attack actually helped Marybel Martin, episode 32

  1. All I can say is that Marybel it’s a magical creature ! Everything she does is perfect and fill with a lots of love I adore her and I love all her art work ❤️🙏💋

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