Friday, April 24, 2015

Every maker needs a mentor

I've had a few amazing mentors on my creative business journey, and the insight I gained from them is priceless. Now, it's time to give back, and I'm honored and excited to be able to BE a mentor at the Online Maker Mentors conference, on May 14-16 !

Maker Mentors is the first live online conference for creative business owners. They have brought together some of the smartest business experts & best creative business owners together to create a totally unique experience.

The conference is happening May 14th - May 16th. Everyone who signs up gets access to 20+ live sessions with creative business experts, an interactive forum and tons of resources to help you grow your business. Don’t worry if you cant make it live. All of the content is recorded so you can access it anytime!

Register now with discount code KINDOVERMATTERVIP and get $50 off of your conference fee!

The Maker Mentors conference is also hosting a series of FREE webinars leading up to the event! Anyone who signs up for the Maker Mentors newsletter will get access to these mini-events. Only one email will be sent each week, and it will be packed with resources for creative business owners, including access to the webinars. Sign up for the newsletter HERE!

There is also an “online expo” area called the small business marketplace featuring 50 small businesses that have amazing products.  I highly encourage you to check it out!

I hope to see all of my fellow creative business owners at the conference, because we all need some good mentors.   

❤, Lara

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Marketing + Mindset

Post by Kamila Gornia for the Kindness in Business series.

In this video, I share two of my favorite tools to reframe your mind around your list growth.

If you’ve been feeling discouraged because your list isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like, this video is perfect for you. We will be talking about about how to finally be happy with the growth of your business through two very simple yet extremely effective mindset shifts.

You might already know that list building is important. Getting traffic is important. But what if you are doing all you think you have to be doing but yet aren't seeing as great results as some others are? It can be disheartening. After all, you have an important message to share. You care about your people... but if they're not there, well then, you might start to doubt whether what you're doing is making any difference at all.

While, yes, list building can help accelerate your business forward online, it's also important to realize that consistency is just as important. And when you feel like your statistics are stagnating, I'd invite you to shift your mindset and get re-inspired and re-motivated to keep going. Because yes, you ARE making a difference.

Kamila Gornia is a powerhouse digital marketing strategist for modern entrepreneurs who wanna get seen + get paid doing what they do best, online. Pulling from her own 9 years of internet marketing and business experience (she’s launched and grown 4 successful websites of her own), Kamila helps her clients expand their reach exponentially using her tried and true strategies. From growing her very first website to 40K views in under 5 months to running a wellness blog with over 45,000 monthly readers and 100K views per month, Kamila has cracked the code on creating consistent revenue streams using effective marketing and list-building. Download her her Free Cheatsheet: Irresistible Opt-In Freebie that not only gets people on your list but also primes them to be come clients and customers in the back-end!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SPONSOR LOVE: Live More e-Course

Taking the time to journal regularly can help you get clarity on what’s important to you in you life so you can make it happen. It helps you take the steps needed to design the lifestyle and future that you choose. No more letting life just happen to you. Journaling helps you focus on what makes you happy and let go of unnecessary worries so that you can achieve the success that you want. It’s an amazing process that allows you to see any patterns that are showing up in your life again and again so that you can change things that aren’t working for you anymore.

I’ve used journaling to change my life and cut through the chaos that was keeping me stuck in unhappy patterns. I was first given a journal as a gift for my solo trip to Venezuela. I initially planned to only use it to keep track of my adventures, but it actually offered me many more opportunities. I was surprised by how it helped me explore what I wanted my life to be about and helped me get clear on the goals that I wanted to achieve. It gave me space to see what wasn’t working and ways to actually change these things. Journaling helped me get really clear on what I valued (and not others around around me necessarily did) and that was freedom, excitement, succession, ease and abundance.

This clarity helped me change my unhappy job situation and also allowed me to create a self-care routine that gave me new confidence and compassion for myself. I developed healthier relationships with new friends and let go of older relationships that weren’t helpful anymore. I want you to be able to experience the same benefits that I have from journaling, which is why I created The Live More E-Course.

The Live More E-Course is a yearlong journaling course that gives you 4 video tutorials to begin and a weekly writing prompt each week for the year (yes a total of 52 prompts!) to help you discover your best life and how to move forward into it. It covers important topics like your career and finances, relationships, lifestyle design, and self-love + other emotions. You will be able to get clear on what you really want your future and goals to look like.

After taking the course, you’ll be able to power through your to-do list each day excited for the next challenge instead of spending all day at work thinking about how much you hate your job. You actually book a ticket for that vacation you’ve always wanted instead of just daydreaming about it. You say no to the invites that don’t interest you without worrying that you’ll be missing out on something. You trust your gut about the business opportunity that has come up instead of discussing it with your friends first. You’re ready to get what you deserve and you’re motivated to take action towards it right now. Click here to join The Live More E-Course.

Nicole Liloia, LCSW is a licensed therapist, coach, and writer who helps smart yet stressed women become successful by helping them cut through the chaos so they can figure out what excites them and do work that they love. By slowing down and becoming mindful, they're able to create the lives they want now instead of waiting for “someday.” She received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and is the creator of The Live More E-Course. Nicole is a contributor to Huffington Post, Forbes, Tiny Buddha, and Mind Body Green and can be found online at  Head here to sign up for her free Self Care Cheat Sheet.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Each morning

Post by Taralee Hurff for the Kind Kindred series.

photo courtesy of photologue_np on Flickr

Each morning that we wake up, stretch our bodies and put two feet on the floor is a gift. We have the ability to decide at that moment if we will choose a smile or a frown, happiness or sadness, or positivity versus negativity. I choose with each morning that I am gifted to be grateful, to put a smile on my face, to be happy and to choose positivity Some mornings are easier than others to make these choices, but I know I can get through any day better by starting off this way. If I can’t talk myself into it on a given morning before getting out of bed then in my bathroom there is a reminder taped to the mirror. It reads, “I am grateful for today, for my life, for my body, for my children, for my husband, for my family and loved ones and for the ability to be of service. Thank you, Thank you, Thank You.” On a good morning I add to that list and on a rough morning I stick with the script.

I am ready to tackle the day and armed with gratefulness. This sounds wonderful right? It is and this mindset can manifest so many incredible things in your everyday life. Making it even more powerful is truly feeling and exuding this through every fiber of your being. Create the smiles, happiness and positive presence throughout your day for yourself and those around you. Happiness attracts happiness. I practice this everyday but let me share with you my biggest hurdle. There are times when I struggle to stay in my happy and positive mindset when the actions of others are the exact polar opposite; when someone else chose to wear a frown, chose sadness or anger, and chose negativity which they then project onto me simply because I am there or because I crossed their path at a bad moment. It is like a fight or flight response to being attacked. I know I should rise above the attack. I know that if I do I can have the control to diffuse the situation, walk away or at least be calm enough to make a better choice than attacking back in a manner that I will most likely regret later. My inner voice is there reassuring me that I don’t deserve to be treated this way and that I have the control, I just need to be aware and present enough to act on it accordingly.

When I am dealing with this with a stranger or someone whom I know is in a bad space, going through a difficult time or just needs to unload in order to move beyond that block, I can manage my response with ease. I can take that step back and recognize it isn’t really about me or an attack on me. I see there is a deeper hurt or need for their actions. On the other side I can see they are just simply unhappy/angry/negative and it is what it is. I get through the interaction, reset myself, say a prayer and keep moving along with my day in the way I woke up and intended for it to be. The struggle for me is when it is a family member or another loved one who attacks for the sake of attacking. Instead of dealing with whatever they have going on they attack on whoever hits the trigger, a trigger that most often is something completely random that just rubs them the wrong way at that moment. World War III ensues and now I am enveloped in a confrontation because I am being attacked, even if I know there was something underlying that waged the war. I go into protect mode. I struggle to rise above in these situations that are fortunately not an everyday occurrence. But when they do occur, the aftermath lingers for days as I question my behavior, their behavior, what was said, who meant what…you get the idea right? Have you been there? I think most people have at one time or another. It sucks the energy and positive vibes right out from me. I have to force myself to stay on track. I literally repeat positive mantras to myself while I work through the emotions.

Above all else, I have learned there is no other way to firmly get back on track with being happy and positive and wearing that genuine smile if I cannot forgive the person and myself. There needs to be a peace treaty in my heart. Sometimes this can happen quickly and other times it takes time to work through it, but in the end forgiveness can save relationships and it will lessen the weight of the load you carry. We must accept when we are wrong, but not take the blame for others’ actions. We can only be responsible for ourselves. Apologize for what you need to and then find peace in the forgiveness you have given them and yourself. Forgiveness is not always easy and forgiving doesn’t mean you have to forget. Forgiveness does free your heart and your mind of the negative, the sadness or anger and takes away the frowns. I can tell you that in some cases I actually end up being grateful. Grateful to have learned something from that moment and grateful to be armed with more awareness for the next time I am confronted with a similar war.

I want to be the one who can bring peace into these moments of chaos. I am not able to do that without forgiveness, without knowing my faults, without accepting all of me, without accepting others and without learning from all the interactions in life. Life will present me wars that will leave shrapnel behind, but I will still treat each day as a gift and be grateful. I will choose smiles, happiness and positivity. I hope that you will too.

Taralee received a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and Criminal Justice from Moravian College. She received her Special Education Teacher certification from DeSales University. Taralee is a NJ certified Teacher of the Handicapped, and has been working in the home and school settings for over 15 years. Taralee is currently President of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Regional New Jersey Early Intervention Collaborative, she is serving in her fourth year as a Board member. 
Taralee’s most important job is raising her three creative and inquisitive children (ages 9, 7, and 4) in Southern NJ. 
Taralee's book "100 Things To Do Before You Are 10" was published in April 2014. 
Please visit her Facebook page or send an e-mail for ordering information.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunshine all the time makes a desert

photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

Sunny beaches are my happy place. They're my first choice for vacation and somewhere that I feel EXACTLY how I want to feel; yet I've often wondered if I would appreciate them as much if I lived there. If I never knew rain or clouds or storms or snow again, would I somehow stop appreciating sunshine? Would I long for the quiet snow covered ground? Would I crave a heavy thunderstorm that knocks out the power?

The truth is that I'm not going to have to worry about any of those questions anytime soon! I plan to continue living in a place that has 4 seasons, crazy storms, and as much as it makes me cranky these days...snow.

I feel the same way about joy. I wonder...if I lived in a constant state of blissful joy, would I still appreciate it?

OK, clearly I don't have to worry about the answer to that question, either...but it does make me think.

The first sunny day after a long, cloudy winter, feels so much more incredible to me than the 10th sunny day in a row.

The first joyful day after a long funk, evokes so much more gratitude in me than the 10th consecutive day of feeling good.

I was talking to a new friend early last week, and we were comparing notes on a little mini-funk we were both experiencing. We told each other that it would pass, we needed to take care of ourselves, etc. All the true things you tell yourself, but don't really connect to. Later in the week, the mutual mini-funk had passed, and it was like the first day on a sunny beach. The gratitude for my joy after some emotional clouds, was intense.

So, while it's always nice to dream of living on a sunny beach and feeling constant bliss, for me, right now, I'm choosing to send some love to the clouds. Without them, I may not appreciate the sun.

Thanks for being on the journey with me.

❤, Lara

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Twilight Life

The ancient path of mud and moss
With myriad trodden stories sleeps
In paddles squashed
The stolen alms of darker skies
Are washed by heavy boots
That crunch the twigs in dying grass
With swollen feet and sinking eyes
That close
The moaning of the clouds in prose
Ashamed of steady poles – the sound
Of light in fighting colours
Finds and binds the night in sight
To follow deeper down the drowned
Abyssal journey of the Sun
In chasms lost in time and space,
But leaves the shadow of a face.

Adriano Bulla, a servant of Calliope, was born in Italy and lives in London. He has been publishing books since 2005, when his first collection of poetry, Ybo' and Other Lies hit the shelves; he has since published a surreal and unusual novel, The Road to London, which mixes poetry and prose, a collection of short stories, Tales for the Free Mind and Open Heart and a second book of poetry, Queer Poems, he has also published a study on Dante and Coleridge and a grammar book. His constant search for new and innovative forms in Literature, intense and unusual imagery has been accompanied by a growing awareness of social and psychological issues.
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