{Marketing Magic} Give Yourself Business Dream Time

Welcome to a new week of fresh possibilities! It’s like you just received a bouquet of fresh flowers – how are you going to enjoy them this week?!

Late summer is the perfect time for some Business Dream Time. Read on for inspiration. It may be the best thing you can do for your business expansion right now.

I also want to let you know that I have ONE spot which has opened up for the Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea this October. If you are looking for a soul-elixir for your business – this is for you! See below…for more details. I’m sure this one spot will go quick! Reach out so we can talk about it!

For more inspiration check out my new YouTube Channel where I’m sharing easy, natural ways to use this funky summer energy to pay attention to your business so you’ll be ready for the expansion that’s ready to come your way this fall!

Wishing you a week filled with big flow, easy expansion, and actions aligned with your soul!


Give Yourself Business Dream Time

Summer is the perfect time for Business Dream Time! For me, I have been spending an extraordinary amount of time on the deck and on the porch swing just feeling into what wants to happen next. What wants to be born? Really letting myself dream.

When you are at the pool, walking along the ocean, or just sitting on the deck catching an early morning sunrise….let your vision get a little fuzzy and let in the muse.

The key word here is LETTING. Letting yourself be in a state of wonder. Asking…I wonder….

I wonder…what’s possible for the rest of this year?

I wonder…what makes my heart expand and my energy be inspired?

I wonder…what would be fun to create this year?

I wonder…where my business wants to grow next?

I wonder…what am I ready to let go?

I wonder…what movement is waiting for me to lead?

Let the ideas and visions come into your awareness. Don’t shut them down or edit yet. That’s the hardest part…allowing the ideas and possibilities come to you without shutting it down too quickly.

Have your journal nearby so you can free write or mind map the ideas that come to you.

You’ll want to do this more than once. Keep capturing the ideas…big and small.

You never know what idea will come alive and spark action. Or, the universe will deliver synchronicities to support your expansion with this idea.

Once you have some ideas harvested from your Dream Time then you it’s time to pay attention to your energy alignment with each idea. Is this the right time for THIS idea.

THEN…decide which ones are your Big YES Passion Projects for this fall (which also means you have to say NO or NO NOT NOW to some ideas) and create your 90 Day Plan!


One spot just opened up!

The Creative Business Retreat – is it for you?

SURPRISE! One spot has opened up! The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is THE place to rejuvenate the soul and spirit of you and your business! The environment, conversations, deliciousness of life, plus the coaching and the creativity will be the perfect transformational experience to help shift you into what’s next for you!

You can check out the retreat here.

If you want to talk about coming with us then send me an email and we will talk! Hurry – this one spot will go fast!


Client Love: Susan Convery, Fine Arts Teacher and Creative Adventurer

As a creative person I need a coach who understands the creative process. I looked high and low for someone who would support me with more than spreadsheets and accountability lists. Laura West is THE coach for creatives! She has a gift for building community among her clients, guiding them into their unique and beautiful leadership brilliance, and into creating a business that resonates with their own personal soul mission.

Laura is warm, funny, supportive, empathic and creative in her own right. She is constantly inventing new exercises for her clients to tap into their soul work, to recognize flow and friction and to connect with and support each other while sharing the journey.

Because of Laura’s support I was able to leave a job that didn’t fit anymore, to put my artistic passion projects into the world and to create a new business that feels easy and joyful. Laura has lead me to the conclusion that I am my business and my business is me. What I am creating is who I am. I hope you will allow Laura to work her joyful magic on your business too.


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

August

Wednesday, August 4
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: 
Let’s Create your Cornerstone Creative Content Strategy to Attract Your Best Clients Ever!

Stop winging your content! This month in the Joyful Business Studio we’ll dive into your Best Client Ever (BCE) and create a content plan designed to attract them to you and your business programs! Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

August 10 – 13
Laura’s Next Chapter – Big Move to the Ocean!

August 23
Coming soon…New product you’re going to love!
Get your positive vibes on! A little tease….but something really good is coming your way soon! Introducing a new product that you’re going to love! It’s perfect for calling in your Future YOU and living it right now. More to come soon….

September

Wednesday, September 1
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Dare to be Seen – Naturally increasing your capacity to be seen and found as a highly success expert in your field!

Join us for this hands on workshop filled with ideas for increasing your visibility AND how to expand your capacity to be willing to be seen as an expert in your field. Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

Friday, September 10
Joyful Business Studio: Get Stuff Done That Matters – Virtual Retreat

Come join us! My clients LOVE this! 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!

October

Coming this fall!
New Group Mastermind & Coaching Program
This summer I’m in dialoging with my business about a brand new program. (yes – dialoging with your business is a thing! A very powerful process actually, which you’ll learn in this high level program.). I’m journaling, mind mapping and planning a new mastermind and group coaching program for you for this fall. More to come…think Flow + Healing + Living Your Manifesto!

Want to be on the waitlist to find out more? Sign up here so you will be the first to know about this new program.

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea

Virginia Beach, VA – oceanfront beach house

SURPRISE! One spot has opened up! The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is THE place to rejuvenate the soul and spirit of you and your business! The environment, conversations, deliciousness of life, plus the coaching and the creativity will be the perfect transformational experience to help shift you into what’s next for you! You can check out the retreat here. If you want to talk about coming with us then send me an email and we will talk! Hurry – this one spot will go fast!


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

I am a soul-led entrepreneur who loves expanding my business with business dream time!

More & More my imagination fuels my joyful expansion!

{Marketing Magic} On Being a Ripple Maker

Welcome to Monday and an all new buffet of fresh possibilities!

I’ve just returned from an extra-long weekend. Meeting potential movers in Atlanta where all my belongings and furniture are stored (except what my youngest son charmed out of me for his college home). I also spent the weekend in Huntsville, Alabama where my eldest son, Nick is finding his way in the world with a job managing a big contract for Facebook server buildings.

Even in my travels I get up a little bit early to journal, connect and reflect. It’s a big part of what keeps me grounded and creating in alignment with my Souls Work.

Today I want to share a piece that came through me in a stream without me giving it conscious thought. It moves me when I read it and I thought it might move you too. It’s about being a Ripple Maker.

Have you been thinking that it’s time to get your Soul’s Work out into the world and change more lives (creating more ripples) while creating a soul-aligned business then let’s talk. I only have a few spots open for July and August and then I know it’s going to fill up fast for the fall. I’d love to talk to you about working together. Just reply to this email and let me know a bit about your business and I’ll send you a link to my calendar.

Be sure to check out the calendar of events below. There are some workshops coming in the Joyful Business Studio that will really WOW and support your business expansion!

Wishing you a week filled with big flow, easy expansion, and actions aligned with your soul!


On Being a Ripple Maker

As I was writing in a channeling process this piece flowed through me about being a Ripple Maker. I wanted to share in hope it would inspire you too…

I matter. My showing up matters. My work in the world matters. I can treat it as though it doesn’t matter or I can treat it as though I matters. What I create contributes and matters adds to the energy that is love and abundance and natural expansion and evolution and bigger growth of the world.

I matter. I make a difference. Sharing stories and ideas… who really knows how I have impacted a particular person and their life, their business and beyond. I may never really know or I may only see the tip of the ripple iceberg.

I’m thinking of an administrative assistant who was riding the train into the city each day for a job she no longer liked. She sat on the train ride home each day going through her Joyful Business Guide page by page making her business dream become a reality. That woman was Suzanne Evans. I impacted that one woman to believe in her dream and start taking action. She has gone on to teach 10’s of 1000’s about business and speaking. Whether her style speaks to you or not – there’s no denying that she has impacted a lot of people and helped create successful businesses throughout the world. I have impacted those businesses and people through the ripple effect of creating that daring creative product back in 2007.

I am a Ripple Maker. My clients have started businesses, podcasts, Facebook lives and YouTube channels. They lead retreats, create programs, products, card decks and workshops. They coach clients on money, health, home and even healing of the land. They teach and mentor about creativity, fine arts, spirituality and energy healing. They help clients find their personal revolution, create legacies, better their leadership style, find their joy and passion, and find love for themselves and others.

They help people love their bodies, their health, and love their spouse and their kids a little bit more each day. They help people embrace the feminine and redefine what it means to be a man in today’s world. They help people find and own their weirdness and find ways to write and talk about their differences and their common dreams and then share it with the bigger world.

I help people show up more authentically and more fully with their voice, passion and mission in their business and live it in their life. I help people show up through hard times, hard days, and stressful seasons. I help people have difficult conversations to make their life, family, neighborhood, business and work a better place to be.

I am a Ripple Maker. I may never know the far-ranging difference I truly make and I trust that I do.

I may never know who they went on to interact with in a new and difference way, or a different choice they made that day when they spoke to their son or daughter or the stranger who cut in front of them in line, and I know I matter and I made a difference today.

I’ve helped people find their depths of their courage. Find their voice and use it to attract clients, interviews, collaborations and find new energy to show up to live their manifesto today!

I’ll never know the true expansion of my ripple effect. Yet, I keep showing up.

I do know that I create a neighborhood where people in my soul tribe flourish. Where they can practice being their best most true self today and tomorrow. And get up again and choose again.

I’m human and can get all caught up in creating the right program and how to market it and all that goes with that and I also know deep in my soul…

If you’re reading this this, I know that you are a Ripple Maker too. Creating positive change in your world with intention it will ripple out to change more lives for the good.

Here are some soul-nourishing affirmations to remind you to keep showing up because you matter.

I am a woman who is using her gifts for good.

I am a woman creating a positive difference in her world with the gifts I have and the dreams I am living into.

I am a woman who doesn’t sit on the sidelines waiting for permission or for everything to be perfect. I am a woman who create ripples even when it’s messy.

I am a woman who creates a neighborhood for other ripple makers to flourish and that makes my heart happy, my soul dance and my future-self smile big!

I am a Ripple Maker making a difference each and every day.

More and more I trust that my work and my presence makes a difference.

I love feeling like I made a difference and I even when I don’t see evidence of my impact…I show up anyway.


Are you ready to work with a business coach…who isn’t like any other business coach around?

I’ve said YES to a big rebranding for my website and message.

My web designer wanted to see examples of similar types of coaches to me. I asked my private clients if they would share examples of other coaches who were doing similar work that I do with them. I wanted to be inspired!

What happened?

Crickets…

Finally one of my clients replied: Ha! The whole reason I hired you is because you aren’t like other business coaches!

Isn’t it time to let go of the internal pressure of hustling, grinding and trying to fit into someone else’s idea of what you SHOULD be doing to be successful.

Instead, imagine owning your own beautiful brilliance magic and being in total alignment of your energy, power and focus so that you are wide open to the field of possibilities.

As one client says…I’ve done a total 180! I love sharing my message now and find marketing is actually fun and rewarding!

Imagine your business where flow is a daily way of life rather than feeling that internal pressure to constantly be hustling for results.

From this place you are so much more potent and so much more is possible for you and your business…with ease and joy!

This is what’s possible when you clear your blocks and limiting beliefs…you create with the Universal Abundance Current supporting you. I know…that sounds pretty woo. Actually, it’s full on woo-woo! But it’s true and surprisingly practical. It’s what makes the practical stick.

If this sounds intriguing, let’s talk about you, your business and liberating your power, your creativity and your success! Just reply to this email and I’ll send you over a calendar link for us to talk.


Client Love: Tim Wise, Tight Lines Consulting & Coaching

Laura is a master of bringing out the best in yourself. The biggest gift Laura provided me was her ability to bring me back to my passions and desires over and over. Her ability to help me create the right resonance and framework for moving by business forward without all the struggle was a true blessing for me. Having been in a hard charging corporate environment for years, the realization that you can run your own business differently without all the stress and overwhelm was pure wisdom for me.

Laura was also instrumental in helping me tap into my creativity, by just being me, not bogged down by the “right” way of doing things, but inspired by your authentic self. I loved working with Laura and came to a new understanding of what it means to own and operate a business based on my personal passions and desires.


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

July

Wednesday, July 7
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Let’s Shift those Limiting Money Beliefs!

Join me as I take you on a deep dive healing journey of shifting your limiting beliefs around money, wealth and moving the needle for how much you will allow yourself to receive! Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

August

Wednesday, August 4
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Let’s Create your Content Strategy to Attract Your Best Clients Ever!

This month in the Joyful Business Studio we’ll dive into your Best Client Ever (BCE) and create a content plan designed to attract them to you and your business programs! Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

August 10 – 13
Laura’s Next Chapter – Big Move to the Ocean!

September

Wednesday, September 1
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Dare to be Seen – Naturally increasing your capacity to be seen and found as a highly success expert in your field!

Join us for this hands on workshop filled with ideas for increasing your visibility AND how to expand your capacity to be willing to be seen as an expert in your field. Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

Friday, September 10
Joyful Business Studio: Get Stuff Done That Matters – Virtual Retreat

Come join us! My clients LOVE this! 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!

October

Coming this fall!
New Group Mastermind & Coaching Program
This summer I’m in dialoging with my business about a brand new program. (yes – dialoging with your business is a thing! A very powerful process actually, which you’ll learn in this high level program.). I’m journaling, mind mapping and planning a new mastermind and group coaching program for you for this fall. More to come…think Flow + Healing + Living Your Manifesto!

Want to be on the waitlist to find out more? Sign up here so you will be the first to know about this new program.

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea 
– We are FULL – Want to get on the waitlist?
Virginia Beach, VA – oceanfront beach house

The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is THE place to to rejuvenate the soul and spirit of you and your business! We are all filled Up for this experience! You can add your name to the waitlist for the next retreat here.


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

More and more I am standing in my power and sharing my message proudly and magnetically!

{Marketing Magic} Don’t die with your Passion Project still in you

Welcome to a fresh new week of possibilities!

I’ve been having fun taking pictures of all the gorgeous daylilies that are blooming in my dad’s yard this summer. It’s a great way to me to savor beauty, see nature anew and appreciate my dad’s passion projects.

Whenever I slow down and savor…I’m always amazed at how much opens up for me. My logical mind says…sit your butt down and write! My soul knows that it’s when I walk in nature, or take time to take pictures of the gorgeous day lilies or sit on the deck and dream…that I tap into the magic and wonder of ideas, clarity and soul whispers.

I hope you take some time (give yourself permission!) to play, dream, savor and create this summer!

Be sure to check out the calendar of events below. There are some workshops coming in the Joyful Business Studio that will really WOW and support your business expansion!

Wishing you a week filled with big flow, easy expansion, and actions aligned with your soul!


Don’t Die with your Passion Project still in you

Your Passion Project Matters

Every evening this week, I’ve been snuggled in my bed reading “The Missing Sister.” It’s the long awaited 7th and promised final in a book series by Lucinda Riley.

The fictional series centers around six sisters who were adopted by a loving, very wealthy, and mysterious man. They grew up in a beautiful loving place on a lake in Geneva, Switzerland. After the father mysteriously passes away, each sister was given the coordinates of the various places where he found them as babies. Each book is about a sister who goes to her homeland to figure out her parents and their history and there’s always there’s always the historical backstory of their journey in their part of the world (Australia, Scotland, Brazil, Ireland, etc.)

There’s also a through-line of the Greek mythology around the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades. Their father often referred to the idea that there is a missing seventh sister.

Over the last eight years I’ve been eagerly awaiting the story of the next sister building up to this promised 7th sister book where I’ll find out not only who the missing sister is but also who is the man behind the father and why did he adopt these particular girls from places around the world.

As I got closer to the end of the 7th book last week, (around 2am because I couldn’t wait!) I started realizing that there were only 30 pages left and there was no way that the whole story was going to be wrapped up.

Sure enough, I learned about the now found seventh sister but not about Pa Salt. (what they called their father)

At the end there was a note from the author where she shared how she knows she promised all would be revealed in this book but that she couldn’t possibly fit both stories in so there would indeed be an 8th book. She said she has been carrying this story of the father’s journey around with her for 8 years and she was looking forward to being able to share it fully. The next (and last) in the series will in August of 2022.

I was emotionally involved with these stories. I’ve been traveling around the world with them as their stories unfolded. I’ve suggested the Seven Sister series to friends who are looking for novel recommendations.

I was feeling disappointed by the non-ending (I want to know the deal with the dad!) and I was thinking…ok, I’ll wait over a year for the final story. I can be patient, grudgingly. And at least it doesn’t end and there will be another book.

Then…

I saw a link to the author’s website.

I was curious (why at 2am on a work night…?).

I went to her site and received a jolt…there was a note on the front page from Lucinda’s family (the author) that she had died just this week.

I was in shock.

I felt sad that this wonderful storyteller was no longer with us. I also felt grief that she may have died with this story inside her.

I felt robbed. She was only 55. Apparently, she struggled with cancer for the last four years. It wasn’t fair.

I was surprised at my depth of grief.

As I looked at her website and later her social media feeds, I could see how she impacted millions of people around the world with her stories and they too were grieving.

Of course, there was lots of speculation about the last story. Did she outline it? Will one of her adult children carry on for her? Her books are in some sort of production with a Hollywood collaboration. Who knows?

What I have been really present to since this series of surprises have unfolded is about how the time is now to take a step toward your Passion Project.

You never know what will happen tomorrow.

You never know who it will impact.

Don’t wait. Start today.

You never know where it will take you. You don’t know if you’ll finish it. You may impact one person’s life and it changes everything. Or you may impact millions. Or, it may be the ripple effect of impacting one person’s life and they go on to impact millions.

It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you create projects that move you.

Take that first step today.

RIP: Lucinda Riley, my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that your stories of these strong, amazing women made a difference in my life.


Are you ready to work with a business coach…who isn’t like any other business coach around?

I’ve said YES to a big rebranding for my website and message.

My web designer wanted to see examples of similar types of coaches to me. I asked my private clients if they would share examples of other coaches who were doing similar work that I do with them. I wanted to be inspired!

What happened?

Crickets…

Finally one of my clients replied: Ha! The whole reason I hired you is because you aren’t like other business coaches!

Isn’t it time to let go of the internal pressure of hustling, grinding and trying to fit into someone else’s idea of what you SHOULD be doing to be successful.

Instead, imagine owning your own beautiful brilliance magic and being in total alignment of your energy, power and focus so that you are wide open to the field of possibilities.

As one client says…I’ve done a total 180! I love sharing my message now and find marketing is actually fun and rewarding!

Imagine your business where flow is a daily way of life rather than feeling that internal pressure to constantly be hustling for results.

From this place you are so much more potent and so much more is possible for you and your business…with ease and joy!

This is what’s possible when you clear your blocks and limiting beliefs…you create with the Universal Abundance Current supporting you. I know…that sounds pretty woo. Actually, it’s full on woo-woo! But it’s true and surprisingly practical. It’s what makes the practical stick.

If this sounds intriguing, let’s talk about you, your business and liberating your power, your creativity and your success! Just reply to this email and I’ll send you over a calendar link for us to talk.


Client Love: Justine Williams, communications director and leadership coach

When I started working with Laura, a part of me was secretly hoping she’d say I could build my business with referrals only, and that marketing myself was not a necessity! As a communications director and leadership coach, I was used to helping others shine; Laura helped me to see that expanding my own business required ME to step up in a different way.

Laura’s warm, creative approach allowed me to TRUST in the PROCESS. I’m now showing up in my business excited about “being found” and choosing to be visible! This powerful MINDSET shift has been amazing to me. As a result I’m bringing my creativity to the table and it’s been freeing and, well, surprisingly fun!

What also surprised me was how Laura blends her creative brilliance with her workshops and coaching. It simply, works. I had new aha’s about my own business vision and leadership as well as enriching connections with others. Oh, and on that note, the community that Laura attracts makes the work infectious!


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

July

Wednesday, July 7
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Let’s Shift those Limiting Money Beliefs!

Join me as I take you on a deep dive healing journey of shifting your limiting beliefs around money, wealth and moving the needle for how much you will allow yourself to receive! Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

August

Wednesday, August 4
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Let’s Create your Content Strategy to Attract Your Best Clients Ever!

This month in the Joyful Business Studio we’ll dive into your Best Client Ever (BCE) and create a content plan designed to attract them to you and your business programs! Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

August 10 – 13
Laura’s Next Chapter – Big Move to the Ocean!

September

Wednesday, September 1
Joyful Business Studio – Monthly Workshop: Dare to be Seen – Naturally increasing your capacity to be seen and found as a highly success expert in your field!

Join us for this hands on workshop filled with ideas for increasing your visibility AND how to expand your capacity to be willing to be seen as an expert in your field. Included with your membership in the Joyful Business Studio!

Friday, September 10
Joyful Business Studio: Get Stuff Done That Matters – Virtual Retreat

Come join us! My clients LOVE this! 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!

October

Coming this fall!
New Group Mastermind & Coaching Program
This summer I’m in dialoging with my business about a brand new program. (yes – dialoging with your business is a thing! A very powerful process actually, which you’ll learn in this high level program.). I’m journaling, mind mapping and planning a new mastermind and group coaching program for you for this fall. More to come…think Flow + Healing + Living Your Manifesto!

Want to be on the waitlist to find out more? Sign up here so you will be the first to know about this new program.

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea 
– We are FULL – Want to get on the waitlist?
Virginia Beach, VA – oceanfront beach house

The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is THE place to to rejuvenate the soul and spirit of you and your business! We are all filled Up for this experience! You can add your name to the waitlist for the next retreat here.


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

More and more I am standing in my power and sharing my message proudly and magnetically!