What the universe is trying to tell me right now.
30 hours in Detroit.
Do you pay attention to your life?
I used to miss the whispers until they became shouts, pushing me into precarious situations that probably could have been avoided had I been paying more attention to my heart.
Nevertheless, I’m grateful for that learning. All those stumbles and falls and heartbreak.
They brought me to a place of learning, understanding and listening to my heart, above all else. Despite all else.
So, what is it telling me now?
The number one reason most people don't chase their dreams.
A quick mini-trip to Detroit.
3 reasons to narrow your niche.
The number one reason people don’t chase their big goals?
They’re scared of how they will feel.
Making it work in your new creative business.
When you create for the wrong people:
You never get better at what YOU like doing
You begin to resent your business
You don’t like the work and it makes it really really hard to deal with the tough stuff that inevitably comes up
You find it hard to explain why you’re different than others because your heart isn’t in it and you aren’t getting better
You are not your own boss
You’re not creating a distinguishable brand that gets more distinguishable over time
How can you avoid this? Narrow your niche!
The importance of time away from work.
The pressures of business will kill your creativity. More than likely if your business is growing, and you want it to continue to deliver you more money, it will require you manage your mind more effectively to continue liking it. And for it to continue delivering to you.
Should you even run a creative business? Are you in the middle of believing it’ll never work? This post is for you.
When you've got a big ship, you're going to need a crew.
Shifting from overcommitted CEO to being on break took my emotions on a wild ride, and here’s how I dealt with it.
Do you wonder if it’s time to hire? Do you have limiting beliefs that make it hard for you to get to a clear answer? Are you someone who wants to join a creative startup? Today, I’m sharing my journey to hiring (and continuing to choose) a creative crew.
When you’ve got a big ship, you definitely need a crew. But are you ready?
Give yourself credit.
I recently finished a Virtual Closet Makeover with my friend Shira Gill. It really did change my life!
Take a look and see how you can also do this in your own life!
The imperfect boss.
How often are we not surrounded by work that could be done, clothes that should be folded, unread emails in our inboxes, conversations that were left on an unclear note, bodies that might do well to get a workout, books that are half-finished and untidiness in various corners of our lives?
So, amid all the work and untidiness of it all, how do I find happiness? I’m sharing that will you all today.
Practical Experience versus Book Learning.
Wow it’s wild being a boss. Here’s why.
Sorry I was such a bitch. I was birthing a revolution.
I think practical experience (just jumping in) gets you farther faster, if that’s what you’re looking for. Many of my clients tell me they don’t feel prepared. They don’t feel ready. They need to read just one more book. Or clean their office office or organize their schedules first. Before they can launch. Before they can hire me. Before they can do the things they really want to do.
How fit is your business?
My job has been to birth a revolution. And in doing so, I had to upset a lot of people. Letting people feel their own emotions and holding space for them has taken a ton of practice. And I didn’t know that would be a part of my job every day, but I’m so grateful for it.
Why we're resilient to bad weather at Cleveland Flea.
Every damn time I take a spin class with Sammy Friedman of Grooveryde (also luckily my CFO-in-training at Cleveland Flea) or at Harness Cycle, I emerge feeling inspired, empowered, clear. In other words, I feel like myself– a powerful, intelligent, gritty, talented Female Founder.
And today, I found the words to express what I usually want to tell all my coaching clients and business owners at Cleveland Flea– SURE IT’S HARD BUT THAT’S NO REASON TO QUIT.
Are you in the FFC?
It might rain at Cleveland Flea. Because we exist. In the real world. So, how do you build a business resilient to weather (or other less-than-ideal circumstances)? Here’s how we did it for ourselves and how we walk away from ‘bad’ weather days feelings even more confident than when we went in.
3 Types of Action: Passive, Sporadic & Massive.
I don’t really consider myself just as a business owner. I am something more specific. And you might be, too. And if you are, you have an ally in me. Want to know what makes Founders unique? Take a read!
Creative Health Check Up
If you want to go from dreaming to doing, from lethargy to elation, from here to there it’s good to know what type of action you’re taking and if that’s getting you anywhere.
Travel: Up North.
What do you do when you’re just not feeling great? When maybe you don’t even know why you’re not feeling great, but you are.
The best thing to do (and I’d do this every single month) is what I call a Creative Health Check Up.
The difference between managing current success + maintaining success.
Sometimes you’ve just got to get out of your element. Or back into one that you used to inhabit to remind yourself how far you’ve come. I grew up in Michigan, on the east side of the state. I had long planned to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes and The Grand Hotel but never really made time for it. The visits proved to be both surprising and unsurprising, charmingly authentic and touristy-fake. At times I found myself taking long, slow exhales. Breathing in the cool, crisp forest air. At other times, this world felt foreign and scary and like I was stepping into the past (not in a good way). I found a lot of things that provided inspiration, as well as introspection. I think that’s what travel is meant to do! Here’s a look at what I did, where I went and what I thought.
As I became the boss of a bunch of new badasses, it also struck me that I needed to think through what their own issues might be. Listen– we all have issues. Even super talented people. Especially super talented people. I began to realize that people coming in from the outside might have thought we were successful and we were done working toward success. Which is just not true. Success is a thing you keep working at and redefining. Read on to get some insight on the difference between Maintaining + Managing Success.