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Opening yourself up to growth

April 17, 2014

Opening yourself up to growth: helpful tips for strengthening & expanding your creative business Hello everyone!  Welcome back!

So we’ve talked about creating a identifiable “brand” and sharing your message, now lets talk about being open to growth.

This can be a bit scary because staying small is safe and it is protected – but it is also stagnant and it doesn’t allow you, as a person or as an artist, to grow.


If you’ve done a beautiful job curating your brand and you are getting your message “out there” eloquently and clearly (as we discussed in the 2 previous posts), then opportunities will come to you.

Say yes, in your mind, before you say no.

However, don’t wait around for those amazing opportunities and those “golden emails”.  Make things happen on your own! Opening yourself up to growth: helpful tips for strengthening & expanding your creative business Where do you want your business (and art is business – let’s not forget that in all the meaning and the beauty) to be featured?  What are your next steps?


Think about next month.   What challenges can you say “yes” to that will help you grow?
How about next year?
Who do you want to work with?
Where do you want your work to be seen?
Who do you need to connect with specifically to make these things happen?
How can you change your marketing just enough to allow for your goals to become reality?
How do you look to your customers and audience?  

This may take a little imagination and dreaming on your part – but that’s what we’re best at, right?

Don’t be afraid to ask for growth.  Sending an email to a blogger or to an editor may feel scary, but don’t let that stop you.  Asking how you can collaborate with a rad brand may make you nervous, but think of the rewards!  …And what is the worst that can happen?  They say no?  Psshhh.  No biggy there.  You say “no” to things all day long!

"Don't be afraid to ask for growth"  Helpful tips for strengthening & expanding your creative business Have extra faith in yourself and even more confidence that you are on a good path and that good things will happen.  Surround yourself with a fan club that can not only network on your behalf but can cheer you in those inevitable dry spells.  Good mentors, encouragers, and friends are also the best people to share your aspirations with.  They are honest and loving and can give you highly valuable feedback.


I have two friends, Sarah Eddy & Jordan Brantley (follow them, they’re amazing and highly talented people), that go on a creative getaway one weekend year.  They talk, plan, dream, bounce ideas off each other, and in the end, come away from the mini-trip energized and with clearer goals.  You see what I mean, they’re brilliant!

What goals are you setting down?  I would love to hear about your aspirations!

I have so much faith in the creative community.  It is so full of amazingly talented people who are all hard at work, blazing their own bright and exciting paths.  It’s invigorating to watch and even more wonderful when you jump in and join them!
I’m so excited to see how we are all going to grow this year! Opening yourself up to growth: helpful tips for strengthening & expanding your creative business

11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2014 10:51 am

    I love this series Emily and look forward to waking up and reading it! Thanks for all the great advice…inspiring and motivating!


  2. April 17, 2014 12:12 pm



  3. April 18, 2014 4:06 am

    This struck a chord: ‘Say yes, in your mind, before you say no.’ – Thank you.


  4. April 18, 2014 10:11 am

    Your words have encouraged me to come out of my small shell….Thanks a lot for such a useful mesaage…


  5. April 19, 2014 10:24 am

    This is a wonderful series, Emily! Thank you for sharing all of this information and advice.


  6. April 19, 2014 3:32 pm

    This is so inspirational! I’ve been of the mind that launching a creative endeavor would be a fruitless venture, but after reading this, I have even more confidence in both myself and in this industry. I can do this. We can all do this.


  7. April 19, 2014 7:25 pm

    I randomly came across your post but It’s very good, keep writing ;)


  8. April 22, 2014 9:02 am

    Reblogged this on ~Aero~ and commented:
    Positive Thoughts :)


  9. June 6, 2014 9:06 am

    Reblogged this on Haven of Inspiration and commented:
    Your blog is so beautiful and so is your thoughts. Thank you for your wholehearted encouragement. I wonder if artists like Van Goah and yes even Hitler tried to work the art scene and would have seen more encouragement, I wonder if their lives would have been lived differently? You have a heart of gold and I thank you for your words bringing life to my heart!


  10. June 12, 2014 6:21 pm

    Hi Emily,
    I’m a new creative blogger and I was so encouraged by your post. Your paintings are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and I’m excited to read more. :)


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