{Miracle Marketing} Where’s the Friction & Flow? For real…

Happy Monday!

I’m off this morning to get my 2nd vaccine shot. Living with my 80-year-old dad I decided it was a good thing so that I’m not so worried about bringing home bad germs from my big city visits to Atlanta!

I’m also looking at the calendar for the fall and deciding if I’m going to move forward with another Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea in October. This annual retreat on the coast of Virginia is typically filling up by now. I’m trying to get a feel for what we think travel will look like. Let me know if you are curious…I can put you on a notification list for when I do make my decision.

I hope you get inspired from today’s article about identifying the friction and flow in your business. That was going to be the topic of last week’s article but I changed my mind and wrote about how to incorporate card decks into your business instead. (I just forgot to change the subject line – life in an imperfect world! )

Please enjoy the inspiration and creative sparks in this week’s Miracle Marketing newsletter!

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

Where’s the Friction and Flow?

When I am coaching a client, I’m always looking for where is there friction and where is there flow?

Friction is all about where things are slowing down, something is blocking action and movement, or quite often there is a misalignment of energy.

It can show up in all different types of ways: lots of action but avoiding right action, non-action, what they say and don’t say, or even with an intuitive hit from a knowing or feeling.

For example, a client who was talking about writing her book. She said she had hit a rough spot and was circling around and not moving forward.

Now this is super common. When you are stepping out there and putting your passionate message into a book (or a newsletter, video or podcast) – it can feel really vulnerable, like your inner little girl is standing on top of a chair screaming “Look at me, I have something important to say!” And deep inside you worry if anyone will care, will pay attention or even ignore you, or worse, point you out in some way and you’ll feel humiliated or embarrassed.

Super vulnerable, right?

Even when you know you are ready to be more visible with your creative endeavor and have something important to say that could make a difference in someone’s life.

The opposite can happen too. A client might be experiencing expansive flow. Heart and creative power centers wide open. Opportunities and ideas coming to them easily.

Then the coaching is often about how to continue to be open to the flow and receive. It’s common to want to slow the flow or shut it off completely because you get overwhelmed or you’re afraid you will get overwhelmed. It hasn’t happened yet…but you project into the future your fear of handling it.

In coaching, I’m always listening for the friction or the flow of energy. Is it expanding or is it getting caught on something that is slowing it down?

Is the flow moving but the client is holding it back or not realizing that they aren’t open to receiving the amazing opportunities that are right there around them?

This week notice your own friction and flow with these questions:

  • What project are you working on where you notice there is friction in some area?
  • Where are you saying you want something and yet you’re closing down the possibilities?
  • Where is something not working quite right but maybe you can’t put your finger on why?
  • Where is there flow in your business or your life?
  • Where are you holding back the flow of opportunities that are close by?
  • Where are you not allowing yourself to celebrate and acknowledge your success?

Pay attention to how you notice friction and flow:

  • Do you feel it in your body?
  • Do you feel it in your emotions?
  • Can you hear messages about where you are?
  • Is it something that isn’t tangible, but you just know it?
  • Maybe you can see where the friction and flow show up?

I’d love to hear how Friction and Flow are showing up for you in your business!

Join me in the Joyful Business Studio

This is a soulful community of Ripple-Maker business owners who want soul-nourishing ways to grow their business. That’s what we focus on each month!

In this creative (and oh-so-affordable) membership program you’ll receive:

  • Connection to an A-mazing community (think: friendships, support, collaborations),
  • Monthly Workshop on marketing/money/money/mojo
  • Monthly Fill Your Well and Group Coaching Call.

If you are tired of the “hustle-grind-formula-launch-launch-launch pressure model” then you’ll love this elixir of business smarts + creativity + joy + spirituality + integrity + realness!

When you join us now –you can get in on this Wednesday’s Group Coaching and Inspiration Call. You can fill your well with tools for your mindset and marketing toolbox and get coaching on what you’re working on right now!

Check it out and join us for the next workshop: Joyful Business Studio

I hope to see you in the Studio this week!

Opportunities to Create & Grow with Laura


March 12-14, You can still attend the second weekend!! March 19-21
Florida Creativity Conference
I’m presenting for a 3rd time at this conference – this time virtually! I’ll be talking about “Discovering your Creative Passion Project.” There’s all types of sessions to help you learn how to access your creativity, stretch your imagination and use creative in solving problems. I look forward to seeing you there! Sign up to attend conference here!

March 15-19
Next Level Secrets for a 6 Figure Business Summit 
with Stephanie Treasure
I’m a guest on Stephanie’s summit this month along with 21 Influencers sharing strategies and mindset for doing business at a higher level and making a bigger impact. I’ll be talking about “Attracting your Soul Tribe and the Conscious Marketing Approach.” Details for free summit here.

Wednesday, March 17
Joyful Business Studio – Fill-the-Well Group Coaching Monthly Call
Boost Your Inspiration, Creativity and Take Inspired Action + Group Coaching
Want to shift your energy, boost your creativity, get unstuck and grow your business the Joyful Business way? Only available through the Studio monthly membership here. A highly affordable, creativity + practical monthly membership. Go ahead and jump on in! I’d love to have you!

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. 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!


Thursday, April 8
Free Your Creativity

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

Creating from Flow
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 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 when I feel comfortable to move forward!

PS: Client Love from Leslie Hamp, author of Create the Life You Crave, coach, mentor and retreat leader

Every coach needs a coach, and Laura West is the one I turn to for brainstorming, guidance and a big leap. In just 2 hours she helped me shift into my Zone of Genius and rebrand my business. It feels so good to kiss my old business model goodbye and claim a model that is aligned with this stage of life — leading groups and retreats around a life re-imagined. I am so grateful to have Laura in my back pocket as my coach, mentor and inspiration.

What is your creative dream?

What is stirring inside of you?

What is the creative dream that is bubbling up and wants to be seen?

Maybe you aren’t quite sure yet. That’s ok. Check in with your soul stirrings. What do you know about those little breadcrumbs of desires and yearnings.

This is the perfect time…when many of us have slowed down to a “wintering” energy… check in with your Creative Dreams.

Pour yourself a cuppa, grab your journal and a cozy blanket and have a conversation with your creative dream.

Remember there’s no rules on how to journal. You can write pages written in longhand, quick bulleted thoughts, or a mind map to release the ideas. I do it all depending on my energy and time! Whatever helps you get your soul stirrings out and onto paper so that you can start to play with them and create some shape to them.

Here are a few journaling prompts:

  1. What is the obvious dream right in front of you?
  2. What is the creative dream underneath?
  3. What are the creative breadcrumbs, the soul stirrings that you don’t know what they mean, but they want to be seen and heard.
  4. What is the secret creative dream that would love some attention and nurturing right now?

I would love to hear about your creative dreams! Please feel free to share with me and I’ll hold it with sacredness and possibility.

Join me in the Joyful Business Studio

This is a soulful community of change maker business owners who want soul-nourishing ways to grow their business. That’s what we focus on each month!

This wonder-filled, creative (and oh-so-affordable) membership program you’ll connect to an A-mazing community (think: friendships, support, collaborations), monthly mini-workshops/trainings and group coaching.

If you are tired of the “hustle-grind-formula-launch-launch-launch pressure model” then you’ll love this elixir of business smarts + creativity + joy + spirituality + integrity + realness!

When you join us now –you can get in on the next monthly workshop – “Using Mindmaps to Make Your Creative Dreams Real.”

Read the details here: Joyful Business Studio

I hope to see you in the Studio!

To your Beautiful Brilliance and Success,

#2 Black Friday Weekend Goodness – Joyful Business Studio!

by Laura West.

One of my core philosophies is “When you feel good – you’ll do good! For yourself and others!”

Align your energy with Feeling Good.

Create morning rituals, move your body, drink water and stay hydrated, have a creative practice… these are all things that will help you get in alignment or stay in alignment with your natural flow of joy, abundance and optimism.

When you feel good…

It’s easier to do good.

When you feel good… it’s easier to pick up the phone, get a great idea for your next article, email about that speaking agreement, or follow up again with that potential client!

It seems simple.

It is simple.

It’s not always easy though.

We have created all sorts of fascinating thoughts, beliefs and actions to get in the way of our brilliant plans!

You need both…

Smart Marketing Strategies + Inside Joy Management = Success!

That’s one of the reasons I created the Joyful Business Studio. So you would have a place to go to tap into a community who thinks like this, lives like this and wants to support each other in creating a business like this!

The great news is with our November special you can join us in the Studio each month for coaching and marketing and mindset training… and you’ll save money when you sign up now! 🙂

I want to invite you to stop struggling and going at this alone and join us in the Joyful Business Studio… where I’ll help you learn and integrate this way of being into your doing.

As I mentioned, a delicious bonus… when you join us in November you save $$ – yay! You can lock into a lower monthly membership while getting all the good support, community and training!

Here are the details you need to find out more about the Joyful Business Studio.

I can’t wait to see you there with other coaches, changemakers, creative entrepreneurs and fascinating positive ripplers making a difference for your own life and the lives of others!