LIVE YOUR DREAM GIVEAWAY | 4 WEEKS OF CREATIVE COACHING

Live your dream creative coaching giveaway LIVE YOUR DREAM GIVEAWAY | 4 WEEKS OF CREATIVE COACHING

As my favorite time of year approaches, so do new resolutions, ideas, goals, and ambitions. Starting 2014 with a clean slate, renewed energy and a whole new set of goals inspires and motivates me to get all of those things I’ve been meaning to do, done.

So today, I am giving away a 4 week Creative Coaching Package that will help you get organized, clarify your vision, make more money and achieve your creative goals.

Go to my new blog to learn more and to enter.

Easily Write A Blog Post + My Favorite Camps, Courses & Conferences

Organizing and blogging Easily Write A Blog Post + My Favorite Camps, Courses & Conferences

Over on my new blog I am sharing a collection of awesome camps, courses and conferences that I either have taken or attended or want to be a part of.

I also cover the basics on how easily create and organize a blog post. Bonus: Go over to my blog now to download your free blog calendar so you can your blog ideas organized and ready to go live!

To read more and for your free download, click HERE.

Over on My New Blog I’m Talking About Alone Time

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Over on my new blog, I am talking about the importance of alone time and how it energizes me, gives me strength and inspires creative thought. Read more here.

Ready Set Launch | My New Website Goes LIVE!

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Today my new website is officially live – go here to check it out! Building my blog by hand was challenging yet a fruitful experience – learning how to code, build and design a website will come in handy.

There are some minor edits here and there that need to be made, but for now on this is where I will write and share my story. What do you think?

Goal-Setting | How to Make Dreams into Goals

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Many of us have dreams or ideas of accomplishing big things, creating amazing art, speaking or performing in front of thousands of people, making loads of money, traveling across the world – better yet changing the world – but we have no idea how to make it happen. “A goal is a dream with a deadline” Napoleon Hill once said  - meaning until we put our dreams onto paper, well, they’re just dreams.

So let’s talk about dreams for a moment. When I say dream, I mean a daydream – “a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake” as Wikipedia defines it.

Here are a few goal-setting tips that have dramatically helped me:

  1. Write it down - Before you begin your day write down your daily goals. I like to break mine up into home and work goals (shown below)
  2. Estimate - Take a guess as to how long each goal will take, then jot it down. Bonus: Once I do this, then I total my home goals and my work goals together, that way I know how long I’ll be working and what time I will be done with work.
  3. Prioritize - After each goal os written down with the duration of how long it will take, I then prioritize each one with the ABCDE Method.
  4. Accomplish – One by one, I cross off each goal as I accomplish it. This is so satisfying that I make sure to write down everything I have to accomplish just so I can have that satisfaction of crossing it off. My ideal day is when I accomplish everything on my list and have time to spare – which I’m working on goal by goal, day by day.

The ABCDE Method: Check out the picture of one of my goal sheets filled in (below). You will notice each goal is prioritized with a letter and a small number beside it. This method is called the ABCDE Method, an amazing and helpful method I learned from the book Focal Point by Brian Tracy. This method prioritizes your goals with letters than numbers.

Example Goal Sheet Goal Setting | How to Make Dreams into Goals

  • An “A” task is something that is important and you must do no matter what. The number after the letter signifies which important task you must complete first. For example, when I wake up the very first thing I do is eat breakfast. Therefore this is my first priority or “A1″.
  • A “B” task is something you should do. There are consequences if you do not get this task done, but they are not as important as “A” tasks.
  • A “C” task is something you would like to do, but there are no consequences if you can’t get to it today.

Whether you’re looking to organize your thoughts and goals, launch a new business or grow your current business, it all starts with a dream. So enjoy the daydreaming process – it’s a beautiful thing, but once you’re done write those dreams and ideas down, prioritize them, estimate the duration then accomplish them. Click here to download this free goal-sheet to help you organize your dreams and make them into goals.

My latest big goal is to launch my new business next week, what goals have you been reaching for lately?

Dream-Catching Meditation

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The power of meditation is no joke, it’s fact it’s proven that meditation can prevent heart disease, reduce stress, significantly lessen ADHD symptoms, and in many cases, beats medication*. Meditation has allowed me to become a better person, reach my dreams, accomplish goals, start new businesses, come up with incredible ideas, fuel my creative mind, maintain a healthy body and mind, and find inner peace.

I remember the first time I attempted to meditate, I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was I was supposed to quiet my thoughts and find peace. Whaaa? Quiet my thoughts?

When I first attempted to meditate several years ago, my thoughts did not go away. It actually felt like my thoughts increased – I was thinking “I am I doing this right, go away thoughts I am supposed be meditating, where am I going, what am I doing, stop thinking…”.  So what was I doing wrong?

I asked my Father-in-Law Craig Bullock, a spiritual guru, Kriya Yoga teacher, writer, teacher, lecturer, and psychotherapist, how to meditate. After several years of practice, his advice, and many spiritual books* later, I think I’ve got it.

The best meditation I have experienced is when I do it every morning after I wake and consecutively – that’s right, everyday. My technique has evolved to a sweet spot -a place where I actually feel like the person sitting in space (like the artwork above). I feel powerful, full of light, capable, connected to my inner-self, happy, balanced – basically every good feeling I could have, I feel it during and after meditation.

Here is my daily meditation routine:

  1. I wake, find a quiet place to sit, then start my timer for 15 minutes.
  2. I close my eyes and imagine my entire body full of light – the brightest and most beautiful light I can imagine – like the sun.
  3. As I breath in, the light flows upward from my toes and fingertips to my belly, to my heart then finally to my head.
  4. Then I exhale and my inner-light flows back down from my head, to my heart, to my belly, to my fingers and toes.
  5. As thoughts come, I calmly listen and then let it go. Some thoughts may linger and that’s ok. Give them attention if they deserve it. If they do not, let them go.
  6. I imagine myself fulfilling my dream, my purpose and it’s beautiful. Throughout the 15 minutes I let thoughts come and go, giving them my positive energy and love.
  7. When the 15 minutes are up, I write down any ideas or thoughts that come to me that are worth saving.
  8. Then I go forth with my day feeling balanced, more creative and full of light and power.

So, that’s my routine, what’s yours? How has it helped you?

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*Facts gathered from here.

**I have found amazing help and direction with the book The Magical Path: Creating the Life of Your Dreams and a World That Works for All Dream Catching Meditation, I recommend reading it when you’re ready to create the life of your dreams.

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Finding Clarity | Coaching for Creatives, Artists & Musicians

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Are you a creative that’s stuck on how to get from where you are today to where you want to go? Perhaps you want to make your craft your full-time job, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have ideas or goals in mind, but don’t quite know how to execute them? Are you preparing for a big project or business launch and need help organizing and planning for the big day?

I can help you identify your goals, conquer your fears, clarify your path and guide you from where they are today to where they want to go – I am here to help you start living your dreams doing what you love.

Today is the last day to register for my Business Coaching Sessions. Below are my discounted packages:

  • (1) 45″ Business Coaching Session for $50
  • (2) 45″ Business Coaching Sessions for $90
  • (3) 45″ Business Coaching Sessions for $120

*These prices are good till 11:59pm tonight, October 1, 2013. My typical hourly rate is $125/hour and is subject to change in the future. 

What you get: Each session includes 45 minutes of my time and expertise learning more about you, your business and your vision via Skype or phone. Through a series of questions and tools that allows you to daydream, brainstorm and find clarity - I help creatives like you uncover or rediscover your dream, assess where you are and where you wanna go and start planning out a strategy to make it happen. I also serve as a sound board to bounce your ideas off of so you don’t feel like you’re in this alone. This clarifying process is beautiful magic – your own, inner-magic that I help you discover, harness and use to make your dreams a reality.

Who is this for: These coaching sessions are geared towards creatives, artists, designers, photographers, calligraphers, illustrators, and musicians that feel stuck, uninspired, insecure or defeated trying to get from here to there and can’t quite figure out what to do next.

Why am I offering a discount: In order to gain more knowledge and training in preparation for my new business launch.

Details: This offering is limited to 3 creatives and will be scheduled to take place November and December 2013. Payment in full will be billed prior to scheduling the sessions.

How to register: In order to take advantage of these discounted offerings or to ask any questions, please email me ( [email protected] ) by 11:59pm tonight, October 1, 2013.

 

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The Magic of a Beautiful Blog

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Ever stumble upon some really amazing stories, blog posts or content online – then you see the blog design and immediately you discount their professionalism and within moments you x-out of their site? Yeah, me too.

It’s a shame that this is a common reality. And guess what, I am GUILTY, so very guilty. My current blog feels outdated, broken and not quite me. I have finally found my voice, I have a running lists of tips, visual inspiration, spotlights and interviews I want to share with you – yet I have a blog that is not worthy of such content.

October 15, 2013 I will finally have my new [and worthy] blog up and running. It will speak my vision, my brand, my everything and I. CAN’T. WAIT.

Like Nesha of Betty Red Design says Why Your Business Needs a Killer Website – “Your website should be reeling in potential clients while you sleep”. Furthermore, a well designed and beautiful blog (well written too) is like your virtual business card – it says your professional, you value good design, who you want to work with, what inspires you and that you mean business.

As I prepare for my new business launch I scour the web for inspiration for my own blog design – I found these 3 favorites (from the top); 1. Emma Dime, 2. Eva Black Design and 3. Breanna Rose. They’re all self-designed & published by the designer/owner of the blog herself and they capture a sleek, beautiful, simple and sophisticated look that I desire. See more of my new business inspiration here and here and to learn more about the new services I offer, click here

October 15th couldn’t get here sooner. What are you preparing for today?

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