What ALL creative visionaries need to succeed (hint: it’s NOT great ideas!)

Have you ever felt like building a profitable and purposeful creative business is a lonely, uphill struggle? I know I have. I’ve also known the joy of feeling fully seen, heard, and supported by peers, professionals, and community members as I navigate uncharted (and often scary) professional and personal territory. We ALL need people who – unencumbered by the personal baggage and demons we carry – are able to see our vision and are willing to hold space for it…

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Business and life lessons from the roller rink

If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you’ll know I can pretty much tie any life experience to entrepreneurship. And this post is no different. 😂 This one was fun to write because it has ALL the elements of a messy human experience: ego, growth mindset, grit, and resilience. The (literal) vehicle for this experience?  Roller skates! It all started a couple of months ago when I COVID-purchased (aka impulse bought in an attempt to reduce stress…

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Boundaries: how to say “no” with grace (and a clear conscience)

As a business owner, mum, and someone who likes to be liked, I have been known to say “yes” to things I don’t have the capacity for, I’m not the right person for, or just don’t want to do. Maybe you have too. Perhaps it’s offering to take on a project you know will mean burning the midnight oil. Perhaps it’s clients who regularly haggle on price or scope creep. Or maybe it’s agreeing to host the baby shower or…

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How to raise your rates without losing all your clients!

Perhaps you have some great clients who agree to your fees, respect your time, and love the results you deliver (we love those ones!). Or, maybe you have clients you love, but can’t really afford you and consistently push back against your rates (that one’s a bit tougher). And you probably have had the awful clients that nickel and dime you, torture you every step of the way, and are never happy (I give you full permission to let those…

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Got leaky boundaries?

Have you ever had a project or client relationship careen off the tracks through no discernible fault of your own, leaving you feeling hurt, confused, and doubting yourself? I know I have. What I’ve learned from it all is relationships or projects only go sideways when an expectation goes unmet. That’s it! And guess what – boundaries are a great way to communicate and establish expectations – ensuring everyone knows where they stand, what’s expected of them, and how to…

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Wired for stories

Some years ago, my young family and I lived in Harlem.  One of the many things I loved about it were all the small businesses that dotted the brownstone lined streets. From the florist and cool hat shop (because if you can’t rock a hat in Harlem, where can you?), to the bakeries and restaurants, every business invited you into a unique experience, culture, and story. Serengeti Tea and Spices was a particular favorite of mine. The first time I…

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5 ways to communicate the value of what you do (and why you’re worth the big bucks)

As a business coach for creative business owners, I can honestly say most clients entering my practice aren’t charging enough. Not nearly enough. And I understand why. I remember a pricing conversation in my days as an agent for independent creatives with a prospective client that I’m sure will sound familiar. The prospect was a large national brand looking for an estimate for tagline development. When I quoted the fee, the woman on the end of the phone practically fell…

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A new chapter [inspiration + a step-by-step plan]

It’s January 20th, 2021 – Inauguration Day in the US and a new chapter has begun. And while I’m aware of the work ahead, I’m feeling SO much hope and gratitude. I hope you are too. As Joe Biden reeled off the crises (very much plural) this administration is inheriting, he talked about heart, intention, and purpose as much as he talked about policy and action. He spoke of how values, the right people, a clear plan, and consistent action…

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The life-changing practice of Morning Pages (and why you should do them too!)

A few years ago, my (then) six-year-old son, Teddy asked what I’d like for Christmas.  It seemed that the world and his wife had been recommending The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, so that’s what I asked for. Well, the book turned out to be very different from the quick little self-help, creativity-boosting read I’d imagined it would be. This was a deep dive into creativity, purpose, and smashing any blocks in the way! And being the personal-development fanatic I…

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First we integrate, then we kick butt

Have you noticed how challenges and setbacks either paralyze or galvanize you? I know I have. And it’s not an either/or scenario i.e. some people become paralyzed while others leap into meaningful action. Depending upon the day, minute, or unique circumstances, we vulnerable humans can experience the full spectrum of emotions. And to make things even more nuanced, it’s not linear. You don’t necessarily start out paralyzed and steadily move towards being galvanized. It’s a process. If you’ve found yourself…

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