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Wayfaren has officially launched! A few months ago I had the pleasure to work closely with husband and wife team, Wayfaren, on their branding and business direction. I helped guide them to dig deep, uncover the perfect business name, create a new brand and logo, tame their ideas and get clear on their mission. Working with these two was been a dream, and their beautiful creations are amazing. Go here to see more >>>

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I started reading The Desire Map thanks to my friend Mary Crimmins recommendation.  Instead of thinking about how much money I want to make, what things I want, and all of the goals I want to accomplish, The Desire Map encourages you to think about how you want to feel first. For example; if I want to feel healthy, what can I do in order to achieve that? Or if I want to feel more loved and secure, how can I achieve that? It's been a huge mind shift in the nest way possible.

THREE

Last month I got together with our community of creative woman for Gathering No.3 and watched ladies share their story. As usual, we shared wine, chatted and snacked on a bunch of amazing food. But this time we tried something a little different; before the Gathering I chose 3 ladies to do a little show & tell. At the Gathering these 3 ladies opened their hearts and shared their story, their struggles, their passions, their beautiful work and themselves. It was incredibly inspiring and I look forward to next weeks Gathering. Pictured is the talented duo, Hey Wanderer. See their beautiful work here >>>

4 STEPS TO LIVING THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS

4-steps-to-living-the-life-of-your-dreams If I was asked to sum up the one thing I help others to accomplish, the most important thing I feel I was put on this earth to do, I'd answer I help others to live their dreams. No matter who you, where you are in your life, or what you want to accomplish, you can accomplish your dreams. Here are 4 steps that I guide all of my dream clients through:

 

1. Identify your dream. Take a few moments and imagine your big, ultimate, I-was-put-on-this-earth-to-accomplish dream. Now take out a sheet of paper and write "My Big Dream" on the top, consider and answer:

  • What does your dream look like?
  • Who's there?
  • What are you doing?
  • Where are you?
  • What have you accomplished?
  • Who are you working with?
  • What are you like?

 

2. Write out your goals. Now that you have your dream fully imagined, take a look at it. You'll notice goals within your dream that need to be accomplished in order to fully realize and live your dream. Perhaps your dream is to travel across the world to teach children who to create art and tap into their creativity. Some goals might be:

  • establish a location to teach in
  • identify what age group you want to teach
  • gather art supplies to teach the actual class
  • jot down countries you want to teach in
  • gather contacts and resources that can help you

*Tip: imagine you've accomplished your dream and you're walking backwards on that path that you took to get there. Now list off things that had to happen in order to realize your dream, starting with the very last thing you did in order to accomplish your dreams. This technique is something I learned from the 30-Minute Strategy.

 

3. Create a plan. Now that you have your goals, organize them in sequence from now till the your Big Dream is accomplished and give them a deadline. Using the example goals from above, I'd organize the goals like this:

  1. identify why you want to do this | October 2014
  2. identify what age group you want to teach | November 2014
  3. jot down countries you want to teach in | January 2015
  4. gather contacts and resources that can help you | April 2015
  5. create lessons | July 2015
  6. schedule in classes | July 2015
  7. gather art supplies to teach the actual class | August 2015
  8. teach first class | September 2015

 

4. Follow through. You have your dreams, your goals, your deadlines, now all that's left is for you to follow through.

 

 

BLOGGING & BUSINESS RESOURCES

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  1. How this creative is making money with her blog that no one's heard of
  2. This creative just launched an amazingly helpful Ebook on how to double your blog traffic in 90 days or less
  3. How creating a featured column on your blog increases traffic and grows your community
  4. These 3 tips can get you blogging faster and more effectively
  5. 2 conversation examples that help you to say what you do
  6. These 10 tips will help you create beautiful and more effective blog design simply
  7. Here's a strategy that will get you clear on your pricing and how to tell people how to hire you
  8. I've seen the book #GIRLBOSS recommended several creatives, this discussion has me hooked on purchasing it
  9. I love these tips from Design Love Fest on how to make your blog your brand
  10. 10 ways to market your new blog or business

For more blogging and business tips, see my pinterest board dedicated to just this. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

 

I AM NOT SPECIAL

i-am-not-special I am not special. Yes of course, my mom, my family and my husband (I hope) think so. But really, I'm not. I'm just like you. I have fears, dream, goals, aspirations, victories, failures, good days and bad days.

When I read other people's stories - on how they got started and what got them to where they are today - I get inspired and feel like it's truly possible to achieve that same greatness. So today, I thought I share with you my story on how I got to where I am today. And that you too can achieve the same success.

Growing up, art was always what I favored - well, that and music. I remember getting a pair of large headphones and locking myself in my room to bliss out to music and draw or paint. This was my happy place.

When it came time to decide what I wanted to do before graduating high school I considered arts. Maybe graphic design or communication arts (whatever that means) - but really those jobs sounded terrible back then. The idea of sitting in front of a computer all day was not glamorous or dreamy at all. I also considered becoming an art teacher. But the idea of so many years of school killed me - I hated school (for reals guys, the only class I liked in school was art).

Because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do and the idea of going into debt to study something I didn't even know I liked, was not an option.

So I chose Cosmetology school. A left field decision, yes. But I great decision for sure. I grew up with two aunts that were both self-employed hairstylists. The idea of being able to make people feel beautiful and working for myself sounded very desirable. That's when I really knew I wanted to work for myself.

For thirteen years I worked as a hairstylist and for ten of those years I was extremely happy doing it. Then I started pursuing art in my free time, moved to a more cultural, art-supportive town and found myself exhibiting art at local restaurants, shops and galleries. I was always drawing, sketching or painting in my free time and finally did something about it. I was creating because I knew I wanted a change, I knew I didn't want to do hair forever. 

After a few exhibits and opening my first Etsy shop, I began to experience what it felt like to make money doing what I loved. It was pennies but a huge boost and confirmation that I could do this.

A few months later I got engaged and decided to design my own wedding invitations. I picked up a set of nibs and calligraphy tools I had from years ago and created our wedding announcements and stamps. I posted them on my Etsy shop just for fun and immediately I was being emailed by many for custom work.

I went with it. I started creating more calligraphy designs, receiving custom orders and posting more products. After my first month I was making more than just pennies.

After our wedding in August of 2011, I opened my second Etsy shop Hazel Wonderland. By April 2012 I was interviewed for the Etsy Featured Seller (for those of you who don't know, being asked to be an Etsy Featured Seller is a huge deal. The interview is opted on the Etsy homepage and viewed by millions).

A few months later, I quit my day job. 

Things were great. Better than great, I was on cloud nine. I was scheming ideas, daydreaming of what the future could look like, I was unstoppable.

Then a few months into designing wedding invitations and working with a couple that challenged me, I realized I was not doing what I was called to do. Yes, I was creating art and yes I was extremely grateful to have clients, to be making money and to be self-employed. But I was not passionate about working with wedding clients. Working with couples was fun and always beautiful to see how each project unfolded, but I was not happy, I was stressed. I still felt like there was more and this was not it.

I spent some time soul-searching and digging deep. Listening to the heart and imaging those moments when I felt the most alive, the most true to myself. I discovered I felt the most alive and heartfelt during conversations with other creatives, artists or friends. Conversations about how unhappy they were at their current job or position, how they dreamed of being more, accomplishing more but had no idea how to get there. They had a passion, a calling, a God-given talent, but no clue how to monetize it.

And that's when I knew what I really wanted to do, what I was called to do. I wanted to help others discover and grow their talents, personality and skills so they could make money and bring value to the world doing what they love, helping us find ultimate fulfillment. 

That meant working with people like me. Artists, musicians, woodworkers, designers, illustrators, photographers, printers, instructors, teachers... that wanted to leave their day job to make money doing what they really love.

When I realized I had to make the switch to start working with creatives and stop working with weddings, I came up with a plan. A plan to slowly phase out of weddings and into business coaching, branding and designing. This process took about eight months.

On October 15, 2013, I launched this blog (yep, the one your reading right now) and started talking more about what I was doing, why I was doing it and who I wanted to work with.

Fast forward to present day and here I am living my dream. I'm working with my dream clients, creating work I love and influencing others like I hoped I could. I create brands that tell others stories, I plan out strategies to help people get to where they want to go, I coach to help others find clarity and brainstorm new ideas, and most recently I teach to help inspire others to imagine, start and grow their business, expertise and craft.

I was put on this earth to help creatives like you. To help you imagine, create, find happiness and find ultimate fulfillment. What do you feel you were put on this earth to do?

("I am not special" was inspired by the talented illustrator Molly Jaques and her Instagram post here

WHAT IS A CREATIVE COACH?

what-is-creative-coaching When people ask me what I do and I respond with I'm an artist, designer and creative coach. Without fail, the followup question is what is a creative coach? I'm happy to answer a creative coach is an expert/teacher/mentor that helps guide creatives, artists and musicians to achieve their goals. 

Think back to all of the teachers that have taught you something. In my experience, there are two types of teachers; one that guides you through each step, and the one that does the work for you.

Back when I was a teenager attending cosmetology school, there were two classrooms (each with their own teacher) that us students were divided into. One teacher that was rumored to be sweet, nice and easy and the other teacher was rumored to be a hard ass. I had the latter and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Because although at the time it seemed harder to be with this particular teacher and way scary to mess up a haircut, my teacher never leaned in and finished my work just to make things easier. She would stand next to me, guide me through the task, remind me of my knowledge, give me confidence to complete it. Eventually her style of teaching allowed me to feel confident enough to teach a few cosmetology classes while I was still a student. As for the students in the other classroom, lets just say most of them never went on to cut hair professionally.

So when I say I am a creative coach, I mean I am your rock standing next to you, supporting your ideas, reminding you of your courage, helping you over hurdles, empowering you with confidence and equipping you with the tools to successfully accomplish your goals.

Whether you need a single session to get over a creative hurdle, or a 6 week session to prepare you for your big business launch or brand overhaul, I am here for you. Email me today  meredithcbullock@gmail.com to find out how we can work together to accomplish your goals and start 2014 on the right foot!

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MY GOALS FOR 2014

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Do you follow me on Instagram yet? If you do, you would have noticed a peek into my yearly goal-setting ritual and an announcement of one of my 2014 goals - to teach calligraphy and cursive.

As I've mentioned here, a huge piece of successfully accomplishing your goals is sharing them with others. So I am taking my own advice and sharing with you my goals. From now on, I will be sprinkling in my 2014 goals on Instagram, from business goals like teaching calligraphy and cursive, to personal goals like saving money to travel overseas.

Have you written out your goals for 2014 yet? Check our these dream catching and resolution accomplishing tips here and here to help you get started.

So lets' hear them, what are a few of your 2014 goals (remember - sharing them will help you hold yourself accountable)?

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