Today I get to work in the clubhouse at our HOME @themoderneluxury 😍 Free Starbucks coffee (and passion tea), cozy, modern, luxe set up - yes please! Who else gets to work from home??
It's hard work running our own business, especially with three kids under 5, but we'd honestly not have it any other way. And it all started with a simple question: What if? Well, first it started with a little purchase from @creativemarket and a cup of coffee, but you get it 😏😅 What was your What if? moment??
What do you do when inspiration seems far off? Changing services from Branding & Web Design to helping creativepreneurs to launch, brand and grow their businesses has been a tricky transition to make (a stressful one to say the least!), but it's also been SO fulfilling already and we're just getting back started ❤️ I'd love to know what you do to get the creativity flowing again. For me, it's been baths, tea and reading and watching the Outlander series. Taking some me time has helped so much! What do you do to take your you time??
Just out of curiosity - A Business Plan.... Do you have one? Our newsletter this morning was all about Business Plans and how awkwardly we all feel about them. I don't know about you, but I think of walking into a bank in a business suit that doesn't quite fit right, clutching a printed document with graphs and numbers that you kinda fudged or made up in order to impress someone. But in reality (and especially in our creativepreneur circle), Business Plans are so NOT about impressing someone else. Really, they're about setting yourself GOALS - actionable, reachable (and a tiny bit scary), goals. And, while a common concern about Business Plans is, how am I supposed to know where I'll be in 2 years??, the reality of it is that you don't. Not really, anyway. But predictability isn't the point. Setting yourself actionable goals is the point. When you have a client - you anticipate finishing up with them in, what? A month? So, how do you act to make that happen? You give your client all of the tools to stay on task, you make yourself and streamlined system so that you don't forget anything along the way. And you set yourself a finish by date. The same thing goes for a Business Plan - your client could end up dragging her feet and not allowing you to finish for another two months. That's life, it happens. A Business Plan, however, is about saying, okay, here's my Finish By date. This is the time when I WANT to make $xxx,xxx or this is the time when I WANT to finish my website or create my first or tenth funnel, or whatever. Life may get in the way - you may not actually make it to that point by January 2018, but by setting yourself an intentional goal, you WILL make it there in time. So, question! Do you have a Business Plan? Where do you hope to be by December? How about by December 2018? ❤️
I got our little succulent garden planted (so that I can promptly kill them 😂😭), though I need to steal a cup of dirt from somewhere, haha! Who else is riding the succulent craze?
What's for breakfast this morning? What powerfood gets you through the work day? The kids have been loving yogurt + honey lately and I'm stuffing face with avocados and soft boiled eggs 🙌🍯🥑🥚
I was talking to Kelly yesterday about the direction of Copper Kettle Co, our brand's story and how I felt like we can no longer talk much on digital nomadism, as we're currently locked into a 12 month lease in Scottsdale, AZ. Kelly - the ever so insightful one - said that that didn't have to be the case. Which made me think: there's an 85% chance that we will move onto another city after this. Maybe Salt Lake, maybe Austin, maybe San Diego. And for some reason, we put these arbitrary restraints on ourselves: We're not real photographers until we have this special camera We're not real brand stylists until we book out 3 months in advance We're only real digital nomads when we live in a place for < 1.5 months at a time But aren't we still breaking the molds? Are people not seeking you out because you have a skill that's desirable enough for someone to PAY you for? Who sets these arbitrary certifications? Does someone go around saying, well Co gratulations, you've taken 100 photos, so you can officially call yourself a photographer! Here's a badge for your website that reads certified photographer! We do. We do it to ourselves and to others. I challenge you to think of something that you do that you find is normal or not-special about yourself or your business and to rephrase this specialty in your mind. What are you imposter syndroming all over? Wipe that ish off, look yourself in the mirror and don't let anyone else tell you who or what you are. We all start somewhere. We all grow into a better business owner, creative, mom, friend, laundry folder, etc daily. But just because you aren't there yet, doesn't mean you can't call yourself such yet, and doesn't mean you shouldn't be confident with how far you've come and how much you've learned and how much growth you have to gain. It's all valuable. You're an amazing ___________, and you're getting better at it every day. Don't let someone else define who you are or what you do.
Do you ever feel like you're too afraid to do something because it just won't be perfect? I've been putting off creating courses, but today, as I fly through some modules for our Creativepreneur Brand Course (all about brand strategy and design for your creative business), I'm finding that I'm REALLY loving putting it together! It's not perfect, but it's empowering to really push yourself out of your comfort zone and push ahead, which is something that I also loved hearing about at the #tuesdaystogether talk last night at @therisingtide 's Tuesdays Together Phoenix! Also! Tonight is the last night to get your ticket to The Imperfect Boss Summit! With the coupon code KYRSTEN, you'll get $5 off, which brings the grand total to $47! I get pretty vulnerable, talking about our life over the last couple years as well as how we found (and are working on finding) grace and abundance in our minimalist and frugalist lifestyle. I'd love for you to join me along with some other *incredible* ladies at The Imperfect Boss Summit! (head over to @theimperfectboss and click on their link in bio! Don't forget the coupon code!)