In Utero Pregnancy Series

22_Weeks_Styled_MeredithCBullock Back in January when I found out I was pregnant, I thought about how I wanted to document each week. The idea of bump photos did not excite me. Naturally, my first thought was to paint or create some sort of artwork.

I knew I wanted this artwork to be a bit different, something more ethereal; like the delicate love, skin and beauty of a baby. At times, I found I turned to darker colors because I was feeling worried or concerned, and other times very light and washy colors to reflect how happy and relieved I was.

I'm a few weeks behind, but each time I sit down to paint I try to tap into the emotion I had during that week. Each painting is painted with acrylic paint on 18x24" watercolor paper. I still have several weeks to go, but so far, here's what the collection looks like:

To see more behind-the-scenes of this series and to see more of what I'm working on, follow me on instagram and visit my shop.

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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 >>>

FROM FEAR TO COURAGE

From Fear to Courage - how to be more daring, creative and successfull What if you could be more courageous and positive about everything in your life? Would you notice a difference? Would you accomplish your goals? Would you be happier and more successful?

I believe so. I believe that if you turn your fears into courage and your negatives into positives, you'll find endless joy, success, kindness, purpose and fulfillment.

Back when I was a kid I remember learning how to ride a bike. First I had a tricycle, then a bicycle with training wheels, then eventually - even though I still didn't know how - my parents removed the training wheels. I'd position myself close enough to our house to hold myself up with one hand, get my feet ready, then push-off. I'd last about 5 seconds then fall. I was young and wanted so badly to ride bikes like my older sisters. I'd get back up, lean against the house, get my feet ready and push-off again. Over and over again I'd fall but each time I got up and tried again because I knew eventually I'd get it.

For some reason, as you get older, we lose this determination and courage to get back up and try again even though you know it's likely you'll fail. What if you could be more like you were when you were a child? Perhaps you'd be more courageous, fearless, creative, daring and successful?

Today you're going to reclaim your childhood courage with a very simple exercise, developed Michael Michalko the author of Thinkertoys,  that helps you to identify your fears, substitute them with positive thinking then guides you to carve out your path to success with affirmations. It might sound a little heady, but I promise you it works. Print out the free exercise worksheet here

Change your thoughts and change your world - Norman Vincent Peale

Once you've filled out the worksheet I challenge you to affirm your beliefs; to make a positive statement that something is already so. It can be general or specific - the point is to actually write it out as if it's a fact.Take a look at your "Tock" column and jot down some affirmations. For example "I am successful and happy because I do what I love".

Once you have a few affirmations, remind yourself of them. I like to cut little square cards and write affirmations on them and stick them in my purse, on my mirror, in my desk, or in my notebook. They're nice reminders and the more you affirm your beliefs, the more they become reality.

Take it one step further and jot down all of the things you like about and have accomplished for yourself and your business. The more you practice remembering your successes and forgetting your failures, the more you'll experience success and happiness.

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. - Eckhart Tolle

Today's blog entry is lesson borrowed from the Unlock Your Creativity Ecourse in session right now. To learn more about our Ecourses and to register for the next session, go here.

FOR JULIEN

For-Julien A year ago I was 12 weeks pregnant and on June 28th, 2013 we found out our baby had died.

It was our first ultrasound and we were so excited. I had daydreamed what this day would be like - we would hold hands while the nurse smeared cold jelly on my belly and found a view and heartbeat of our baby, we would call our family immediately afterwords and send them a picture of our baby, we would carry around the ultrasound picture and show everyone we knew our baby, I'd share it on Facebook, my blog, everywhere with so much love and joy that we were pregnant. It was going to be beautiful. We even had our names picked out: Julien Augustine Bullock for a boy, Isabella Rose Bullock for a girl.

As I laid on the hospital bed and we looked at the black screen waiting for movement or a heartbeat we held hands and smiled with excitement. After a few minutes of nothing and staring at the giant black, empty screen we began to sense something might be wrong.

With grace the nurse said she'd like to perform an internal ultrasound. Without explanation why, we agreed and moved forward with our eyes glued to the biggest and blackest screen in the world.

A few moments passed and finally we see a tiny white blob in a sea of black. The nurse looks accomplished and used some digital tools to measure the white spot. She begins to speak about what we we're looking at.

She said the baby stopped developing at 6 weeks.

To be honest, everything after that very sentence was a blur. My husband clenched my hand and looked at me with the saddest look I'd ever seen. I knew something was wrong.

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In memory of my unborn son, to whom I feel his presence everyday, I share with you a piece of our story. Since the day I found out we had a missed miscarriage - the day that will change my life forever - I've discovered the most healing thing I can do for myself and life-giving thing I can do for my unborn son is to share my story with as many people as I can. This is the beginning of my memoir for Julien.

DESKTOP ART / BEAUTIFUL

Beautiful-Wallpaper-Download In case you haven't noticed on my instagram feed, I love flowers. Any chance I get I photograph them, smell them, pick them and enjoy everything about them. The beauty of flowers captivates me.

But it's not just flowers that are beautiful to me. My clients bravery and courage when they take the leap and quit their day job is beautiful, my family and everything they do is beautiful, my husbands smile and kind heart is beautiful, my neighbors friendliness is beautiful, my back yard is beautiful, my students are beautiful and even the bad things can be beautiful.

So here's a wallpaper download that I created for myself (it's on my desktop right now) and for you to remind us that everything is beautiful. Happy Friday!

PS: Speaking of beautiful, this blog post by Shalmai, a very talented and sweet client of mine, was amazingly beautiful.

 

ECOURSES FOR CREATIVES

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Ok, I did it! After months of planning and procrastination, I finally spontaneously gave myself 24 hours to launch my Ecourses (yes, there are two). It was a bit intense coming up with everything so quickly and I'm sure there will be a few kinks to work out, but I'm happy to announce they are officially launched!

I look forward to sharing what I've learned from being an artist, creative and entrepreneur with you through my Ecourses! So here they are:

Unlock-Your-Creativity-Ecourse

Unlock Your Creativity Ecourse was designed for any individual looking to rediscover their creative passion, solve challenges and overcome fears, wildly brainstorm ideas, find courage and clarity, identify their dreams and be more intentional everyday. We'll cover topics like uncovering your dreams, sharpening the mind, creating daily utopia, learning from your role models and more.

For 4 weeks, you’ll have access to 8 lessons that include step-by-step lessons, printable worksheets, daily tasks and inspiration to unlock your creativity. On the start date you'll be prompted with an email containing a link & directions to create a username & password in order to access your lessons. Once you're signed in, you will have access to all 8 lessons, giving you the freedom to learn at your own pace.

You will also be part of an exclusive and private Facebook Group where you and all students participating can ask questions, share your successes or challenges and network with other creatives.

Click here to register and purchase your Ecourse and on the dates posted below your lessons will begin. Link will bring you to Paypal where you can use all major credit cards or your Paypal account to purchase. The Ecourse costs $40. Add a one-on-one creative coaching session to your package to your Ecourse for a total of $110 by clicking here.

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Build-Your-Brand-Ecourse

Build Your Brand Ecourse was designed for creatives and entrepreneurs looking to build a brand that reflects your personal style, speaks your mission, captures your aesthetic and attracts your dream clients so you can make more money doing what you love. We'll cover topics like creating an experience for your consumers, mapping out your strategy, going from fear to courage, setting yourself apart from others and more.

For 4 weeks, you’ll have access to 8 lessons that include step-by-step lessons, printable worksheets, daily tasks and inspiration to build your brand and business. On the start date you'll be prompted with an email containing a link & directions to create a username & password in order to access your lessons. Once you're signed in, you will have access to all 8 lessons, giving you the freedom to learn at your own pace.

You will also be part of our exclusive and private Facebook Group where you and all students participating can ask questions, share your successes or challenges and network with other creatives.

Click here to register and purchase your Ecourse and on the dates posted below your Ecourse will begin. Link will bring you to Paypal where you can use all major credit cards or your Paypal account to purchase. The Ecourse costs $40. Add a one-on-one creative coaching session to your package to your Ecourse for a total of $110 by clicking here.

See current registration dates here >>>

MY HOME STUDIO

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Surrounding myself with things that fill me up with ideas, inspiration and energy and keep me moving throughout the day is vital to my business growth and something I take very seriously.

For a long time my creative zone was wherever I could find enough space and resources to get in the groove. And still, if I want to create when I'm on vacation or traveling, location or space will not hinder my flow.

Although sometimes you have to make do with what you have. When I lived alone, in a one bedroom apartment, my desk, artwork and supplies were scattered throughout my living room and kitchen. I created my first art exhibit paintings on my kitchen floor. My first art prints and stationery (that I sold on my first Esty shop) were photographed on the carpet against a sheet of white paper.

As my business and life grew, so did my space. When I married my husband, we moved into a 3 bedroom apartment where I - for the very first time - had my own studio space.

Having my own designated space to work and create was transformative to my creative in and business growth. 

Today I have a living-room-sized home studio where I create, meet and work with my dream clients, brainstorm, design and develop brands and websites, paint, write, email, read, daydream, and enjoy the majority of my day.

I have a huge painting that I created a few years back of someone jumping off a cliff to remind me of how scary life can be sometimes but that when you trust the process and have faith, you can take the leap.

I have a wall plastered with post-it notes and ideas and goals on my blackboard to remind of what I want to do. I have an empty white canvas on an easel waiting for me. I have a book shelf drenched with resources and ideas. I have pictures of family and loved to remind me how I got here and how I continue to go forth. I have plants everywhere to give my energy and life. I have nearly every supply, tool or piece of equipment I could ever need to create with. And I have this desk and computer to keep me connected to you.

Everyday when I set foot in this room, I automatically feel energized, motivated and ready to begin my day. Check out some other seriously inspirational studio spaces herehere and here. And here some tips on how to make your space super creative.

How about you, what do you surround yourself with to fill you up with inspiration, ideas and creativity? What are some of your favorite things about where you create?

AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER FLANNIGAN

An Interview with Jennifer Flannigan -1Jennifer-Flannigan-Interview A few months ago I stumbled upon this amazing, colorful and abstract art that reminded me of my own passion for painting and creating art with my hands. Naturally I was curious about the artist and wanted to learn more...so I interviewed her. I discovered we both started out as hairstylists - an experience where we both developed our communication skills and perspective on color. Here's what the warm and inspired artist Jennifer Flannigan had to say.

AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER FLANNIGAN | VISUAL ARTIST & PAINTER

How did you get started as an artist and painter? I have always been drawn to art, especially abstract paintings. My grandmother introduced me to the artwork of some of my favorite artists at an early age. Jackson Pollack, Dale Chihuly, Salvador Dali, and many others. As long as I can remember I've always been inspired by art museums, and interested in learning about modern art. It fascinates me to learn how they create and what inspires them. What I guess really motivated me to create more artwork is buying a new home. I was looking to buy some large abstract pieces for my home and decided I would attempt to create some of my own. I had experimented and painted on a smaller scale but became excited about the challenge of doing larger work. Realizing how much fun it was to have such a creative outlet I became hooked. Since then I have been painting and always experimenting with different styles and mediums to keep my work fresh and original. I am constantly challenging myself to try new ideas and to never stop learning.

Looking back at your childhood, did you have any creative talents that eluded to a successful career as a artist? I'm not sure if I had any real talent at any of the artistic things I tried as a child, but I was always experimenting in drawing, pottery, and paper mâché. I remember always making crafts and working on little creative projects that I took very seriously. My mother was very creative and loved doing these things with me which is probably what encouraged my creativity. Jennifer Flannigan - Create Jennifer Falnnigan - Art -1 Jennifer Flannigan - Art What do you believe is one of the most important things you've done to successfully grow your business as an artist? The decision and the ability to sell my paintings online was key to expanding my business, and has allowed me to promote my work all over the world. Since I mostly sell and market my work online being able to photograph my paintings myself became very important. It took a long time to learn how to accurately capture the colors and textures of my work on camera. Without a greatphoto of your paintings selling online becomes impossible.

What is one of your greatest accomplishments? I’m probably the most proud of being able to get past the insecurity of venturing out into a new area of work. I have always loved to paint, but considered it to be a personal passion; one which I wasn’t ready to share with others. Through the process of educating myself on how to become a better artist, I’ve gained the confidence to not only show my work online, but I’ve also begun to challenge myself in other areas such as textile design.

How do you make the transition from providing a service that's always in demand to creating artwork? Being a hairstylist and painting are really similar in the fact that both are creative and deal with color. Being a stylist taught me a new perspective on color and sharpened my communication skills, which helps me when creating custom pieces for clients. I have found that doing commission paintings is a lot like creating a new look for someone. You must feel out their personal style and really listen to what they are looking for by asking the right questions. The client must really trust your artistic abilities and you must work together to create that special piece they have envisioned. Someone loving your work so much they want to look at it everyday is to me, the ultimate compliment as an artist.

What's one challenge you've encountered as an artist and how did you overcome it? Every creative venture can become stale at some point. When you are creating commissioned work and have to push past deadlines, it can be very challenging to keep the designs fresh and truly original. I started doing these three-minute painting exercises. It’s similar to breaking through writers’ block- this approach forces you to work quickly and really helps you let go and use your instincts. Being able to tap into your creative mind on-demand and consistently staying true to your personal artistic vision are challenges that all artists face; having these tools at my disposal has helped me overcome them.

Jennifer Flannigan - Studio Jennifer Flannigan - Studio -1 Any words of advice for other artists looking to take the leap and get paid doing what they love? Really take the time to make a strong online presence. Put together a website that you are really proud of and that you update often with your latest work. Social media is such a great tool to promote your artwork. Whether it's Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or starting your own blog, dedicate the time to connect with others and to consistently put yourself out there. I cannot believe how many wonderful people and connections I have made through social media. Also, make the effort to promote and encourage other fellow artists. It's good karma and it will come back to you in your business. As hard as it may seem try not to compare yourself with other artists online. There are so many talented artists out there but each of us has unique talents. I've learned to try to only be competitive with myself and concentrate on how much I've learned or improved over the years. Doing this you are always growing and moving forward towards becoming better at your craft. Comparison only discourages and takes away the enjoyment and freedom that creating art can give. Jennifer Flannigan - Quote
If you had 5 minutes to pack a bag and move, where would you go and what would you bring? I took a girls trip two years ago with one of my closest friends, my sister, and cousin all through France and Florence, Italy. I would definitely want to go back to Florence. Such an inspiring city, especially as an artist. So much amazing art and food. I don't think I could ever get tired of all the beautiful architecture and art museums. I am terrible at packing light, usually bring twice as much clothes as necessary. Would be sure to bring my camera, ipad, and really good walking shoes. Learned the hard way how important good shoes are on that kind of a trip.

What's the first and last thing you did today? First thing I did today was cook pancakes for breakfast. It's a Sunday tradition in our home and one of my husbands favorites. The last thing I did was play with my two Bengal cats. They won't let us sleep without playing fetch for at least thirty minutes before bedtime. Probably, one of my favorite parts of the day is spending time with them.

If your friend was asked to describe you in one sentence, what would they say? Probably, that I am talkative, a planner, nurturing, and really passionate about animals, especially cats.

What's the last music you listened to? Led Zeppelin and Dave Mathews, both I listen to often while painting

Last book you read? Wild written by Cheryl Strayed, great book but I'm much more likely to be reading interior design or trashy magazines

Coffee or tea? Being from the south I would have to say sweet tea.

To see more of Jennifer's work, visit her Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Photo credits to Anna Aycock and Jena Smith

PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR

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In a few weeks I'll teach my first watercolor class. If you're in Nashville, come paint some food, fruit and herbs with me and learn exclusive tips and techniques on how to paint with beautiful and delicate watercolor. Sign up for the class here.

If you're not in Nashville and want me to come to your city and teach a class, check out my workshop page here.

A little side note: I used a brush pen to create the "watercolor" lettering, doesn't it look great?! And yes, I will be teaching a class on brush lettering very soon.

How about you - are you teaching or attending any classes, if so what are they? Need a few tips on how to prep for your class? Read more here.

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

TEACHING | MY FIRST CALLIGRAPHY CLASS

TEACHING-Calligraphy Tomorrow I teach my first calligraphy class. I am both excited and nervous. Excited because ever since I was little I wanted to be an art teacher. I am nervous because this is my first calligraphy and my first adult class.

I have experience teaching cosmetology classes and art classes for children, but never adults. There is so much left to wonder - like will they like the class, will they leave the class feeling inspired and feel like they actually learned something, will they like me, will they have fun, will they love calligraphy, the list goes on.

So as the day approaches, here are some things I am doing to prepare for my class:

  1. Decide on a location - I will be holding my class at Fort Houston, an amazing industrial style space full of creatives from woodworkers to printers to photographers to metalworkers.
  2. Choose a price - I had some help from The Skillery (the organization I am teaching through) with pinpointing a price that fits the class offering, time and end deliverables.
  3. Plan ahead - I have written 2 or 3 check lists that have everything I need to bring, to what I still need to get for refreshments.
  4. Promote it - Share your class on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on your blog. Create a Facebook event and mention it to friends.
  5. Write out a detailed agenda - Down to the 15 minute mark, I have my class planned out from the moment I walk in and set-up to the moment I clean up and leave.
  6. Create worksheets - Some people learn from seeing, others learn from hearing it. Be sure to have worksheets for those that need to see it.
  7. Surprise them - A great tip suggested by The Skillery was to give them an unexpected surprise. From snacks and refreshments to a bonus activity at the end of class, I am ready.

How about you, have you taught a class? If so what steps to you take to prep? What classes are you teaching?

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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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THE WINNER OF THE CREATIVE COACHING PACKAGE

It's always hard choosing just one winner for a giveaway. Especially after reading each one of your comments and learning about your business, your ambitions, your goals and your dreams. I just can't imagine learning about what you do and where you want to go and not helping you get there.

So like the last giveaway, everybody has won something.

If you entered this giveaway and didn't win the grand prize, I am offering each of you the 4 Week Creative Coaching Package for only $275 (normally priced at $550). We meet for 1 hour each week, for 4 weeks (via Skype). Each session, I provide my undivided attention, guiding you through exercises and equipping you with tools that allow you to daydream, achieve your goals and clarify where you want to go. Helping you grow and achieve success with your business.

This offer is valid for those who entered the drawing and lasts till January 1st, 2014. To learn more and reserve your spot, email me meredithcbullock@gmail.com.

If you're interested in learning more about what it would look and feel like to work with me and how we can work together to grow your business, let me know and we can schedule a free consultation via Skype.

Thank you to all of you who entered and shared your goals for 2014, you inspire me!

WHY I BLOG

why-i-blog I started blogging nearly 5 years ago. I found my voice, my tribe and my style through blogging. I read this blog post and was inspired to share why I blog.

My first blog was to explore and share work I loved and work I was creating. In 2010 I started blogging. I had no clue what I was doing, but remember reading my friends blog and thinking how I wanted one of my own. She gave me the advice to be myself, to choose a name that was short and memorable. Looking back at those posts, it's clear I was finding myself. I was discovering my personal style, my art, my voice and my inspiration. I blogged a lot about music and how it inspired my artwork. WOW, has my style changed and what I write about, but It's fun [and embarrassing] to look back at my first blog MUSIC = ART.

My second blog was created to attract clients. 6 months after starting my very first blog, I started a secondary one to blog about my new business venture. I don't talk about it a lot - but I used to be a hairstylist (I plan to share more about this soon). So this blog The Brides Hairstylist was created to attract brides seeking on site hair styling for their wedding. This blog was very successful having 200-400 visits per day. It helped grow my business extensively and connect with brides from all over the world. In 2012 I retired from hair and took down the blog to discontinue the inquiries.

My third blog was made to share my latest work and musings. In 2012 I launched the Hazel Wonderland blog. I remember asking my friend (who was developing my website and blog) to complete the blog first so I didn't feel like a fish out of water - because at that point I had taken down my second blog and had no way of blogging. When this blog was launched, I had 2 years under my belt and was used to release of blogging. On this blog I shared herbal tutorials, recipes, music, art and a lot of interviews. I loved the interviewing part (and will start featuring some here soon) but wasn't connecting with my readers as much as I'd like. Plus I had outgrown my brand and was launching my new business name and brand.

My current blog is for you. October 15, 2013, I launched this blog to answer your questions, solve your problems, teach tips and skills and connect with creatives. Yes, I've shared my secrets, my work and my observations but this time I'm doing it for you. It's only been a few months since this blog launched and already I feel like this one is the best yet. I feel more connected to you, more intentional, and more purposeful.

My mission is to help creatives live their dream, making money doing what they love and this blog is helping me reach that mission everyday.

How about you, what's your blogging history? Why do you blog? And how am I doing - am I helping you solve problems and learn new things?

( ARTWORK )

5 WAYS TO PAVE YOUR OWN CREATIVE PATH

how-to-pave-your-own-creative-path People often ask me how I learned to be a successful business owner, a money-making artist, and a girl who chose to pave her own creative path.

Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs helps, but mostly I pay homage to lots of reading, watching and planning.

After briefly attending one semester at a community college, I realized that I was disinterested in paying thousands of dollars for an education when I already had everything I needed in order to educate myself. Don't' get me wrong, I loved that I was learning when I was in class. But I couldn't help thinking, I could teach myself this and not pay all of that money.

So that year I dropped out of college with a commitment to grow, read, observe, plan and most importantly to always believe anything is possible.

6 years ago I started that trek and today I am sharing with you 5 ways that help me make it happen:

1. LEARN - although I chose to discontinue college, I never stopped investing in ways to learn new things. I truly believe that a constant stream of fresh and new ideas is the best way to stay on top of your game. When I first opened my Etsy shop several years ago, I had no idea how to scan images onto my computer, edit them, then print them as high quality pieces of artwork. It took a lot of time and a lot of practice. A year or so later, I learned how to navigate the Adobe Creative Suite and now have several years of experience translating beautiful hand-made art into graphic art. The easiest and cheapest way I learn new things on my computer is to google it. But googling things does not give you all of the answers and advice you need. When I need more thorough explanations and more inspiring people teaching it - I go to my monthly lessons, podcasts, blogs, magazines and newsletters. My top 6 fav's are:

  1. Braid Creative (newsletter + ecourses) - have you guys seen their new website? it's amazing!
  2. How (magazine)
  3. Fast Company (blog)
  4. Be Free, Lance (blog series) 
  5. Music Business Radio (podcast)
  6. Entrepreneur on Fire (podcast)
  7. Lesson Learned (blog)

2. GROW - Self-growth can only happen when fears and obstacles are diminished. So what fears or obstacles are keeping you from growing? Is it failure, is it a past experience, is it the fear of losing money? So intend of imaging how you can grow, think about what is keeping you from growing and start eliminating it from you life. To me, self-growth isn't just about learning and making money, it's about being the best version of yourself. It's about finding balance, peace, happiness, love and diminishing those fears and obstacles that get in the way. One way that has helped me get rid of fears is working with a coach. I offer creative coaching and recommend it for anyone looking to overcome and conquer those hurdles.

3. GOAL-SET - You've heard me say it before, and I'll say it again goals are dreams written down with a deadline.I know you have thousands of dreams swimming in your head and heart, you're a creative person, of course you do. But until you write them down and give them a deadline, they will only ever be a dream. So get yourself a notebook and start jotting down your dreams and when you'd like to achieve them. Grab some tips from this blog post on how to get your dreams on paper.

4. READ - I can't say enough about how much reading books has helped me grow my expertise and guide me through running my own business to managing my day-to-day routine. At first I read more instructional books on how to screen-print, how to paint with acrylics, etc. Then I found a deep passion for self-help books. Books that shared techniques on how to prioritize your goals, how to dream big and how to make money doing what you love. Some of my favorite books are:

  1. Focal Point
  2. Manage You Day-to-Day Routine
  3. Launch
  4. Start Something That Matters
  5. The Magical Path

5. BELIEVE - None of these tips matter if you don't' believe. To achieve your biggest dreams, you must believe that it's possible and that you have the power to make it happen. Otherwise, it will never happen. Sometimes believing is hard because of fears, but what if you didn't have those fears, would you believe? Fears are only hurdles in our creative path. Jump over them and keep going, I promise you that your biggest dream are on the other side.

Are you paving your own creative path? If so, what tips you do have that have helped you? Any recommendations on resources or blogs, I love a good blog!