Category Archives: Smart Creative Business

It’s time to market yourself and your business!

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People  can get stalled when it comes to marketing their businesses and themselves and I don’t want that to be you! Today I am going to introduce (or re-introduce) you to Tom Henell, my better half! In this video he is giving out tips as well as explaining what you can expect in his Marketing 101 Read more…

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On being human

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I recently experienced a situation that left me feeling unprepared which then led to me feeling flawed and humbled. The eternal optimist inside me has a “can do” attitude and usually thinks of every scenario so I am fully prepared for what may be coming my way.  I generally don’t like to be blindsided. What I realized is that Read more…

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Is there a difference between waiting and patience?

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I just had to pop in and say HELLO today! I am in the process of moving forward on a BIG project after having to be really patient while waiting for the puzzle pieces to come together. So today I want to talk about the “in between time!” Oh man, sometimes trying to find answers to Read more…

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Would Walt Disney have survived the Shark Tank?

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My family recently took a trip to Walt Disney World. With 2 teenagers in tow, one disgruntled and one thrilled. off we went the magical land of Disney. I had a myriad of emotions that passed through my brain on our week long sojourn that included 5 days seeing all the parks, shows, fireworks and Read more…

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Who and What I am into this Week: A heartfelt transformation

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This is a repost from Heatherlee Chan over at Lady Poppins Art. When I read this post I actually cried, when I put the style course together, I asked myself “What do people need?” While how-to’s in marketing and branding are good and paramount when you own your own business, it all comes together based on Read more…

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Embrace your fears?

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Befriending your  fear might just be the fastest way to move past it.  I figure if FEAR has so many other friends (like doubt and procrastination) why not embrace it so you can control its destiny?  In this video, I talk about some of my favorite tips on how to deal with fear and one specific TRAP that can Read more…

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It’s happened! atly joins as a sponsor!

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( 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…

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Are you impressed with yourself?

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When was the last time you actively thought, “Oh yeah, I am all that and more?!”  Well, it’s time you do!! It seems we are always waiting for our next great act without realizing that we have had some pretty stellar past acts. In today’s quick video, I am giving you permission to OWN JUST HOW GREAT Read more…

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White Space, index cards and rotaries

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Today in this short video, I  am talking about having SPACE in your life to edit, rest and make decisions! All important topics for you and your creativity! Watch this video if you need to fine tune your decision making! If you want to use the exercises that I mention about you can download these helpful tools! Download a Read more…

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Dreams. Color and Creative Women

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I don’t even know where to begin! I got to opportunity to head to Granville, Ohio, the home of Amy Butler, to her Dreaming in Color Workshop last weekend. I put it on my calendar a couple months ago and tucked it in the back of my mind. As the date got nearer, I knew Read more…

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Let’s talk about ideas, inspiration and copying

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Well the title to this post and video is loaded, right? I could write a lot of text, but I would rather have you tune in to today’s video and you can give me your thoughts. After all-I have been having this conversation with myself all week, so it is about time I had it with Read more…

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Room to Grow

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Busy, busy last two weeks. In hindsight the fact that I had construction workers here for a solid week and then had to move my stuff,  buy new furniture and have some semblance of order happening, I think I am doing pretty well. I don’t think I realize the impact what having  more ROOM will Read more…

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Creative Office Spaces: I am Moving Up!

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I am on the move! I am moving my office to the upstairs attic bowling alley stretch space of our house. Tom is taking the pink room (needs to be repainted) Luke is moving down to the bottom nearer his bathroom and I get a new glorious space!! Over 500 square feet to house my Read more…

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A Giveaway, A Survey and A Gift!

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edited 4/10 Congratulations Melinda Peterson for winning the giveaway! And thank you all for taking my survey! Lots to do and tell you today! As you may have seen my card was in the March Olive Box, the feature was watercolor.  YAY! Did you know that I teach Watercolor 101 here? Now I get to Read more…

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Why meeting people (especially women) is a really good thing

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When I typed out the title to this post, I had a strange image of what type of odd spam comments and SEO hits I might get. But I wanted to do a quick share of some fun news which revolves around meeting women, staying in touch with them and being FOR them, behind them Read more…

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Marketing your work: Turning pain points into joy points

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My version of a walk through Madison Square Park, NYC.  There is a popular theory  amongst marketing  experts to meet  what they call customers “pain points” to help bring your goods and services into the market place. It goes something like this, someone needs help with their social media. You can write blog posts that help Read more…

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It’s how you think about the race that matters

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Over the weekend we took my son to the New England Regional Track finals. He kept warning me that they were seeded just about last and were not expected to win their race or even come close to winning. I gently reminded him that earlier in the season he had not expected to get to run Read more…

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Speaking of Blossoming…

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Over the weekend Amy Butler sent a link to the newest issue of Blossom Magazine. I thought I would just take a quick peek and quickly realized that I was sinking into a  joyful treat. Deep, thoughtful articles and visual eye candy had me glued to my seat. As Amy gets to know herself in a more Read more…

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Clearing up the fog

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I have to share what has happened to me in that last couple of months. Maybe if you are on a foggy part of your own journey my story might help. You may or may not know that I tucked my paint brushes and aspects of my creativity away for a bit while I started Smart Read more…

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It is SCW Anniversary Week: Here is what I have learned!

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Celebrate good times, come on! (insert Lionel Richie tune) My age might be showing on that tune choice but I am having a moment a celebrating the start of my profitable 3rd year at Smart Creative Women!! This has been the most pleasurable hard work that I have ever done! In this video, I share what Read more…

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