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Registration Closes Tomorrow! | Live Business Workshop Palm Springs

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! It took me most of my life to let that truth sink in and your business is the same way! Your business needs your gifts, your passions and your story to be set apart! If you are ready to take your business and dreams to the next level then I hope you will join me this coming January for my next live business workshop in Palm Springs, CA! (for those that …

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Consistency | Your Powerful Tool To Change Anything!

In 2013 I saw that a friend of mine (that had modeled for one of our collections) was sharing the new book from her husband (or maybe fiance) at the time. I quickly ordered the book, The Power of Consistency, by Weldon Long, which was already a New York Times bestseller. I devoured the book and as I did I was highlighting and adding my own notes throughout the whole book.  Wally was writing and sharing so many of the …

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You Are Not Too Much. Really. | Building a Creatively Made Business

  Being a female artist and business owner has allowed me to walk out interactions that are more raw and exposed than many other professions. I teach and create with a majority of women which means intimate travel, small groups and often very real and open conversations. Through my business consulting and also lifelong relationships with women I hear one thing over and over. Women can feel like we are too much. Whether it is our never-ending ideas, emotions that spill …

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Walking Decisions Out and Overcoming Fear | Part Two

You can read part one HERE. We had decided by that first night to take the gift of our new home, land, and studio and see if we could make a go at it without a net. We made this decision in early May and there was no net as of August 1, 2017. As the days of no net quickly approached I could feel the stress, anxiety, and pressure slowly creeping towards me. It wasn’t full and overpowering but …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Do You Have Blind Spots?

  Spring is the perfect time to re-evaluate your business, your creativity and see if you have any blind spots you have been ignoring. Looking at your business through fresh eyes should happen on a monthly basis but more in detail at least quarterly. Our day-to-day lives running a business can mean mixing home, business, creativity and if we aren’t careful we can miss the signs that we are off track. So, do you have any blind spots that you …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Ask For What You Need

Have you ever felt like those around you don’t acknowledge your business and what you are creating? Have you ever felt like you needed help in your business but you are afraid that those in your life will say no if you ask? Come and watch my newest video in the Building a Creatively Made Business series.     I would love to hear your thoughts below. If you like this post I would love to have you share it …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Three C’s To a Stronger Business

  The year is winding down but for small business owners, our hearts and heads are spinning with ideas of how to grow our business and what we want to bring to life in the new year.  Creating an authentic and loyal following takes time. Knowing your brand, being focused and delivering high-quality goods of any form takes intentional decision making throughout the whole year. A large part of our business is walking beside other small business owners and helping them …

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Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE Workshop | We Are Giving Away ONE Spot!

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED The winner of the one spot to my Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE workshop is… DECEMBER 5, 2017REPLY  Melinda Dennis When I was little I dreamed of being a singer. I was raised in a house always always swirling with song. I’d dress up with my older sister, so carefully put the album on the record player and twirl my mother’s scarf in a circle singing to Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. …

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Our First Live Business Workshop | Registration Is Open

We have built our creative business over the past 10 years. We started with a small Etsy shop, manufactured our own soft goods for many years, created an online network with art + lifestyle workshops (wait until you see our new site launching next month!), sell original art + prints, a keynote speaker at large business and women’s workshops around the US, teach live art workshops in the US and abroad, collaborate with artists from all over the world and …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | We Want To Hear Your Questions

  We want to hear your questions about running a business! Kelly and I will hold a Facebook live on October 10th @ 3pm MST and answer as many questions as we can. We have never done this together so we are looking forward to hearing what is on your mind about anything business! Please leave your questions below, message us or email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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We Were Asked to Move Back To DC…

  About five weeks ago we were told (out of the blue) that Kelly’s agency was bringing all field agents back to DC.  This would be a mandatory reassignment. We would have until mid-September to be back in DC to still have a job.  We met in DC and our Jack was born there but we have been in Colorado for the past 16+ years and this has truly been home to us. I had just had a group of 17 …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Art of Practice

I was volunteering at a local high school enrichment program and I had the students all day.  We were going to start with sketching and then create sculptures based on our sketches. I had my supplies out, sketches taped to the wall and supplies at each of their spaces to begin. As they started filtering into the room I started to notice the mumbling of some of the students. There were words coming past their lips like, “I can’t even …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Art of Practicing

I was volunteering at a local high school enrichment program and I had the students all day.  We were going to start with sketching and then create sculptures based upon our sketches. I had my supplies out, sketches taped to the wall and supplies at each of their spaces to begin. As they started filtering into the room I started to notice the mumbling of some of the students. There were words coming past their lips like, “I can’t even …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Your Business and the New Year

  A brand new year is the perfect time to re-evaluate your business goals and to take the time to see what changes can be made to make THIS the year where your business and creativity grows like never before. I am sharing 5 tips to get your business off to a beautiful start in the new year…   -Family First The beginning of the year is the perfect time for my family to sit down and re-evaluate our schedule, …

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Q & A All About Business, Home and Family | We Want To Hear Your Questions!

We get so many emails each day asking about our home/land/studio/business/family and we haven’t done a blog Q&A for a long time and thought NOW is the perfect time! What questions do you have? It can be about anything (almost anything:-))! You can ask it in the comments of this post or email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. Next week I will do a video answer all of the questions! I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Business Consulting and Private Art Instructions Openings for 2017

We are opening up our calendar to start scheduling business consults and private art instruction in 2017. This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the new studio because it has allowed us to connect in brand new ways. Over the past year I have consulted with businesses owners from all over the world and have helped them make a plan to grow their business, get back on track or get off the ground. Running your own business …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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Photography 101: Through The Artist’s Eye Begins on Monday!

Nothing has defined our business and brand as much as finding my own style through photography. This has been a gift that has not only grown our business but allowed me to capture my family and the day to day.  Photography 101: Through the Artist’s Eye with Cynthia Shaffer begins on Monday, April 25th! The registration price for this one week course (4+ hours of content) is $46.00. This course will begin on April 25, 2016, all content will be …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Questions and Answers

I sure don’t have all of the answers when it comes to running and building a business but I  do want to be as open as possible about my own creative journey and hope you will all do the same. When I was starting out there were plenty of times when I had women that were farther along in the creative journey hold their own hands out and give me lift. I have also had many women keep their knowledge …

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Photography 101: Through the Artist’s Eye with Cynthia Shaffer

Nothing has defined our business and brand as much as finding my own style through photography.  This has been a gift that has not only grown our business but allowed me to capture my family and the day to day. It is with great excitement that I announce Photography 101: Through the Artist’s Eye with Cynthia Shaffer! Registration has just opened and the early registration price for this one week course is $32.  This course will begin on April 25, 2016, …

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Lucky Boss Market {brand your business}

One of my favorite creative geniuses has just done it again!  My friend Reni of Bliss & Tell Branding Company has just come up with the most AWESOME idea for all of you that are just starting your business, re-branding your business or wanting to take your business to the next level!  Reni has helped us again and again with branding our business and her eye for design and helping you to see what your business brand can be is …

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Top 6 Social Media Tips For Creating Balance {For Home and Business}

(These photos have nothing to do with the post but what fun is a post without photos? I thought you would understand.) When you are a stay at home mom, homeschooler and entrepreneur with a home office… your worlds start to collide. There are days that without everything right here at home I know I wouldn’t be able to do all that we get accomplished. Then there are the days when everything coming at me can be a little too …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Bliss and Tell Branding Company}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Over a year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business …

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You Ask {I Spill}

I haven’t answered any of your questions on the blog for awhile. I asked for questions on our Facebook Business Page this week. Here are some of your questions and my answers. Keep your questions coming:-) Heather asked How do you handle blatant knock offs of your work? And, how do you feel about others selling your packaging as their own? (For instance, I went to a local antique mall and noticed several burlap bags with a 5 stamped on …

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Are You a Dreamer? {Time to make the next move}

When I first started my business I had no idea what was in store. Thank goodness. I wouldn’t have believed it and I would have been scared. Way more scared than I was already. Over the past four years I have learned so much and grown my business by leaps and bounds. The truth is that I made mistakes along the way, learned from them and worked hard. Really hard. Everyday I get emails from readers asking me how I …