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Apr 29 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kathryn’s story


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Airplane Art Print by The Dreaming Giraffe

From Michelle: This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is Kathryn Hall‘s story of leaving the 9-to-5 behind in 2011 to run 2 businesses. Inspiration + usefulness below!

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It’s 3rd April 2011 and I’m sitting in the departure lounge at Singapore airport.

Surrounded by bored, tired and frustrated travellers there is a strange sense of quiet agitation as people pass the time any way they can… shopping, sitting, reading, sleeping. Waiting for a plane that by now should be 10,000 feet above the ground and heading west to take us home.

As for me? Well, I just sit uncomfortably and anxiously on a plastic chair that’s rooted to the ground.

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Mar 19 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Kathy’s Story


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 The Jerk Store card by Signfeld (the best idea for a company ever)

This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is Kathy Stowell‘s Story, a former client of mine who learned the hard way how to quiet the naysayers and keep moving forward to being a chicken-raiser, homeschooling Mama and coaching school founder!

On our second date my future husband asked me over sushi what my dreams were. I’ve never been asked that on a date so I got pretty excited. That clued me in he was ‘that into me’ and so far he was passing try outs for my future husband position with flying colors.

We were living in the city at the time and I confessed my ultimate dream was to be out in the country, raising chickens and other small critters (that was my code for kids but I didn’t want to freak him quite yet).

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Sep 10 2013

A 5-Step, Easy to Follow Formula for Making Money Doing What You Love


I met Kate Northrup in 2009 at Danielle LaPorte’s NYC FireStarter Session. Geez, it was forever ago! I’ve been friendly with her ever since, always impressed by her smarts, her chutzpah and her smile. So thrilled to have her guest posting here, especially since I’m about halfway through her new (and first!) book, Money: A Love Story & it resonates so damn much.

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Follow Your Passion by SpoonLily

People throw the phrase “Do what you love and the money will follow” around quite a bit.

I wish I agreed with it, because it sounds really nice and pretty, but the truth is, it just doesn’t work that way.

I love to go to the movies. I love to read novels. I love to go out to dinner with my fiancé. I love to swim in the ocean. If I do those things will the money follow?

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Sep 09 2013

How To Build Your Creative Business Quickly


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I just love it when super smarties join forces, don’t you? In this case we have Becca from The Uncaged Life teaming up with Ellen the Money Making Expert to help coaches jumpstart their biz. But the interview they give below applies to building any creative biz. Win-win!

What do creative businesses struggle with?

Becca: Creative business owners tend to fall into the category of multi-potentialites, scanners, and shiny-object chasers. We have TONS of new ideas and are always creating new stuff – often stuff that is unrelated to our other stuff. So what happens is that we find it hard to settle on just one thing or one group of clients, and as a result, we end up being super wishy-washy, and trying to help EVERYONE, which means that the people who really need us get lost in the mix and never find us – which sucks for us and them!

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Jul 24 2013

Irish Wisdom & Moving Forward


Oh, that Stacy Kathryn. This post needs no introduction. Just know that all of it is the absolute truth.

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As I sat on the tour bus and watched nervously as our driver negotiated tight turns down a narrow, one-lane road, enroute to Connemara on the gorgeous West Coast of Ireland. As we headed out from one of our first stops of the day the bus driver mentions the possibility of rain but quickly adds,”we’ll just take it as it comes” in his thick Irish brogue. Even though he was only referring to the weather, it felt to me like so much more. It was one of those oft-used phrases that seemed to have weight to it despite its simplicity. Maybe because they were the words I needed to hear at that moment; a message somehow specifically meant for me. I adopted it as my motto for the rest of my trip across Ireland, and even back home here in the states those words still resonate in my mind.

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Jun 12 2013

Wabi Sabi and Your Uniquity


Julia Ng is back to post here all the way from Singapore, and I love being introduced to the concept of Wabi Sabi. It’s all about beauty, being present, and a world full of change and possibility.

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Must be kismet that I snuck a spot on the WIGU blog during The Declaration of You’s Uniquity week! It’s an incredible blessing that I get to witness clients (re)awaken to their unique Soul qualities and unfold these Soul qualities in both their inner and outer worlds.

Each time I do a reading, I’m struck by how each person’s Soul story is different and how it’s played out in their lives. At the same time, I’m reminded to stay centred in my uniquity while embracing change. It’s not always easy.

It’s often much easier to see how others are beautiful and unique, but I daresay we all tend to hold back on, or worse, FORGET our uniquity.

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Jun 06 2013

How to Create Your Best Art (no degrees, hustlin’, or experience necessary)


Ooh, that Kat McBride. Not only is she killing it with the art classes she’s been teaching, but now she’s gonna give fear the smackdown – especially when we’re convinced that we need “more training” or that we’re “not creative.” Puh-shah!

 

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If you’re not creating the art you want because you, “can’t even draw a straight line,” please, get a ruler and get on with your bad self.

I share art tutorials for beginners online, plus I teach art classes and workshops to all ages. I want people to get their hands on this info and use it to better their lives by creating more beauty via art: Art and beauty can heal by building self esteem through positive self expression, and it doesn’t have to be hard.

If you couldn’t tell – I’m a painting zealot.

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May 20 2013

I Quit My Day Job: Jen Vertanen


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Think that Quitting Your Day Job means you have to stop working for someone else and work solely on your own biz? Think again! Jen Vertanen tells ya how she quit her job & found a new one + her own heart-based biz.

Hello, hello! My name is Jen Vertanen and I am a Small Biz Strategist + Vision Actualizer for creative entrepreneurs. My specialty is helping right-brain creatives get even more great sh*t done without having to work so. freaking. hard. Why? Because I’m a right-brainer operating in a left-brain corporate setting as a Senior IT Project Manager. So yeah…I get it!

I have an interesting, albeit unusual, I Quit My Day Job Update for you because I actually still have a day job and even better…I love it and even better than that….it’s helped me refocus and re-energize my own business from that of an ‘I-don’t-know-what-the-hell-I-am Coach’ to now which makes sooooo much more sense that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier!

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May 15 2013

Why I Haven’t Given Up and Neither Should You


Oh my, how I love that Stacy Kathryn decided to share this letter to her past self with us today. If you need a soft kick-in-the-pants that the long, winding journey you’re on will lead you to absolutely, positively having your dreams come true, then read on.

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This is more of a personal story, though I feel it applies to anyone out there who is chasing a dream but feeling that it’s always just out of arm’s reach. It was seven years ago that I decided to pursue art as my career. I found myself with paintbrush in hand, discovering my love for creating all over again thanks to artists I found online sharing their passion and excelling at it. Those days were just like falling in love, I was in a haze of paint, amazing discoveries, and the feeling of walking on clouds.

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May 08 2013

The Awesome Person in the Terrible Hoodie


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Roald Dahl print by KensieKate

Oh, how I love that Danielle Euzent from Urban Darling. Not only has she taken my man from hot to sizzling, she’s helping us all in how to encourage your loved ones to make some positive changes. It’s advice you could apply to your marriage, your career, or your wardrobe. Either way, it’s gonna look good on everyone.

Last time I guest blogged here, I coincidentally ran into Michelle (and Friends) while walking home that evening.  Of course we talked about what you readers would want to learn about in my next blog post, and one of the first things that came up was “How do I get my husband to stop wearing those terrible hoodies?”  (Or, you know, insert whatever terrible item of clothing your significant other will not stop wearing.)  Excellent question!  While I cannot guarantee success, I do have some suggestions that might encourage your better half to make some positive changes.

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