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 over, opinions, too loud of a laugh, saying yes too much, saying no too much, liking things the way we like them, changing our minds, changing our minds again, feeling stuck, feeling not enough and then feeling like we are too much. These dialogues we have within our own hearts and heads have such a huge impact on the lives we are able to walk out.

I had to walk out life to this point to see all of my muchness for all of the rightness that it is. If I am too much for anyone it should not be me. If I feel like I am too much for people then they are not my people. We need to grow, change, focus and learn what to let go of but the muchness of you…that is everything so right with you! Don’t hide your gifts just because someone else is uncomfortable with their own.

There were years that I lived with my muchness as though I were walking on eggshells with some people. I knew my way of doing things brought out the worst in them so I tamed down my form of creativity and living to not make them uncomfortable. That got old and had me doubting me and what was wrong with the ways I did things. It wasn’t until I was a successful business owner for many years that I realized that everything that my business and life needed was everything I had always been. My ideas, my ways of doing things, the ways I wanted to make life beautiful, the ways I saw art and creativity, the ways I entertain and gather, the ways I wanted to connect through teaching, the ways I want to make people feel, the ways I want to write, photograph, create and live…these are the foundations of our business and WHY it works. My muchness. All of the things that are so right with our business are because of the little and big things that have been with me since the beginning and the same is true for you.

You are not too much. Really.


Thousands of men and women have taken our online business workshops and this past March we held our first live business workshop here at our studio. The live workshop was more than I could have EVER imagined. The women, the businesses, the dreams, the struggles, the connections and how they left ON FIRE! I have watched them each show up in their businesses in powerful ways since the workshop and we have opened registration for our next one. Will you join us?

I know how hard business owners work so this time we wanted to mix a little work with play. If you are looking for direction with your next idea, a kick in the pants to start or to have fresh inspiration breathed into your current business I hope you will join me for a workshop that is all about connecting with your gifts, building your brand, launching it out into the world and nurturing what you have created. Let’s talk business this January 2019 in Palm Springs at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club!

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been!



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  1. Lisa

    Ahh, Jeanne! Tears. You are too much! 🙂 . You are all that and more. Love ya and your connections to people, kindness, Big heart. Thank you.

  2. Vanessa Kiki Johanning

    Thanks so much for this…. it truly touched my heart this morning… especially because I’m at the stage of : what next? Xoxox -Kiki

  3. Marian Cutler

    This is such an interesting post for me to read. I have been told all my life to “tone it down”. I have always laughed too much and too loudly. I “talk too much” and have too much energy and I am too social and I ask too many questions. I have spend a long time learning to modify who I come across as, for the comfort of those I am interacting with, and I am grateful for that capacity and other talents and skills all this negative feedback has helped me develope. But I really love your statement “If I am too much for anyone, it should not be me.” I hadn’t realized how harshly I have been judging myself, despite my efforts to modify. And I love the idea of not doing that, simply because the world around me will take care of it for me. And with all the work I’ve done in my heart, I can trust myself not to squash anyone else with my muchness. Thanks for making me aware of how far I’ve come amid helping me see that I am safe for others and fabulous being all of myself.
    All the best,
    CM Shaw

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