“You may be one friendship away from changing your destiny”. (@craiggroeschel). . . I’ve been reminded this week, more than most, just how important it is to find a community. I was on the phone with my friend @brightlyandcompany this afternoon, and we spoke about this exact topic: sometimes, owning a business (especially an online business) can be downright lonely. It can feel way more comfortable to just stay in your own lane and not reach out and build a community. I’m so guilty of this- as an attorney who straddles to the creative world, I sometimes feel like I have a foot in both camps. It can be a weird place, honestly. But at the same time, this week I’ve actually reached out and asked for help (for once). And it’s been the most humbling, encouraging experience- some of those people have been willing to step in and help just when I needed it most, whether behind the scenes or sharing their stories with me. . There are appx. 30 hours left in the Creative Law Shop sale, so tonight at 7:00 I’m going to hop on here Live and answer any questions you might have! This is totally unscripted- I’m just here to answer some of those questions that’ve been filling up my email and DM lately. Stop by and say hi- I’d love to count you as one of my community! (Photo by @amyjowenphoto) . . #creativelaw #creativeattorney #attorneyforecreatives #smallbizlaw #carveouttimeforart #calledtobecreative #creativebiz #creativityfound #makersgonnamake #creativeentrepreneur #femtrepreneur #shopsmall #flashesofdelight #tasteintravel #thatsdarling #theeverygirl #communityovercompetition #risingtidesociety #glitterguide #creativemastermind #entrepreneurship101 #makeithappen #girlboss
I may be closing in on 30, but I learned something from my dad today. I planned on getting ahead on work today, but instead, we spent the day outside in the barn knocking out some projects we’d been talking about for awhile. And right when we started to get on a roll- our neighbor called, needing help with a collapsed fence. We dropped what we were doing, and went right over. . . Did we get our project done? Nope. He’s been a business owner for 30+ years, so I know it bugs him as much as me to accomplish less than we plan on... but today, we ended up only getting about halfway through the project. And that was perfectly fine. There’s never going to be quite enough time in the day to get #allthethings done, but using our limited time to help someone else will always be a beneficial use of that time. If you’re anything like me; winding up one (overly) busy week just to dive into another, I hope that this provides the same reminder for you that I needed this Sunday!
In case you needed a reminder that Instagram has a way of sometimes distorting reality by just showing highlight reels...I was inspired by my talented friend @laurenlcarnes’ smoothie bowl skills (pictured here), and decided to take a stab at making one of my own. Swipe to see the finished result 😳 turns out, they’re not *quite* as foolproof as one might think... and I’m officially open to any recipe suggestions you have.
When I first decided to start my business, I had literally no idea where to begin. Didn't know how to find a true community. Didn't know how to discern what really mattered. But I did have a copy of Cottage Hill, and knew that I wanted to work with creatives like THAT. Those who wanted to, in her words, “build a life more beautiful than their brands.” So I kept my calligraphy business up and running a little longer to save money, & hired @katieoselvidge as my coach. It was the best decision I made. . . When Katie and I started working together, she told me right off the bat that copying was the dominant problem in the creative world. And honestly, I kind of blew her off. I came from such a black and white legal world, at one point I said if it’s really that big of an issue, people need to DO something about it! And then, as I shared in our live yesterday, it happened to me. And it stole a lot of my peace this year. I started to see it happen to so many of my creative friends, and in so many cases, I saw ways that I could have helped them prevent it. . . Katie and I are continuing our conversation on copying today on IG live at 11:00 CST, and she’s sharing a brave story about one of the times it happened to her, and how it can be prevented. Oh, and she actually IS doing something to contribute to the conversation- she’s opening up a free course, Be a Creator next week. Head to her profile for more information, and hopefully we’ll see you on live! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This week. Goodness. It’s been one of those weeks that’s been exhausting in the best of ways. But no matter what week it is, there’s no better way than to end the day with these two. And yes, I’m the bride who made @brettheidebrecht come early to include the (first) love of my life in her engagement photos, then accidentally turned her fiancé into the third wheel of the shoot 😳. I think it’s about time for some new family photos of the three of us (and the #pawalegal), right Matt? . . . Photo by @bhp_portraits
A lot of time is spent in our industry talking about “ideal clients”. Who are they? Where do they shop? What’s their favorite restaurant? I know these questions absolutely work for some people, and I absolutely don’t want to discredit those marketing pros (read: not me), but for the life of me, I’ve never been able to get them to work for my own business. I feel like I could argue any scenarios Instead, I want to know what I can create that will actually help other business owners. . . That’s why I was so thankful for the chance to sit down with one of the preeminent videographers in the country, John Bunn of @redeemedproductions this morning. He shared his exact blueprint on what he’s done to not only attract, but work with those high-end clients and build one of the top videography businesses in the country. And spoiler alert: it’s pretty simple: -Treat your business like a business -Be patient and disciplined enough to invest in growth over time -Raise your prices as you grow, and -Act like the professional those clients want to work with. . . Our conversation will be up for a few more hours-head to my profile to hear more! . . Photo by @laurenlcarnes
We all know that the best way to elevate our brand is by working with our ideal, often high-end clients, right? After all, there’s a big difference between clients who want to nickel and dime us into oblivion, and those that come to us precisely because they know we’re professionals-and they trust us to get the job done. . . But how exactly do you build trust with those high-end clients right off the bat? This is the very topic I’m going to be talking to my friend John of @redeemedproductions about this morning on IG live at 11:30 CST. John’s one of the savviest business owners I’ve met in the wedding industry, and produces those wedding videos you just can’t help but watch when they pop up on Facebook (you know what I mean!)- Be sure to drop us a note if you have any questions you’d like us to answer, and tune in at 11:30 CST! . . . Photo by @brettheidebrecht Let’s face it... not all clients are created equal.
When it comes to employment relationships, there are so. many. questions that arise-for example, how is proprietary information kept private? Who has access to accounts, and what information must be returned after the relationship ends? I could go on and on. . . However, if you are ever brought into someone’s business as a hire or contractor, there’s one question you MUST ask: who owns what’s created? Are you a work made for hire, or do you own that work? This is the #1 issue I see arise, and it can completely be avoided by a conversation at the outset. This is a topic I’ve been wanting to dive into for awhile now, which is why I’m SO excited to chat with my friend @emilyinlove_ today on Instagram live. Emily is one of the savviest VA’s in the business, and has so much insight to share on what makes for a successful employment relationship. We’ll see you here at 11:30CST, and be sure and let us know if you have any questions you’d like answered! . . . Photo by @avnerroadphotography of @brookeolsenconsulting’s beautiful florals!