Want some planning inspiration and creative tools?

I’ve got you covered!

I’ve created this special free gift to help you organize your ideas and create a guiding plan called: The 5 Days of Planning Gifts

It’s free.

It’s loaded with creative inspiration, ideas and ways to be productive – in a healthy way!

When you sign up you’ll immediately receive a fun Celebration ritual to honor 2021.

Then each day for 5 days you’ll receive one of my favorite creative worksheets from the Joyful Business Plan.

In each email is a link to the planner you can print right away and ideas and inspiration for how to use the creative worksheets.

Here’s where you can get your 5 Creative Planning Gifts!

I hope they help you align your energy and creativity, and focus your ideas so you can take action in 2022!

Cheers to your creative power and plans!

A Refreshing Way to View Business Planning

In my 20 years of being a business coach, I find that most entrepreneurs have a love/hate relationship with business plans.

Especially solo owned businesses.

There’s often a belief (check in to see if this is you) that creating a plan will box you in and take away your freedom and creative expression – two of the very reasons you got into business in the first place.

This is so not true!

In fact, creating a plan for the upcoming year gives you the clarity you’ve been craving and some structure to lean into.

Creating a business plan helps you become clear about your vision for the year and what you are saying yes to.

When you know what you are saying yes to…it helps you say no to all the other stuff that is begging for your attention and money!

A living business plan will help you immensely with guiding your business throughout the year, helping you make decisions that are in alignment with your plan.

Notice I said, “living” business plan.

A business plan isn’t a static thing, where you decide a path and stay the course and go down with the ship fighting. (I don’t know why that metaphor came to mind, but you get the idea…that somehow once your write down a plan that you can’t change your mind and you are committed at all costs!)

A more modern way of looking at a business plan is that it’s a living thing like your business is a living entity.

It will grow and evolve.

Think of it like a garden. Some things will grow faster than planned. Others stagnate or dry up. Or, some new cool fertilizer comes out that makes everything else obsolete.

Same for your business plan.

It is the home for your vision. Once you get into action, new opportunities come your way, new technologies are born, programs take off, some programs become outdated or you lose interest, or you hire help to get things done and are able to be more visible…you’re always tending to the business plan as it grows and evolves.

A living business plan is meant to guide you through the year. So, when new opportunities come your way, you can more easily say yes or no depending on what you are committed to in your plan.

And new opportunities always come your way!

Your plan will change and evolve as you market and develop relationships.

If you don’t have a plan then EVERYTHING looks like a good idea.

That leads to overwhelm.

Which will keep you stuck, hiding or pretending.

Here are a few ideas about a living business plan:

  1. A living business plan is a place where you can put your ideas. Getting them out of your head and onto paper will free up energy and you’ll feel such relief!
  2. You always want to have your bigger vision in your living business plan. It reminds you of the bigger picture for where you are going, what you’re creating and why. It’s easy to lose your way and think your business should look like someone else’s.
  3. Break your business plan down into 90 day increments. It’s easier to focus on what you’re going to be doing in the next two months than in 10 months from now. Plus, depending on how it goes your plan may change.
  4. This time of year, is the perfect time to take an inventory. What programs, certifications, products do you offer. What is working? What do you love doing?

    Same goes for marketing strategies. What is working for you? What do you enjoy doing? What do you want to let go of?

    I’m always surprised at how clients will suddenly mention a book they wrote or a certification they have from 3 years ago that they totally forgot about.

  5. Remember the key to your success is to “simplify and amplify.” It’s not about adding a ton of programs and marketing strategies. Keep it simple and look at how to do fewer ideas really well rather than spreading your energy and efforts too thin.

    I encourage my clients to create a Beacon Marketing Strategy. One great marketing idea that you can use all year long to build your audience, your list, while spreading your message and growing your visibility, like podcast, youtube channel, or even weekly tips.

  6. Make sure to include your money flow! You don’t have to be afraid or worried that if you pick a revenue number that you’ll fail and be disappointed. ( It’s the most common concern I hear, I swear you won’t be whipped in the public square!) I work with clients to set 3 money goals – easy, great and heaven. Stretching into the bigger numbers gently and with grace. If you ignore the money part of the plan…guaranteed money will ignore you!
  7. Schedule RAP time throughout the year. RAP = Reflection, Alignment and Planning time. To make the most of your living business plan you want to check in with it throughout the year. Adding ideas, letting go of what isn’t working or relevant any more or getting yourself back into alignment with what you really want.
  8. A business plan doesn’t have to be heavy and boring. It doesn’t have to be full of spreadsheets – or any spreadsheets at all! It can be done as a list, using mindmaps, or visuals. Whatever helps you make choices and commitments about all those ideas.

And lastly, you’ll want to schedule some time this winter to create your living business plan. This RAP time will pay off with the relief, peace and confidence you’ll gain creating your plan!

PS: If you want immediate access to creative living business plan – the Joyful Business Plan is on sale! Check it out at www.JoyfulBusinessPlan.com

{Marketing Magic} Insights and Healings from the Retreat

Welcome to a fresh new month!

It’s hard to believe it’s November already. The year seems to suddenly have sped up!

I am still savoring last month’s 7th Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea! It was so good! So…needed, desired…and long awaited for since we missed last year with the pandemic.

Here is a picture of these beautiful, powerful, passionate business women!

In this week’s article I talk more about the retreat and the insights, shifts and power transformation that happened to create this multi-layered nurturing experience that healed, rejuvenated and reinfused their Soul Work!

Wishing you a week filled with joy, wonder, awe, imperfect actions aligned with your soul!


Insights and Healings from the Retreat

Last week I hosted and led my 7th Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea experience. I am still savoring the heart expanding conversations, connections, the dreams and deep healing that happened on the edge of the ocean and by the light of the full moon.

Mother Nature was in all her beauty as she supported us with a nourishing environment of morning sunrise light shows (each day was a unique every-changing palette of beauty and surprise), beautiful nurturing sunny days and the most amazing full moon shining down on the ocean with sparkles of moonlight radiating a path on the ocean that felt like it led right up to our fairy light drenched deck!

I want to share with you a few of the insights and healing shifts that took place during this magical experience. You can get a glimpse of the retreat but more importantly you can listen for what resonates true for you too right now.

  1. Beautiful environments matter. They help you relax, they open your heart for greater truth and wisdom and possibilities. It’s not something we tend to get in our every day living. We can get moments but getting away into a new beautiful environment allows more to arise.
  2. We need safe places to dream bigger. Whatever bigger looks like for you. It’s very individual. We need places to go to speak these dreams so they start to take shape and come into being. We can see what is wanting to be birthed by being in conversation about it. We get clear about what it is and what it isn’t.
  3. It’s super vulnerable to share these big dreams. We aren’t used to claiming our deepest hearts desires. We have protective walls built around these dreams and we need safe places to try them on, get support and see the ideas and connections sprout.
  4. In sharing our big dreams, we find our voice. Your voice matters. To take up space. To take the time. It matters. When you do this you step into your powerful identity as a leader in your life, your medicine and your work.
  5. Believe in your medicine. Your medicine is your unique vision, gifts, expertise and way that you would create a balm to help heal and contribute to your part of the world.
  6. It takes commitment to stand in the vulnerability of your rebel message. We all have a message based on our contribution of gifts and expertise and it’s freeing to acknowledge that it is a non-traditional approach. That it’s different, maybe even considered weird by some. And THAT is what is needed and will create new solutions to the struggles we see around us.
  7. Make time for magic, fun and creativity. Giving yourself permission to play is what opens up your creativity, reconnects your head, heart and body so you feel wholeheartedly present and powerful!

There’s more. So much more.

And this is a glimpse into what’s possible when you choose to let go of the traditional pushing and pressuring…and allow yourself to experience your true authentic self, your true power and voice!


Are you ready to step into your Soul Work?

Let’s set up a time to talk about how you can get your Soul Work out into the world in a bigger way that feels natural, authentic and even fun! Together we’ll access your deeper voice, leadership and creativity…while shifting those blocks that are getting in the way of you growing your beautifully successful business.

(Beautifully successful in ALL ways – meaningful, impactful, financial)

I’d love to talk with you about liberating your true voice, intuition, energy alignment, creativity, along with the practical doing stuff that gets you engaged with your Soul Tribe.

Just send me an email and we’ll find a time to talk!


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

November

Joyful Business Studio
This month’s workshop: Take Back Your Financial Power
Wednesday, November 3

Join me and other supportive like-soul committed entrepreneurs for this month’s workshop in the Joyful Business Studio – your monthly membership program! Details here!

Pop Up Success Café
Wednesday, November 10
9:30 – 11:30 am

I’ll be in town in Atlanta! Let’s get together for rich connection and conversation about growing your biz! You’ll meet other creative, conscious business owners. I hope to see you!! It’s free – rsvp here so I can save you a seat!

December

Watch for the 2022 Joyful Business Plan!
Coming your way so you can capture your creative ideas, create a soul-led marketing plan and planners galore to help you align your day with your dream and take aligned action to make that dream a reality!

December 5 and 6
Private Client Retreat – 
Virginia Beach

December 17 – Save the date!
Joyful Business Planning Retreat

Details coming soon!

Starting January 28…details coming soon!
*New* Radiance Mastermind & Coaching Program

The details are shaping up and I’ll be announcing it more fully soon. This is a high level community of passionate entrepreneurs who are ready to take their Soul Work to a new level. It’s not business as usual…the hustle & grind and marketing strategies of old don’t work for us.

Welcome to the new, soul-refreshing aligned way to liberate your voice, share your Soul Work, make wonderful money with conscious energy and wisdom! More to come…think Flow + Healing + Energy Alignment +Living Your Manifesto!

Would you like to be on the waitlist to find out more? I’ll be talking with each potential member personally to see if this is the right program and community for you for your 2022 growth and support. Sign up here so you will be the first to know about this new program.


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

I am a soul-aligned entrepreneur who is ready to radiate my light!

More and More I trust my medicine is needed.

I love feeling free and creative in my business!