How Can I Serve You?

Hi there!
I just want to thank you so very much for reading my blog and subscribing to my email newsletter. I hope you receive lots of value and inspiration from both. I love this community of kindred creatives.

I’d like to ask you what is it that you want to see most?

What can I help you with? I want to serve and teach you – so if you have something you really want to know about – please ask!!
I’m writing a series of blog posts and ebooks and I want to cover topics that you want to learn about!
  • What are your small business struggles?
  • What are your hand lettering questions?
  • What are your photography questions?
  • What are your design questions?
  • What are your simple living questions?
  • What are your creative entrepreneur questions?
  • What ecourses would you like to see?
  • What topic do you have questions about?

Leave a comment below or send me a quick email and as a Thank You you can get 15% your next order in my etsy shop. (code THANK YOU!)

 

P.S. – Stay tuned for more details about some really fun workshops coming up.

Hand Lettering Workshop

Watercolor Florals Workshop 

Mommy and Me Watercolors & Lettering  Workshop

#Shine Your Light – Interview with Christine Mason Miller

#Shine Your Light – Interview with Christine Mason Miller

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The Shine Your Light Series is a series of interviews with the creative women who are dreaming big, inspiring others, and making a difference.Today we will hear from the lovely artist and author, Christine Mason Miller. I’m honored to have her share her wisdom with us all.
Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara-based writer, artist, and guide who has been inspiring others to create a meaningful life for more than twenty years. Follow her adventures at www.christinemasonmiller.com
Here is a wonderful quote that I love from Christine that really resonates deeply.

How do you find time to fill your creative well when you work on varied creative projects? Do you go on retreats?
I have different ways of re-fueling, which usually depend on how much time I have! If I only have a small window, it might be nothing more than watching a funny show or movie on Netflix. With a little more time – and energy – I’ll take a long walk, go on a bike ride, and, lately, go ice skating.
I am also inspired and energized by spending time with friends and family and I love to travel. Getting out of my comfort zone and seeing parts of the world that are wildly different from mine always fuels my spirit!
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day starts with our chocolate lab Tilda deciding it’s time for me to wake up, and promptly licking my face. After I’m up and about, I make a cafe au lait, have breakfast, take Tilda for a walk, and then dive into work. Lately that has involved planning and preparing for my retreats, working with my mentor clients, and putting the final touches on my latest book – a memoir about the spiritual journey I’ve taken with my family.


What are your top 5 tips for running a successful creative business.
1. Give plenty of attention to the details. This is what most people don’t do, and why I believe success is easy.
2. Set your sights on your goal(s), but be open and flexible in terms of how you reach them. The journey won’t be what you think it will, and that’s half the fun.
3. Don’t be afraid of rejection, and don’t take rejection personally. Every rejection I’ve received over the years – and there have been loads – wasn’t necessarily easy, but with the passage of time I’ve come to see them as badges of honor. These rejections are not symbols of my failures, but of my willingness to go for it.
4. Don’t assume that because you’re good friends with someone you’ll be great business partners or collaborators. They are two entirely different kinds of relationships, and have very different needs.
5. If you aren’t familiar with accounting and basic bookkeeping, hire a bookkeeper to go over the basics with you and set up your books. Don’t be intimidated by the financial side of things.


​What is the greatest piece of advice you ever heard, and how have you applied that to your life?

On the topic of creating “balance” in life, a mentor once told me, “You never get there, so don’t bother!” This sounds harsh and negative, but it was a relief to hear this from a woman who was older than me and who I respected tremendously. She was saying it to let me off the hook; she was expressing her belief that the goal of trying to attain a state of permanent, perfect balance in life isn’t realistic. She encouraged me, instead, to do the best I could in the face of whatever life might throw my way.
You have licensing success with Demdaco, Trader Joe’s, and   What would you say to someone who wants to license their greeting cards, or inspirational art?

You’ll have to show any potential licensee what they can do with your artwork. It helps to have a portfolio of designs, of course, but show them mock-ups of your designs on the products they create. Show them what you envision! This is what I sent to a former licensee. I created all of the mock-ups and then photographed them – so they were real mock-ups.  🙂 The company I sent this to had already licensed a bunch of my designs, but this was for an entirely new collection. The image I sent you was the cover of an eight-page booklet with more images, testimonials, and details about how to create and market the line.

I sent the booklet with a package that included some of the mock-ups. They were very interested, but did not end up picking up the line. But I’m glad I did it and still proud of the presentation!
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Do you think art heals, writing mends hearts and souls, and being creative helps us make a difference in our world? How?

My entire career is based on this belief – that whenever someone takes a step toward their most meaningful life, they inspire those around them to take their own steps…and then those people inspire their circles, and so on and so on. The ripples flow outward farther than we ever realize.
We artists feel deeply, and live heart-and-soul-centered lives. How do you balance living a meaningful life with soulfully sharing your creative gifts?

I try not to separate things too much. The attention I give to my work can be the same kind of attention I give to folding laundry. All actions are part of the same flow, and I can create beauty in all of it. My home reflects my work reflects my friendships reflects the way I set a table for a dinner party. It is all interrelated and all gives me an opportunity to practice presence.
Be sure to check out Christine’s books:
She is also speaking July 6-8, 2016 at Brave Girl’s Club Symposium in Idaho! And you can find her teaching at Brave Girl University. Follow along at @swirlygirl on instagram.
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Warmly,
Amber
are you ready to unearth your creativity? #GIVEAWAY

are you ready to unearth your creativity? #GIVEAWAY

illuminate the beauty of seeking light e-course

If you want to learn more about Soulful Photography, be sure to sign up for:

illuminate: the art of soulful storytelling

this is a 6-week e-mail course to help you discover the beauty all around you through soulful photo prompts, creative photo strolls, and photo challenges.

You’ll receive loving emails that guide you to find our creativity through exploring these themes.

You’ll receive a PDF workbook to capture your thoughts and to journal in and explore the themes on a deeper level.

You’ll discover your inner artist and have fun exploring with your camera.


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  • Do you want to infuse your photographs with heart and soul?
  • Do you wish you could slow down and savor life?
  • Do you want to document your family – your children, and your loved ones – in a way that tells your beautiful story?
  • Do you wish you knew how to use your iphone or digital camera to get consistently good photographs?
  • Do you want to unearth the artist within?
  • Do you want your photographs to tell your unique story in the way only you can?

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Then join us!

  • You’ll learn how to seek beauty and light and get beautiful compositions in your photographs.
  • You’ll learn to document your family in beautiful ways.
  • You’ll use your digital camera with ease and play.
  • You’ll trust your inner artist to capture the story.

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What we’ll explore:

week 1:   p a u s e

week 2:   l i g h t

    week 3:   s h a d o w

week 4:   s t o r y

   week 5:    b e a u t y

   week 6:    a w a k e n

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What you’ll need:

  • a smartphone
  • a digital camera
  • an open mind
  • the desire to be creative
  • and the willingness to explore

 

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Class starts March 25th!

Sign up by March 4th and save $200.00! with

early bird pricing (only 20 spots available!!!)

After early bird registration,

class goes back to regular pricing.

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Once the seats sell out, there won’t be any left!

You don’t want to miss this class! :)

P.S. – there’s a really fun chance to

win a FREE spot in class

over at the instagram page – @cloud9creates

Giveaway ends: March 4, 2016!! So hurry! Today’s the last day to enter to win!

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Etsy Share the Love Game

  
Hi there! I’m back on etsy with an all new shop! 😉

And I’d love to follow and favorite the shops who comment on this post. 

Let’s share the love and favorite all the shops listed!

 I especially love to favorite new shops just getting started! 

So, please comment below with a link to your etsy shop  (tip for a shorter link : it’s your -(shopname.etsy.com)

I really look forward to seeing all of your shops!

why dream ordinary?

why dream ordinary?

{photo by cloud9 design photography}

This photo is a great reminder to believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams.

Stop telling yourself all the reasons you can’t.

Tell yourself all the reasons YOU CAN.

Let go of old beliefs. Other people’s ideas. Listen to that still, small voice inside.

The voice that is guiding you. Leading you.

Believe in yourself dear one.

You are enough.

*Tell me in the comments what dream is calling to you?

What is that whisper in your heart?