I wanted to celebrate the milestone by sharing 10 of the many, many lessons I’ve learnt over my 10 years in business.
From the importance of self-motivation; the natural waxing and waning of enthusiasm and passion; the non-linear march of progress; and the joy of self-direction, I discuss the things about being self-employed that I love – as well as the things that are an endless source of challenge.
I hope you enjoy this look at my own personal business journey, and that you might see some of your own experiences reflected in what I have to share.
It’s back! I’m once again running a month-long Instagram #photoaday challenge in August – #CTMonthInTheLife
I had so much fun last time I ran it – and I know so many of you really enjoyed it, too.
This challenge is for makers, artists, and creatives of all stripes.
I know how much I love seeing behind the scenes of other creatives’ lives and work, and I know I’m not alone in that bit of loving voyeurism, am I right?
So, I created this challenge as an opportunity for you to share all sorts of behind-the-scenes snapshots of your work life with us.
I want to see a month-in-the-life of your work. I want to see your space, your materials, your life, your passion. I want to see what motivates you, what your materials look like, what you DO every day!
Who wants to play?
Join us for #CTMonthInTheLife!
How to participate:
1. Share the image below on your Instagram feed. (And why not share it on FB to your Page… and on Pinterest or Twitter, too? This isn’t compulsory, but it will help to get your friends playing, too!).
2. Follow @CreateAndThrive on Instagram. I’ll be posting each day’s prompt to the feed to remind you to take your photo!
3. Post your response to each day’s prompt on your own IG feed (and some folks are creating a #CTMonthInTheLife Pin board, too – and you can push the photo through to your FB page).
4. Make SURE to tag every challenge image @CreateAndThrive AND #CTMonthInTheLife – I’ll be choosing my 4 faves and re-posting them to the C&T IG feed each day.
I’ll be posting each day’s prompt on the Create & Thrive IG account throughout August with a little blurb that explains a little bit about what it is. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory though!
We’ll kick off on August 1st, and play through till the 31st.
Please be aware that I’m running on Australian Eastern Standard Time – so for those of you on the other side of the world, we’ll be a little ahead of you time-wise – but just play when each day rolls around in your timezone!
I have created a year-long (yes, a whole year!) program to guide you on your handmade business journey.
It covers everything you need to do and know to start (or revitalise!) and grow your handmade business – from foundational vision and planning; through brand and product development; venue testing and selection; your online presence; your copy and photography; marketing; social media; time management & self care, and much, much more.
In this course I have pulled together everything I have learnt over the last 8 years – it covers everything you need to learn and do to make your business a success.
This program is also deliberately designed to fit into your busy life – with one lesson on one topic every week for a whole year, it is at a pace you can actually enact, and will help you to make informed, epic progress on building your business.
Say goodbye to wondering ‘am I missing something’? Or ‘am I doing this right’? Or even ‘is this even possible’?
Yes. It is possible. I did it, and so have many, many others. You can, too.
This is the course I wish existed during my first few years in business.
Your Year to Thrive will begin Monday July 18.
So, how can you take part?
(Spoiler, it’s WAY more affordable than you might think.)