Not at all proud to say this, but... our Christmas tree is finally coming down today 😬 the flu struck our house on NYE, and while it’s been frustrating to say the least to lose the first two weeks of the year, in an odd way the forced rest brought about some good, too. . . Part of that was the chance for Matt and I to spend lots (& lots, & lots) of time to just sit, & one of our discussions was one of my biggest concerns in the creative world right now- a trend in which self-appointed experts are trying to sell services in the place of professional, licensed work that every business needs. Ie, the non-lawyer I got tagged in a Facebook post with last week offering discount legal services to creatives “because they know a lot about the law”. It’s not a popular or easy topic and probably ruffled some feathers, but yesterday, Matt and I sat down on FB/IG live to provide a licensed financial advisor and attorney’s perspective. Word to the wise: some of you doing this are literally breaking the law. No money is worth that. The live will be available here for a few more hours and forever on my FB. My one takeaway: if a service (accounting, law, finances) requires a license, there’s a reason for it. . . In case that’s not your idea of entertainment, the other best thing to come from these two weeks was the discovery of “The Marvelous Mrs Maizel”. Seriously, watch it now (and T Swift’s Reputation Tour, don’t worry @katieoselvidge). Have a happy Saturday! . . (Photo by @lovebephotography)
Nothing should be able to steal your joy. This odd week between Christmas and New Years is both beautiful and a little wild for most of us- it’s the week of the year we carve out for ourselves to “plan out the next year”, which can feel so simultaneously exciting, and overwhelming at the same time. As an extremely wise friend reminded me today: don’t let that steal your joy from this season. . . It’s a season of new opportunity, of excitement, of change; and while that gives you a feeling of momentum, that never means it has the right to turn joy into overwhelm- you decided to choose this path, and you chose it to have FUN. Owning a business is an incredibly joyful experience. So if you (like me) spent this last Friday of the year planning for the year ahead, I hope you remember that there is a choice involved. If you struggle with this like I may or not be doing this week, all is grace. . . . If you want some laughs, swipe right to see what happens when @jeffreysmetcalf tells you to ”act normal with your hands”, and you literally don’t know how to do that (but you have sweet friends like @katieoselvidge and @katiecarpent that try to help you out anyways 😂)
There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. (Alain de Botton). I was talking with my grandfather, an entrepreneur (who risked his entire retirement in his 60’s to start his business) about one thing he’d learned about being a business owner, and it was this: . . When it comes to trying to find work-life balance, “that dog don’t hunt”. Instead you need to learn how to carve out white space, or margin- it’s different: it’s flexible; it’s what allows you to be able to adjust to unforeseen “real life” events like life-threatening illnesses; to catch a breath when you need to pause, or your family needs you more than your business does. On the flip side, it allows you to be gracefully responsive in navigating new surprises & opportunities when they come your way. And just like anything else in business, it’s the result of intention- it doesn’t happen by accident. . . This mentality is precisely why I put my entire @creativelawshop on sale for the last week of each year- a strong contract isn’t just going to help you secure your high-level client, it’s also going to help you create more margin in your business because it streamlines your business while protecting it at the same time. If you caught my (extremely impromptu) live this afternoon you heard me explain why I am cutting out my #1 most requested service this year to create margin. If you’re looking for a strong contract to start the new year (AND a tax write-off), I’m hosting one last sale until the summer over at @creativelawshop - everything will be 25% off until January!
Merry, merry Christmas from the Hulse’s! . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13 (the message)
Have you ever heard of the term “lagniappe? It’s a southern word that derives from certain Native American tribes that over time was adopted by creole culture to mean something given as a bonus or extra gift, like a little, unexpected treat, meant to honor “delight and surprise” the recipient. (Fun fact, I used to practice a touch of Native American law, and would run into fun terms like this). Anyways. During the holidays, I love finding little ways of incorporating a touch of this element into gift giving, whether that be splurging on how I wrap the our gifts themselves, or otherwise. . . My “lagniappe” for you? I’ve rounded up a list of blog posts, IG stories, etc detailing what you need to do for your business for the end of the year, so you can take time away from your work for more important things (or not screw something up for your business in the new year). You’ll find them in the (temporary) highlights on this page, or on my website. . . And with that, the PHL offices are officially closing for the holidays. Have a Friday!
My constant prayer during these last few days of the season, when for most of us, busy season and the most reverent season temporarily overlap: if we're going to sacrifice the minutes of our hours, the hours of our week to our work, I pray it's for something that actually matters. Not the shiny distraction that only matters in the moment, but the kind that makes a positive difference in someone else's life; that leaves a legacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This will always be one of my favorite photos by @brettheidebrecht of my sister's Christmas wedding at @spainranch, designed by @eb2events, & my first debut into the calligraphy/wedding world, which inadvertently led me to the very business I have today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #creativelaw #creativeentrepreneur #calledtobecreative #designisinthedetails #livefullyalive #thehappynow #dowhatyoulove #colorpaletteinspiration #pursuepretty #nothingisordinary #ohwowyes #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #colorlove #livefearlessly #beencouraged #christmaswedding #communityovercompetition #weddingcalligraphy #moderncalligraphy #handlettering #organiccalligraphy #fineartcalligraphy #dailydoseofpaper #soloverly #flashesofdelight #liveauthentic #livecreative #pointedpen #doitfortheprocess
On the 7th day (before) Christmas my lawyer friend gave to me (aside from corny jokes).... the gift of clarity in what needs to be done to finish the year (legal) and be done with it, so nothing is hanging over your head before Christmas. I’ve already told you about the Guide I’ve created outlining the steps (head to my story highlights for more), & and most of those things don’t have a strict deadline attached. . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But three, in particular, DO: . . 1. You need to educate yourself on the option of electing to be taxed an as S-Corporation. First off, to clarify, an S-Corp merely indicates how an entity is taxed. It’s not a business “structure”, per se. An LLC can elect to be taxed as a S-Corp by filing a form 2553 with the IRS within the statutorily allotted time. If you decide (or your accountant advises you) to elect to be taxed as an S-Corporation, you must file the necessary tax form either within the first 75 days of your business’ existence, or timely in accordance with the new tax year. If your accountant has never mentioned this to you, fire them. If you don’t have an accountant, get one ASAP (I have some good recs) . . I’ll be going over the other two “time sensitive” legal requirements in the next few days, but in the meantime, you can head to the blog for more info! . . . . (Film) Photo by talented @lovebephotography
The @artifactuprising Christmas cards we sent out this year are my favorite to date, thanks to the talent (and patience) of @mollythrasher capturing photos of our family (four-legged members and all), and the classic designs from @artifactuprising. This year has been one of the first that I’ve taken the time to send out cards, and I’m SO glad that I did- there’s something so special about having a tangible reminder of the past year. . . PS-there’s a LOT of content coming this week to help you prep for the holidays-stay tuned!