Some days things just flow, and some days I'm throwing away piles of paper. 😑
Today was a 'flow' day, and I'm so thankful! 🌿
Do you experience this too? What helps you keep the flow of creativity?
actions speak louder than numbers. Actions = sales. Numbers = followers. 💸 I know some of you "bought" the followers you have. There are now apps & companies where you can buy fake followers who will actually engage with your posts. Aside from your # of followers reaching an attractive number, these followers are now able to comment, like and engage with your posts —therefore boosting your engagement rate 🔥 therefore signaling brands who want you for their influencer marketing strategy.
so, what? 🤷🏼♀️ well, these fake people ARE engaging with your content, but they're not converting into sales... because they're not REAL.☝🏻Influencer Marketing is becoming very sticky, so be careful who you're using to promote your brand across social media platforms.
we all have to start digging deeper... in more ways than one! influencers = get creative. marketers = do your research. ✔️✔️
I shared my 2 favorite things I use in almost every painting I do. I will immediately order more when I even start to run low. ✨
These are what I use to get that yummy texture and oil paint look while painting with acrylics. ✨
Artists, what are your must-have tools for painting? If you want to read more about what I use and how you can click on the link in my profile @melissalewisart
to read the blog.
Learn about how we were able to grow and build through both the good + tough times in part two of the special edition episode of #BEHINDTHEWORK
! // Now live on #IGTV
Is this domestic abuse? Reader writes-"I live w/my bf, but I'm a boarder living in his home without privileges. He has rules I must abide or be "put out." He won’t give me a key because he doesn’t want me here when he’s not home. I have nowhere to go." #linkinbio
Reflecting on my life like ⬆😂
The kiddos are in Kentucky with Nawny and Pops for a couple weeks while we get some business stuff done and go on some work trips and we’re already missing them like crazy! Judeth loved this mural and immediately ran over to it and asked if I would take her picture with those little flowers so of course I said yes. #judethlyn #judeandlovie
first uber ride in the city that never sleeps 🌇🌃 #sãopaulo
I want to do something DIFFERENT! 😱👋🏾 Say ‘Hello’ below + plug your business @handle
Let’s create a thread where you have a space to meet other creatives, freelancers + business owners 🙌🏾💯
A place where you can network, cos you never know the OPPORTUNITY that could arise from saying ‘Hello’ 😊
And if you want to join our Tribe of freelancers who are creating Impact + Income, head to the [Link In My Bio] 💪🏾🎉
Second week here and I’m starting to miss my friends. I know it will get better. I know I will make wonderful connections and life long relationships, but it’s still hard those first few months. • I remember this feeling when I moved to Norman three years ago. I knew no one! But amazingly I met some wonderful woman sitting beside me at gymnastics class. I am confident that God will give me those moments to open up and find friendship. So as I sit here at gymnastics... who doesn’t look weird?
I got asked to write the foreward of a colleague’s book. A FREAKING BOOK FOREWARD! When I got asked, I immediately thought, “Does he NOT know I’m NOT a big deal?”
Of course I said yes but it was followed by an, “Are you sure?” I caught myself a few minutes later, “Shauna - shut up! When someone gives you something you think, ‘SWEEET!’ not, ‘OMG, AREYASURE?!’”
Can you relate? If so this dynamic, feeling undeserving when given something, is f*ing w/ your biz. Bc when you sell, someone is GIVING you something; and giving is giving whether you’re given money for services or a present on your bday.
Does receiving money in your biz feel a bit awkward? A tiny doubt that strikes like a lightning bolt, “Holy s* They actually paid me & now I actually have to deliver? Can I do it?!” as if suddenly you lost all belief in your abilities. This is normal, btw but it doesn’t have to be this way.
I heard a story from my client who was at the salon. When the stylist was done she said, “Okay, now comes the sad part” and passes over the bill. THE SAD PART?!?! Girl, if taking $$$ for your services is SAD you are leaving $$$ on the table DAILY!
Why do we struggle w/ believing we deserve to be paid? Why do we find it so hard to actually stand in our value? Why do we KNOW we are talented & perhaps even say to ourselves, ‘I’m the best in my field’ but when it comes time to transact that value we shy away?
This is why my upcoming Bootcamp is so important & valuable — bc it shows you how to go from, “Are you suurree???” to “SWEEET!!!” when you sell something to your audience, which happens to be the exact thing that will make you more money!
But it requires you to go deeper into knowing your audience more than you ever have before, to finally get clear on what’s preventing you from standing in that value & to have 100% conviction & crystal clear clarity on the most relevant problems you’re solving for your customer. The good news: you already have these tools in your tool belt, you just have to use them.
That's what I'm showing you in this 6-week program starting MONDAY. DM me for deets. Oh & when I receive your money you better believe I’m going to say, “SWEEET!”
Fiction writing is magical in more ways than one. ✨✨✨Nuff said 💜💜💜
You guys, today I’m featured on the @dearhandmadelife
I've been following the #dearhandmadelife
crew for years now. In fact, the day after I officially opened my Etsy shop, I went straight to Craftcation, their awesome craft + business conference at the beach in Ventura. I've now been to the conference three times. I've also been a vendor in their fun, outdoor Patchwork craft show in Oakland multiple times. If you're anything like me and like all things crafty and love down to earth peeps, then you should really check them out. Oh, and read my guest blog post at the link in bio!
Standing out in the marketplace can be a challenge - no matter the type of product you're selling. In today's Three Things blog post, our #PatchworkShow
vendor / #Craftcation
Alum Bridgette from @shoplavendercrush
gives us her Three Tips to Stand Out at a Craft Show as a Jewelry Artist. The best part is that the guiding principles she outlines in this post will transcend into other art categories and help us all stay top of mind in a sea of other makers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That moment when she says YES! 💍
I promise I’m still here! Occasionally I take a small breather from the pressure to create perfect posts and post stories every 24 hours. It helps me breathe just a tad and get my creative mojo back. Normally, I take a day just to deep clean my house, do a few small house projects, bake something new, do laundry AND put it away on the same day 😂😱, and enjoy the fresh air on the porch with my favorite pup. Just basically get all caught on real life with my phone out of sight. .
If you don’t do that, I cannot encourage you enough to do so! Even if it’s just for a few hours during a day. It helps clean up that muddy, scattered, busy feel that all the ads, stories, etc throw our way. And I promise you’ll be a more gracious and patient person afterward. Ya might even throw flowers in your hair. 😉
I remember when my daughter turned one. I fought so hard with the idea of her growing up. To no longer be this tiny little human. But seeing her grow and develop into the strong and fiercely independent toddler that she is has been so rewarding. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
So many reasons to celebrate! A first birthday is such a special milestone. Such a whirlwind of emotions. ❤️❤️Tell me - what is your favourite memory of your little one’s first year?❤️❤️ Ps. Can you tell I’m obsessed with this circus banner? Hehehe.
Approximately 7 of my followers are my friends....like Jay-Z said, You need more people!! 👌🏽#thetakeover
“What happens when I get into a rut and just don’t feel like creating?”
This question was asked of me recently, and it came at the perfect time because I’m in a season where I’m not feeling very inspired to create anything new.
First, I think that we need to challenge those ruts and make sure that there isn’t something larger at play. For example, are you in a rut, because you’re feeling discouraged, or inadequate? If so, work through those feelings.
I also think that we need to honor those times when we aren’t feeling so motivated. Often, there isn’t a larger problem at play. Sometimes we just need a break, to recharge, to do nothing (or watch an excessive amount of Netflix, as I have been doing), and to trust that inspiration will strike again.
Sabbaticals aren’t only acceptable, they are a necessary part of the creative process. Own it! ✨
#entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #iamcreative #lovelysquares #calledtobecreative #creativelifehappylife #pursuewhatislovely #CreativeBusinessOwner #thiscreativelife #creativepreneur #savvybusinessowner #makewaves #nothingisordinary #thatauthenticfeeling #inspiremyinstagram #petitejoys #theeverygirl #jaxcreatives #elegantexcellence #smallbiz #theinstagramlab #risingtidesociety #thinkbigger #selfcare #letiflow #goforgreatness #entrepreneurmindset #hersuccess
P R O C E S S //This is my apology kill list! I am becoming very Canadian, but I seriously need to stop the endless apologies I make in my business. For not starting sooner, not charging more and the one that really gets to me is turning off the computer. I have had this last guilt since I started.
😱 Why this one strikes a nerve with so many of us is CRAZY! All we have to do is to turn off the damn laptop. The endless list of all the things that still have to get done or what we may forget to do haunts us. One thing that has eliminated the #sundayscaries
have been setting up systems and processes in my business.
🗣 A business system is a process, procedure, or course of action that is put in place to achieve a specific result.
💻 And for this, I have been using Trello. I love it so much I have a free course that shows you exactly how to use Trello as a BOSS! I believe all of us need a good night sleep and a Sunday, free of the scries that await for us on Monday morning. This one tool has helped eliminate some of my apologies, I have no excuse for not having my business organized, streamlined and tasks automated. Click the link to get access to the FREE self-paced e-course Boss Up with Trello.
💣Ok Truth bomb time... what have you apologized for in your business? I am sure there are some we have in common.
↠ While I would MUCH prefer y’all print your photos, I do LOVE this adorable custom flash drive. (It’s included with some of our wedding collections..👰🤵) ↠ Make sure you’re a VIP if you’re getting hitched! Link in bio, loves. 😘
love & stuff,
Matty & Elizabeth
<> BACK ON THE GRIND <> Stocking up on alllll the simple stackers and fancy rings for #indiecraftparade
next month in Greenville! The start of the school year means fall markets are fast approaching. I’ll be working around the clock to prepare for this busy time. Handmade means things take a little bit longer around here, but I’m okay with that! Everything in this delicious stack is already available in the Etsy shop, so snag yourself some arm candy today!
Growth is a great thing that can be achieved by trusting yourself, working hard, surrounding yourself by others who do the same.
When you are aligned in mind, body, and spirit and your environment supports and encourages this pursuit major growth can occur.
Be sure to click the link in our bio to see all of our available designs! Don’t hesitate to DM us with any questions or special design requests.
Wedding season is coming to a close and I couldn’t Thank all of my lovely clients enough💗You guys have all been so so great!! And I am looking forward to what next summer will bring!! Baby is arriving in February ! So my Fall and Winter Spots will be limited ❄️ So don’t wait to book!
✨SO YOUR COACH BURNED YOU, NOW WHAT✨
👉🏼I know some of you worked with coaches in the past that burned you and sold you on their pretty marketing and fancy words, but delivered NO results.
👉🏼 Don’t let that deter you from living your dream life. I, too, know what it’s like to be apart of paid membership programs and mentorship programs that only delivered false hope. 😫
👉🏼 It leaves you feeling frustrated, hopeless and your confidence shattered that this online thing won’t work, which is not true.
👉🏼I didn’t allow the action of a previous coach to prevent me from working with a new coach who took my business, dreams and financial status to a whole new level.
This is your invite to let go of what was and step into the NEW:
📌Working with your soulmate clients
📌Finally replacing your 9-to-5 income
📌Going full-time in your online business
🔥My 12 week, 1:1 coaching program is no fluff, frills, or gimmicks. I am here to help you take your business to the next level. If you are serious and want to start seeing results in your online business...
🔥Schedule your complimentary 20 minute session with me to see how I can support you in your entrepreneurial journey and start getting results TODAY.
Sometimes it's nice to recall and acknowledge other era's style and character. Elegance will always give me cause too stand a little taller and hold myself with grace.
Very special thanks to @kevinwrites
for taking the time to shoot this styled classic shoot for me. AND to my willing models/friends. .
| Insanely productive day ☺️
Majo y Fede son los protagonistas de la historia de amor que inspiró estas joyas 💜💎. Su historia de amor en nuestras palabras: Explosión 💥 de color 🎨, y buenos presagios anunciados por 👼🏼 ángeles disfrazados de mariposas.
Did you know that most of my works are painted on Canadian Birchwood Panels made here at home? 🇨🇦
For a hot summer dinner, who wants some chill and spicy🌶 Som Tam (green papaya salad) ? .
🌶 Raw green papaya and Thai chilies @ Bangkok Center Grocery(📍104 Mosco St, NYC)
😋Fish sauce @redboatfishsauce
😋Coconut palm sugar @wholesomesweet