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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?

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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Business Card Ideas for Musicians

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One of the best ways to say “hey, I am a serious musician or band” is by having a business card.

I am currently working on my talented husband’s business cards and I am searching for inspiration, mostly on Pinterest. I searched for “musician business cards” and found some pretty terrible designs. So, I scoured simple, clean, illustration, artsy, geometric business cards and found these. I love the idea of tying a simple, modern font with some form of photography or illustration. It captures a professionalism important to a business card (especially when you’re meeting people for potential publishing or record deals), but has an artistic element important for a musicians business cards.

Are you a musician and need help creating a business card, establishing a presence or taking the leap from your day job to full-time music land? If so, I would love to hear from you. I am currently offering discounted creative business coaching sessions here (for a limited time – October 1st, 2013 is the deadline – and I have only a few spots left). I also offer everything from:

  • logo & branding design
  • blog & website design
  • album artwork & design
  • social media marketing & strategies to connect with your fans
  • consulting & coaching expertise and tools to get you from where you are, to where you want to go

Contact me today to learn more about how we can work together to help make your dreams happen: [email protected]

Identifying Your Role Models

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Blake Mycoskie | Founder & Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS

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Kathleen Shannon | Dreamer, Thinker and Life & Business Blogger

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Seth Godin | Marketing Guru + Best Selling Author

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Deanne Cheuk | Art Director & Illustrator

“If you can find a good business leader, and model some of your business activities after that person’s methods, you’ll be less likely to fail” – an excerpt from the book Launch written by Michael A. Stelzner – got me thinking of who my role models are. So… I did what I always do when I am looking to collect inspirational images – I created a pinterest board.

Role models are those individuals that people can’t stop talking about. Can you think of a few off the top of your head? When you identify them, go read their blog, sign up for their newsletters, watch them present, examine the content they create, track how they sell and grow and apply some of their best ideas to your business.

I receive several different newsletters, one of my favorites is from Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative, called Letters for Creative Entrepreneurs. Sign up for it here.

Above are just a few of my role models, go to my pinterest board to see more.

 

11 Ideas for My New Home Studio

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As I settle into my new home, I begin to piece together the most important room in my house (at least to me it’s the most important – my husband probably may disagree). I have found an immense amount of inspiration from pinterest here on a board called Studio / Spaces. I have picked out top 11 and picked out several decor items that I am scouring ebay, garage and estate sales for. If my mom was here, she would have all of these at my front door by Sunday – she attends auctions and estate sales like it’s nobodies business.

  • fig. 1) I love everything about this studio. The brick walls, the red hair, the orange skirt, the rug, the everything. Someday I will have exposed brick walls. Sigh.
  • fig. 2) I need more book shelves. I have officially filled my first book shelf and need more shelving for my growing book collection.
  • fig. 3) I need a dresser. Not for clothes, but for art tools , supplies and materials. I love the look of an old, vintage style dresser without handles and low legs. I found this one etsy and of course it’s sold. I imagine I couldn’t afford the shipping alone on this anyway.
  • fig. 4) I need a reading nook. I try to read at least 30″ a day, if not more. I can’t do it at my desk, because then I feel like I am working. So for now, I’ve been retiring to my coach when I find time to read. Perhaps my garden (when it cools down – it’s been in the 80′s and 90′s here in Nashville) would be a good place to read? Thoughts?
  • fig. 5) I need chairs. One for me and one for my client for those moments when we’re brainstorming ideas of how to make their art, music or craft their job so they can start living their dreams. Yeah, those moments need chairs, and comfortable ones.
  • fig. 6) I need your artwork. Yes, I have my own artwork, but I need your artwork. I need artwork that moves me, inspired me and takes me to a place I have never imagined before. Any ideas for artwork?  This artwork is Debbie Carlos and her work is amazzzing.
  • fig. 7) I love this idea of clipboards. I suppose I don’t need this, but I love to be organized and perhaps this would be a great addition to the decor and my need to stay clean.
  • fig. 8) I need vases & jars for utensils. I have a crazy amount of pens, paintbrushes, calligraphy pens, pencils, markers…. And like I said, staying organized equals a happy life. I found this one on etsy.
  • fig. 9) I love this window, all of the old wood and chipped walls. I don’t think I could actually work it this space due to the darkness, but it seems romantic and edgy, like a place I could write my first book.
  • fig. 10) I need lamps, a lot of them. I am lucky enough to have a sun-drenched room during the day. But in reality, I am here when it’s dark too and there are zero lights/fixtures in this room except for my lonely desk lamp (that my mom gave me). I found this lamp at Ikea, but really I need this lamp times 2 plus 2 floor lamps.
  • fig. 11) I need more plants. I already have a large array of plants that made it safe all the way down south, but My mother-in-law says that having bamboo plants in your home is good feng shui. So I need to find some bamboo plants.

I would’ve posted at least 15 more images of studios and ideas I loved, but I had to post this blog at some point today. As I set off on my search for old vintage furniture, lamps, vases, plants and artwork, do you have any suggestions on where to look and what gives your home studio the perfect balance of inspiration and peace?

 

Music | A Weekend in Nashville

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Our first weekend in Nashville was full of neon lights, loud music and Ithaca friends. Music Band, Blank Range and Kin Ship were the rock and roll bands who preformed and you can listen to their music by clicking their names. That’s right, it’s not all country music down here and you can read more about the flourishing indie music scene here on No Country for New Nashville.

Here is a playlist I’ve been listening to lately: Starred 

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Are you a musician looking for some direction, help with launching your new record, booking shows, or struggling on how to finally quit your day job and start doing what you love? I can help you do that and currently I am offering Creative Business Coaching for musicians like you. Click here to learn more and how we can start working together to make your dreams a reality.

Back to Business | Coaching for Artists, Musicians and Creatives

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It has been over a month since I’ve worked a full week. Maintaining a business while in transit and planning for my new business launch has been a challenge. As a creatives, artists and musicians you may relate when I say my work is my life, my mission, what I was put on this earth to do. So prolonging it or putting it off feels criminal.

Today is my first day back and I feel like a bird out of a cage. So many ideas and positive energy are being put to paper, my wings are wide and my journey is far.

As some of you may remember from my previous posts here and here, I am most excited about my new direction of Business Coaching/Consulting for Artists, Musicians and Creatives. I have been working with creatives for several years now, mostly through business branding and visual direction. I have learned that not only do I love to helping creatives brand their product or services, I have also learned that I love to help artists and musicians identify their goals, conquer their fears and help guide them from where they are today to where they want to go in the future.

Basically, I help creatives like you uncover or rediscover your dream, assess where you are and where you wanna go, then create a strategy to make it happen. It’s beautiful magic – your own, inner-magic that I help you discover, harness and use to make your dreams a reality.

I am very ready to jump-start this new direction, so I am currently offering Business Coaching for Artists, Musicians and Creatives at a discounted rate from now till October 1st, 2013.

Business Coaching for Artists, Musicians and Creatives

  • $50 – for 1 – 45″ Business Coaching Session
  • $90 – for a package of 2 – 45″ Business Coaching Sessions
  • $120 – for a package of 3 – 45″ Business Coaching Sessions

*These prices are good till October 1, 2013. My typical hourly rate is $125/hour and is subject to change in the future. I have created these discounted rates in order to jump-start my business launch. 

What your investment will include: 45″ minutes of my time and expertise learning more about you, your business and your vision via Skype, Facetime or phone. Through a series of questions and tools I will help you identify your dreams and goals, overcome fears, create a strategy and help get you to where you want to go.

Who is this offering for: Artists, musicians, creatives, photographers and designers that feel stuck, uninspired, insecure or defeated trying to get from here to there and can’t quite figure out what to do next.

How to hire me: If you feel like we’d be a good fit and want to reserve your spot before October 1st, 2013, please email me at [email protected]This offering is limited to 6 creatives on a fist come/first serve basis. 

If you have any questions about your business and coaching, feel free to email me at [email protected]. If you would like to receive free business advice and inspiration directly to your inbox, simply subscribe to my blog by entering your email in the “subscribe” box to the right of this blog. And to stay tuned to whats happening daily, follow me on instagram.

 

I Hired Braid Creative

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I just finished my creative consulting process with the ladies from Braid Creative & Consulting and now have a Brand & Vision Guide drenched in amazing content that sounds, feels and speaks my vision and services that I provide for artists and musicians – this picture is just one of many excerpts/examples from the Guide.

Braid Creative is a Brand + Vision Consulting team that helped me discover what I wanted to do, who I want to work with and how to say it. I hired them to help me brand and visualize my new business ideas so I can then offer them to creatives like you. If you can’t afford to hire them and need some help with your business, I recommend their very affordable and helpful E-Courses:

  1. Personal Branding
  2. Shape up Your Content and
  3. Dream Customer Catching

2 out of 3 of them I took and loved every little morsel I learned and still use the pdf’s! These courses are typically priced at $75, but as an affiliate member I can offer the classes to you for $50 with this coupon code here: BRAIDECOURSE50. To learn more about these classes and how they work, go here.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…isn’t this what you do for creatives? Actually, no. You see, what I do is help artists and musicians treat their art, their music or their craft like a job so they can treat their life’s dream into life’s work. I do this by offering services like goal-setting and visual styling and products like E-Courses and E-Books. Now, I haven’t created the E-Courses or Books yet, however I do offer visual direction, branding and a method that will help make your craft your work. Learn more about what I offer by emailing me here: [email protected]

To stay tuned with my transition, subscribe to blog by entering your email in above the box that says “SUBSCRIBE” on the right hand side of this blog. I also post a lot of my current inspiration and what I am up to on intagramfacebook or pinterest

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