Blog Favorite: WordDreams

NoelevatortosuccessBlog Favorite:  WordDreams

What I love about it:

Jacqui is not afraid of marketing her work.

So many writers and artists shy away from ‘selling’.  It’s reasonable to want to focus on your creative skills, yet especially in the 21st century, no book, art or photographs are going to make a difference to anyone if they’re stuffed away in your filing cabinet or doc folders.  Blogging, social media and understanding the market for your work are essential activities, whether you want to self publish or find a traditional publisher.  There’s so much more to becoming a published author than just getting your butt in the seat.  With her blogs and book sales she reaches thousands of people and has created a good income from her efforts, discipline and creativity.

Jacqui loves to write and research.

These are both valuable skills in this world of publishing, blogging and authoring.  If you love to write, these are also skills you can commit to develop. She has sculpted her talents into blogs over the last 5 years or so,while continuing to update her tech books, and write her fiction. This blog focuses on sharing tips and resources for writers ready to take their craft more seriously. Part of writing well is continuing to improve your skills, and you’ll find plenty of quality content she has curated and created to help beginning or more advanced writers get on the right track. Continue reading

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Life and Blogging are Like a Camera

life is like a cameraI came across this quote picture on Facebook, posted by a friend, but created by Jack Canfield. I do love social media, even though it can be a time quicksand.

So now I have all the acknowledgements taken care of, I find it has inspired me to revisit the purpose of this blog.

It started with an idea to attract people to our new software product, as well as the wellness products with my longtime Shaklee business (still gotta have a plug for the best natural products around). Then, as the software concept imploded and the desire to find our way back to our deepest dreams emerged, it became a way to recreate our financial and creative lives.

  • First, by inspiring us to recommit to our passion for writing and creativity.
  • Second by building this blog to support others like us who were ready to delve into their true talents and become financially independent entrepreneurs. Creative entrepreneurs, that is.

As often happens with life, both our lives and this blog developed into something I never imagined as we struggled to find a path beyond our start-up partnership. Now that that dream has disappeared, this new vision seems much more coherent and valid. It addresses our core dreams and talents. As well as the ongoing desire to help others live better, healthier and more congruent lives.

All this may sound too philosophical for some of you…like, where is the meat? Yet I know there are many who have already embraced the desire to put their talents to work, their dreams into action and their finances in their own hands. And many who are entering their ‘third trimester of life’ who are ready to recapture their true essence, while creating a new stream of income… a necessity for so many of us. Continue reading

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Food Mashups! My 7 Creativity Take-Aways from a Quirky Trend

Bruxie waffle mashupAs a creative person, I love messing with recipes almost as much as words and images. Add a little of this, use this instead of that, reduce the sugar, salt or whatnot.  It’s fun and after years of cooking, it comes naturally.

But I have to say, the new trend of food mashups is way beyond anything I’ve come up with… like waffle burgers, oreos baked inside of cookie dough or tostado lasagna.  All this may have started in home kitchens trying to figure out what’s for dinner when the refrigerator/pantry was just a leftover hodgepodge.  And 30 years ago, who would have thought of Thai Chicken Pizza or Cronuts, which now seem a bit tame.

Thinking about food mashups not only made me hungry, but it also inspired some thoughts about applying this creativity to our writing, photography or music to come up with new forms that people don’t even know they want.

Kind of like, who would have thought writing 140-character messages would be of interest to ANYONE?  Enter Twitter and another revolution began. (Speaking of Twitter:  Would you like to follow Getting Traction?)

So, here are my take-aways from the culinary mashup trend: Continue reading

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Blog Fave: Gone with the Wynns

Eastern SierrasBlog Favorite:  Gone with the Wynns

What if you could hit the road, go from one adventure to another AND create income?  If you love travel, don’t mind living in small places with occasional challenges, the Wynn’s have a great blog to inspire you while keeping it real and honest about what it will take to make the RV life work for you.

This blog is chock full of real stories and tips from the road, plus success stories about people with the dream of traveling who also took their creative talents and began building a freelancing style of career income.

Here’s a link to their Make Money and Travel page that showcases a variety of entrepreneurial strategies that fellow RV-ers have developed with some deep thought about their talents and how to use them effectively while still living their own lifestyle.

Hot Tip for Me:   Writers, photographers, web designers and graphic artists really have a lot of options for mobile creative businesses. In hindsight, they recommend starting at least a year before you want to hit the road. Brainstorm, honestly assess your talents and what you love to do, then get starting. It can take time, effort and money to learn what you need to make the most of your creative juices, then put them into action as you start tweaking your product.

Start by exploring yourself and your options for supporting yourself. Check into your skills, lifestyle dreams and what you’re willing to do to get them.  Then, get creative! 

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7 Clues That You’ve Found IT: Passion

Loving your life

For many years I couldn’t identify the IT factor.

That’s the one thing people talk about that you can’t live without and for which you’ll do anything to be successful.

I had a lot of interests and modest talents, but no one focus I obsessed about, let alone believed would allow me to create income.

Teachers and family had told me since 2nd grade that I was an exceptional writer.  I just didn’t have the confidence to imagine becoming an author, as in PAID author.

Instead, I applied my talents to my jobs and eventual business, but never allowed myself to imagine developing my them to sell directly.

And, I relegated my time to other priorities and left my discretionary time for writing and design projects.  In other words, ‘just a hobby’ status.

Maybe you can relate?

Three things changed all that.

  • First, I joined a writing group and began exposing myself to other people’s criticism and feedback.  I committed to learning how to be a better writer, took writing classes, and then began exploring how I could offer a writing product someone would buy.
  • Second, the internet.  Specifically e-books and online publishing, including blogs, Amazon books and the many freelance writing opportunities they provided.  Kaboom… in 5 short years the world transformed for creatives.
  • Third, I started this blog because I believed there were many more creative people like me, especially Baby Boomers, who had spent their lives NOT doing what their native talent and potential passion could have inspired them to do.

So, if you’re wondering what talents you might have left on the sideline with the subtitle

‘Someday I’ll do …..” I offer some clues to help you discover, nourish and develop them into

an entrepreneurial adventure to love.

  1. Time, it flies!  You sat down to write a short letter or blog post, or maybe editing your photos or making a few sketches. Before you know it, 2 p.m. has passed and you missed lunch.  So what!
  2. Pleasure.  That sense of being in the right place, doing the right thing at a particular moment.  The nagging to-do list might try to invade your mind, but the drug of pleasure keeps you on course just a little bit longer… or maybe all day?  Imagine feeling like this every day.
  3. Peace. Stresses melt away, doubt takes a long trip without you and you are in a zone where nothing can spoil your moment.  You own yourself, your mission and your goals without strife.
  4. Perfecting is Fun.  Editing, tweaking, researching, clarifying…it’s all a game that fills you with enthusiasm. Learning to be better is the highlight of your week. Seriously…you’ll know it when you feel it.
  5. Energy Explosion! Who needs caffeine? Your energy builds as the project develops. You could work through dinner if it weren’t for your bum needing a break.  Or the house getting dark around you.
  6. Idea Frenzy.  It happens. You’ve found a great project idea, which spawns a dozen more ideas and next thing you know, you’re chasing rabbits and catching none.  Write those things down and come back another day (more on this later).
  7. Tribe Magnetism.  As a creative person without a purpose I often felt like an outsider, alone in my unique perception of the world.  What happened when I made a commitment to my talents, began exposing them to scrutiny and supporting other ‘creatives’? I started finding my tribe and that began a swell of energy and a sigh of relief that I am still unique, but not alone. Creating is a solitary process, yet we need people to share our ideas and energy, people who understand the drive to create as well as the frustration of obstacles and distractions.  I found the more I embraced myself as a ‘writer’ the easier it was to find people who wanted to support me.

If you found one or more activities that fit with a few of these clues, I invite you to explore further to see just how far and what direction would be right for you now.  The mystery of how to be yourself, embrace your talents and ‘make your mark’ on the world could be lurking closer than you think.

Next post:  Finding a purpose for your passion

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