Bonus: “Understand That Willpower is Important But Only Goes so Far” with Nick Cruz Velleman

This week’s bonus episode features Nick Cruz Velleman of Sight and Insight who is a dear friend, artist, youtuber, teacher, and author. You may remember Nick from earlier this week when he joined me on the podcast and we discussed the role of art and creativity in our daily lives, the power of art to teach nonjudgement and self-acceptance, and finally we dreamed big with Nick as he shared his future hopes and dreams for himself and his business. You can check out that episode here if you missed it.

In today’s bonus episode Nick shares what advice he would give himself if he could go back and speak to himself from 10 years ago. And his advice focuses on two areas that we can all find a nugget of wisdom in. The first piece of advice is that while willpower is deeply important it will only get you so far, and the second piece of advice is to leave margins in your day…and ultimately in your life! 

So, put in those earbuds, press play, and listen in while Nick shares with you the insights he’s learned from his past decade of life!

Meet Nick Cruz Velleman

Nick is a Peruvian / Filipino-American artist who I was lucky enough to meet in Aix-en-Provence, France where we studied together at The Marchutz School of Fine Arts back in 2009. Since then, Nick has gone on to earn his M.F.A from the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in 2020.

“I aspire to a career of teaching art, creativity, and the mindfulness it can yield…while traveling the world and painting, of course”

Nick recently published a book, Book of Sight and Insight which can be found here. Nick’s book is a collection of selected artwork from 2018-2020 and an essay he wrote in France while living in lockdown during the pandemic. In his book he gives an innovative look into non-judgement and self-acceptance. 

Nick has also given us a discount for 20% off his book of Book of Sight and Insight and his fine art prints! The discount is good from now through 11/27/2021 at Use code 20offprints for your purchase!

You can learn more about Nick Cruz Velleman here:





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