Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! A Fall 2019 Discover Your Dream Business alum, Angie Palsak asked me in November if I’d hold off on posting her testimonial until she had her site up. I gave it a few months, and right before I was going to tap her on the shoulder, there she was: Announcing the launch of Angie Curneal Palsak Art & Design (and saying kind things about our work together to boot, aw!) along with “the ending of 12 years of abandoned projects and artistic stagnation.” Such a powerhouse, this one! I’m *thrilled* to introduce her – & her story, advice, and business plans – today. Get ready to be inspired!
Why did you decide to work with me?
I discovered you while listening to the podcast “Dear Handmade Life“. Everything you said about living a creatively unfulfilling life spoke directly to my heart. Despite the plans I had been making in my head for years about my dream business, I was simply going in circles. I knew I needed help to get on track and I needed help from someone who specifically understood the kinds of thoughts spinning in my head. That person was definitely you.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
When I started the program I was working as a Student Success Coach. I am still doing that now. I think working with you has given me more tools to use when working with my own students. I think they are getting a much better version of me now. Furthermore, working with you has opened my eyes to the possibility of adding a teaching/coaching element to Angie Curneal Palsak Art and Design in the future.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
FOCUS on ONE thing. I definitely suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome. Now, as a result of our work together, whenever I am starting to veer down some new winding road, I pause and ask myself “Is this taking me where I need to go NOW?” The answer is usually “No”. My art print “Follow?” is symbolic of this. The Yellow Brick Road Dorothy followed definitely kept her on the right path to meeting her objectives. When she stepped off the Yellow Brick Road, valuable time was lost snoozing in the poppies. Michelle, you taught me how to recognize when I was drifting and to teach myself to stop dreaming, wake up, and start doing.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
“Girl, just work with Michelle.” Seriously. I think that many of us, especially those over forty, think that we should be able to solve things by ourselves. I do not like to ask for help. However, when I viewed working with you as “professional development,” it suddenly didn’t seem so risky and I didn’t feel as vulnerable. The amount of time I saved by working with you is priceless. I wish I would have done this a long time ago.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
Do not underestimate the power of a small block of time. By being disciplined and not engaging in time wasters (Facebook, TV, etc.) I am able to work for 30 minutes before I leave for work, 45 minutes during my lunch break, and usually another 30 minutes in the evening. That equals almost two hours a day! It is so much better to mindlessly scroll Facebook or enjoy that Netflix original series AFTER you have met your goals for the day.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I just launched Angie Curneal Art and Design on the first day of Spring, 2019. My objective right now is to a.) sell the art I have produced, b.) produce new art, and c.) produce some customized art for new clients. I am currently working on establishing relationships with home stagers and interior designers. I believe that my art work is versatile enough to be used in many spaces and personable enough to make clients recognize that that space should be their place to call home. I believe that everyone should make at least one space in his or her home as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Abstract art provides the perfect foundation for this because of its flexibility. Place my art print “Great Responsibility” in a child’s Spider-man themed bedroom and you have a great abstract complement to the MCU. Place that same print above a credenza with your whiskey collection and barware and suddenly the mood is one of Madmen style sophistication. Voila!
Where can we find you and your work?
Get excited! The doors to Discover Your Dream Business open next Monday, 4/22, with early bird pricing. Click here and get on the interest list so you don’t have to wait one unnecessary day before you’re able to put your entrepreneurial dreams into motion.