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Passion, Skill and Talent


By guest contributor Tom Henell (Today’ topic is a hot one in our home  and I would love your thoughts xoxo Monica) Have you ever watched American Idol, or a similar reality TV show?  You know the early season where they show the excruciating auditions, because they think it is entertaining?  There is inevitably at Read more…


Failure IS an option


Tom Henell is the husband of Monica Lee-Henell and chief marketing officer of our household. Recently we got him to share his wisdom over on the atly platform via a course titled Marketing 101. He is guest posting this week while Monica runs around NYC. If I could provide you one piece of advice it would Read more…


The Path to Enlightenment


Tom Henell is guest posting today. Tom is the husband and chief marketing exec of our household. He loves hiking, triathlons, puppies and fortunately me! He teaches Marketing 101 on the platform. If your creative business needs a marketing boost, Tom’s no nonsense approach can help! His course  and all atly classes (including Discover Your Passion) are 25% Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: Seeing Style Patterns


One of my favorite things to do is to walk away from something visually for a bit and then come back to it and surprise myself. I have several hidden boards on my Pinterest account and I recently clicked over to this one and was almost startled at what I saw. This again confirms that what Read more…

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What lies beneath your creativity?


  Even in the midst of leading a creative life we often get waylaid with details that are inconsequential.  We are often thrilled that we get to explore and lead a creative business and life, that we miss what matters and why.  What is the point of exploring and producing creativity? Is it just for Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: What to Wear on Vacation


I am not QUITE there yet…next Saturday, so one more week and we head to Florida. Right now I am doing  the last minute hunting and gathering. I have this dress in my shopping cart and need to pick a color! Help! As you see I can easily of coordinate all three. Truthfully, this is one of Read more…


It’s happened! atly joins as a sponsor!


( Insert Pharrell Williams HAPPY song here) COULD I just be any more excited?!!  I am jumping up and down on the inside…ok, on the outside too. Much to the embarrassment of my teenager. We have a new sponsor and YOU ALL MADE IT HAPPEN! You have been showing up faithfully to Smart Creative Women Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: NYC Roundup


 Papaya My trip to NYC was a bit of a whirlwind, but all in a good way! I got a late start as I had to see my stepson graduate from High School on Sunday (so proud and happy) and then I hit the National Stationery Show and then skimmed through Surtex. I DID not Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: Vertical Stripes


Stripes are everywhere! Remember when I did my “Things That Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon” trend report? Ahhh, that was fun! Well, of course stripes are involved and on the Pinterest Board I made to go with it. This week I am into vertical stripes instead of horizontal ones. Do you know how many people Read more…

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Who and What I into this Week: A trip to Paris!


I have been wanting to go to Paris for some time now. Somehow I convinced BJ Lantz to ditch her Fall travel plans and to go to Paris with me for my birthday! Ok, my birthday is in Sept and we are going in October but still! How exciting is it to have something like Read more…


What is your visual story?


Does it reflect you? Does it say what you need it to say to sell your goods or services? Most importantly, does make an emotional connection with your audience? Those are a lot questions for a solopreneur to answer! We live a in a VERY visual world and at this point your visuals either ARE Read more…


Happy Holidays!


As I take the rest of the week off to spend time to tuck  in with my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for watching and supporting Smart Creative Women. It has been such a blessing to deliver fun, inspiration and interviews to you! I can hardly wait to grow along Read more…

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What to wear to ALT Summit


I think you can file this post under…”What to wear to any winter trade show or conference.” Alt Summit just happens to be a conference where  600 women who work for themselves finally get to leave home and dress up! So the tips below are coming from a former flight attendant and 2 time Altitude Summit attendee. 1. Read more…


Monday Motivation


I am always torn on whether to take a break for holidays like Veteran’s Day (Happy Veteran’s day, Dad!) and Columbus Day. The boys are all going rock climbing today and I am going to either go with them or make sure they have yummy food when they get home! But I couldn’t dismiss this holiday Read more…

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What manufacturers, retailers (and even designers) need to understand


I am a big believer in following shopping trends. If there is any TREND you need to keep up with, it is HOW people are purchasing goods. I am also a person that likes to figure out the psychology of a shopper. I think I was surprised myself by typing that.  Hey, what can I say? I am Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: What being a Mompreneur can mean


I ran across this article by Richard Branson where he talked about how he fell in love with entrepreneurship. He wrote: “My introduction to the working world came from my mother, who was always using her limitless imagination to come up with new business ideas. She managed the whole process herself, from developing the ideas, Read more…


Who and What I am into the Week: Mini Controversies


Well, if I were honest about what I am into this week…I spent an inordinate amount of time reading “threads” of controversial topics online. Martha Stewart and her “off sounding” sound bytes involving bloggers. Lisa Condon’s art being copied and then the photographers work she used to create her art being copied. Really? Who has Read more…


Coming Alive

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“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because the world needs more people who have come alive.”-Howard Thurman    Sometimes coming alive requires vulnerability.  Sometimes coming alive requires letting go of other peoples’ expectations.  Sometimes coming alive requires you to be still. Sometimes coming alive Read more…


Amy Flurry wants you to succeed


My talk with AMY went over BIG! that’s why I am re-aring it AND why I asked her to take part inside the Smart Creative Style course! She has no nonsense advice for you! Artist, editor and author Amy Flurry has got some things to share with you!! You don’t want to miss this episode. Read more…


A Smart Creative Makeover


The Before (I kept the dogs) You have heard me talk about finding “My Style” and how it translated in my personal work space, now I am giving you the first set of visuals.  Above are the before shots. How about that red plaid couch?! Initially my office had yellow walls, a color I had Read more…

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