4.22.2014

Relaxed, Rejuvenated, and Ready to Work

It was wonderful to get away for a week. Florida was beautiful, the weather was warm, and I did a whole lot of relaxing!

I spent most of the days laying by the pool

Taking walks and enjoying the scenery 
Stopping to smell the flowers
Chased the colorful geckos
Watched the alligators 
and all the cool birds.
It was nice to have some time to rejuvenate my mind, body, and spirit, and have some family time!

We did come back to snow in Chicagoland, and it was really cold after spending a week in 80+ weather, but it was nice to be back home and in my own bed.

Now it is time to get back to work and get my business back on track. 

I hope you are having a great month, and it is warm and sunny in your hometown.

How are you enjoying your Spring?


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4.21.2014

Motivation Monday


Want to make thing happen?
Read the quote
Believe it in your heart
Practice the message
Live your dream!


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4.08.2014

Vacation Break

It has been a LONG COLD winter here in Chicagoland. Here we are at the beginning of April and it still has not been warm enough to go outside without a coat.



My husband and I decided to take a little mini vacation, and are headed to the warmer temps of Florida for a few days. 

I have been looking forward to this trip for weeks. I can't wait to wear my short sleeve shirts, sandals, and NO coat.


This means I will be taking a mini break from blogging. Watch out for new posts starting the week of  April 21.

Hopefully when I back it will be warm and things will be turning green.

Happy Spring!


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4.04.2014

Spring Update

Spring is here! Well at least that's what people are telling me. It's still cold here in Chicagoland and brown. I really can't wait for thing to start greening up and warming up!


This is the time of year people start thinking about Spring cleaning, and transitioning your home to reflect the warmer seasons. 

What about your studio/workspace? 
Do you do give your studio a Spring update? 

This is the perfect time of year to add some color to your studio, open a window (if you have one) for fresh air, rearrange, or bring in some elements to brighten things up.




Don't forget to Spring clean your online business. Click here for tips to get your shop, blog, and social media sites updated for the season.

What do you do to transition your studio/workspace for the Spring season?


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4.02.2014

Don't Fall Behind

Running a creative online business is a consistent learning experience. As an online business owner we know things change often. Such as how we reach our customers, setting up and running a website, as well as the tools available to keep things running smoothly.

There is always something new to learn. It's important to stay on top of the available information so you can effectively run your business.

Luckily there are several available learning options. You can learn via blogs, podcasts, videos, and online classes and workshops.

I am currently taking a class on Skillshare.com. It's a marketing workshop called The Modern Marketing Workshop taught by Seth Godin ($19). I am still going through the class (you do it at your own pace), I can't believe how much I have learned already. It has been worth every penny!

Taking the time to build up your skills and learn new things makes running your creative business easier. 

If you decide to take a class or workshop online here a re a few suggestions to get you started:

Make a list of what you want to learn - What is important to you and your business? 

Be clear about the outcome you desire - Do you want to be an expert? Are you just broadening your horizons? Do you want to learn better ways to run your business or expand your art knowledge?

Take into account how you like to learn - Do you prefer visuals or audio? Solo or in a community? At your own pace or scheduled?

Decide how much you want to invest - Are you looking for free or paid content?

Create a timeline - List what you want to learn, then prioritize what you want to learn now,  3 months from now, and a year from now.

Identify you best learning options - Research classes, workshops, and courses that are going to serve you best.

Work with an accountability partner - Find someone who will let you bounce ideas off of them, go over your homework, or work the class with you.

Apply what you learn - If your going to make the investment, you have to put what you learn into practice.

Don't let your business fall behind the curve. The online industry is going to keep growing and changing and keeping up with trends will only make your business more successful.

Put together a learning plan for yourself, and let what you learn now grow your business.

Have you taken any online classes?


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3.31.2014

Motivation Monday



Back Yourself

It sounds so simple.
But it requires great faith.
Against all the doubters, the detractors,
the risks of failure and the self doubt,
believe in yourself.
If you don't back yourself.
Don't expect others to.
If you have the confidence in yourself,
so will others.

It's Never Too Late... by Patrick Lindsay

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3.27.2014

21 Ideas to Build, Connect, and Grow Your Business Community


Happy 21st Birthday Brittany!

Where does the time go, I can't believe my daughter is a grown up already. I remember when she was a little girl and we did everything together. Today she is a beautiful, smart, and independent woman full of ideas and ready to take on the world.

My daughter thrives in her college community and uses their support to help her achieve the success she is striving for.

In honor of her birthday I have put together a list of 21 ideas to build, connect, and grow your online and offline community.

Having a strong community is a big part of the success of your business. Taking the time to build a community that will support and motivate you will make being an independent create business owner a little easier.


1. Start with one person. Reach out, send one outreach email, be a volunteer, take the first step and get started.

2. Share freely of yourself, time, and talents. Pitch in with ideas, contribute, remember what you have to add to the conversation is important.

3. Grow your connections, you don't have to go it alone. Work with a mentor, a group that will inspire you, people that you admire.

4. Get to know everyone in your online and offline community. Map out where you have access to resources, tools and services that will help you and your community and share with everyone.

5. Connect with your community via social media.

6. Listen you the members of your community. Letting people tell their story without judgement is an important part of a community environment.

7. Celebrate business and personal successes.

8. Seek out diverse people and perspectives. This will create a vibrant community culture.

9. Share a note with a community member with an encouraging  and motivating message to show your appreciation.

10. Collaborate with people in your community with similar interest and skills.

11. Engage with people who push you out of your comfort zone.

12. Ask for help when you need it. your community is there to help, use their skills.

13. Share information and expect nothing in return.

14. Introduce yourself to the leaders you admire, even if it's just to say HI. You never know what could happen.

15. Keep on learning. Take online classes on sites like Skill Share or Big Hit Webinars.

16. Teach a class, share a tutorial, create info graphics, you have a lot to share with your community.

17. Be a leader.

18. Connect people you think could benefit from knowing each other.

19. Cheer on members. Encouragement goes a long way in the success of your community.

20. Kindness is appreciated. Thank the people who help you along the way.

21. Do something daily for your community, build your connections.

If you don't have a community to motivate and help support your creative business, start building one today. If you have a community, try incorporating some of these ideas to making your community stronger and more successful.

Do you have an online and offline community that supports you and your business?


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