Do you need to revisit your plans?

It’s good measure to revisit your plans on a regular basis, so that you can adjust to the changing times and take into account what is working or not working. With the life change of being a new mom these past months, I’ve definitely had to revisit my own creative business plans…

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I’m using my own advice and  following through my guide – The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit – revising previous goals and also updating the toolkit itself along the way. The more we do, the more we learn! I’ve realized that my take action task for the week is a psychological battle. To admit that I can only do so much and work has to scale down when there are other priorities in life. Duh!

It’s obvious, but seriously a hurdle for me. I’m quite prolific and creating keeps me going! It’s something that enlivens me a sense… so now that there’s limited time and the boy seriously doesn’t take more than 45 minutes naps… I’ve had to alter my expectations!

It’s not about giving in, it’s about being realistic and moving forward.

Perhaps I’ll make other tradeoffs to carve out more time for my creative endeavors (sleep less?), but something has got to give. Yup. It’s a mental battle more than anything else…

Do you regularly revisit your plans and revise your goals? Are they realistic and jive with your lifestyle?


Work-Life Integration

The talk of work-like balance comes up a lot in the corporate world and I was constantly trying to figure out what exactly that meant when I was working for the Mouse in cubicle land. When does work trump life or life trump work? Maybe I had to tally up the tradeoffs and make sure there was some kind of even playing field between these two arch enemies, work and life. But why does it have to be a battle?

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After striking out as a creative entrepreneur, I realized that work-life balance is total bull. Yeah, you heard me. I really think it’s just the wrong way to approach the whole issue. Work and life are invariably intertwined – I mean, there is only one you. I think when you work for your yourself, you truly realize that. You can’t let yourself down on either side because you are the ultimate boss in work and life.

That’s why I believe in work-life integration, an idea I picked up from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. It’s not about one winning over the other. It’s about integrating work and life so they dance beautifully! We must be working towards our life goals as we do our work and finding overall satisfaction depends on work and life fitting snugly together.

You must change the way you think… it’s work and life… not work or life. Dedicate some time in thinking about your life preferences and how they shape your work decisions. There is no “right” way of working and living only your way, because we are all unique. Ready to end the battle between work and life and integrate instead?

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Interested in more creative business wisdom? Preview The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit by yours truly – packed with practical business information, printable artwork, worksheets/exercises and cute planner printables. Are you ready to commit fully to your creative business and take it to the next level?


Turn Cold to Cozy, Busy Working Away

I’ve been busy finalizing The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit and very much appreciating feedback from my email subscribers and fellow clubhousers – thank you!

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In the midst of it all though, I had to doodle up a little drawing for fun, because it’s sooooo cold here in Italy. The temperature dropped dramatically this week and I’ve been hesitant to even go out because of all the icey slippery spots outside. That’s what you get for living in a small town where roads aren’t necessarily cleaned up nicely and so many spots seem hazardous! It’s definitely been a challenge, especially with my 7 month baby bump :P

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However, there’s no sense in complaining about the situation. When you have no control over the weather, what’s the point in being grumpy, right? So I immediately thought of turning cold to cozy... so much better, right? Cold weather means hot chocolate, chestnuts roasting, snuggling in bed with my furbaby Westie and hubby. I suppose cold isn’t so bad after all.


12/12/12 Early Access for The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit

Yay! Today is a special day – 12/12/12 – how often does that come around, right? In celebration, I’ll be sending out a special preview of The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit to my  newsletter subscribers only for free! Ready to be inspired and pumped up for creative business action?!

 

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Peek into The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit

Yep, I’ve been working on my extra special and cute project – The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit – and having a blast! It’s exciting and makes me feeling all bubbly inside, to finally share all my creative business experiences in a toolkit, packed with motivational printable art, worksheets and beautiful designed planner pages – to make 2013 a happy thriving year for your creative business.

Here’s another peek of what’s to come… are you ready?! Be sure to sign-up for my newsletter for 12/12/12 early access – gotta celebrate that special date, right?


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