Tag: courage

4 Strengths EVERY successful creative entrepreneur has - do you have them?

[Note: This is another excerpt from my forthcoming book "Creative Freedom" - which I'll be sharing in full with participants at Creative Freedom Live. Seats are going fast - we've got about 5 spots left. If you want one, it's time to get moving and get registered!] In all my years as both a creative entrepreneur and […]

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My "messy room" strategy for easy decision making.

Every day, we're tasked with thousands of decisions. How many? Well, Cornell University researchers said we make about 226 decisions just on FOOD in an average day. The total number for adults is somewhere in the range of 35,000 decisions a day. Many of them are impulsive, and logic-driven (pro/con, etc.), but that's STILL a […]

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What my photo shoot taught me about pricing (it's not what you think!)

This week I had an AMAZING photo shoot that's been several months in the making. I knew when I landed in Nashville, starting over would take up a good portion of my first year here. I also knew that I had projects that still needed to move forward: I've been sitting on Creative Freedom for a […]

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Why a hiatus might be good for your creative business

No sooner had I finished my lunch when the phone rang. It was my oldest. "Hey, are you okay?" "Not really, Mom. Aunt Dian died." Less than an hour later, I was on the road to Michigan. 9 hours later, I'm crashing at my ex-husband's house for the night. That meant I wasn't able to […]

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Does opportunity only knock once?

I think it was my grandmother who first told me that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. I was going to her church for Easter Sunday, and, of course, I had to look my best. I was representing my family, I was showing up for God, and (probably most important […]

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National Freedom Day: How one black boy changed American history

Today is an important day for me. Not only is it the launch of Season 3 of Creative Freedom (cue the confetti!), it's also National Freedom Day. It's the day we commemorate the freeing of the slaves in our country. Were it not for this day, my father would never have been born and my […]

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Doing Too Much? How To Prioritize Your Day

We're slowly recovering from the rollover last week. My son's doing better this week, but we're still not out of the woods. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and well-wishes. It really did make the whole week seem better. Through it all, thankfully, I still managed to get the important things in my life and […]

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How To Ethically Market Your Business During A Tragedy: 3 Considerations

With all the tragedies and depressing headlines of recent weeks, it would be easy to close up shop, dig a hole, and hide yourself away for the rest of your life. There's a lot of hurt in the world, and marketing your creative business might seem a bit - shall we say frivolous? - during […]

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Book Review: Self Made By Nely Galan

One of my favorite shows on PBS is "Finding Your Roots" hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It's always fun to learn about the ancestors and personal histories of some of the most well-known people of our time. I really enjoy getting to know how these people came to be who they are through the […]

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How Winning The Lottery Changed My Life (It's Not What You Think)

"You can't win if you don't play." Mom used this sentence to justify a lot of behavior when I was a kid: learning to ride a bike, auditioning for plays, joining the cross country team (I took 11th place in the city meet). And yes, mom played the lottery. She had a winning streak where, with […]

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