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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.

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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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.

 

Become Your Dream: K + A Alesandrini of Little Alexander

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I fell in love with K + A Alesandrini’s work while thumbing through Etsy. They’re work has a hand-made look and feel that I love. Here is their story, on how they live the dream:

K + A Alesandrini  |  Little Alexander 

Tell us about yourself, where you live and what you’re like.

We’re K + A Alesandrini. We’ve been inseparable since we were kids. We went to college together in Seattle and lived there for 9 years before moving out to the country to start our business and have a kid. We now live and work in an old white farmhouse on three acres of land surrounded by cornfields in rural Iowa with our son, who is currently mastering the art of rolling over.
We like the autonomy of our life, the space we have to ourselves, all the time we get to spend together, and how loud we can play our stereo. We also love trips back to big cities and time spent in wilderness.
Tell us about your business and how you got started. 
Together we run Little Alexander making and selling illustrated paper goods. K is the artist; she draws, paints, prints and designs all of our notecards, notebooks and artwork. I (A) do the rest that is necessary to keep our business going, like hand stitching our notebooks and responding to interview questions icon smile Become Your Dream: K + A Alesandrini of Little Alexander .
There is nothing we like better than dropping everything and starting fresh. So when we both tired of our ‘real jobs’ back in Seattle, K dreamed up Little Alexander, and we both dropped everything to make it real.
Tell us about your work, what you create, how you create, the process and more.
K always starts at her desk with blank paper and a pencil. She usually has the laptop open with lots of photos of whatever it is she’s drawing to use as references. From there, her drawings may get transferred to watercolor paper and painted, scanned onto the computer and digitally colored, transferred onto linoleum and printed, or cut out of mylar and stenciled. That’s part of what she loves most about working for ourselves; she doesn’t feel any pressure to limit herself to just one medium or style. Her end work is sometimes whimsical, sometimes technical, sometimes graphic.
From there, her artwork becomes the cover of notebooks that I’ll put together or notecards or prints that we’ll digitally print in our studio. So while you picture her working at her desk, you can picture me at a table nearby, folding paper and stitching bindings.
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What is your dream customer or client?
We love the variety of customers we get, and we love to think about all that happens to our goods, all that they get to take part in, in our customers’ hands. For example, a notebook of ours is currently traveling by bike from Toronto to Vancouver, in the hands of a guy who got it as a gift from a friend.
Right now we’ve shipped orders to every continent except Antarctica. So for the moment, our dream customer is someone who works at a research station in the Antarctic.
What has been one of your biggest lessons, challenges or failures as an entrepreneur or creative, and how did you learn from it?
Last fall, we were contacted by a company we’re big fans of, asking if we took wholesale orders as they were interested in carrying our goods in their shop. At the time, we only sold to individuals on Etsy, but we couldn’t pass up the chance of working with a place we so respected. So we said yes.
K spent a lot of time researching how wholesaling worked, we put together a line sheet, and we took the order. Then we made more notebooks and notecards in a span of weeks than we probably had in our whole existence as a business. We figured out how to scale up production in the moment, because we had to. Now we can take wholesale orders like they’re no big deal.
I think that kind of growth works well for us. When faced with a new situation or opportunity, we think less about who we are and more about who we want to be, and then we do what we need to in order to become that.
Tell us about your dream, passion and mission in life and in business, what drives you, fires you up and makes it all worth it.
We like beautiful things. Whether that’s in the form of land or objects or stories. It is a privilege, then, to be able to make beautiful things to share with other people.
But we wouldn’t be doing it if it didn’t allow us to live a good life. For us, that life involves time together, a sense of autonomy and good food. At the moment, we get those things by working at home together, getting to make our own decisions about what we make, and having the land to garden and keep chickens and honeybees and plenty of time to cook.
If you had all the money in the world and could be anywhere in the world doing what you love, where would you be and what would you be doing?
For the moment, we would be here, living together more or less as we are, although perhaps we’d hire someone to paint the outside of our house. And we’d take more extensive vacations.
That doesn’t mean this is it for us. We love thinking about what we’ll do next…
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If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your hero, who would it be and what would you say? 
Being inside a small space with someone we’d never met but greatly admire with the expectation that we should say something is like something out of a nightmare for the both of us. What can I say? We’re introverts, and we take the stairs.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?
We do love uprooting ourselves and trying out new lives. Perhaps we’ll be in a big city somewhere; our kid will be about ready for school, I’ll get going on a PhD is physics, and K will be making her art for an even wider audience. For sure, we’ll still be spending time together, keeping our sense of autonomy and eating good food. We love that Little Alexander is completely portable so it can be a part of any life we choose. And in 3 years, it will only have grown bigger and better.
Is there any words of wisdom, advice or final thoughts you would like to share with others out there inspiring to become their dream?
Be honest with yourself. There are dreams that are nice to dream about, and there are dreams you actually want to live. Both are valuable, but don’t mistake the former for the latter. And keep in mind that every life has down sides. Even so, if you know what you want, go get it. And when you find you want something different, great. Go get that next.
Facts about K+A Alesandrini:
Most inspirational music: Answer to Yourself by The Soft Pack
Most inspirational book: Georgia O’Keefe: A Life by Roxana Robinson
Most useful business tool or piece of equipment: Our badass paper cutter, the Martin Yale 7000E Stack Cutter
Most inspirational quote: ”Whatever you are, be a good one.”  Abraham Lincoln
(It’s quite possible he never said it, but it’s a great line anyway)

Check out their blog here and their facebook page here.

Become Your Dream: Brittany Zambrowicz of Smitten Imagery

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I am so happy to introduce this beautiful and talented lady from Texas. I first saw her work via facebook and fell in love with the way she captures a woman’s inner beauty and strength and her natural approach. See for yourself!

Brittany Zambrowicz | Smitten Imagery

Tell us about yourself, where you live and what you’re like.
Hello there! My name is Brittney and I’m a natural light photographer based in Texas. Nestled in a suburb of Houston, you’ll find myself, my other half and my strange little dog avoiding the summer heat. Whether I’m composing an image or preparing a green tea smoothie, I’m happiest when I’m creating.

Tell us about your business and how you got started.
This May marked my first year in business as a professional photographer. After college graduation, I surprised my family and friends by choosing to pursue professional photography rather than medical school.

My interest in the field began through following the work of a few natural light photographers. Learning about photography excited me in a way no other subject had before. Though I didn’t choose a typical career path, every day I am thankful for following my passion - I only wish I had found a camera before taking so many science courses.

Tell us about your work, what you create, how you create, the process and more.
My primary focus is natural light photography. To me, natural light photography doesn’t just mean using available light to create images, it means capturing my subject in their most “natural light.” Before I even touch my camera, I like to know who my subject is, their personality and their goals. Knowing the person on the other end of my lens is essential if I’m going to create photos designed to reflect who they are.

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What is your dream customer or client?
I’m most inspired and produce my best work when my clients are comfortable being themselves in front of my camera. Photographing genuine moments that truly capture personality or feeling is difficult, but I feel these photos are so much more compelling and meaningful than “smile at the camera” portraits.

What has been one of your biggest lessons, challenges or failures as an entrepreneur or creative, and how did you learn from it?
When you’re a small business owner, you are your business. Knowing that your business’ success or failure is essentially your personal success or failure is both terrifying and exciting. This is an enormous stressor, but a fear that has lessened gradually with time and experience. I’ve learned to have faith in my work rather than live in anxiety over the future my business, which isn’t conducive to positive growth.

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Tell us about your dream, passion and mission in life and in business, what drives you, fires you up and makes it all worth it.
If there’s one thing that this year has taught me more than anything, it’s that time truly does pass much more quickly than we’re ready for. Realizing this gives my work and passion so much more purpose. A high school senior is only on the cusp of adulthood for the blink of an eye; A couple is only newly engaged for a few moments and a wedding only happens once. A photograph is more than an outfit, pose, or place. A photograph is our way of appreciating life’s moments long after they’ve flown by and I am so grateful for the opportunity to help others preserve important times in their lives.

If you had all the money in the world and could be anywhere in the world doing what you love, where would you be and what would you be doing?
I can’t help but smile answering this question, as I’m fortunate enough to be doing what I love professionally. If I hit a financial jackpot, I’d move somewhere with mountains, shoot endless rolls of film and travel until I’m exhausted.

If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your hero, who would it be and what would you say?
I’m not sure I have a single hero; I admire anyone who has had the courage and determination to follow their passion.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?
In love with my best friend, enjoying life and creating work I can be proud of.

Is there any words of wisdom, advice or final thoughts you would like to share with others out there inspiring to become their dream?
Relentlessly study your craft. As a creative entrepreneur, it is incredibly easy to dwell on fears and critique yourself, artistically and professionally. Don’t let self doubt deter you from progression; Always focus on learning. Confidence and positive growth will follow naturally.

Facts about Brittany:
Most inspirational music you’ve listened to: The Head and The Heart

Most inspirational book is: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Most useful business tool or piece of equipment you’ve used:

My external light meter; It reminds me to slow down, be aware of my surroundings and mindful of the image I want to create.

Most inspirational quote:
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver

Find more on Brittany here, here and here.

Become Your Dream: Carla Cascales Alimbau of Comme une image

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I was lucky enough to discover this lovely artist while pinning on pinterest. I found her lovely work and just had to learn more about her. To my surprise, she is more beautiful, inspirational, talented and warm than I ever expected. Her name is Carla and she is amazing.
Carla Cascales Alimbau  |  Comme une image
Tell us about yourself, where you live and what you’re like.
I’m Carla Cascales Alimbau a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer from Barcelona (Spain). I’m truly passionate about design, especially handmade projects, textures, art, photography and illustration. I love to travel, to take pictures, to capture simple, true and beautiful moments in life. More and more I realize how important it is to share experiences and learn from the people around me plus most of the time I work by myself as a freelance so in my spare time I like to enjoy it with my friends and family in something related with arts, trips, exhibitions, films, books, hot tea and good vegetarian food.
Tell us about your business and how you got started.
I studied Strategic Planning and Creative Advertising at university advertising agency, but I was missing the attention to detail and the delicateness with which a design agency would work. For this reason I decided to take a graduate course in Graphic Design Applied to Communication at Elisava.
I’ve always been very interested in the variety of artistic techniques and communication processes. I took courses in illustration, typography, lettering, editorial design, desktop publishing, photography, analog photo developement and manual bookbinding. At the same time I developed professional projects as a designer and freelance photographer and collaborated with studios and publications at an international level.
After a 3 months trip to Lisbon, tired of working in advertising, I started to work as a freelance designer, with some clients that contacted me through my website, now I’m truly happy with my job.
Tell us about your work, what you create, how you create, the process and more. 
I find my inspiration in nature. Thereʼs nothing more simple and amazing than the natural light, the colour of the trees, the changing seasons, the shapes of the water, the texture of the leaves… It’s amazing how in nature all the elements combine to function in harmony, as illustration, typography and colors do it in a good design.
In the area where I really feel more professional is graphic design, and I really enjoy to work on it, but at the same time and I can’t wait to continue exploring other creative ways.
Photography is something I love to do and that helps me in my design projects, I definitely enjoy doing series of different natural landscapes but I don’t consider myself an specialist, I like to try with expired film, polaroid, or random shots to create different effects.
I am especially fascinated by people who is able to draw or paint and I try my best in illustration, something that relax me and make me feel present.
What is your dream customer or client? 
Books, or a gallery and museum, these are the two kind of clients I enjoy de most, I love to work for culture-related clients. But my dream client is Penguin Books, I really would love to design series of books for them, the cover, the inside, to choose the paper… get involved in the whole process.
What has been one of your biggest lessons, challenges or failures as an entrepreneur or creative, and how did you learn from it?
Sometimes we don’t leave a job that doesn’t make us happy afraid of not finding something better, which is why for some time I worked in the advertising world, thinking it would be very difficult to make a living in another way. But one day I got courageous and decided to dedicate myself to design, which is what I really love, from that day I can’t be happier.
I encourage all those who have a dream and like and truly love something to go for it, stay in your comfort zone will not never you truly happy.
 
Tell us about your dream, passion and mission in life and in business, what drives you, fires you up and makes it all worth it.
My dream is to dedicate myself to something creative that makes me wake up every morning feeling happy, calm and proud of it and to feel that with the work I can bring something to society, that’s why lately I’m getting involved in cultural projects, publishing and products related to sustainability.
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If you had all the money in the world and could be anywhere in the world doing what you love, where would you be and what would you be doing? 
Traveling is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have so I would travel around, with friends or alone trying to get in touch with other people and cultures, taking a lot of pictures, doing illustration and working for cultural projects doing the visual communication.
If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your hero, who would it be and what would you say? 
My Hero is Magritte, the surrealist painter, since I was a child I’m fascinated about the way he combines normal elements of different contexts to confuse the viewer and create new worlds, I remember the first time I saw his work “L’empire des lumiéres” I couldn’t stop looking at it, there was something strange but so attracting at the same time, I would tell him how amazed I’m about his paintings.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?
It is so difficult to say, I prefer to enjoy the present, but if you ask me I would like to travel, to learn from other people and cultures and participate in projects with professionals from other disciplines like architects or artists. I would like to move abroad, to america, and I would love to dedicate to the world of art or culture, designing for galleries, museums, like Tate modern in London or Moma in New York, and for publishing houses, I would love to design books as well.
Is there any words of wisdom, advice or final thoughts you would like to share with others out there inspiring to become their dream?
Start today and don’t be afraid to fail, you can only learn and improve from your mistakes, don’t hurry and work hard every day and above all enjoy what you do.
About me: 
Most inspirational music you’ve listened to: Horse Feathers.
Most inspirational book is: The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Most useful business tool or piece of equipment you’ve used: Wacom Bamboo
Most inspirational quote: “Do what you love, love what you do”
 
 

Quit Your Day Job and Follow Your Dreams

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Are you an artist or musician and want to make your passion your full-time job? Good news – it is possible and together, we can make it happen!

I help creatives like you, become their dream by uncovering your brand, inspiring action, identifying your target audience, establishing a presence and more. Learn more by clicking here or emailing me at [email protected].

Now lets go make your dream a reality!

Still have questions? Contact me today to schedule a 10 minute chat.

Become Your Dream: Samantha Morello of Tilds Art

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I am excited to share with you the artist of these amazing artworks. I stumbled upon her work on Pinterest and had to learn more about her and how she creates. Read on to learn more.

Samantha Morello  |  Tilds Art

Tell us about yourself, where you live and what you’re like.

Hi everyone! I’m Samantha Morello, posting my works under the business-name of Tilds Art, born and raised in a Venetian town in Italy, approaching my 21st year of age. I guess my love for art is granted, aside from that I’m interested in Science and Psychology and I’m a huge PC gamer. If I didn’t discover Illustration and Design I’d have been an happy cat lady, but I probably am anyway in my spare time. I’m generally known for being a creative and introspective person, and I really can’t say that’s wrong!

Tell us about your business and how you got started.

I’m a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer.

I got an interest in art since the very first years of my childhood, enjoying my drawing lessons in school like most of the other kids did. As I was growing up, my interest got wider, of the many it would comprehend painting, photography and writing. At the age of 13 I choose to pick Graphic Design as my high school course, where I’ve learnt the basics and developed a fascination with color theory. Though is when I left that I truly got into the subject and it’s when I won a crowd sourcing competition that it made me think maybe I should take my passion further. I was still experimenting but I known Illustration was what I wanted to do – I went from vector to digital painting, started reading art blogs and websites, getting myself informed about new trends and techniques, till I developed and consolidated my own style, so here I am now!

Tell us about your work, what you create, how you create, the process and more.

If there’s no need, most of the time I don’t like to present something as plain as it is. What I draw surely has a meaning for me, but I want to avoid showing the obvious side of it all and keep all the ways open, permitting everyone who looks at my work to turn on their will of understanding and come to their own personal conclusion, making it partly their own little piece of mind.

Ideas usually come like a flash, and then I try to elaborate them into a visual piece without thinking excessively over it as I’d like to keep it spontaneous. I usually get inspired before I sleep, or sometimes while I’m out, so I keep track of my thoughts on a Moleskin sketchbook, most of the times using descriptive words and short sentences instead of sketches. When the work starts I go exclusively digital and all the process from sketches to the final piece are made on my (almost) faithful laptop.

A big part of the creative process is spent visualizing the image in my mind – that’s when I decide the best way of representing the subject and how I should develop it, when I’m happy with what I’m imagining I can start sketching with my graphic tablet, I then proceed to define the lines keeping a quite raw look and when I’m done I start deciding on the colors. I like pastel colors more - I think they’re the best choice for the kind of style I adopt, I create a catchy but harmonious and pleasant to the sight palette, starting with a base color and then defining light and shades, leaving the smaller details in the end.

My works have a clear subject and a monochromatic background, at times I decide to give color only to a part of it, some other times I like to make use of the negative spaces or merge some photography in it – What I always love is experimenting.

What is your dream customer or client?

I enjoy clients with clear concepts who also appreciate giving a dose of freedom on the execution and want me to do my best; but in the end working on a field that gives me so many satisfactions such as illustration is always a pleasure, you could all be my potential clients and I’d be happy to welcome everybody with open arms!

What has been one of your biggest lessons, challenges or failures as an entrepreneur or creative, and how did you learn from it?

Life is a constant lesson, there’s something new to learn everyday, whether it comes from a big success or an enormous mistake. I go on as I think it’s best, evaluating every aspect of it, and if something gets on my way I’ll just solve it and put it in my knowledge bag that has enough space for everything, and then make use of it in both my creative and everyday life.

Tell us about your dream, passion and mission in life and in business, what drives you, fires you up and makes it all worth it.

When I was a kid I wanted to live to ‘discover’. I’m not sure what the meaning of it was for me at the time, but I think I never changed my mind. I’m a naturally curious person and every little new thing I see or learn makes me want to know more, do more, even the most trivial, seemingly useless and forgotten things, give the latter a new meaning. This is my fuel.

If you had all the money in the world and could be anywhere in the world doing what you love, where would you be and what would you be doing?

There’s something I never tried for a long time and discovered only recently – traveling. I’d also need all the time in the world, hope that’s in the package too! I’d love to visit the world, spend some months in a place, discover new cultures, ways of living, totally delve into it like I’ve been living there all my life, and then change country, going on like that visiting plenty of them. I wouldn’t mind about long journeys, taking trains and planes are the most exciting and relaxing experiences I’ve ever had. That would surely bring me a good baggage of creativity too.

If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your hero, who would it be and what would you say?

I don’t know yet who my hero is or if I have one, but whoever he/she is I’d just say him/her “Thank you”.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?

I see myself sticking to what I have now, and getting it to a new, better level!

Is there any words of wisdom, advice or final thoughts you would like to share with others out there inspiring to become their dream?

Whatever you have to do, act like you could really do anything you want – it works!

And lastly, are you living your dream? If not, how do you see yourself getting there? If you are, what do you credit for your success?

I’m getting there, and it’s bliss!

Just go on, no matter what’s on your way, nothing can stop you from doing what you love, so keep going because you can do it and in the end everything will be worth.

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Most inspirational music you’ve listened to: Sparklehorse, The National – either are on loop whenever I create (in fact, whenever I have access to music)

Most inspirational book is: I enjoyed a lot the Agnes Browne series by Brendan O’Carroll – But I’m an avid reader, and mostly every book I’ve read has been inspirational in its own way.

Most useful business tool or piece of equipment you’ve used: The subconscious, does it count?

Most inspirational quote: ”That’s one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong.

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Find more work by Samantha at her shop on Society 6 – link here.

Become Your Dream: Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir

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Mon Voir Painter Illustrator Watercolor Artist Become Your Dream: Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir

I am thrilled to share with you today, a new friend of mine (thank you instagram), Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir. Jenna is an amazing artist, painter, calligrapher and creative entrepreneur that creates work like beautiful hand-painted quotes to hand-made wedding stationery. She shares her story, struggles and inspiration below. If you are ever looking for hand-made work and want a special touch, I highly recommend her. In fact, I recently decided to discontinue offering services like hand-calligraphy for envelopes, escort cards and have been referring inquiries to Jenna. Get ready to fall in love with her and what she shares with the world.

Jenna Rainey  |  Mon Voir

Tell us about yourself, where you live and what you’re like.

Hello! My name is Jenna Rainey and I am the artist and owner of Mon Voir. I live in San Clemente, CA with my adorable husband, John and two kitties, Marling and Toews. Our cuddly and somewhat furry family fits snuggly into our one bedroom apartment just up the street from the Pacific. And we love it. What am I like? I’ve been told I’m like a cat…but other than that, I’m average in height with quite pale and freckly skin for a California girl.

Tell us about your business and how you got started.

Well, my business is my passion. I wake up and think about painting and calligraphy and go to bed thinking about the same. I guess that’s how it all started – it was something that I thought about so constantly that it just caught on somehow. And that was only this past January that I started my business. I began designing pieces for friends and family and it grew from there! I’m still trying to figure it all out, really.

Tell us about your work, what you create, how you create, the process and more.

Oh gosh. I’m still trying to figure that one out… My work is imperfect and raw. It’s watercolor, it’s calligraphy, it’s floral, it’s abstract. Those would be some adjectives. I mostly create paper goods for weddings. Every piece I create is completely hand done. I should probably get those books Computers for Dummies or something, because, if I make a tiny little mistake, I have to completely start over. No eraser tool and POOF it’s gone, no technology at Studio de Mon Voir, we’re in the Stone Age here. But I like that, probably because I’m ignorant to how amazing it would be to know and have those tools – time-saving and stress minimizing I’m sure. But it’s what adds so much originality to my work and you know that tears were actually shed in the process of making the piece you purchase. Ha.

What is your dream customer or client?

My dream clients are the people who have enough vision to trust mine and enough honesty to help create alongside me. Too much of either of those things can be overwhelming or boring.

What has been one of your biggest lessons, challenges or failures as an entrepreneur or creative, and how did you learn from it?

One of the biggest lessons, challenges AND failures for me has been pricing, because it affects every single part of your business. In these past 5 or 6 months I’ve had to find enough courage to even show people my work, let alone put a price on it that is fair and honest to the amount of work put in. I now work part-time at a financial planning office, but up until a month ago I was full-time. And so was Mon Voir. I’ve learned that when you don’t know what you’re doing in the pricing department, you over work yourself and say yes to everything. I’ve been caught working 15-18 hours most days and addressing wedding invitations on my lunch breaks. And I’ve learned a lot in that process. My time and what I create is valuable and the first person who should acknowledge that is myself. I’m also learning about my own work ethic and how hard I can actually push myself. It’s like getting your body ready for bikini weather: blood, sweat, tears, and crazy hours for what you want or what you’re passionate about.

 

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Mon Voir Calligrapher Painter Artist Become Your Dream: Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir

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Tell us about your dream, passion and mission in life and in business, what drives you, fires you up and makes it all worth it.

My dream, my passion and my mission in life are all summed up into one thing. That there is Someone greater than me and bigger than life itself, and that is God. That’s really what drives me at the end of the day and makes it all worth it because He has given me these gifts, the desire to practice and get better, and the confirmation that this is what I am meant to do.

If you had all the money in the world and could be anywhere in the world doing what you love, where would you be and what would you be doing?

So many things come to mind. But if I had ALL the money in the world, I guess I could do all of those things! I love to travel. I’d go see the Seven Wonders of the World and after I’ve done that, I’d retire to a quaint cabin in the mountains somewhere to peacefully unwind and reflect in a scratchy wool blanket and crackling hot campfire. I would definitely be painting and doodling a lot and writing tunes about what I’d seen. All these things would be experienced with my husband and kitties and good friends and family as well.

If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your hero, who would it be and what would you say?

Stevie Nicks. And I would say, “How in the world did you get to be so B.A.?”

Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now?

In three years I hope to be doing art full-time and teaching other people to grow and create with their hands.

Is there any words of wisdom, advice or final thoughts you would like to share with others out there inspiring to become their dream?

Don’t take yourself so seriously. Once you start comparing your life or situation with others who are more successful or have a prettier Instagram you lose focus on what really matters. You aren’t able to create and be original you’re only able to recreate. Just relax and be yourself.

 

FACTS:

Most inspirational music you’ve listened to: I can’t narrow that down to one. Sorry. Yann Tiersen, Cat Stevens and Laura Marling.

Most inspirational book is: “Holy the Firm” by Annie Dillard

Most useful business tool or piece of equipment you’ve used: an eraser

Most inspirational quote: “Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that” – Howard Thurman

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To contact the lovely Jenna, email her here: jenna.m.rainey@gmail.com

To find more of her work, visit  her shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/monvoir

And to follow her on instagram, click here: http://instagram.com/jennamrainey

 

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