Stop Creating Start Improving: Podcast Ep 153

There was no readily available client challenge for today’s podcast so we made that in itself the challenge. What do you do when you dry up and your brain goes blank, when you run out of inspiration for your content? We talked about creativity and kaizen (continuous improvement), about constantly asking ourselves “What else?” in the typical Creator style. We talked about the lust for new and how exhausting it is too, and we reached a conclusion that one option might be to improve what we have already created rather than necessarily continuing to feed the addiction by creating, creating, […]

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Podcast Ep 117: Your First Online Product for Sale

They say you never forget your first, the income from your first online sale that is, and I always tell my clients that and indeed it is very exciting. The irony today is that I have forgotten my first ROFL! But I do still get a thrill from the PayPal notifications and it is no suprise to me that we are known as a nation of shopkeepers, because it feels like the tills ringing to me. I don’t know why people are apologetic about that? Ka-ching! In today’s episode #117 of Own It! the Podcast, Nicola leads a discussion about […]

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Julia Elmore: Be Creative Daily

Today’s blog guest is beloved Julia Elmore, artist and creator, who has made my gorgeous Abundance videos and is the genie on the 30 Day Challenge. Here she is in her own words. My name is Julia Elmore. I am drawn to all things colourful, unusual and uplifting. As an artist, mentor, mother and seeker, I help women of school aged children live more joyful lives through creativity and gratitude. I find inspiration everywhere and I am often to be found, where I am in my element, making beach art with whatever the tide has left behind. I launched my […]

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Creativity: 31 Days of Abundance, Day Fourteen

I have an abundance of creativity. That isn’t something I always knew about myself. Correction, it IS something I always knew about myself but it was somewhat buried until I gave myself permission to be creative. Typically accountants aren’t thought of creative, not in a way which is well connoted at least. Creativity in accounting is often taken to mean cooking the books! What helped? After I sold my accounting business and my travel agency, and started to create other business opportunities, I realised I was a starter, not a manager. And reading the E-Myth helped me understand how to […]

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Monetizing Your Creativity for Entrepreneurs and Stars

I am a lucky business coach indeed that I am surrounded by so many creative people with so much quirky talent. It is a normal everyday occurrence that I meet people who have heads full of brilliant ideas but no idea how to monetize them, no plan, no strategy and a lot of confusion. Why is this lucky for me? Because they are lovely people to spend time with and I do know how to make money out of their ideas. Let give you an example of the typical conversations I have with clients. These are the sorts of good things […]

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Creative Napping

I’m about ten days into experimenting with creative napping. Here’s how it works. I get up whenever I feel like it in the morning and I motor through my list of intentions for the day until lunchtime or just beyond. At some point I force myself to stop working and go for a lie down. I might read or stroke the cat or have a little sleep or meditate, or all of the above. Whatever. I take a break in my day. Rather a long one. Up to four hours usually between 2 and 6 p.m. Very Mediterranean, me. Then […]

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Invest In You: Extreme Self-Care For Small Business Owners

What is Extreme Self-Care and why do you need to practise it as the owner of your own small business? ESC is the art of going out of your way to invest in you first because you are the finest asset in your business.   Think of  those who depend on you and the income you generate.   What would your business be without you? Feed and nourish your mind, body, spirit, creativity, energy. Do stuff that makes you sing, and shine and excel.   Prioritise what’s really important to keep in the zone and do it first before the demands of […]

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The Soul2Soul Listening Project: Report Week 3

Soul Chat #17 R is a woman who releases in a rush of tears. When I send her the recording afterwards and she listens to her own wisdom, she gives herself permission to do less and switch off more, noticing that she has been receiving universal nudges to do precisely this. Soul Chat #18 S is another tearful one, who definitely did not want to surrender to the emotion but couldn’t help herself. She was so grateful that she’d been honest and authentic, giving herself permission to “should” less, grieve fully for a parent-in-law and forgive herself. She wrote later […]

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The 5 Best Things About Working for Myself

Taking up Marion’s theme, which also just happens to be the topic of an end-of-term challenge we have set the Better Bloggers, here are my Five Best Things About Working for Myself. This is a BlogTag and if you would like to play, just let me know and I’ll send you an invitation to participate early next week. We are giving the Better Bloggers a head start until Saturday. My self-employed career is now some thirty-five (35!) years young. And over that time my Five Best Things would definitely have changed and changed again, and again. This is the 2012 […]

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Clutter Clearing Creates Clarity and Creativity

Despite being a business mentor and wealth coach, one of the greatest differences I know I’ve made to clients over the years is in encouraging them to clear their clutter. And I’m perfect for this because I live such a minimalist and clutter-free life. That comes from the military discipline in my childhood you see, and travelling a lot and moving house all the time. In fact, sometimes I wonder what I have spent all my money on over the years I’ve worked, must be millions now, because it certainly isn’t visible round here. During the summer my niece was […]

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