Uncertain of what you really want?

I’ve been hearing from so many of my clients and those in the Joyful Business community that they are feeling everything from out of sorts and feelings of overwhelm to being called forth, with all the change, inequities, frustration, and trauma that is front and center in today’s world.

It’s having many of us re-evaluate what is important…at this time.

I hear the stirrings (or strong urges) to help make a difference and create meaningful change but then the HOW question takes over and you feel tired or confused about where to start.

I hear you.

What I know is that we are in a different time.

Having a clear vision isn’t possible right now.

Gone are the days of …here is my future self on a stage, with a book, and the dream is written out with crystal clarity.

The foundations, vehicles and frameworks have all changed. WE have all been changed by what we have gone through and continue to go through.

Here’s what I’m doing….

I’m focusing on who I am being.

Who I am becoming.

Chipping away at the parts of the statue (as Michael Angelo says) and revealing my true authentic self.

Then asking…how can I make a contribution with my gifts?

The exact form in my vision isn’t clear.

But my Being vision is.

Who I am being, and who I am becoming is clear.

“I am a woman who makes a positive difference with my gifts.”

“I am a love-guided entrepreneur who knows the world needs a dose of love, compassion and inspiration right now.”

“More and More I take steps every day to expand my business and make a difference”

I am living into those soul-nourishing affirmations.

I’d like to invite you to create your own soul-nourishing affirmations. To call you forth in what you DO know.

Who you want to BE in the world.

(Trust the HOW will come…..I am a soulful entrepreneur who trusts the how will show up as I take guided action)

You can create these love-layered affirmations with the Energy JAM™. It’s my new product that guides you through creating your very own soul-soothing and soul-calling JAM.

It’s a power script you can read each day to align your energy with your desires.

Yes, it’s a JAM for your soul!

I’ve just launched it and am hearing such positive excitement from clients and colleagues.

You can get yours with the special launch price of only $27.

Go here to sign up!

You also get a LIVE workshop with me to guide you through creating your personal Energy JAM!

The deadline to take advantage of the launch price is Thursday, September 30 and then the price goes up!

My intention is…that this is a balm to your overstressed nervous system while gently calling you forward in making your unique contribution.

If you have any questions…don’t hesitate to ask!

{Marketing Magic} Inside: your marketing idea journal

Happy Monday!

I’m curious…what does Marketing Magic mean to you?

I’ve re-committed to consistently publishing with my newsletter each week. My clients keep quoting the parts they like from that Marketing Magic email. So I renamed it to that very name!

So, what does Marketing Magic mean to you?

A flurry of new clients? Easy marketing? Someone doing it for you? Laughing while you hit record? I’d love to know! You can reply to this email and I just might talk about it in an upcoming edition.

Last week I talked about how to consistently create great content your soul tribe loves. I heard such great feedback about how helpful it was.

I’m going to take it one step further!

One of my suggestions is to use a Marketing Idea Journal.

A Marketing Idea Journal is one of the super useful creative worksheets I include in the Joyful Business Plan. I have decided to share that as a freebie with you today!

So, head on down to read the article about how to use the Marketing Idea Journal and you’ll see a link to print your own copy so you can start collecting Soul Tribe loving content ideas this week!

I hope this helps you to create amazing content . It’s quick and easy when you practice Deep Listening and capture the conversations.

May you have a beautiful, and creative week of much ripple making success!


How To Create a Marketing Idea Journal to Capture Perfect Content Ideas for your Soul Tribe

What should I write about? What should I talk about in my Facebook live?

I get those questions all the time from my clients. There’s something about sitting down in front of the computer that makes your mind go _____.

You actually have a goldmine of content ideas all around you!

Before I let you in on the location of this content treasure – you need a place to keep the ideas so you can come back to it every time you are ready to create.

Where are you going to keep your content ideasMake a decision right now. A word doc? Google drive? Evernote? In a journal?

It doesn’t matter where as long as you make a decision and consistently go to this place to capture content ideas to this content treasure trove.

I use a combo of Evernote (to write out more complex ideas) and I have a Marketing Idea Journal creative worksheet on my desk to capture the constant flow of content possibilities from my conversations.

Being a highly visual and kinesthetic person I like to have it right on my desk.

Throughout the day I make notes after calls, classes and conversations in my Marketing Idea Journal.

After coaching clients all day, I make a note at the end of the day about what topics came up during our calls.

What dreams did I consistently hear about?

Last week, I kept hearing about ideas from clients about creating their own card deck and matching journals – spurred on from the card deck webinar we did a few weeks ago.

Actually many of my clients talk about creating their own card deck – that’s why I invited an expert in so I could host a card deck creation webinar!

What challenges kept coming up for my clients over the last week?

I coached around being afraid of being too much, how to keep things simple and organized while expanding like crazy, and quite a few calls were about perfectionism.

What did they want brainstorming about?

A couple of clients are evolving their message and their Best Client Ever so we brainstormed to get clear on who their new BCE is now and where to find them.

Just from those three questions, I have a slew of possible topics to talk about on Facebook lives, create tips on social media or write about in upcoming newsletters.

You can also note resources, tips, and strategies that you recommend over and over again.

Rather than hoping I will remember those topics when it comes time to write or record, each day I review my day and makes notes on my Marketing Idea Journal. Then when I’m ready to create – wa-la! Magically curated topics that I know my Soul Tribe is interested in!

You also want to have an intentional content plan that includes your key messages for your movement, and creating content to support an upcoming launch, but we’ll dive into that in a future issue.

You can get your very own Marketing Idea Journal creative worksheet here to start collecting the perfect content ideas that you already know your clients want!

Download the Journal here!


Are you a Ripple Maker?

Private coaching opportunity for Creative Inspirational Leaders

If you’d like to increase your Ripple Making impact, I have an opening for a new private coaching client. I work with coaches, healers, and transformational leaders who want to spread their Soul Work using creative, soul-nourishing, marketing that makes a difference.

And it’s so much more than that…there’s the outward-facing conscious marketing, inward business systems, and deep dive into shifting those Sacred Shadows that keep you and your business small.

If you’d like to set up a Creative Consultation to share about what you are up to and how I can best help you, let’s talk! Reply here and we will set up a time!


Opportunities to Create & Grow with Laura

April

Wednesday, April 7
Joyful Business Studio
This month’s workshop: Simplify. Amplify.

Join me in the studio for this month’s workshop on Simplify. Amplify. You’ll get to learn how to apply this to your business and leave our zoom gathering with a plan for your business! This is an amazing supportive community! You can join the monthly membership program here.

Thursday, April 8
Joyful Business Sandbox:
Unlock Your Creativity in your Business!

Special workshop for clients only. I love giving surprise opportunities!

May

Creating from Flow
We start may 10th!
This is a special five month program for Big Ripple Makers (that’s YOU)! The theme of this Flow program is about attracting and receiving abundance. You’ll create a Passion Project to expand your business while cultivating Flow to open up your intuition and deep creativity. Group coaching, Sangha Circle masterminds, Soul Work Happy Hours, Flow Immersions and more! Details coming soon!

Doors opening soon for the 2nd Creating from Flow program. Watch for details.

Email me if you are curious and want to be on the wait list!

 

Coach and Profit Gift Giveaway
Details coming soon! I’m creating something wonderful for you and your business for this giveaway!

October

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea

It’s baaack! Maybe…still trying to decide if we will ready for in person events in the fall. Personally I know I’m ready…how about you? If you want to be on the notification list then just reply to this email and I’ll add you to let you know the details when I feel comfortable enough to move forward!


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

More and more I easily attract the most amazing clients to me!

{Marketing Magic} Consistently create content your Soul Tribe Loves – easily!

Welcome to a fresh new week of possibilities!

We are definitely seeing signs of spring and warmer weather here in Georgia. Which means, I am getting pulled to be outside more and more every day and less time behind my lovely computer.

As the warmer weather approaches, and hopefully, we see signs of things opening up again, you are going to want to find ways to be even more efficient with creating authentic content for your newsletter, blog and social media – so you can enjoy being outside more!

So today’s article is about “How To Consistently Create Great Content Your Soul Tribe Loves…without losing your mind!”

I hope this helps you to create amazing content – quick! (and that your content really resonates, is inspirational, practical and engaging!)

May you be inspired and today’s Marketing Magic sparks creative ideas for you!

(Oh, in case you noticed…I’ve changed my newsletter to be called Marketing Magic – since that is what so many of my clients keep calling it anyway!)

I hope you have a beautiful, and creative week of much ripple making success!\


How To Consistently Create Great Content Your Soul Tribe Loves…without losing your mind!

I get asked all of the time, how do you create so much?

I am one of those people who see fascinating and creative ideas everywhere. But even I get stuck for ideas and feel the pressure of feeding the never ending opportunities for content. Think: your blog, in your newsletter, on your videos, speaking at events and on social media! Whew!

This year I am making a big shift in my business and with my clients. It’s all about Simply and Amplify.

You can’t be everywhere without losing your mind…or having a much bigger team. So, a great start to amplify your impact is to do fewer things really well.

I’m sharing my list of the top 7 tips for how to create content your Soul Tribe will love…while staying sane!

1. Schedule Time for Publishing and Creating

You need to create a schedule for both. Without a publishing schedule then you are either going to feel like you constantly “should” be putting stuff out there (read: endless pressure!), or you’ll never get around to putting anything out there at all.

This week I worked with a client on her content plan which looks like this: Publish a weekly email message on Sunday and then Monday and Thursday in her Facebook group. Everything else becomes a bonus! And she can let go of feeling overwhelmed and know when she is successful.

To support your publishing schedule you’ll also want to schedule time to create. It doesn’t happen in and around your client work very well. Schedule an hour or two to write, create, or shoot. Actually put it on your calendar! I have an event on my g-calendar that is called “Creating Time.”

Surprisingly having a little bit of “delightful discipline” can take the pressure off and create more freedom from stress and pressure.

2. Marketing Idea Journal

This is one of my favorite things! All of my clients learn about creating a Marketing Idea Journal when we start work together.

This is where at the end of each day you review your calls with clients and colleagues and make notes on what you talked about – including common topics, questions, what resources did you share, what are common dreams and challenges.

When you are ready to write or record – you have a handy list of super relevant topics that your Soul Tribe has already asked you about.

No more staring at a blank screen! And…you already know it’s what they want!

3. Recycle, Upcycle

It’s totally ok, in fact, it’s even smart to reuse content. Or take one step from a 6 step list and create a piece of content about it.

Share it in new ways – if it was an article, then you can make it into a video. If it was a video then make a tip into a photo quote.

4. Simplify

Don’t think you have to be everywhere. It will drain your energy trying to on every platform and to try to maximize every marketing strategy. Pick one social media platform and do that really well.

Decide on one main Beacon Marketing Strategy (an evergreen, ongoing marketing strategy like a podcast, video channel or weekly email tips) and focus all of your time, attention and creativity into building that one main thing and giving the members of your Soul Tribe an amazing experience that will keep them craving more!

5. Use someone else’s content

When you are at a loss or under a time crunch, you can share content from a favorite teacher or mentor (with credit of course) or even buy some PLR (public license rights) content to use when you can’t think of any ideas. Just remember to use their content like a starter mix – add your own flavor and personality to it so it’s not so generic.

If you are a coach, try the smart and easy to use content at CoachGlue.com. As an example, you can get 10 blog posts about vision boards that you can use on your own blog or in your newsletter Easy, peasy!

6. Creative flow

You can intentionally cultivate your creative flow of ideas and increase your productivity without losing your soul and sacrificing your life. Practicing daily success rituals to get your flow, creativity and focus activated is one of my favorite things to incorporate into my day. Just the simple act of lighting a candle and putting on some chant music signals to my body that it’s time to write!

You can get other ideas for daily success rituals with my free ebook, Daily Flow Rituals, 90 Ideas for how to infuse your day with calm, clarity and creativity.

I’d love to hear which of these tips is your favorite!


Are you a Ripple Maker?

Private coaching opportunity for Creative Inspirational Leaders

If you’d like to increase your Ripple Making impact, I have an opening for a new private coaching client. I work with coaches, healers, and transformational leaders who want to spread their Soul Work using creative, soul-nourishing, marketing that makes a difference.

And it’s so much more than that…there’s the outward-facing conscious marketing, inward business systems, and deep dive into shifting those Sacred Shadows that keep you and your business small.

If you’d like to set up a Creative Consultation to share about what you are up to and how I can best help you, reply here.


Opportunities to Create & Grow with Laura

March

March 22 – 26
Keep On Going! Marketing, Money and Mojo Summit with Marie Fratoni
I’ll be talking about Discovering your Soul Voice and Unlocking Your Power Within along with other really amazing business women. Get in on the goodness here!

Friday, March 26
Get It Done Day! Virtual Retreat
Get Stuff done that matters – together!
Only available through the Studio monthly membership here. A highly affordable, creativity + practical monthly membership where you get quarterly Get it Done Days! Let’s get stuff done that matters – together!

April

Thursday, April 8
Free Your Creativity

Special workshop for clients only. I love giving surprise opportunities!

May

Creating from Flow
We start may 10th!
This is a special six month program for Creative Transformational Leaders (that’s YOU) You’ll create a Passion Project to expand your business while cultivating Flow in your life and business. Group coaching, Sangha Circle masterminds, Soul Work Happy Hours, Flow Immersions and more!

Doors opening soon for the 2nd Creating from Flow program. Watch for details.

Email me if you are curious and want to be on the wait list!

 

Coach and Profit Gift Giveaway
Details coming soon! I’m creating something wonderful for you and your business for this giveaway!

October

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea
It’s baaack! Maybe…still trying to decide if we will ready for in person events in the fall. Personally I know I’m ready…how about you? If you want to be on the notification list then just reply to this email and I’ll add you to let you know the details when I feel comfortable enough to move forward!


PS: Client Love from George Herrick, Soul Deep Living

Laura is as clear-sighted and visionary as a mythic Greek oracle.

I have had the good fortune to work with Laura West as my coach for several years. Whether working on a short-term goal or on a bigger picture such as my business, Laura holds the energy, vision and focus powerfully. At the same time, she is adept at guiding me like a Sherpa through whatever pitfalls, crags and wrong turns life brings as I climb to the peak of my dreams.

While expertly guiding me, Laura is also a compassionate witness to my process. She has the patience to listen to my frustrations, mental and emotional blocks, and self-judgments without ever losing sight of the work we are doing and why we are doing it. She has an uncanny ability to help me find the gold in my real or imagined limitations so I can learn and grow from them, such as showing me how to turn the healing of my own life struggles and challenges, such as my recovery from addiction, into opportunities to help others heal from theirs.

Laura gently but firmly prods me to embrace my own creative abilities, expand them, and lift them up in service to others. Her creativity is never limited to how to do something, but always includes why to do it, when is the best timing, who it may benefit and what else can be done to follow-up or complete the original goal.

Laura is as clear-sighted and visionary as a mythic Greek oracle. When my vision gets distracted by the glitter of fancy, complicated ideas, she sees a way to add punch to my message through simplicity. When I get sheepish about my message, and think small and limited, she deftly guides me to take the risk of being bigger than I thought I could be.

I can’t speak highly enough of Laura, her insights, her creativity, her down-to-Earth practicality and her compassionate and clear-headed wisdom. She has been a great gift for me, my life and my business.