"There are three reasons why folks go into business," my friend proclaimed. I leaned in to fully receive what he would say next.
"To become rich. To become famous. Or to change the world."
I was at a crossroads in my life.
Branding clients were streaming in. My artistic endeavors, developing a life of their own. I was taking on small projects that allowed me to share my art with my local community. My life minutes were being spent on design or art and nothing more. I was losing sleep. Losing my mind.
"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple." — Jack Kerouac
Stepping on a shard of broken glass.
Attending a kindergarten violin recital.
Slamming your big toe against a steel frame...
We've been communicating since the beginnings of mankind. The evidence is strewn all across human history as rock art, jewelry and cave paintings.
Visuals have been doing the talking for us for at least 39,900 years. Drawings, paintings and pictographs told stories for us before we were able to write them out...
As you read these words, I'm standing in front of eight women representing different dreams, different businesses and different passions.
Each one has taken a step towards their vision - whether that vision may be crystalline or not-quite-yet uncovered.
1. not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master...
I'm a classically trained violinist.
As a kiddo, I'd compete in concerto competitions, play at weddings, and practice for hours on end.
My innards would tremble every time I walked onstage in front of an intimate group of judges for an audition. And I would remember...
It's not an audition. It's a performance.
I'm sitting by the pool at a posh hotel on Miami Beach enjoying a new friendship that feels old and familiar. The ocean is only a few steps away. We are being wrapped up so sweetly by the morning breeze, slowly awakening.Read More
I'm sitting in my living room right now watching my cat rest, listening to the neighbor blowing leaves in their yard, enjoying the sunlight dancing through the window.
I'm unwinding after one of those weeks where I was just going through it. I felt as though nothing I was doing was right.
Olympians use imagery to develop their mental toughness.
They take their sport and go through the motions of a winning run, jump, move in their minds. Imagery and visualization become incredible and powerful tools for their success.
Visualization is a creative act.
Hey there... today Im focusing on practical matters: promoting your business.
If you offer services or advertising in your business model, then you would probably benefit from a media kit.
What is a media kit?
A media kit is a promotional tool that can serve several functions.
There's where you are.
And there's where you want to be.
In between, there's a gap that may feel light years in length or a few short steps away, depending on what's happening in your life.
With creative endeavors - drawing, painting, music, poetry, writing - what you envision in your mind, and what you actually create can at times feel like they will never come together.
This week, I spent quite some time thinking about what it is I'm trying to accomplish with this community of ours.
Every Sunday, I send an email to you and other creative spirits. The intention is to share my thoughts, stories, and opinions with you, along with the occasional promotion for something interesting I'm creating.Read More
This weekend I ran Branding Goldmine, a workshop I co-teach with my friend, Gaby Guzman. Eight Incredibly creative people from different industries showed up and trusted us in branding guidance.
For 720 life minutes, they did the work.
They were tenacious. Resilient. Contemplative. Supportive. Receptive. They left Friday evening with their creative tanks on empty and still refueled to show up on Saturday morning and keep going.Read More
My Man and I were talking one day about fitness and what it means to get stronger.
"The numeric goals are arbitrary," he said. "They don't actually mean anything. What matters most is that you do more today than you did yesterday."
I left the conversation thinking about how applicable doing "more than yesterday" is to growing a business.
Oftentimes, us creatives freelancers, business owners and entrepreneurs have big vision for our businesses. And that can feel totally unattainable. Crushing. Overwhelming.Read More
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love rules. All types of love: romantic love, sexy love, family love, spiritual love, vocational love.
Today I'm talking to you about vocational love.
Even when you love your work, it can feel hard to keep going.
You can loose steam... especially when it feels like nobody is watching, nobody is listening, and nobody wants to buy anything you're selling.Read More