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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Inspire. Empower. Motivate. | Creative Business Coach

You're not alone.

Sometimes when you're a creative person, maybe an artist, photographer, writer or graphic designer, you work alone in your studio or office. Often times getting together with peers in your field or other creative folks can encourage better brainstorming, help perfect designs, or challenge you to try new techniques. But does this really help your creative business become more successful? Probably not.

Few creative activities will help you take your business where you want it to go and you've probably already figured out most creatives don't enjoy all the boring business stuff. For most creatives going into business is just a matter of starting to take jobs or commissions, creating a website or online portfolio, applying to art shows, in short - selling your work. But then you realize there are all these other, less creative, tasks that go along with building a successful business, like taxes, branding, and marketing. Unless you are in the minority of creatives who took business classes in college or worked in the corporate world before ditching your suit for paint brushes, you don't know much about starting and operating a business and that is where I come in. I'm here to let you know you are not alone.

I'm here for you.

Ten years ago I quit my day job at a large corporation and went full-time into the photography business I own with my husband, Allan. It was both the best decision I have ever made and the worst. It was the worst decision because I didn't go into it with a well thought out plan for success, no business plan, no clear picture of what would happen next. But I learned. I learned a lot! It was the best decision because it gave me the opportunity to learn everything about being in business for myself as a creative. Along the way, I discovered that I love to teach and guide other creatives.

For the last few years, I have had the pleasure of serving as the Team Captain for the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team and through team meetings and events I have met lots of artists and creative folks who would love to quit their day job and make a living doing what they enjoy most: creating. Countless hours have been devoted to answering questions and giving sound advice over cups of coffee and one day it hit me how much I loved sharing my story and showing others how they could have their own successful creative business. It was then that I decided to launch Pink Spark Creative and offer creative business coaching. Together we will determine where you and your creative business need help and we'll create an Action Plan to get you there. I'm the nudge, the push, the spark you need to get to the next level, whatever that looks like for you.

I'm here to help you so you aren't alone.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fused Glass Goodness Available at Ijams Nature Center Gift Shop

Happy New Year!

I'm working on my goals and crossing tasks off my to-do list like a boss and it's only the third day of 2017! Although 2016 was a year filled with awesomeness, it was also laced with some not so spectacular events, so I am ready for a clean slate/fresh start/another 365 days to create! I'd love to hear about your goals/plans for this year - please share with me via email or over on the Twitter!

Big news!
Yesterday morning I dropped off a stack of Fusography coasters and a selection of pendants to Ijams Nature Center's Gift Shop. I was asked a year or so ago to put some items in the shop aaaaand I finally got nudged enough so I finally did! So now you can find my fused glass goodness at Southern Market and Ijams.

Here's a sampling of the pieces available at Ijams...

sassy glass studio fused glass coaster with bicycle

sassy glass studio fused glass coaster with camera

sassy glass studio fused glass coaster with butterfly

sassy glass studio fused glass coaster with butterfly

sassy glass studio fused glass coaster with owl

sassy glass studio fused glass coaster with owl

Also, if you've been thinking about taking Beginner Fused Glass Class, I have one scheduled for January 23rd from 2pm to 6pm. Find out more about the class here or email me to reserve your spot!

Lastly, I am STILL working on the Fusography video series and ebook. If you are interested in being the first to know when it is available, please sign up here! I promise it will be worth the wait!

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