Mindset

  • Video: Business Q and A

    This Facebook Live was filled with a lot of business information with a little bit of chaos thrown in.

    We cover flamingos, dogs, sublimation printing vs DTG printing, and answer questions on business topics. Plus, Kelli shares some of her favorite business/mindset books as well as her two favorite business coaches who have helped her. Lots of information covered amongst a little bit of chaos. Kelli gets whacked in the head for example. Good times.

    Below the video, you will find the video timeline, the coaches mentioned in the video, and the books mentioned as well.

     

    Video Timeline: 

    • 03:10 – Welcome
    • 03:46 – Special Guest Darlene
    • 04:29 – Kelli gets whacked in the head
    • 10:18 – Ryleigh’s tips on destressing
    • 11:40 – Facebook Sublimation Group
    • 12:13 – Complete chaos
    • 12:21 – We’re back
    • 13:35 – Q & A – Topics
      • DTG vs. Sublimation
      • Photoshop CC vs. Elements
      • Better Printer Quality
      • Converted Sublimation Home Printer
      • Pricing Question
    • 18:50 – Instagram user @nola_val
    • 21:00 – Pricing Question Revisited
    • 23:00 – Fake it ’til you make it
    • 23:50 – A few of Kelli’s favorite books for business/mindset
    • 29:40 – Best Print for T-shirts
    • 31:48 – The Pricing Mindset
    • 33:29 – Favorite business coaches/courses
    • 36:30 – Ryleigh sharing some questionable positivity
    • 39:04 – Darlene’s back
    • 39:15 – Layered designs question
    • 40:40 – WordPress question
    • 44:20 – Smart research for your business

    The coaches mentioned in this video:

    Denise Duffield-Thomas 

    Colleen Arneil

    The books mentioned in the video:

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  • 3 Ways to Amp Up Creativity

    Hey! I did a little Facebook Live video the other night (messy hair, no makeup and all, girl!). I shared three ways in which I get my creative groove going. If you missed it,  you can watch it below. Not gonna lie – the video took a bit of a turn when the kids crashed my party. But that’s how I roll, and I know you get that if you have been following PLC for anytime at all.

    So, what is the deal with creativity? Well, in my world, she is sometimes an elusive mistress. If my day is going a little weird and I’m not feeling it – she doesn’t want to even be seen with me. And that’s all grand unless you are getting paid to use your creativity. So, I kinda need her to buddy up with me so we can get stuff done and pay the bills.

    In the video above I explain my top three ways to get Lady Creative on my side. But I am going to paraphrase it here because sometimes we have things to do other than watch videos. I get that.

    1. Mindset. Each morning I wake up and head out to my deck where I sit in silence (until my kids find me). It’s a noisy world out there and it’s hard to come up with fresh new ideas when yesterday’s commercials and newsfeed are still buzzing in your brain. So, I very intentionally get still and silent. I listen to birds. I write down my goals in my journal (so important!). I meditate and I pray. Or I listen to a positive book on Audible. I also drink my coffee or water. This ritual has become so important in my life and I am very off kilter when it doesn’t happen.
    2. Intentionally Finding Beauty. I purposely find beautiful things that inspire me. Sometimes I read a new book that lifts my spirit. Other times you will find me cruising Pinterest for gorgeous visuals. If I can’t stop working, I do something as simple as light a candle. I started a ‘thing’ last year where I would light two candles each day that I was working. One for God to show up, and one for creativity to join me. It sets me in such a good frame of mind. Who can be all nuts when God and Creativity are joining you at your desk?  Not me. And from time to time, intentionally finding beauty means spontaneously getting away to my favorite hotel that is 3 hours away from my home. Road trip, kids!
    3. And lastly, decluttering. I wish this one didn’t work so well. But it tends to work so well…darn it! I am messy by nature. I like to see my work sprawled about so I feel I have control over what all is going on. Until I don’t. I can work like this for a bit but the older I get the more I realize I need organization and a zen-like environment to churn out my best work. But decluttering and tidying up also gives me space. It’s like a breath of fresh air that gives me time to think while cleaning somewhat on auto-pilot. And that is where the bonus magic is in this practice.

    Giving yourself time to decompress from all that is going on is crucial to being creative. And no matter what your line of work (or play) it almost always involves some level of creativity. So, what are the ways you get yourself in the creative zone? I would love to hear in the comments below.

    Stay creative. xx.

     

     

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  • The best thing you can do for your business today

    Showing up on social media for your business is important. Making sure all is working correctly on your website is pretty important, too. And, of course, you have to always work on building your email list.

    Those three things, in my opinion, are all paramount to a successful online business.

    But there is something that is equally, or perhaps more significant, than all those three combined. But I didn’t know that for years running my business. And I stayed at the same place for a long time. That place kept me struggling, not being able to pay all of my bills, and staying in a relationship that was not good for me. And my business wasn’t adding value to my life but rather it was sucking out my soul for the most part. That sounds extreme – but I take business very seriously and I was burning out quick. I was running in circles, working harder and harder, and nothing seemed to be making a difference. I am stubborn by nature and I thought if I forced it hard enough, it would work.

    I was doing all I could logically using social media, working on my website, and building my list. Shouldn’t success be showing up already?

    So, apparently, I was missing some part of the equation. I started reading books about gratitude and mindset in business and things started shifting. Nothing monumental but I noticed things getting better. So, I started reading more and absorbing all I could. Things were getting better. Still not great but I was on to something. I just didn’t know what. God was already a part of my business – I frequently prayed about my little business and told God about how much life was sucking and how my business was letting me down on multiple occasions. I was committed but this was a semi-pathetic way to live. I soon realized I was going at this all wrong.

    I saw a quote that was nothing new (I had seen it before). But something struck me and it really changed the way I approached life.

    Lightbulb moment! I understood! All I had been doing was complaining of my business problems and unintentionally focusing on that (even if it was in prayer some of the time). I needed to rewire my mindset completely. I needed to start having massive gratitude for things that hadn’t even happened yet! I needed to start thanking God and approaching my business as if it was already giving me the freedom I was really wanting and needing in life.

    Things changed. Things changed in a big way that it still gives me chills just writing this. My perspective did a 180 and I had a renewed energy. Day by day, that energy grew and I started working on my business from a place of gratitude and success. It was so simple yet so profound. I no longer complained about things going poorly. I shouted about things that were going right and every day small successes started adding up to bigger ones, and the momentum grew and grew.

    My dear business owning friend, the best thing I have learned about business is that mindset is a HUGE player in success. It trumps out any marketing campaign or strategy that I have in my playbook. It has made such a profound difference that things look the way I want them to now. I got rid of the nagging inability to pay bills. I started to see my own worth and value and left the toxic relationship. I stopped feeling defeated. As cheesy as it sounds, I found my own freedom.

    The BEST thing you can do for your business today is work on your mindset. Nothing, nothing, nothing else matters in the scheme of business or life until that is sorted out. All else will fall in line when you start living each day as if your prayers have already been answered.

    I wish you and your business all the best!

     

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