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Ride The Waves of Life

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao-Tzu

“Now relax. Go with the flow. Let life take you where you need to be.” Picture me meditating in yoga class, but one eye is open looking around the room at the other people that are sitting in complete stillness absorbing this information with knowing smiles on their faces. It’s like they were saying, “Yeah, Universe. I’ve got this! I am a master at going with the flow.” Inside I can’t help but panic…of course, I want to go with the flow of life. Of course, I want to be a carefree bohemian that is happy to go with the flow. Of course, I want my business to grow organically because people are drawn to what I do. But, all this meditation is making me feel is more pressure and anxiety about how I SHOULD feel.

I leave yoga, go home, and like any good yogi start to reflect upon my practice. I know that I can be tightly wound about certain things and not always the most flexible in my mindset. Instead of playing the victim card, I decide to stop poutin, pull up my big girl yoga pants, and start to search for ways that I too, can reach this enlighted state of going with the flow.

Now, I can’t say that I am a master at it yet, but I am a work in progress. The following paragraphs contain tips that have been helping me relax, let go of control, and trust that the universe (God, higher-self, or whatever you believe in) has my back and has a plan. I am choosing to trust that I am where I am right now for a reason. Hope these tips help you, too.

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Creative Entrepreneur Club

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Are you an entrepreneur? Then, join the Creative Entrepreneur Club Facebook group!

“You should totally start a blog. Wait, no actually you should be focusing on building a community on Facebook. And, don’t forget about Instagram. Ok, right. You’ve got this. You can do it all.”

10 min later….

“I’m lost. I’m confused. Where do I start? How do I go about these tasks in a way that saves time and resources?”

This is the dialogue in my head at least 20 times each day. Being a solorpreneur is awesome, but it can also be lonely especially when you are alone with your thoughts and left up to your own devices. If you are like me, you love being independent, making your own decisions and running with your heart. But, sometimes you feel unsure about yourself and business direction.

A lot of times, I would love to ask those that have gone before me how to best go about a task. It’s great if you have a friend that totally gets it. You can meet and talk shop. But, that’s one opinion, and one outlet for sharing ideas and one person can’t be an expert on everything…

Enter the power of a community. I discovered Facebook communities when my daughter was born. She is only three, and yes, I am a latecomer to the world of Facebook groups. I am not much of a mommy playgroup person, so I decided to find a local group in which I could pop in and out of as needed. I was a total observer for months until I got up the courage to type a question and hit post. I was afraid other moms would judge me or even worse ignore my post. But of course, that wasn’t the case. A handful of moms who had experienced what I was going through either offered words of encouragement or suggestions on how to overcome my obstacle. I instantly felt supported! It happened in a matter of minutes. I was astounded at how quickly I could get advice and support at the same time while leveraging the collective knowledge of a group of women experiencing what I was. Slowly I became more active, and you know what? I love giving advice, too. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling and boosts my self-confidence (oddly!).

So naturally, I am thinking about my own community of creative entrepreneurs. There are 200,000 of you that follow me on Instagram. I know only a fraction of you will ever see this, but what if we can all come together and support one another in a deeper way. I see all of you liking, following, and commenting on each others’ posts and it’s wonderful. But, now I want to create a place for people to share achievements, struggles, and voice opinions. I want us to leverage the collective knowledge and support one another so we can all learn, grow, and thrive as individuals.

So without further ado – please join me on this crazy entrepreneurial journal and join my FB community the, Creative Entrepreneur Club HERE. Let’s band together and rise!

Social Media Cleanse

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“I’ll be [core state] when I have [circumstance].”

Author Jamie Smart presents this equation on the first pages of his book, Clarity. Makes sense:

I’ll be [clean], when I have [a bath].

I’ll be [warm] once I [put clothes on].

But be careful, says Smart. This same equation is also a trick. He calls it “the hidden hamster wheel” and it looks something like this:

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Etsy v. Website

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To sell on Etsy or not? That is the question many small business owners face. I have been thinking about it a great deal over the past few months. On the one hand, it is easy to get up and running; you don’t have to worry about setting up payment gateways, secure certificates, or any of the other things you need to think about with a website. On the other hand, you are helping Etsy build their SEO, not your SEO. They don’t make it easy to grow your email list or market to customers, and many people have started to see less and less traffic to their shops.  I started making a chart to compare the two platforms and thought I’d share it with you. Below are my findings:

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The Facebook Booster Shot and My Secret Sauce: Lookalike Audiences

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Whether you’re new to the Facebook Ad game or just getting started, I have news: You’re in for a ride. For many of us, creating facebook ads is like leaving the towel across the bathroom after showering – out of reach and impossible to not make a mess. Good news is we’re here to help make your facebook ad life easier. Bad news is no matter how tiny you try to make your steps to the towel, you’re going to make a huge puddle. Read More

Meet the Maker | Mina Miyaki

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Jasmina Mathieu creator, and owner of Mina Miyaki. Her tagline is: Fresh Prints. Cute bags. And I can’t agree more! I loved chatting with Jasmina because she leads such a colorful life. She grew up in France. In her early 20s, she moved to NYC and pursued a degree from Parson’s School of Design. She now resides in the Seattle area.

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