illuminate: a 6 week journey to soulful photography

illuminate: a 6 week journey to soulful photography

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It’s time to discover the scared act of photography as a gratitude practice. You will connect more fully, and feel more present when you begin noticing – appreciating the world around you with your camera in hand.

We will take pauses – and take a moment to stop and notice the smells, sounds, and beauty all around us.

Join us in this self-paced ecourse with beautiful pdf workbooks with guided journal prompts and photography exercises to help you unearth your creativity that you haven’t expressed in too long.

When is the last time you created – just for you?

Take this time to free yourself.

Open up to the creativity already within you.

Give it time and space to express the art and creativity that is uniquely you.

You deserve this as a gift to yourself.

You must fill your cup so that you can fill anothers.

It is a beautiful act of self-care to listen to your heart and give yourself space to create.

Class is enrolling NOW! But HURRY! Class will fill up fast!

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#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
Last Day for Early Bird Pricing!

Last Day for Early Bird Pricing!

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It’s the LAST DAY to sign up for my new 6-week ecourse, illuminate: the art of soulful photography.

Sign up today by 5pm to get the early bird pricing! You’ll get in the class for only $97 – you’ll save $200!!!! That’s a huge savings!

GET THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL NOW BEFORE YOU MISS IT!

It’s a self-paced course and you will receive a beautiful workbook to write notes, thoughts, and unearth your creativity in. 🙂

I’m really looking forward exploring with our cameras together!

***Please be sure to sign up for the email list – I don’t want you to miss out!! Subscribers get special coupon codes for discounts on my courses exclusively for being on the list!

And the winner is…

@thewritersink Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway for a free spot in the illuminate: the art of soulful photography class.

Early bird pricing has been extended until March 11th! So you still have time to get in at a $200 savings!

are you ready to unearth your creativity? #GIVEAWAY

are you ready to unearth your creativity? #GIVEAWAY

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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.

So get in while you can!! at a great savings!!

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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***GIVEAWAY RULES!!

1. Follow @cloud9creates on instagram

2. Leave a comment on this post!

3. Bonus entry – share this post on facebook, pinterest or instagram!!! 1 bonus entry per share!!

4. Sign up to the email list for  bonus entry!!

Leave a comment below with a list of all the places you shared this giveaway for bonus chances to win!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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!

New Year. New Business.

New Year. New Business.

 

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Hello there, friends. It’s been awhile. Cloud9 Design has undergone some major growth, rebranding, and a metamorphosis of sorts.

What started almost a decade ago as a small little graphic design business eventually became a full creative studio offering: graphic design, website design, illustration, branding, photography, and a handmade business on etsy, as well.

Well, I have begun the process of distilling what I do down to only those things that I truly love, and bring others joy.

So, I do not offer website design or graphic design as a service anymore.

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I will  be offering mentoring to Creative Women Business Owners (yay!) The best way to get started is with my new workshop (which I adored creating for you) called Creative Heart: The Workshop for Creative Success.

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If you are an artist, photographer, designer, handmade artisan, farmer, etsy business owner, creative, or some other version of a dreamer and a maker – then get on the mailing list to know when classes start! You’ll  be so glad you invested in your business.

I love helping you do what you do best by telling your story. I am a storyteller at heart. I weave words, images, and art to tell stories. And I want to help you tell your story.

Are tired of having a website that doesn’t light you up?

Are you frustrated that your business card doesn’t really show what you can do?

Are you tired of trying to figure out what marketing works?

Do you feel pushy when you are advertising or marketing your business?

Are  you an introvert who doesn’t like networking?

 

I hear you! Me too! I’ve been there. I can offer you a guidebook that will help you find your way, build a community, and find your purpose, and discover your wings.

 

Do you long for marketing that feels real, authentic, and from the heart?

Do you wish you had community of kindreds that urged you on when you made mistakes, and celebrated your successes with you?

These are all the things you will get and more from the Creative Heart workshop.

I can help you discover your passion and tell your story in a way that is from the heart and that resonates with your ideal people. It will attract them to you! I used to think I had to be everything to everyone. But, that’s just not true.

When you specialize, or find your niche, you will actually attract clients who adore you and rave about you to their friends! It’s all in how you tell your story. 🙂

I remember those early days of passion-filled discovery that fueled the start of my business.

I remember feeling so confused over all the endless information and choices. Where should I start?  What does a creative business plan look like? Well, I want to help you by telling you all the things I’ve learned along the way and wished someone had told me back then.

If you want clarity in your business, a business that stands on your values, and the freedom to give your business wings, and lots of inspiration then join the mailing list now to hear when the next workshop and courses are offered. You won’t want to miss this!

It’s over a decade of experience in easy to follow and fun worksheets (aren’t worksheets fun?! I love the tangible feel of paper and pen in this digital world.) to help you take action and do what you love!

You’ll get special workshop discount coupon codes exclusively for members and advance registration. 

So what are you waiting for?  join the mailing list now!

 

I’d love it if you’d come follow along at the new Pinterest page, check out the new website, and sign up for emails.

 

And, please leave a comment about what your one big need is this year in your business.

What do you have the most questions about?

 

 

 

the august break – a photographic journey of capturing beauty

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I’m participating in: The August Break – a series of photo prompts created by photographer and author, Susannah Conway.

Looking forward to these photo prompts.

Join in.

You don’t need a fancy camera. An iphone will work just fine.

Let your eyes see a little deeper this month.

And if you want to join me in my next creative photography class — where we will explore photo prompts, composition, color, and much more —

Then, sign up to the mailing list be notified about registration.

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You’ll also hear about the newest online classes offered, as well as receive members-only discounts and coupons! 🙂

12 Ways To Slow Down and Live The Simple Life

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“nostalgia” treasury by cloud9designstudio on etsy

remember when…

life moved slowly….

pause and reflect on a life without screens.

Feel the ease…of the simple life.

You can live the simple life — free of worry, stress, busyness, and fear.

Here’s how:

1-learn to sew. ask a relative to teach you.

2-hand write your letters or type them on an old typewriter.

3-buy some pretty stationary and write a handwritten thank you note or a how are you doing letter to a loved one. remember how it feels to get letters in the mail? 🙂

4-ride your bike somewhere

5-say hello to your neighbors; invite them to come over for a visit

6-line dry your clothes – they will smell like sunshine and you’ll hear birds as you do laundry (hello, gratitude! 😉

7-call someone on the telephone; instead of texting (*bonus points for meeting in person after the phonecall – face-to-face time connects us)

8-take a soak in the bathtub everyday – showers make us want to move quickly and rush through life; baths slow us down and relax us

9-read books daily – when you awaken and when you go to sleep

10-plant a garden and grow your own food – watch the miracle of nature

11-read the bible everyday – let it nourish your soul – start in proverbs or psalms. they will encourage you.

12-explore! do something new everyday. life is an adventure! have fun. 🙂

 

I hope this little list inspires you, and encourages you to…

Let go.

Dance without fear.

Be happy.

Sing loud to the radio in the car.

Laugh – it does the heart good.

Look on the bright side.

Do something kind for someone – anonymously.

Share your beautiful heart and soul.

You matter, and you are loved.

Know that there is a plan for you and your life, and it is good.

Life is short.

Live it well.

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Have A Seat On The Porch fine art photograph by cloud9designstudio on etsy