How to ask for what you want and need

How many GREAT things do you think would flow into your life if you simply asked for them? I mean, explicitly asked.  Maybe you would get: The support you need A raise or promotion A game-changing opportunity  Better projects The time you need to create and deliver an outstanding result More respect Now, consider what happens when you don’t ask for what you want and need:  Doing everything yourself  Feeling undervalued  Being busy, busy, busy Burnout Resentment As a recovering…

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A-ha moments: how to harness the magic + turn ideas into action

Have you ever had an a-ha moment? That split-second when something previously unclear, frustrating, even confounding, suddenly makes sense. 💡 You feel a rush of energy, clarity, and exhilaration as new avenues and possibilities open up to you. I’ve heard clients describe these moments as divine downloads, a random neuron firing, even the voice of God speaking to them. Whatever your unique experience, it feels like magic, doesn’t it? Magic is all well and good, but doesn’t feel like a…

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Why is Pricing so HARD?

One of the biggest challenges creatives share with me is knowing how much to charge for their services. Can you relate? If you can, you’re not alone. Pricing something as subjective as creativity can feel like a confounding riddle at best and an impossible task at worst. Throw in limiting beliefs, scarcity thinking, and discomfort talking about money, and you’ve got a holy mess on your hands. Is it any wonder pricing remains an issue for so many? So, you…

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When not enough work ISN’T your problem

Can you have too much of a good thing? If you’re a freelancer, you’ve probably been conditioned to believe there’s no such thing as too much work. We’ve been taught to adopt a scarcity mindset and believe we’d better take it while it’s coming, because who knows when the next client or job will come along. More is better, right? So, you say “yes” to it all. The good, the bad, and the meh. Before you know it, you’re underwater working for…

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The people-pleasing trap and how to break out of it

Are you a people pleaser, a workhorse, a doer of all the things? You’re not alone. One of the biggest challenges I see creative business owners struggle with (and I put myself in this category too) is trying to do too many things for too many people. We want to help our clients. We tell ourselves that just because we can do the things they’re asking for, we should. We want to say Yes. Saying Yes to all the things…

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Thinking big is the easy part

As an entrepreneur you’ve most likely been advised to think big, go big or go home, or set BHAG’s, aka Big Audacious Hairy Goals (that one always sounds a bit gross to me!). I’m as guilty as the next person of falling for the allure of a big audacious goal. After all, outrageous goals, big ideas, and splashy action just sounds sexy and entrepreneurial, don’t they?  Consistent action and incremental progress don’t have quite the same ring to them. And…

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Feeling behind?

Hands up if you’ve ever believed your peers are further along/more organized/more successful/generally better than you? 🙋‍♀️ I’m willing to bet nearly all of you have your hand up.  I know I do! Whether we’re talking about your perception of yourself as an entrepreneur, a creative, a parent, a friend, etc. we all have a tendency to believe everyone else has their act together, while we consistently flounder. “Don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outside.” -Rob Lowe Which is…

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Where goals fall short: a guide to wholehearted planning

Do you have something you absolutely love and hate about yourself? I can think of a few things, but the one that creates a lot of dissonance for me is my tendency and ability to plan. It’s a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, I can be relied upon to be as prepared as possible in any given situation. From packing for a family vacation, to coaching a client, or giving a keynote talk, you can bet your…

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How to turn distraction into ACTION

If you’ve ever attended an inspiring conference, event, or talk, I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced the post-event paradox of feeling simultaneously inspired/raring to go and utterly overwhelmed/paralyzed. Am I right? On the one hand, you’ve had an incredible amount of top-level information poured into your brain. On the other, you’ve had an incredible amount of top-level information poured into your brain! You see the problem? It’s too much. This paradox was precisely what I wanted to talk about in…

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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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