Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

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Dreamers, unite! I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am one of the 100 to be selected for the @JunkGypsyBook Launch Team!!!

I got to read an advance copy of this amazing book, and I couldn’t. put. it. down.

So good.

This book starts with such a  beautiful story that any female entrepreneur who has set out to blaze her own trail will connect deeply with. You’ll love these ladies even more after you read their story.

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This book is full of heart, soul, grit, adventure, DIYs, glitter, road trips, trailblazers, family, and free-spirited wisdom.

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This is the anthem for those who –  in the words of Robert Frost – choose instead the The Road Less Traveled, to go ahead and blaze their own trail.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered the book – you should.{You will even be entered to win all sorts of Junk Gypsy prizes too!}

>>—> http://www.junkgypsybook.com

And, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first Book Signing during the Antique Show on Sept. 24th! There will be butter + biscuits, live music, and books! Come meet the Gypsies and get your book signed!

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Question of the Day:

What is it that is calling to you? What sets your soul on fire? What is your purpose? What is your dream?

Leave your answer in the comments below. Tell me one thing you can do today to bring yourself closer to your dream.

 

#JunkGYpsyBook #JGBLT #junkgypsies #dreamBIG #thecrossroadsofwonderandwander #dowhatyoulove #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #girlboss

 

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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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If you liked this interview – be sure to get on the list! You’ll be able to sign up to emails in your inbox! 🙂
Follow along at @cloud9creates on instagram and @cloud9art on pinterest!
Warmly,
Amber
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?