Celebrating Your Entrepreneurial Freedoms

by Laura West

FreedomFor my U.S. community… and for all entrepreneurs who value freedom and independence.

Happy Independence Day!

Today is a reminder to value your entrepreneurial freedoms:

  • Freedom to choose to be an entrepreneur and have your own business.
  • Freedom to create an environment that supports your expansion.
  • Freedom to choose your schedule and honor that flexibility is one of the reasons you started your business.
  • Freedom to speak out and share your voice, your opinion, your philosophy.
  • Freedom to say NO more frequently and YES more fully!
  • Freedom to bring in your unique creativity to express your knowledge, wisdom and point of view.
  • Freedom to create a business that brings you the financial success you desire to fund your dreams.
  • Freedom to say no to control and command type of relationships and instead choose collaboration and communion.
  • Freedom to take an idea and make it a reality without needing someone else’s permission.
  • Freedom to embrace healthy responsibility for your ideas and impact.
  • Freedom to choose your priorities at different times in your life.
  • Freedom to change your mind.
  • Freedom to decide the form for how to express your wisdom, knowledge and expertise – writing, video, speaking, doodling, art, books…
  • Freedom to embrace your Unique Beautiful Genius and share your work with humor, boldness, sacredness, reverence, fun, polished… whichever way is your Authentic Marketing Style.
  • Freedom to choose your ideal clients who you love working with and love working with you!
  • Freedom to choose your money goals – whatever works for you, not what someone said you should make, but what works for you and your life.
  • Freedom to work with your natural rhythm.
  • Freedom to enjoy your work!
  • Freedom to choose meaningful work.
  • Freedom to choose to create positive ripples in the world.
  • Freedom to have fun in your business and lead with joy!

Mud Pies & the Creative Business Summit Happening this Week!

by Laura West

CreativityDo you ever watch little kids and see how their imagination is always at work? You can give them a couple boxes to play with and suddenly they’re in a rocket ship being catapulted into outer space. Or the all time popular ‘playing house’ where they pretend to be parents to a baby doll, etc.

For me, I used to play in our backyard with berries, leaves and make a mud pie stew served up on a magnolia leaf! Then there was the grapevine trellis that made a beautiful wild jungle for Barbie and Ken to hang out in (except for all the bees the grapes attracted!)

But then something happens, right, the older kids get they aren’t encouraged to continue using their imagination. And then by adulthood, having an imagination really isn’t encouraged.

This happened for me. My creativity shifted into painting faux textured walls and marbleizing furniture.

But there was a definite line between creativity and business.

My creativity had to be surrounded by a lot of professionalism when I was in the corporate world.

Which was pretty much squeezing my creativity dry!

As I got older, and let’s face it, as I started my own business, I started RE-discovering my creativity.

It’s been a process over the years of giving myself permission to let out my creativity in my business more and more.

Now more than ever there are ways to bring your creativity into a business – and have it be profitable!

That’s exactly what my friend, colleague and coach, Kelly McCausey, is helping others do with her Creative Business Summit. It’s a three-day virtual summit with several smart creators who are profiting from their creativity. (more…)

Make Over Your Morning – Creating Morning Rituals to Support Your Success!


morningOne of the things I love about mornings is that each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. It’s like a menu full of possibilities!

How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of your day. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.

I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, meditation, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings – hopefully most mornings – you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your meditation exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.

Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you get done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?

If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother. I bet you accomplished what you had planned to do, too. Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day. You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about.

You have the creative power within you to start your day off in a positive and productive way.