Friday – Free Joyful Business LIVE Class

by Laura West

Live classI’ve had a full morning of creative business planning for myself, ideas are a flowing and I even did an interview for an upcoming summit – on Creativity in Business.

I am super excited about some new things that I am creating that will help you with you be seen, known and be more authentically masterful!

Meanwhile, tomorrow, on Friday, I am leading a free class and I’d love for you to join me. I’m going to share how you can use your creativity in your business to amp up your own energy, attract attention of potential clients and opportunities, and how to use your creativity to create products and programs and cool tools!

You will be filled with creative inspiration for your business! It’s the perfect summer time class topic to inspire your own creativity!

Here are the details:

It’s a FB LIVE Joyful Business class in my Big Ripples Facebook Group – you’ll need to join the group if you aren’t yet a member. Here’s the link to the group!

Friday, June 14

2:00 ET – 2:45 pm ET

No RSVP needed… but go ahead and join the Big Ripples group so you’ll be all set for Friday’s Class!

I’m going to have some Show & Tell so it’s going to be a really fun idea-filled class!

See you then!

PS: Speaking of getting inspired… what if you could get away from it all and be with like-minded joyful business owners who want to create their Big Ripples in the world? Come to the oceanfront on the Virginia Coast with me and a small group of cool, creative spiritual, fun women! We only have 2 spots left for this a-mazing retreat! We actually have 4 women coming back – that’s how good this retreat is! You can find out more details at: and just email me to set up a time to talk more about it!

Why I Did a Firewalk…

by Laura West

FirewalkLast week I was at a creativity conference in Santa Fe called Creative Reboot.

The biggest reason I went was because the iconic Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, was speaking. I’ve been doing morning pages for about 20 years since being introduced to this concept.

There were also several of my early creativity inspirations including Melody Ross from Brave Girl who helped me years ago create my very first homemade art journal soul book. Also, Flora Bowley who taught me Intuitive Painting and opened up the door for me to paint without worry and without attachment to an outcome. These ladies all shared with me practices to allow me to feel more free and expressive over the years.

Then of course, I justified the trip as a birthday gift to myself! (Coming up this weekend – woohoo!)

What I didn’t expect was that on the opening night there would be a firewalk!

I’ve always heard of them but I’ve never seen one. It’s when they prepare a fire and a bed of hot coals and you walk across 8 – 10 feet of those red hot coals… without burning your feet.

I immediately was thrown into a pendulum of swinging emotions. Thinking… I always wanted to do a fire walk. Mark one off the Life List! This will be awesome!

To: Oh Sh*t! What if I can’t do it? What if I get burned? What if I’m the only one who gets burned? What if I chicken out?

Oh the JoyFear!

I decided to go with the crowd outside and to trust.

I was in the first group to go. I watched as several people crossed without getting burned. (See, they can do it!) Then I felt a little panic rising up.

I checked in. I knew my desire to do this was bigger than the fear.

I went deep inside to my core where my belief in my power and my strength lives…and I walked across hot coals!

It was amazingly freeing on the other side!

Here’s some pictures one of the participants took (that’s not me walking) of the firewalk. You get it’s hot!


Help for Creatives! Stop the Suffering!

by Laura West.

SteamI was so excited the other day to see this sign.

STEAM – It’s a new improved version of STEM.

It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math.

I think the world is finally coming around to how valuable it is to cultivate our skills in ART and creativity to our lives.

I’m a big believer in teaching people how to be more creative in our every day lives. Whether it’s an artistic endeavor like playing the guitar, gardening, birdwatching or painting or… adding a passion plus mission like my friend Beverly who is collaborating on a video to increase awareness of the damage single use plastic does to our wild life and environment.

This is why I wanted to support a new Video Summit called Breakthrough to Creativity Show. It’s an online video interview series hosted by Creativity Coach Jean Ireton, aimed at helping Creatives to get to a place where their arts are best received and understood by the world.

She interviews 20 creatives to discuss the ways they have pushed through challenges of being a creative and how to turn your creative endeavor into a business, passion or movement.

I’m honored to be interviewed on my thoughts about creativity in business and how reaching out and creating connections is a powerful way to grow your business that is natural and fun.

I’d love to share the show with you.

AND make sure you watch soon as my interview is available over the next couple of days.

Get free access here >>>

I would love to hear your thoughts about creativity + business and what are the areas you are most interested in!