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Discovering the meaning of rest (#3)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER THREE: Discover the meaning of rest. My 6th grade teacher gave me the nickname “Perpetual Motion.” I love motion. But I’ve been trying to drop “perpetual” for years now and learn the real meaning of the word “rest.” Creatives never stop working. Inspiration doesn’t have set hours and it’s difficult to set boundaries. Sometimes I’m even still working and creating in my dreams.  I recently realized its only when exercising that my mind slows down - hence the addiction to CrossFit. :) The path to rest has been about discovering the deeper meaning of “simplicity” and “slowing down.” Simplicity is not just having less or doing fewer things. And slowing down...

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Don’t make decisions out of fear (#2)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER TWO: Don't make decisions out of fear. Obviously. But we ALL DO IT! Owning your own company is full of extreme highs and lows. Fear comes from the need to control, but deep down we all know we’re not in control anyway. This might sound shocking but “ANSWERS” can actually be the problem. When we try to have all the answers before moving forward with a decision, we are attempting to control and living out of fear. There was a particular season when fear ran my life. I was having a particularly low sales quarter, I was exhausted because I wasn’t setting any boundaries with work, I was overcome...

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10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur (#1)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER ONE: Hire people better than you.   Don’t be intimidated or threatened, rather CELEBRATE their giftedness! Help them follow their dreams as they help you follow yours! Early on, when I was defining what success meant to me, a desire that frequently bubbled to the surface was creating a JOYFUL work environment where my team can bring their whole selves (the good, the bad, the ugly) and be KNOWN fully, LOVED unconditionally, and CELEBRATED uniquely. My team has helped this dream become a reality.  I’ve had several really amazing teams over my 10 years in business and am grateful for each season and each unique soul who shared studio space...

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On the meaning of Her Name

Addicted to busyness, productivity, achievement, approval? Always in a hurry? You are not alone.  The following is both a prayer and birthday poem for my daughter on the meaning of her name... Haven   A solace of still in the storms of hurry A shelter for the spirit to sigh A prayer of peace in the woes of worry A glimpse of more than meets the eye   A symphony of silence, mist and calm A power that's breaking Busy's vow A Sabbath rest, a healing balm A here-ness that hugs the holy Now   A hideaway held in wide open spaces A hidden, secret self laid bare A slowness of soul while everyone races A breathless song, a wordless...

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