Why You Should Stop Waiting for Someday (And, How to Live the Dream Now)

Why You Should Stop Waiting for Someday

Have you heard of the painted picture exercise coined by Cameron Herold in his book, Double Double?

If not, the short explanation is that you plan out what you want your business and life to look like in three years from now and then you work backwards to make it happen. You include lots of details like how many employees you have and what you do to market your business and what bloggers are sharing your products with their readers.

I changed the exercise for myself by planning for one year out, because of how fast things change in this world. I doubt many of us could really plan for three years away and get it right. I do this exercise about once a year, and I use it as a guidepost for my decision making over the course of that year.

Because I find this exercise fun and enlightening, I had the members of Sunday Society (my membership program for creativepreneurs) write out their own painted pictures for July’s monthly challenge.

Within that challenge some of the members mapped out their dream day—how their perfect day would go from the moment they woke up (even how they woke up) to the time they went to sleep.

One of the Sunday Society members, Inese, decided to live her dream day one day last week and she reported to the group that it gave her a huge boost of energy.

That got me thinking about how so many of us sleepwalk through our lives, hoping that at some point we’ll reach our business goals and be able to have that dream life we’ve been fantasizing about.

But, what if you didn’t have to wait for someday?

What if you decided that one day in this upcoming week you were going to follow your perfect day itinerary? (This is the point where you stop reading and plan out your ideal day if you haven’t done it already.)

If you work a day job, this might mean that you have to live your dream day one day on the weekend. If you have young kids, this might mean that you have to hire a babysitter or drop your kids off with grandma for a chunk of the day. If you’ve grown to dislike your business, this might mean setting it aside for a day to do work that you’re passionate about.

Maybe your perfect day includes something that’s completely out of the question for now such as living and working in Positano, Italy when you currently live in Texas. You can’t include that part but you might be able to take a day trip to the beach to work or you might be able to do all of the things you’d do on that perfect day in Texas, including sipping a margarita at the end of the day on your back porch while doodling in your bullet journal.

The point is to get as close as possible.

Whatever you have to do to give yourself one day next week to live as if you’ve reached your dream life, do it.

You might be wondering what’s so special about this exercise—why you should give up a day’s worth of work or a day of lounging on the couch watching Gilmore Girls.

I’ll tell you why it’s important.

It’ll give you a boost of motivation.

If you give yourself a day to live your dream life, it’ll inspire you to work harder to achieve it.

Once you know what it would be like—what it feels like—it’ll be easier to give the middle finger to procrastination. When your alarm blares the next morning and you consider tossing your alarm clock across the room, you can think back to why you’re getting up early and what it’ll feel like when you reach your business goals.

The next time something awful happens like your website gets hacked or a troll on the internet tells you that you need to hire a stylist because you obviously don’t know how to dress yourself well (yes…both have happened to me), you’ll be less likely to give up, because you know why it’s worth it to keep going.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but years ago, I used to live out my ideal day when I was juggling a full-time job and building a business. About once every three months, I’d take a personal day and I’d spend that day living the dream—waking up without an alarm, working out at the gym across the street from my apartment, writing all day long with short breaks to brew tea and stretch my legs, and ending the day in my fiancé’s arms watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Those days kept me motivated when I woke up exhausted and wanted to stay cuddled under our down comforter instead of getting up at 5am to write for a couple hours before work.

It’s like giving yourself a breath of fresh air. You can see that pinpoint light at the end of the tunnel and realize you can get there.

You can tell how far away you really are.

Here’s the thing about your dream day: you don’t know how far you’ve got to go unless you try. You might realize that you’re much closer than you thought and that you can follow your ideal day itinerary once a week.

You might realize that parts of your ideal day are doable on an every day basis like ending the day with a bubble bath and a young adult fantasy novel or spending 20 minutes meditating before you start work.

Whenever I work with a new one-on-one consulting client, I have them fill out a questionnaire and one of the questions asks them to describe their perfect day. When we start working together, I often ask them how far away they are from achieving it. I also go through it to see if they can start incorporating some of it into their daily lives now.

I had one client who said that her ideal day would start by working on her novel which was actually doable if she got up a bit earlier. Now she starts every weekday by working on her novel. I had another client who wanted to take a walk on the beach each evening and because she lived 10 minutes from the beach, it was achievable right away.

Sometimes we don’t realize how much better we could be living until we give ourselves the chance.

Now, you might be on the opposite side of things where you realize that you’re really far away from living this dream life. That can be motivating, too. It can get you thinking about what you’re willing to sacrifice now to reach your goals in a couple years.

In order to get to my ideal day, I had to give up all luxuries to save money. For almost a year, my husband and I stopped eating out, stopped buying clothes, stopped getting coffee or tea on the way to work, stopped meeting up with friends for a $15 drink at a bar in NYC. We stopped doing anything that cost us money, so that when I left my day job, we’d have savings to fall back on.

At the time, it felt like we were giving up a lot but we both think it was 100% worth it.

If your dream is really far away, is there anything you could sacrifice now to get closer?

We all make choices every day that either gets us closer or further away from the life we crave to live. What choices will you make today?

You’ll see if this is really the dream or if you’ve romanticized something that you don’t actually enjoy.

Sometimes we glamorize something that becomes a let down in real life. Maybe you thought you’d want to work from home by yourself but realize that it feels too lonely or maybe you thought you wanted to sell handmade jewelry for a living but realize that you become bored when you spend an entire day on it.

Maybe you have a reality check when you figure out that in order to live this ideal life you’d have to send your kids to a daycare or hire a nanny and that’s not something you want to do. Or, maybe you figure out that you have to be willing to network with other creativepreneurs and the thought of reaching out to other girl bosses makes your armpits start to sweat.

Almost always when I work with a creative entrepreneur who quits her day job, there is a tremendous struggle. Part of the time they can’t believe this is their life—that they get to do what they love day after day. And, part of the time they’re terrified or wondering if they made the right choice when they hit a bunch of bumps.

The grass always looks greener on the other side but is it really? In order to find out, you’ve got to give it a go.

I’m not naïve enough to think that spending one day in your dream world will make you realize you don’t want it. That’s why I also recommend that you live your ideal day as often as possible. Don’t do this just once—try doing it at least once a month (once a week is even better). That’s how you’ll figure out what you love and what you don’t.

You can make changes based on experience.

If you keep your head down and work hard without checking in with yourself on a regular basis, you might wind up creating a business and life that you don’t really love.

Maybe you realize that instead of working an extra hour in the evenings, you’d like to spend that time doing something fun with your kids like playing board games or going to get ice cream sundaes or reading Harry Potter.

Maybe you realize that pieces are missing—that you haven’t thought about the admin tasks and how they’d get done. You realize that you’ll need to include hiring an assistant and accountant in order to live more of these ideal days.

Regardless of whether you can start living most of your ideal life right now or if you can only include small pieces, remain aware of how you feel in the moment. It’s easier than most think to build a business and life that you end up resenting. If you continuously check in with yourself, you can make changes along the way and build the right business (and life) for yourself.

I’d love to know the CliffNotes version of your ideal day. What are some of the things that have to be included for it to be a dream day? Share in the comments below!

Want more information about Sunday Society, how you can join and work through these monthly challenges with a group of creative women? Click here.

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Why Some Make It and Others Don’t

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Do you ever think about why some entrepreneurs make it and others don’t?

Maybe you wonder why others have found success when you haven’t? You might put in the same amount of time and effort. Your products or services might even be better than your competitors, but somehow they’ve reached their business goals and you haven’t.

You feel like everybody else knows the secret handshake that lets them onto the gravy train and you’re stuck on the outside begging for a seat in the cattle car.

If you feel as if you’ve been trying to get to the next level in your business for a long time and it’s not working, please watch the video I created for you today.

Over the past six years, I’ve worked with thousands of creative entrepreneurs just like you through one-on-one consulting, group coaching, retreats and courses. While working with those creatives, one of the things I’ve tried to figure out is why some make it and others don’t. And, it’s not what you think it might be.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s mainly two things that separate the haves from the have-nots. I discuss them both in today’s video:

I’d love to know if there’s anything you’ve been ignoring because it’s hard to deal with and how you plan on changing it. Share in the comments below.

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Behind the Scenes: Making Tough Business Decisions

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You know the creative itch?

It’s that nagging sensation you get when you want to add a new product or service or project to your business plan. Creative entrepreneurs tend to get those itches a lot and unfortunately there’s no cream or antibiotic for this kind of itch.

We come up with so many ideas that we’re excited about that we leave some projects unfinished and we move on before we’ve given the thing we’re currently working on our very best.

I’ve done it. But I’m determined to not repeat my mistakes, and this particular mistake really impacts your success.

Over the past couple of months I’ve had to make some tough decisions about the future of Blacksburg Belle and my latest project, Sunday Society. Because you seem to love when I show you behind the scenes of Blacksburg Belle, I decided to take you through the process of how I make some of my big decisions. Watch today’s video to get the scoop:

Here’s the link to the podcast episode I mentioned in this video. I highly recommend you give it a listen while folding your laundry this week. (I could listen to Amy talk 24 hours a day–she has such a soothing voice.)

If you want to check out the details for Sunday Society, you can find them all right here.

I’d love to know your thoughts on when you decide to add another project or product to your business plan. Have you made the mistake of adding new things waaaaay too early before? Leave it all in the comments below. Thanks for watching!

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5 Signs Your Email Opt-In Needs a Makeover

5 Signs Your Email Opt-In Needs a Makeover

The set it and forget method hardly ever works in business.

If you set up your email opt-in a year ago (or a few months ago or a few years ago) and haven’t tweaked it since, you’re missing a huge opportunity. As I explained in my last blog post, there is no excuse for not putting effort into email marketing—no matter what type of business you have.

There also isn’t any excuse you can give me for not working to improve your email marketing that would fly with me.

I have not worked with a single entrepreneur who wouldn’t get closer to her business goals if she put more effort into email marketing.

Think about your business goals. Would email marketing help you reach them?

Let’s say you want to be taken seriously as a speaker and want to be invited to all the high-profile conferences in your niche. You need an email list to back you up—to prove that people care about what you have to say.

Let’s say you want to quit your day job in order to pursue family photography. Wouldn’t your spouse be more supportive if you had hundreds or thousands of possible clients on an email list who consistently book you for photo sessions?

Let’s say you want to land a book deal. You need an email list to show publishers that people love your writing and will buy your book.

Even though email marketing will help you make your business dreams come true, I work with creatives every single day who spend less than an hour on email marketing in a month.

If you’re one of them, decide that you’re going to put in the work. Be brutally honest with yourself as you read through this blog post to see if you need to update your email opt-in.

Let’s jump in. Here are five signs that your email opt-in (the design, the copy, the freebie) isn’t working:

1. Your email list isn’t growing.

First, I want to make it clear that this takes time. You can’t expect to set up your opt-in form and have a list in the thousands within a few months.

But, you should expect to see some growth. If not, you should ask yourself the following questions:

a) Is the design of my opt-in form attractive?

If not and you don’t have the skills to improve it, you should hire a designer for this one piece on your website. It’ll totally be worth the $100-$300.

b) Is the copy (promotional writing) something that grabs my ideal customer’s attention immediately?

If not, you should spend as long as it takes rewriting it and making it better. You could even hire a copywriter to give you suggestions or write it for you.

c) Is my freebie something my ideal customer can’t resist?

Lots of entrepreneurs slap something together to get going without creating the BEST freebie for their ideal customers. Take this month to improve and update your freebie and watch your list multiply.

d) Am I marketing my email list?

Yes…you have to promote your list. You should be talking about it in interviews, in the bio of your guest posts, in your blog posts and on social media. If you’re not working to get more people on your list, it won’t grow.

2. Your daily subscriber opt-in count isn’t increasing.

I don’t mean your total number of subscribers. I mean the amount of subscribers opting in each day—that number should be growing. This will ebb and flow. For example, if you write the best guest post you’ve ever written for a popular blog, you can expect your daily opt in count to grow a ton over a couple weeks and then start to trickle back down to normal.

But, if you’re averaging three new subscribers per day for over six months, then you know it’s stagnant.

What usually happens is that your subscribers enjoy your freebie and follow-up emails so much that they recommend it to others. They start to promote your blog posts and emails. And, if other people are recommending your emails, your daily count should grow.

If your daily opt-in rate isn’t becoming larger, you need to ask yourself these questions:

a) Why aren’t people recommending my emails?

b) Am I not doing my best work? Am I sending emails just to send them instead of making each one something I know my subscribers will love and gush over?

If you’re guilty of phoning it in, that needs to stop now. This is one of the most important pieces of your marketing strategy, so make sure you’re putting in the time it deserves.

3. Subscribers don’t download or click on your freebie.

Let’s say that your list is growing and your daily opt-in count is growing, but a very small percentage of your new subscribers actually download or click on your freebie. That’s not good.

You want new subscribers to use your freebie ASAP so they become more aware of your brand (and how awesome you are) and they start the habit of opening your emails and clicking on links.

If they ignore your welcome email, they might totally forget why they signed up for your email list in the first place. They might ignore most of your follow-up emails or report you for SPAM because they don’t even remember signing up to receive your emails.

If this is happening, you need to answer these questions:

a) Does my welcome email headline grab new subscribers’ attention?

It has to compete with all the emails your subscribers are receiving so you shouldn’t use the standard, “Welcome!” for a subject line. Give them a reason to click to open your email right now.

b) Does my ideal customer really want the freebie I’m providing?

Maybe in the moment they sign up but realize they actually don’t want to read another ebook or download another printable they’ll never actually print. Or, the excitement wears off and they never download.

c) Is the writing in my email enticing?

You’re still selling in your welcome email—you’re selling your freebie, you’re selling your brand and you’re selling them on staying on your email list. You’ve got to immediately capture the attention of new subscribers with your words.

4. Subscribers don’t open your follow-up emails.

This tends to happen a lot. You get a bunch of subscribers onto your list. They love your freebie but then they stop opening your emails (or even unsubscribe from your list).

If you fall into this category, you need to answer the following:

a) Is my freebie attracting my ideal customer?

At first, it seems like it is because your list is growing, but wouldn’t your ideal customer stick around and open up your follow-up emails? Let’s say that you got over a thousand new subscribers onto your list with a giveaway. Nice work! But, if they only came for the chance of getting something for free, you’re not attracting people who are willing to give you money. Those are two very different things.

b) Have I stopped putting my best work into my emails?

As soon as you stop creating emails that your subscribers love and can’t wait to open, you lose their attention. You become just another email in their inbox that’s cluttering things up. I know that sounds harsh but it’s the reality.

c) Do my subject lines provoke curiosity and get subscribers to click?

Lots of entrepreneurs make the big mistake of putting all their effort into writing a great email and then pick the first subject line they think of instead of putting the same effort into writing a click-worthy subject line. If you can’t get them to click and open, you’ve already lost the battle.

5. Subscribers don’t convert into customers.

No matter how many subscribers you actually get on your list and how many open and love your emails, if they don’t convert into customers, all that work is for nothing. You’re running a business and that means you need to constantly bring in new customers.

If you’re not converting your subscribers into customers, you should answer these questions:

a) Is my freebie attracting people who will eventually give me money?

Your freebie might be great but if it doesn’t get people onto your list who will actually buy your products, you need to change it.

b) Am I directly selling to my subscribers?

Some creatives are so terrified of ‘turning people off’ that they hardly ever sell to their subscribers. They feel bad being ‘sales-y’ so they don’t even try. If this is you, please get over yourself. Your subscribers signed up to your email list knowing that you would probably sell to them. They want to know when you release a new product, they want you to remind them where to buy your stuff, and they want to know when you host a sale.

c) Does my sales copy need some work?

You might be great at writing emails when you’re not trying to sell your stuff but turn into a ‘sales robot’ when you talk about your upcoming launch or why they should buy your latest product. You have to get comfortable with selling and/or hire a copywriter who can help you sell.

I hope this helps you figure out why your email opt-in isn’t working or if it needs work.

This is something we all need to be consistently working on—there is always room for improvement whether that’s testing out a new welcome email subject line or tweaking your opt-in form design.

Have anything to add or have a question? Leave it in the comments.

Want a place to get feedback on things like your email marketing from other entrepreneurs so you have a better idea of what you need to change? Come check out Sunday Society: Chats, Tea and Fishtail Braids. It’s a membership program for creative entrepreneurs looking for support, encouragement and feedback in a welcoming space. (Plus, we start every live call with a dance party!)

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The Beginner’s Guide to Email Marketing

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You’ve heard about this thing called email marketing. You’ve been told that it’s critical to running a business, but you’ve put it off.

Maybe you’ve procrastinated because you don’t know the first steps to getting started. Maybe you have you no idea which email service to use or how to put an opt-in form on your website. Or, maybe when you think about email marketing, a migraine forms behind your eyes at the thought of even attempting setting it up on your own.

Whatever excuses you’ve used in the past, push them aside and start building your first email list.

This is NOT an optional step if you’re running a business.

If smoke could come out of my ears (like in cartoons), it would happen every single time I work with someone who isn’t utilizing email marketing. It’s the best way to keep your products and services in front of your target market.

And, don’t you even say something like, “Well, I’m on Instagram and post at least once a day there, so I don’t really need email marketing,” or “But, I’ve built a following on Snapchat and that’s where I promote my stuff.”

A social media platform is NOT a substitute for email marketing for a few reasons:

1) You don’t control the platform and if they make changes to it that limits your ability to get your posts in front of your followers (I’m looking at you Facebook!), you’re completely screwed. You should never put your all your eggs in a basket you don’t control.

2) You could get kicked off the platform at any time for any reason. This happens waaaaaaay too often to leave it up to chance. What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/Pinterest account has been suspended? Weep and drink three glasses of Pinot Grigio at lunch? Save your liver and sanity by getting your social media followers to join your email list.

3) For the most part, your followers don’t check whatever social media platform you’re using as a substitute as often as they check email. I know I check my email more than Snapchat, Pinterest and Facebook combined. I also look at my emails more closely than any other social media app. When I’m scrolling through Instagram, I barely glance at half of the photos and captions.

Marketing on social media is also important, but it shouldn’t take the place of email marketing. When you use them together, you’ll have a much better chance at success.

Ready to tackle email marketing once and for all? Follow the steps below to get started:

Step 1: Choose an email service provider.

Some of the main email service providers are: MailChimp, AWeber, Mad Mimi, Convert Kit, Constant Contact, Ontraport, and Infusionsoft.

I’ve played around with MailChimp but not enough to say whether or not I recommend it. From working with lots of entrepreneurs, I know that the main con of MailChimp is that it’s hard to set up different segments. For example, if you sell jewelry and stationery, you’ll probably want to have two segmented lists so that women who are interested in only your jewelry, only receive emails about your jewelry and vice versa. Don’t worry too much about email segments now, but just know that if you’re going to want to set up different lists within your email system, MailChimp might not be the way to go.

I’ve used AWeber for six years and highly recommend it. It’s not the most user-friendly option available, but if you go through a few tutorials, you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. It took me about half of a day to set up my opt-in on my website through AWeber. If you’re going to hire a designer to create your opt-in form, AWeber is a great platform, but it does seem to be one of the harder platforms to create really pretty opt-in forms if you’re inexperienced.

Mad Mimi is a good option for those of you who want your emails to be super pretty. My partner in crime, Mayi Carles, has used Mad Mimi for years and that’s one of the biggest pluses for her.

Convert Kit is very user-friendly and makes setting up different segments incredibly easy. It’s the email service provider I’ve been recommending to most of my clients. The main con with Convert Kit is that it’s not as easy to use lots of visuals within your emails which is a sticking point for some creative entrepreneurs.

I don’t have any experience with Constant Contact, but I read some reviews and it seems like the biggest con mentioned regularly is that it’s not very user-friendly. However, they offer affordable plans and they have hundreds of templates to choose from.

I’ve also used Ontraport. When Mayi and I teamed up to create Connecting the Gaps that was the email service we used. We wanted more options than what AWeber and Mad Mimi provide. Unfortunately, we both felt that it was not at all user-friendly. Maybe things have changed. We haven’t used them for a couple years, but we both struggled with it when we used it. It took me about five times as long to set the same type of thing up in Ontraport than it did in AWeber. (P.S. Marie Forleo uses Ontraport.)

Infusionsoft is one of the most expensive options and also one of the least user-friendly. However, it seems to give you the most options. For instance, you can set it up so that you unsubscribe someone from a promotional list once they’ve bought your WordPress course so they don’t receive anymore sales emails about that course. Or, let’s say that someone clicks on a link to watch a video about a specific topic. You could move them onto the list where you go into more detail about that topic.

I would NOT pick one just because it offers a free trial. Most entrepreneurs that I know who do this end up regretting it when they realize they want to move to another platform and lose a bunch of subscribers in the process. A lot of these providers have budget-friendly options when you’re just starting out and as your list grows, it’ll pay for itself.

Step 2: Go through that platform’s tutorials to learn the backend.

No matter which email service provider you choose, you’re going to have to learn how to create emails, design an opt-in form and add it to your website and more. And, each email service provider is different, so there aren’t many shortcuts to this step. Suck it up and do it, my friend.

Schedule a two-hour timeslot for sometime in the next week to go through the tutorials. That should give you enough information to at least get started.

Step 3: Decide on your opt-in freebie and create it.

An opt-in freebie is the thing you’re going to give away in exchange for the person’s email address.

The biggest mistake entrepreneurs make when creating an opt-in freebie is picking the wrong thing to give away. You want to make it something that your ideal customer can’t resist.

For example, let’s say that you’re a web designer trying to get more web design clients. You might think about giving away a DIY WordPress tutorial to email subscribers, but that won’t attract the right people. That will only attract people who want to design it themselves or don’t have the money to pay a web designer. On the other hand, if you offer a downloadable checklist of the things they need to do before hiring a website designer, you’ll be attracting people who are thinking about hiring someone like you.

That’s a very important distinction.

Some people would tell you to do this later. Not me. If you do this step now, writing your welcome email and designing your opt-in form is going to be a lot easier. If you do this last, you’ll probably have to go back into your welcome email to add the link to your opt-in freebie and some copy about it. And, you’ll probably have to redesign your opt-in form, so that you feature your freebie.

Step 4: Write your welcome email.

Now that you’ve picked your opt-in freebie and created it, it’s time to write your welcome email which is the email your subscribers will receive as soon as they confirm that they want to receive your emails.

You should include your freebie in this email. You want your subscribers to instantly access it so they don’t forget about it.

Also, the copy you use in this email is very important. Do NOT rush this step. This is the first taste your subscribers get of your style. The copy should be branded and filled with personality. It shouldn’t read like any other welcome email. Add some sass or beauty or humor.

If you don’t put much effort into this email, you can expect to lose the attention of many of your subscribers.

Step 5: Design your opt-in form.

Now it’s time for the hard part if you’re not a designer. If you’re doing this step yourself, match it to your branding. Use your fonts and colors and feature the freebie. Keep it simple and get feedback from some of your peers.

If you have the budget for it, I highly recommend getting a professional to design your opt-in form. Five years ago, I hired a designer to create mine for $75 and I instantly saw results—my subscriber counts massively increased.

Step 6: Put your opt-in form on your website.

If you hire someone to design your opt-in form, make sure they’re also willing to put it on your site for you. This will probably take a web design professional a lot less time than it would take you to do it.

If you’re not hiring a designer, once you finish designing your opt-in form, you’ll get the code you need to put on your website. Copy and paste that code where you want your opt-in form on your site.

You should make sure that your opt-in form is placed above the fold (meaning that you don’t have to scroll down to see it) and is one of the most eye-catching things on your site.

Bonus Points:

a) Consider using pop ups.

A pop up is an opt-in form that pops up while someone is on your website. You can set up pop ups in a bunch of different ways such as an opt-in form that pops up after a specific amount of time (such as one minute) or an opt-in that pops up when someone clicks to leave your site.

As a consumer and blog reader, I hate pop ups. As a business consultant, I sometimes recommend them because they absolutely work. If you use a pop up on your website, you will get more subscribers. You have to decide whether or not that’s worth annoying some of your readers.

You can also use pop ups in a way that’s less obtrusive. For instance, you could place the pop up in the lower right corner so that it doesn’t obstruct the blog post when someone is reading.

b) Set up a sales funnel.

A sales funnel is a series of emails that tries to convert subscribers to customers.

When you get your target market on your list, you should take advantage of that opportunity by selling to the people on your list. Want more info on what a sales funnel is and how to set one up? Check out these posts: 1) A Sales Funnel Example and Workbook and 2) Tips for Creating a Successful Sales Funnel.

c) Use email marketing in your current content.

Because most businesses use email marketing, it’s not as easy as it used to be to get people to sign up. If you want your ideal customer to opt in to get emails from you, you can’t just add to the noise and clutter.

You can’t just put an opt-in box on your sidebar and be done with it, even if you have an awesome freebie.

If you’re already creating content on a regular basis (through blog posts or YouTube videos or Facebook Live), add something special to that content that people have to opt in to get.

For example, in a recent blog post titled 75 Done-For-You Blog Post Title Templates, I put together a download with all the templates listed on it. But, I didn’t just add it as a download. In order to access it, you have to hand over your email address. Anyone who wants to print out the list so they don’t have to keep coming back to the blog post to see the templates opts in to get it.

I just started doing this and it’s already increased my subscriber rates immensely.

d) Use landing pages to get more subscribers.

If you spend a lot of time promoting your business on social media, you should consider utilizing landing pages that you can send your followers to. It’ll make it easier to convert those followers into email subscribers. For more information, check out this video: Landing Pages: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them.

I hope this helps you get started with email marketing. Still have questions? Ask them in the comments below.

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Why Haven’t You Done It Already?

Why Haven't You Done It Already?

If I could do a little spell, point my wand (I don’t actually have a wand but I wish I did since Hermione Granger is one of my heroes) and make something happen in your business right now (other than more sales because duh!), what would you choose?

Would you ask for more email subscribers that you can hopefully convert into customers?

Would you want a list of bloggers to pitch guest posts to so that you could get your expertise in front of more people?

Would you request your own CreativeLive course?

Take a moment to really consider this before you keep reading or else you’ll lose a little bit of the magic. (Yes…I’ve probably watched Harry Potter one too many times if you can’t tell.)

Now that you’ve thought about the one thing you’d ask for, I’ve got a question for you:

Why haven’t you gotten it already?

No, this isn’t a trick question.

I really want you to think about it.

If there’s something in your business that you want more than anything else, you should be doing everything that you can to obtain it, right?

So, what steps have you taken this week to get closer to that goal? Have you done anything today to achieve it—even if it was only a small step? (Or, have you flopped down in front of a Friends rerun because you’re tired and you’ll ‘do it tomorrow?’ If that’s the case, give up the ruse now. We both know that tomorrow really means weeks or months from now—if ever.)

Maybe you’ve made excuses for why you haven’t achieved it.

You’re going on day eight of the worst runny nose of your life (summer colds are pretty terrible!). You’re homeschooling two young children. Your day job sucks the life out of you, leaving little else besides the ability to zap dinner in the microwave and lose yourself in Monica and Chandler’s relationship drama.

I get it more than you might know.

But, I also know how to break free of this wretched pattern and take charge of your life and business.

You do it through retaking your product photos because they’re not quite right even though you’ve already spent 80 hours on them. Through taking an extra hour at the end of the day to read Fascinate by Sally Hogshead to learn more about marketing. Through sending out another guest post pitch when you’ve received three ‘no thank you’ emails in a row.

From the outside, many successful businesses look like everything happens easily, but from someone who’s seen the inside of lots of these same businesses, a brand’s Instagram feed or blog posts can be extremely deceiving.

Most businesses only share the shiny parts. But, the shiny parts often only come from many, many messy middles (as my friend, Mayi Carles likes to say).

If you feel like your running up against obstacle after obstacle, you’re not alone. That happens to all of us.

The entrepreneurs who get back up, dust off their rompers and try again are the ones who have all the shiny things to share.

If this is your dream, you can’t let anything or anyone stand in your way.

That sounds extremely corny and I’ve almost deleted this entire post a bunch of times (due to abnormal amounts of corniness), but we all need a wake up call every once in a while.

Ding ding ding. This is yours.

Let’s get back to that thing you want more than anything in your business right now.

How hard are you really working for it?

Are you willing to double or triple your efforts today?

When you get caught up in your daily routines, you often lie to yourself about how hard you’re working. You don’t do this on purpose. It’s human nature.

You tell yourself that you worked as hard as you could when you really spent an hour too long scanning Pinterest instead of using it to market your business. You tell yourself that you couldn’t possibly do anymore when you’ve marathoned every season of Gilmore Girls in less than a month. You gripe about not having enough ‘me time’ even though you hit the snooze button seven times every morning.

Often what’s holding us back is ourselves.

Instead of working as hard as you’ve been for the past six months, amp it up. That might be exactly what you need to actually achieve this goal.

Let’s say that you know you need to get more email subscribers. Most online businesses make the majority of their profits from their email list. It’s important stuff.

So…you know it’s important. What have you done lately to get more subscribers?

Have you used all of your social media platforms to drive more people to your opt-in? Have you pitched a bunch of guest posts, interviews and/or features? Have you created regular blog content that would make someone feel like they have to sign up to get your emails so they don’t miss out?

Have you thought about whether or not you’re using the right opt-in to get the right people on your list? Have you experimented with anything different?

Have you hosted a webinar or tried a giveaway or boosted some Facebook posts?

If not, you’re not trying hard enough.

I know that’s hard to hear.

And, you might be coming up with excuses as you’re reading this. Maybe you’re saying something like, “She doesn’t get my situation,” to yourself.

Stop whining. Stop complaining, And, for holy guacamole, stop making excuses.

This is your one life. It’s not a dress rehearsal. Do you really want to spend it miserable in a day job that you hate or underperforming and underachieving? Is that the legacy you want to leave?

Make a pact with me right now. Over the next month, triple your efforts to achieve that one thing you thought about when you started reading this post. See what happens.

You might just realize that if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. I know, I know…more corniness. But, it’s the truth and I want you to live your life on purpose, doing everything you can to make the most of every day.

So, what’s the one thing you’re going to triple your efforts in achieving this month? Leave it in the comments of this post so we can send you lots of positive vibes and cheer you on.

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75 Done-For-You Blog Post Title Templates

75 Blog Post Title Templates

You write the draft of your blog post as you sip your favorite tea.

You take 30 minutes to edit it the next day as you listen to Adele (Send My Love speaks to my soul).

You set up the perfect photo to go with your blog post, snap about 37 options, pull them up on your computer, spend 20 minutes editing seven of them even though you’re only going to use one.

You pick the right photo and add text to it.

You format it in WordPress, wondering for the 89th time if you should hire a virtual assistant to do this for you.

You’re ready to publish…but wait!

You haven’t brainstormed the right title. Ugh.

You just want to publish it already. You’ve used up all your energy and willpower actually writing the darn thing and taking the right image for it.

You come up with a title option, quickly type it in, look at it closely to make sure there aren’t any typos and you hit publish.

You share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sit back to wait for comments and shares.

The next morning you brew a cup of lemon and ginger tea and pull out three oatmeal raisin cookies for breakfast. Who’s gonna know? And they’ve got oatmeal in them. That totally counts as a breakfast food.

You sit down to check your stats and you’re disappointed. Why aren’t people clicking on your blog post? Why aren’t they sharing it? Why aren’t they commenting?

They must be idiots or all on vacation at the same exact time. That was some of your best work.

But was it?

Did you really spend the extra time coming up with the best, most click-worthy title?

If not, you wasted a great opportunity. Titles matter more than most people realize. It’s really the ONLY thing that matters when you’re trying to get people to click to read the blog post. If it doesn’t grab their attention and intrigue them to find out more, you’ve lost.

To make this process easier, I’ve created 75 blog post title templates. Simply add in your content to the templates below to come up with a bunch of different ideas. Then, pick the best option.

I also put this list into a downloadable PDF. Just click the button below to get instant access!

1. ________________________ 101

Example: Instagram for Lifestyle Bloggers 101

2. ________________________ Fundamentals

Example: Landscape Photography Fundamentals

3. ________________________ for Beginners

Pattern Design with Illustrator for Beginners

4. Unlock the Power of ________________________

Example: Unlock the Power of Blogging for Your Business

5. The Power of ________________________

Example: The Power of Bullet Journaling

6. Master ________________________

Example: Master Video Marketing in 8 Weeks

7. How to ________________________

Example: How to Care for Your Handmade Jewelry in 3 Easy Steps

8. Why You Should ________________________ Today

Example: Why You Should Read Fascinate by Sally Hogshead Today

9. Behind the Scenes of ________________________

Example: Behind the Scenes of My CreativeLive Course

10. Secrets to ________________________

Example: Secrets to Creating the Perfect Summer Capsule Wardrobe

11. The Ultimate Guide to ________________________

Example: The Ultimate Guide to Brush Lettering

12. A Beginners Guide to ________________________

Example: A Beginners Guide to Finding Inexpensive Flights

13. A Step-by-Step Guide to ________________________

Example: A Step-by-Step Guide to Editing Selfies with the Facetune App

14. ________________________ Ways to ________________________

Example: 13 Ways to Boost Your Happiness

15. The Right Way to ________________________

Example: The Right Way to Learn Speed Reading

16. How to Decide Which ________________________

Example: How to Decide Which Statement Necklace to Wear to Dress Up an Outfit

17. Why ________________________ Is the Best ________________________

Example: Why Art Journaling Is the Best Way to Explore Your Creativity Daily

18. How to Create a ________________________

Example: How to Create a Lightbox for Product Photography

19. The ABCs of ________________________

Example: The ABCs of Finding Your Signature Fragrance

20. ________________________ Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today

Example: 10 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today

21. The Best ________________________

Example: The Best Yarn for Knitting Winter Sweaters

22. The Do’s and Don’ts of ________________________

Example: The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Fine Art

23. The Quickest Way to ________________________

Example: The Quickest Way to Learn Calligraphy

24. The Top ________________________ Reasons You Should ________________________

Example: The Top 5 Reasons You Should Buy Handmade Over Mass Produced

25. How to Start ________________________

Example: How to Start Sewing without a Sewing Machine

26. How I Went from ________________________ to ________________________ In ________________________ Days

Example: How I Went from 3 Closets Full of Clothes to a Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Days

27. ________________________ Tricks to ________________________

Example: 17 Tricks to Jumpstart Your Writing Career

28. ________________________ Tips for ________________________

Example: 12 Tips for Camping with Young Kids

29. How to Completely Change ________________________

Example: How to Complete Change Your Sleep Patterns

30. How to Get Rid of ________________________

Example: How to Get Rid of Your Inner Critic

31. The Advanced Guide to ________________________

Example: The Advanced Guide to Creating Patterns in Illustrator

32. ________________________ Key Benefits of ________________________

Example: 21 Key Benefits of Staying Hydrated

33. ________________________ versus ________________________

Example: Knitting versus Crocheting

34. Why I Prefer ________________________ Over ________________________

Example: Why I Prefer Watercolor Pencils Over Watercolor Paints

35. The Inspiration Behind ________________________

Example: The Inspiration Behind My Photography Style

36. The Story Behind ________________________

Example: The Story Behind My Best-Selling Necklace

37. My Journey to ________________________

Example: My Journey to Blogging Full-Time

38. ________________________ Reasons Why ________________________

Example 13 Reasons Why You Should Follow Me on Instagram

39. A ________________________ Cheat Sheet for ________________________

Example: A Hashtag Cheat Sheet for Creative Businesses

40. How to ________________________ Without ________________________

Example: How to Start a Business Without Quitting Your Day Job

41. Where to Find ________________________

Example: Where to Find the Best Photo Props for Your Instagram Pics

42. ________________________ Essential Ingredients for ________________________

Example 12 Essential Ingredients for a Viral Blog Post

43. How to Build a ________________________

Example: How to Build a Large Following on Facebook

44. The Most Effective Way to ________________________

Example: The Most Effective Way to Find Cheap Flights

45. ________________________ Creative ________________________

Example: 17 Creative About Pages

46. How to Tell if ________________________

Example: How to Tell if Minimalism is For You

47. How to ________________________ in ________________________ Easy Steps

Example: How to Write a Persuasive Sales Page in 10 Easy Steps

48. The Formula for ________________________

Example: The Formula for Creating Click-Worthy Blog Post Titles

49. Little Known Ways to ________________________

Example: Little Known Ways to Fix a Knitting Mistake without Starting Over

50. ________________________ Questions to Ask Before ________________________

Example: 15 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Website Designer

51. The Hidden Secrets Behind ________________________

Example: The Hidden Secrets Behind Mass-Produced Jewelry

52. ________________________ Trends for ________________________

Example: 21 Fashion Trends for 2016

53. ________________________ Signs You Should ________________________

Example: 7 Signs You Should Hire a Website Designer Instead of DIYing

  54. ________________________ Things You Need to Know Before ________________________

Example: 3 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Italy

55. ________________________ Facts About ________________________

Example: 36 Facts About Me

56. A Practical Guide to ________________________

Example: A Practical Guide to Hand Lettering

57. ________________________ Hacks to/for ________________________

Example: 17 Hacks for Cheap Travel

58. How to Get More ________________________

Example: How to Get More Done Each Morning

59. ________________________ Habits of ________________________

Example: 5 Habits of Published Writers

60. ________________________ Types of ________________________

Example: 8 Types of Fabric Perfect for Quilting

61. ________________________-Point Checklist for

Example: 10-Point Checklist for Taking Beautiful Product Photos

62. ________________________ Resources to Help You ________________________

Example: 21 Resources to Help You Learn Spanish

63. ________________________ Things Your ________________________ Doesn’t Want You to Know

Example: 5 Things Your Kid’s Daycare Doesn’t Want You to Know

64. DIY ________________________

Example: DIY Your Website in Two Hours

65. How Do You ________________________?

Example: How Do You Get Rid of the Geo Tag on Instagram?

66. ________________________ Effective Techniques to ________________________

Example: 19 Effective Techniques to Learn Brush Lettering

67. You Won’t Believe ________________________

Example: You Won’t Believe How Easy It is to Knit Your First Scarf

68. Why You Need to ________________________

Example: Why You Need to Stop Dieting

69. Why I Don’t ________________________

Example: Why I Don’t Care About SEO

70. The Foolproof Way to ________________________

Example: The Foolproof Way to Grow Your Own Vegetables Each Summer

71. ________________________ Most Popular ________________________

Example: 5 Most Popular Nail Polish Colors for the Summer

72. Quiz: ________________________

Example: Quiz: Which Friends Character Would Be Your Best Friend?

73. What I Wish I Had Known ________________________

Example: What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Blogging

74. ________________________ Ideas for ________________________

Example: 21 Ideas for Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts

75. How to Tell If ________________________

Example: How to Tell If You Should Start a Facebook Group for Your Business

Want to print this list to keep by your laptop? Click the button below to get instant access:

I hope this helps you brainstorm a bunch of blog post titles instead of just going with the first one you can think of. If you find this helpful, I’d love to know in the comments below.

Want more help improving your blogging game? Check out my CreativeLive course, Build a Successful Creative Blog.

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10 Things to Do Before Hiring a Website Designer

10 Things to Do Before Hiring a Website Designer

Have I told you lately how important it is to have business buddies? The kind of friends who just get it without explanation.

It’s what keeps me from huddling in the corner mumbling to myself on overwhelming days.

Every Tuesday, my very best biz bestie, Mayi Carles, and I hop on Google Hangouts to chat, update each other on what’s going on in our businesses and lives and provide each other with loving nudges in the right direction.

Yesterday we talked about my website redesign and how it’s going.

During our chat, I realized that I’ve never really done a website design. When I launched Blacksburg Belle in the very beginning, I just designed a blog header (which was pretty horrendous).

When I worked with the designer of my current design, she asked me a few questions about what I liked and what I wanted for the color palette. Then, she did everything else. She put together two or three options, and I choose the one I liked best. I didn’t participate in the design process at all. And, I didn’t redo any photos or rewrite any copy for the new website.

This time, things are different.

I’m working with Amanda (from Amanda Creek Creative) to design my website. I’m creating all the watercolors and photos for the website and she’s putting them together so that they look amazing on the page. I’ve done some of the heavy lifting this time and it feels completely different.

Plus, I’m redoing everything—from the photos to the copy to the email opt-in. Every single detail is being changed, because it needs a reboot.

If you’re a creative entrepreneur, you’ll probably want to be semi-involved in the process of designing your website whether that means creating illustrations for it or deciding on the color palette or designing a background pattern. You might write all of your own copy. Or work with a copywriter to make sure all the copy sounds like you.

The point being that if you’re considering a website redesign, you’ll probably be taking on a bunch of extra work.

Now that I’m about two-thirds of the way through the design process, I know I could’ve been better prepared. Because I hadn’t really been through it before, I didn’t know what to expect or how much time all of this stuff really takes.

I miscalculated how long it would take me to: 1) paint all of the watercolors 2) take all new photos 3) rewrite the copy 4) update the blog images with the right fonts and 5) collect updated testimonials.

For those of you who are considering hiring a website designer, I thought it might be helpful to know what I probably should’ve done before hiring mine.

(Thankfully, Amanda is patient with me and understands how long it really takes to do these things even if I had no clue.)

The first five items on this list are things that I recommend you finish before hiring a designer. The last five are items that will make it so much easier on you and your designer if you’ve at least started them.

1. Decide on your website goals and priorities.

What do you want to achieve with your website? What are your top priorities?

Are you a product-based business wanting to add a shop to your website so that you don’t lose customers to other sellers on Etsy anymore? Are you trying to land more speaking opportunities and want to highlight a video of you speaking at a conference? Do you want to prioritize a new opt-in to get more ideal customers onto your email list?

If you know this going into the hiring process, it’ll give your web designer a better idea of what needs to be done and help with planning the layout. She’ll also be able to tell you whether or not she’s a good fit for your project.

2. Create a Pinterest mood board.

If you want your website to match the fuzzy vision in your head, you’ve got to give your designer good direction. Unfortunately, designers aren’t magical wizards that can read your mind.

Get on Pinterest and pin things that match: 1) the color palette you’re drawn to 2) websites that have elements you really love and 3) any other inspiration that matches your branding or the feeling you’re trying to create with your site.

3. Decide what you want done.

To find the right web designer and get a clear estimate, you need to know what you want done. Do you want the works—a total website redesign with all the fixings? Do you want to keep your existing design but want to add a membership program to your site? Do you just want a new header and social media buttons?

This can change a little as you start the project. For instance, I’ve added on pages that I didn’t think about in the beginning but we’re sticking pretty close to the plan. If you don’t know what you want a website designer to help you with, you’re going to really struggle to hire the right person.

4. Determine your budget.

If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know how important it is to have a budget. It’s easy to fall in love with pastel-colored peony floral arrangements that cost double what you wanted to spend or the perfect off-the-shoulder lace dress that drains your decor budget.

If you start contacting website designers without knowing your budget, you might end up falling head over heels for something waaaaaay out of your comfort zone. Then what?

Keep in mind that you usually get what you pay for, so I don’t recommend going with the cheapest option to save a little bit of money. This is your online home after all, but you should have an idea of what you can spend.

5. Figure out the purpose of each page.

It’s easy to get lost within a website redesign. To make sure you don’t get to the end and wonder how the heck you ended up with the final design, stay on track by knowing the purpose of each page on your new website.

For example, I’m designing a new FAQ page and the purpose is to answer the questions I get the most often about my brand and myself. That way, my virtual assistant and I can point people in that direction when they ask those common questions. My website designer kept this page pretty simple, because we want it to be easy for readers to find what they’re looking for. We both could’ve gotten carried away with adding this and that to it, but that would’ve taken away from it’s purpose.

6. Write the copy for each page.

You don’t need to have this done before hiring a website designer (none of the following items need to be completely finished), but you have to finish the copy before the launch. Let’s say that you’re planning on launching in three months from hiring your designer. Are you going to be able to get all the copy done within that timeframe?

The more you have done before you start, the better. Once your website designer has the copy for each page (especially the homepage), it’s much easier to create the design around it.

7. Put your copy into Google Docs.

Once you finish the copy for one of your pages, load it into a Google doc so that you can easily share that document with the designer that you hire.

8. Get new headshots and take any photos you want to use on your new site.

If you’re using visuals (illustrations, product photos, headshots, etc.) that you’ve already got, then you can skip this step. But, you should keep in mind that the visuals are often the things that give your site a new fresh look.

You don’t have to redo all of it (like I am), but if you haven’t taken new photos of yourself for two years, it could definitely help to give your website a new look.

Before you jump into this step, keep in mind that if you’re taking new photos, you want them to match your new branding and if you have no idea what that’s going to look like, you may need to wait until you start working with your designer.

Also, I did four different photo shoots for my new design. In the first shoot, I didn’t take enough photos with space on either side of me. Because my designer is using my photos to create most of the design, we needed some with me on one side so she could insert text on the other side. As soon as she saw the photos from the first shoot, she sent me an email to let me know that we needed more photos with space on one side of me.

If I had taken all of my photos before hiring Amanda, I would’ve had to redo some of them.

You could probably take new product photos or create new illustrations (if you’re an artist) without consulting your website designer, but just keep in mind that they might need something that you haven’t considered.

9. Set up a Dropbox account and add your images to it.

In order to easily share your visuals with your website designer, set up a Dropbox account and a folder for the visuals. That way you don’t have to send email after email with high-quality visuals (that are often large files). Some of them could get lost in the shuffle. If they are all in one place, it makes it much easier on your website designer.

Dropbox is also a great place to put a backup of your website before your designer starts working on your site. Just in case!

10. Collect testimonials from past customers.

You absolutely want to include testimonials on your new site. Remember that your customers are busy like you, so try to give them a bit of time to reply to you. I suggest setting a deadline, because people also tend to procrastinate. Let them know when you need them by and give them a bit of direction.

For example, you might ask them to describe how they would introduce your brand to a friend or why they love reading your blog or what they enjoy most about your products. The more direction you give, the more likely you’ll get testimonials that focus on what you want them to focus on.

I hope that helps you if you’re planning a website redesign.

Even if you’re six months or a year out from contacting web designers for quotes, start prepping now. Take it from me—it takes a lot longer than you think to finish all of these things.

If you’ve worked with a website designer or are a website designer, please leave any other tips in the comments below. What should creative entrepreneurs who haven’t been through this process do to prepare? Did I leave anything out?

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Sunday Society Giveaway Winners Announced!

Sunday Society Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway. Your comments made me happier than an Anthropologie shopping spree (and for those of you who know me well, you know that’s big).

As I read your comments, I made notes so that I could pick the winners. As I finished reading the last comment, I realized that I practically wrote every single name down. I wanted to give everyone a three-month membership to Sunday Society. And, if this wasn’t how I pay my bills, I probably would.

I realized two things pretty quickly: 1) I had to give it away to more than three people so I upped it to five winners. 2) There was no way I could pick so I put everyone’s name in a hat and picked the winners randomly.

If you’re not one of the five winners, I truly hope to see you inside of Sunday Society at some point.

In many of your comments, you talked about feeling lonely, having the Sunday night blues and wishing for regular support and encouragement.

Give Sunday Society a test run (you can cancel your membership anytime), because it’s a program that will help you stay accountable to your goals and connect you with other creatives who are striving for similar things. And, we’re ready to welcome you to the club.

Now for what you’re here for…the winners…

  1. Richelle S.
  2. Fanny
  3. Rebecca Nash
  4. Lucy Newton
  5. Trish from Jewels by Trish

Congrats!

***If your name is on this list and you aren’t currently a member of Sunday Society, please check your email inbox. You’ll receive an email from me by 5:30pm EST today. Welcome to the family! If your name is on this list and you’re a member of Sunday Society, I’ll email you to let you know that I’m cancelling your payments for three months.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

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Sunday Society Giveaway! (Giveaway is closed)

Sunday Society Giveaway

Does this feel at all familiar?

It’s Sunday night and you’re relaxing with your spouse watching some television, but you’re not actually relaxing. Your mind wanders to that icky place.

“Tomorrow morning is going to suuuuuuuck. I’ve got that meeting with Kevin who always seems to have bits of egg yolk stuck in his beard and Emilia who sounds like a squeaking bird whenever she speaks. Then, I’ve got hours of paperwork and emails to go through. I’m gonna need 18 gallons of coffee. Is that pain in my side related to how much coffee I drink? Side note to self: google coffee and kidney problems.”

or

“I wonder if I’ve gotten any sales since I checked 17 minutes ago. If I don’t have at least five sales this week, I’m going to have to cancel my cable but how am I expected to live without Game of Thrones? That’s paramount to torture. Hey…I just used the word paramount on a Sunday night. I’m pretty smart. Wait a second…what does paramount mean? Google here I come…”

or

“I’m actually going to do it this week. I’m going to wake up an hour early each day so that I can write a blog post and add five new items to my shop. I’m not going to hit the snooze button 12 times before realizing that I’ve overslept, which means I don’t have time to eat breakfast or iron my wrinkled top or meditate. Okay…who am I kidding? I don’t ever meditate. I wish I was the type of person who liked meditating. I wonder if I could ever be the type of person who likes meditating…”

If that sounds familiar, you’ve got a case of the Sunday night blues.

Instead of enjoying your night and looking forward to the next morning, you’re worrying about the upcoming week either because you aren’t making enough money or you’re working a day job you desperately want to leave or you need some motivation to get things done each day.

Let me introduce you to Sunday Society: Chats, Tea and Fishtail Braids.

I created a membership program for creatives who are looking to connect with other girl bosses building their own signature empires.

If you’re in need of accountability, we spend time every Monday sharing goals for the week and every Friday checking back in to say if we reached them or not. If you’re in need of people to bounce ideas off of, we have regular live calls where you can hop on with me to get feedback (from myself and the other members). If you’re in need of a mentor who’s consistently hanging around and answering questions, I’m in the Facebook group every weekday and answering questions on the Q&A calls.

Want an opportunity to check it out for free? You’re in luck. I’m running a giveaway for a 3-month membership to Sunday Society.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below on why you want to join or how you think being a member of Sunday Society will help you. The giveaway closes on July 26th at 1pm EST so make sure you leave your comment below before then.

(If you’re already a member, you can also enter the giveaway. I’ll just stop your payments for three months! YAY!)

I’m going to pick three winners and announce them next week on July 27th right here at Blacksburg Belle in next week’s blog post.

***Make sure you use a valid email address when leaving your comment so I can contact you if you win. The winners I choose are final and non-negotiable.

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