TRUST YOUR HEART + GUT

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As you guys know, I recently launched It’s Business Time with the uhmazing Tiffany Han and Michelle Ward.

It has me thinking and reminiscing A LOT about when I first started artsocial and how terrifying and exciting the whole experience was. Yesterday I started looking through an old journal and found an entry from September of 2011. I had started a day job I already knew I hated and artsocial was just an idea – we didn’t even have a website yet! I wanted to share it with you guys:

This is month 2 at [my day job] and we’re on the brink of launching ARTSOCIAL.* A lot is happening. So many wonderful things I never thought possible. I just moved in with Kevin and couldn’t be happier about it. My stress is getting in the way though. I know I know better. The stress isn’t what’s real, it shouldn’t be my focus.

Magnificent things are happening. I don’t want my work stress to overshadow our new home or the excitement of ARTSOCIAL. That stupid [day job] is not that important. Everything I’ve learned tells me it’s never worth it to worry. It’s a waste of time, but here I am. I know I am not that job. I’m grateful to be there but it is not who I am or what I’m supposed to be.

I must trust my heart and gut that tells me there are greater things – I don’t need to worry myself over that job. I will be fine – better than fine. I am in control of my career. I must remember what’s important to me. I am not my job. My real work is not a job.

I am letting good things into my life, incredible things, fun things, bursting-with-joy things. That’s what IT IS. Find your fun in each activity, that’s the only thing that matters in the end. Following my truth from here on.

Man, high five, 25 year-old me. Isn’t it wild to go back through old journals and see how everything turned out? I am SO grateful I found the courage to leave that job and trust that there were indeed greater things, just waiting to meet me on the other side.

xoxo,
erin

* I doodled little hearts around artsocial, ha!


 

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P.S. If you are ready to go all in on your vision of having your own business, applications for It’s Business Time are open through Friday and there’s only 1 spot left! Let’s make this dream of yours a reality.

IT’S BUSINESS TIME, YO

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You guys. Big news to share today: IT’S BUSINESS TIME!

What does that mean, you ask? Do you need business socks? Well lemme tell you:

Tiffany, Michelle, and I are SO thrilled to announce we’re now accepting applications for It’s Business Time, our 6-month coaching, branding, and design program dedicated to helping you claim your biz idea and create the platform to authentically offer it to the world.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a biz or you have a business but it’s just not quite working (yep I’ve totally been there, guys), It’s Business Time will give you the clarity, structure, and accountability to make it happen. No more messing around.

After spending 6 months with us, you’ll walk away with everything you’ll need – a mission statement, offerings, a custom logo, and a website – to bring your business to life and hit the ground running.

I am crazy excited to be a part of this and help others start an online business. I mean, I was there! I am there! All three of us walk the online biz walk. Three years ago I didn’t even think owning my own business and creating my own success was possible. But here I am. It’s humbling and exhilarating and I cannot wait to help others do the same. Ah!

The program starts March 30th. There are only 10 spots available. Our acceptances will be on a rolling basis, so get your application in sooner rather than later. There’s no obligation to apply. So why not, eh?

This is the year for BIG things. I can feel it. And I can’t wait.

xoxo,
erin

P.S. if you have any questions at all, leave a comment below or hit reply. Woot! Let’s do this thang!

BEFORE THE DESIGN BEGINS

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Designing a new logo or website for your business is hands down one of the most exciting processes you’ll ever go through as an online entrepreneur. Ya know, other than your first sale, your next sale – okay all the sales – and always having the freedom to take a nap after lunch. Cuz you CAN. Although I’m 3 years in and I never have! I’m such a mean boss…

While the design process is super exciting, there are two very key elements that must be worked out before the designing ever begins; before the pixels hit the page – ha! If the following puzzle pieces are in place for your business, the design process will be pure. magic.

Your WHAT: get clear on your vision for your business.

What is your dream for your business? Knowing what you do and how you want to turn your ideas into offerings is huge. I didn’t find that clarity for a good 2 years into my business. I took the very organic, it’ll-find-me route…

Your WHY: clearly define your brand.

What’s your mission statement? What are your values? How are you doing it differently than the other guys? After you pinpoint your vision and what your business does, it’s time to ask how to define your vision so that your ideal clients will take notice.

Knowing the answers to these seemingly simple questions is, well, everything right? Because the info above? Your what and your why? That’s what makes your business, your business. It’s the heart, the soul, the core. Only then can you tackle the HOW – the design and the website – in a way that truly resonates with you and that sweet, sweet biz of yours.

Boom shakalaka (the sound awesome design makes).

xoxo,
erin

Images via one uh-mazing client’s inspiration board.


If you’ve ever felt the call to start an online business but aren’t sure of the what or the why or the how, It’s Business Time is a program with myself, Tiffany Han, and Michelle Ward to help you figure out all of the pieces and turn your Big Dreams into a Legit Biz (complete with a website designed by yours truly) in 6 months.

On March 13th, we are hosting a free webinar called What We Want You to Know About Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the webinar deets AND priority application information for the program (only 10 spots available!).

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WE BE BOOK CLUBBIN’

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It’s finally here! The Raise Your Hand, Say Yes book club episode!

After Tiffany told me about a book called The Big Leap, I put it on my Christmas wish list and crossed my fingers it would show up Christmas morn. And it did! Shout out to my boyfriend’s mom for getting it for me! Thank you, thank you :)

I read it within a week and was instantly determined to put what I read into practice. When Tiffany asked me if I wanted to do a podcast episode about it, I knew immediately my answer was OH HELL YES. What better way to hold myself accountable to my new practice than talking about it publicly? I know, public declaration is scary but it works. Every time.

So here we are. We talk all about The Big Leap, Upper Limit Problems, and our Zones of Genius. I’m tellin’ ya, I had no idea how much I was holding myself back until reading the book and talking about it with Tiffany. Lightbulb moments, galore.

Even if you didn’t read the book, I bet the topics we talk about will still resonate. I bet you approximately one bajillion peanut butter M&Ms.

We’ll be hosting a twitter chat about the book on Tuesday March 10th at noon PST. I’d love to see you there and hear your thoughts on the book! We’ll be posting questions throughout the hour using the hashtag #ryhsybookclub.

Wahoo! See you Tuesday?

xoxo,
erin

P.S. the next book we’ll be covering is The Creative Habit: Live it and Learn it for Life by Twyla Tharp. The episode will air May 5th!


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If you’ve ever felt the call to start an online business but aren’t sure where to start, It’s Business Time is a program with myself, Tiffany Han, and Michelle Ward to help you figure out all of the pieces and turn your Big Dreams into a Legit Biz in 6 months.

On March 13th, we are hosting a free webinar called What We Want You to Know About Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the webinar deets AND priority application information for the program (there are only 10 spots available!).

5 REASONS TO LOVE SQUARESPACE

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I know, shhhh. Don’t tell my WordPress site… but I’m such a fan of Squarespace. Probably their biggest fan. Challenge me, I dare ya.

Yes, sometimes WordPress is necessary. For 100% unique only-you-have-it sites, for complicated features and specific requirements, for customer portals and memberships – yes, WordPress is the jam.

But lately, I find myself recommending Squarespace for my clients more and more. Need an easy-to-use shop? Squarespace. Starting a business and need something gorgeous yesterday? Squarespace-a-roo. Need a secret blog for your new program you’re launching? Squarespace it up, dawg.

After thinking about it more, I landed on 5 particular reasons why I love Squarespace (and why you should fall head over heels for them, too).

01 LEGITNESS.

I don’t know if you’ve perused the Squarespace templates lately (no? That’s just my pastime?), but their templates are so gorgeous and professional. Yes, it’s a template, but with the right customization and some kickass, one-of-a-kind branding? It’ll look like you’ve invested mucho dinero into your site.

02 EASY TO USE.

Guys this is huuuuuge, you know why? This means you don’t have to hire a developer to change every little thing on your site. Hello, freedom! I am drunk with thee! Squarespace makes it easy peasy to make changes to your copy, colors, fonts, and general layout. They give you the power to make the changes you’ll (definitely) be making as your business grows. Major win.

03 AWESOMENESS IS BUILT IN.

Not only will you never have to learn a line of code, but you can also stop reading those snooze-fest articles about Search Engine Optimization, sitemaps, and website analytics. It’s all already built in. #amenandhallelujah

04 ADD A SHOP.

E-commerce is available for all of their templates. I set up my shop on Squarespace earlier this year and the whole process was so fun and easy. I think that’s the moment I officially fell in love.

05 YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUT A LOAN TO BUILD A SITE.

It’s true. This is the biggest plus. You don’t need to spend upwards of $8K to have a legit, amazing, successful website. When you’re starting your business, invest in great branding, great copy, business coaching to refine your ideas, classes in your field –  YES. Don’t dive in by spending all your money on the site design. You just don’t have to. Trust.

xoxo,
erin


P.S. if you’ve ever felt the call to start an online business but aren’t sure where to start, It’s Business Time is a program with myself, Tiffany Han, and Michelle Ward to help you figure out all of the pieces and turn your Big Dreams into a Legit Biz (complete with a website designed by me!) in 6 months.

On March 13th, we are hosting a free webinar called What We Want You to Know About Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the webinar deets AND priority application information for the program (only 10 spots available!).

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RAISE YOUR HAND. SAY YES.

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GUYS. This week was my birthday AND I’m on a podcast! Talk about a great way to start the year. Especially because it’s a podcast with one of my very favorite people in the entire world, Tiffany Han.

I was SO honored and butterflies-in-my-stomach excited when Tiffany asked me to be on Raise Your Hand, Say Yes. I’ve listened to every episode and get so much inspiration from each woman’s story. Seriously, guys, don’t listen before bed. The inspiration will keep you awake. I’m speaking from experience.

I hope I contributed some inspiration to the pot! Or at least some food for thought on leaving a “real” job to start a business and what a wild, amazing adventure that can be.

Take a listen here.

Thank you, Tiffany!! You are my business soulmate; the Flo Rida to my dance party.

And P.S. I’m SO THRILLED to be a part of the the Raise your Hand, Say Yes book club! We’re starting with The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Get your copy and give it a read, k? The episode will air on March 4th. Woot!

xoxo,
erin

29 FOR 29

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Guys it’s birthday time! I still get really excited about my birthday for some reason. I hope I’ll always feel that way actually :)

This morning I started thinking about what I want for this year. Big and small. Everything that came across my mind, I wrote down. Here’s my list. Hold me accountable, k? It’s your job.

01 Go back to Europe. No, but actually go this year.

02 Cut my hair short – like above the shoulders short – eep! Cue me scrolling endlessly through Kristen Ess’s instagram feed for inspiration.

03 Do 50 real pushups, not the girl kind!

04 Buy a house. Not just any house, but my childhood home. For my dad.

05 Post a dance video to instagram – with some choreographed moves a la Dance Like Nobody’s Watching.

06 Start a hobby. I turned my last hobby into my business – yay! but whoops.

07 Put all of my loose prints in frames, HANG THEM, and feel more like a grown-up as a result.

08 Buy an electric car and increase my BOSS status.

09 Work less and make more… or at least drink more. Relax. Have a beer.

10 Get more expensive jeans that make me feel like I’m in a Madewell catalog. What do you think of these?

11 Make more music mixes that I can listen to during the day to feel PUMPED. I’m comin’ for ya Flo Rida.

12 Learn how to put on eyeshadow more than one way. I’ve been doing it the same way for 15 years.

13 Plant bee-friendly flowers. I have a strange urge to help the bees.

14 Start a garden – with whatever is the easiest to grow / doesn’t require a green thumb.

15 Say YES only when it’s a YES and no when it’s a maybe, well I could, let me think about it…

16 Go see Kate.

17 Go see Tiffany.

18 Go see Janna.

19 Re-do my office. Set it up the way I see it in my mind. With double-doors, white walls, and a photobooth backdrop up at all times.

20 Take at least one Friday off each month to visit with family.

21 Create at least one project each month that blows my mind. I know I have it in me.

22 Get 100 likes on instagram (I know, but I want it!).

23 Successfully put Meowmers on a diet. The flab is cute, but it’s gotta go.

24 Get ban.do to regram one of my photos. Some of my wishes make me laugh… but the heart wants what it wants.

25 Find and drink good quality tequila (and do so like a lady aka NOT dance on any tables… or do! Who cares.)

26 Declare artsocial a corporation (but ya know, the non-evil kind) and pay quarterly taxes because bidness is boomin’.

27 Go on vacation to a tropical place for the holidays like they planned in Four Christmases (but actually go).

28 Continue to work on letting go of worrying and fully accepting the fact that we’re all in league with greatness. So we should own it.

29 Feel fully present in my work and walk away or take a break when I can tell I’m running on empty just to reply to one. more. email. Just stop when I need to stop.

This list is doable right?? Well maybe not the 50 pushups… I kid, I kid. I’m doin’ it!

xoxo,
erin