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Launching your Live Event

Launching your live event

Are you a teacher, author, coach or expert?

Are you dreaming of holding a live event to meet your fans and clients in person?

If you crave the energy and interaction of a live event, then read on….

 

I’m currently working on the launch of my new VIP coaching intensive – ‘Launch your First Live Event’. So I was thrilled to be asked to give a talk on that subject exactly for Creative Bedfordshire Networking group. It was my first talk on the subject, so it gave me an opportunity to talk about one of my favourite pass times:

 

Live and Transformational Events!

 

Following a period of research, the two main reason that came up most for people wanting to hold a live event is the face to face interaction and the energy that is created by a group of people being together in a room. Having managed, directed and worked at hundreds of events, I know that this is something that can’t be created as well at an online event.

 

If you are thinking about holding your first event and you’d  like a FREE copy of my

‘7 Steps to Launching your First Live Event’

then please fill out this form, and I’ll send it over to you:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFQVNHX

 

Creative Bedfordshire is a large networking group, made up of and existing for creative entrepreneurs and artists. I have been to many of them and have found them relevant, informative and exciting with a huge range of diverse speakers and subjects. (Oh, and FREE) Check this out:
http://www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk/index.php/events/creative-bedfordshire-networking-meeting/

 

Have a big beautiful week… Keep dreaming.

Kerrie xox

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Feeling grateful for the small things..

Feeling grateful for the small things…

After settling back into work and home-life following a lovely trip away, I’m grateful to have arrived home to a beautiful summer starting here in the UK. (In between the rain of course).

There are loads of festivals going on – Glastonbury being the big one, this weekend just gone. And lots of mini-fests and fetes happening everywhere. Think of summer fields, outdoor games, picnics, strawberries, bunting, pimms and laughter…Often they are free of charge too. It’s a chance for families and friends to hang out and enjoy the best of the British countryside and summertime..

I was talking to my aunt last week, who only lives in Ireland across the pond. She said that they don’t have this fete culture there, which I was surprised at.  I love that here there is such a celebration attitude to summer here. It often feels a long time coming after a long winter here..

Yesterday myself and family attended Larks in the Park in a beautiful little town called Harpenden. We watched a dog show, played tug of war, petted little furry animals, made paper airplanes and ate picnics. It was gorgeous.

I feel so grateful that our culture values this family time. It does not matter which religion or creed or faith you have or what you’re earning power is. These are a beautiful tradition, where everyone is welcome. In fact, they are part of what glues our communities together…   There were many years when I had a serious case of FOMO if I wasn’t out partying or being where the action was.

I was constantly looking for external circumstances to ‘keep’ me happy.  And always trying to control to keep the peace… Nowadays, I feel more suspended in the present and love that feeling. It took me a long time to get there. I know, we never are really there. But right now, although imperfect  –  life feels good.
I am always looking for things to add to my gratitude list and this week –  there is a new entry!

The longer I’m here I realise, it’s the small things guide us and the big things change or mold us. I’m also remembering the power in gratitude for the small things.

My gratitude list this week:

 

~ The health, smile and happiness of my daughter

~ The help and support from my family I get each week

~ British Summertime and all the fun it brings

~ Laughter with family and friends

~ Music, music, music –  especially James Bay, Years & Years and Florence and the Machine

 

How is your gratitude list looking? Is it time to start one…  Or just to let the small things matter….?

 

Have a big beautiful week,

Kerrie xox

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Bellissima! Fun in Italy…

Well, that was something else… I had so much fun in Italy!

Last week, I travelled to work with one of my coaches to Puglia in Italy. It was divine on so many levels.I have had so many leaps  –  both career wise and personally over the past year and I attribute this to getting coaching. However, this trip has been one of the best business decisions I have ever made. Plus, what a way to do business. To travel to another county, stay in a beautiful city, eat in Michelin Star restaurants, taste the local wine, meet new friends, explore and have fun. And all while planning out my new launch. (More soon about that)!

It is so inspiring to get out our comfort zones and really make these things non-negotiable.  The past year has been filled with ups and downs, but once I got really clear on my purpose, then things started to take off. I’m so grateful and feel proud of how far I’ve come over the past year. And this was a manifested celebration of that!

But I thought I’d share some pics of my trip of dreams…  Enjoy…

 

Have you been dreaming of doing something beautiful and inspiring for a while? But have been waiting for the ‘right time’…

Well, there is never a right time – only ‘now’!

Make it a non-negotiable and get it booked…

Have a big beautiful week,

Kerrie xox

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When it’s time to celebrate…

Face Knowing when it’s time to celebrate…

This weekend I was shortlisted to the finalists for the ‘Woman  to Watch’ award at a national event.

I didn’t win my category, as another super-talented lady called Chrissie won. But I honestly felt so proud. Firstly that I was nominated and secondly that this has all happened in such a short space of setting up my coaching business.

So, I decided I’m still celebrating!

 

 

It was held at a gorgeous old Hotel in Birmingham City Centre and my very pregnant sister attended the ceremony with me. The food was divine and there were so many inspiring, interesting and adventurous women there who are lighting up their corner of the universe. I felt really honoured to be there and be a part of it.

Here are a selection of a few pics from the night.

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As you can see, we had lots of fun! As a mum of a busy three year old, who runs a business – I don’t dress up as much as I’d like. So, after the awards, these are my new promises to myself:

1) To dress up more and wear sequins as much as I can.

2) To wear more red lipstick.

3) To get my glitz and glamour on more often, take chances and risks and live life to the fullest.

 

As I write these, I am feeling teary and thinking of a good old friend, Nicola Satchell – who passed away yesterday from a long battle with cancer. She wore red lipstick and laughed with all her heart. So, laughing  more is also on my list. I’m celebrating her life today too.

 

Are you celebrating enough? I’m learning to celebrate all the small wins along life’s journey –  make sure you are too!

Thanks to everyone for voting for me. As always I appreciate the love. Have a beautiful week…  I’m off to Italy…

Kerrie xox

***Dress by Hellavagirl

***Make-Up by Maria Samuel

 

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What does Creative Confidence mean to you?

What does Creative Confidence mean to you?

 

This week, I’ve some exciting and interesting discussion about what Creative Confidence means to people – following last week’s blog on that subject.  Whilst most people got it, someone asked: ‘what does creative confidence actually mean…?’

After much deliberation about an exact answer (and I’m no oracle), my feeling is:

 

It’s actually up to you…

 

Since then, I’ve been on a little research mission to get into the hearts and minds of you creative types.  This week I interviewed people on what creative confidence means to them…

 

The conclusion I’ve kinda come to – is that it’s such a personal thing. We all approach our work in different ways. We express ourselves with uniqueness and that is our gift.

One strong commonality though- is our need to express our true selves, without judgement of others. To be heard – exactly as we are.

 

Here are some beautiful and vulnerable insights from amazing creatives from across the globe:

1)      Laureen Oliphant –  Writer

Being willing to create, produce, bring forth things that make you feel passionate and happy without worrying about whether others will like you or criticize you for it. And without stopping and never finishing it because you worried how you’ll feel about it in the future.

2)      Kamila Dowgiert – Art Student

I believe in expressing myself through art. To me, creative confidence means not being afraid to show the world your emotions and beliefs through what you have created, such as a painting, sketch or a photograph.

3)      Elizabeth Noell –  Writer & Licensed Desire Map Facilitator

It means giving myself permission to create however, wherever or whatever without fear of reprisal of any sort.

4)      Irena Kirn – Life Change Architect

It’s knowing your own authenticity, listening to your own Intuition and trusting your own Creative Process (knowing you are Whole and you are an important, unique part of the Whole – Nature).

5)      Caren Rich – Autism Expert, Psychology Professor & Licensed Desire Map Facilitator.

Being a trailblazer, one step in front of the other; ownership of what you create.

6)      Laurence Payot – Artist

For me creative confidence means trusting your instinct. Sometimes it can take months or years to get something that feels ‘good’ and ‘right’, and only I know when it is. Creativity is all about choices, and being confident enough to say no when things don’t feel right also.

7)      Helen Woollams – Fashion Designer

Creative confidence is the undeniable urge to explore and discover through my art. The passion that comes from setting new standards for myself; excitement in exploiting my licence for individuality. I do however think that it is a double edge sword as there are times when I loose complete confidence; it almost works in a regular cycle of highs and lows.

8)      Kirsty Calo – Life Coach

To me creative confidence is having the faith and the flow to create from my heart and be completely true to who I am in everything I do. I feel that I don’t have to hide or apologise or censor what I create because it’s coming from me and it just feels right! When I’m lacking in creative confidence I overthink and create from a place of ‘would people like this?’ Which stifles me and leads to feeling unsure of myself, and really frustrated inside. Creative confidence gives me the freedom to express myself and my purpose and passion on my terms!

9)      Timmika Ramsay – Singer & Student

Creative confidence is finding the beauty in failure – not everything I try to create is going to be amazing but I know if I keep on pushing and allowing myself to not get it right I will eventually find something magical.. Expanding my imagination has given me creative confidence: playing like a child to create a piece of music or to write a play. I It also is experiencing life and taking little parts of my life and other life’s and mixing it all together into something wonderful.. After all art is the imitation of life.

10)  Blaze Schwaller – Portrait Painter

Creating something without worrying about if it fails, confident that its purpose will be served no matter how it is received – by me or anyone else. Permission to create from the heart without worrying about what others might think about me, and without me worrying about my skill level or lack thereof.

11)  Nina Schmidt – Artist & Graphic Designer

Creative confidence for me comes with experience. So I have to be willing try a lot and make a mess. For a long time.

12)  Maria Samuel – Make-Up Artist

When I feel confident, happy and positive then I feel creative. With peace in my heart and mind I can feel creative. Creativity will not flow if I’m anxious or stressed.

13)  Claire London – Artist

I guess creative confidence to me is all about following my heart seeing my visions for what they are and being true to my reasons for creating them. By enjoying what the universe shows me. The feeling you are always in tune spiritually. Creative confidence is all about learning to build dreams.

14)  Jackie Notman – Transformational Guide

Creating without the need for approval from others or without the fear of judgement from others

15)  Ken Harge – Student

It’s to KNOW that the good stuff will come. I’d say when you have creative confidence you stop the resistance and let the great ideas come through. I think it’s actually easier to be creatively confident than not.

16)  Heidi Linehan – Photographer

Feeling free to do what you feel without worry for what others think.

17)   Barbie Wharton Quinn – Event Manager

Using my voice and being ok with whoever hears it!

18)  Neha Awasthi – Spirited Weightloss Coach

Creative confidence to me means being in tune with the inner self and having the courage to listen, follow what is it telling me and to finally share it with the world.

19) Ciaran Robinson – Artist

I guess for me creative confidence (in may area of creating works of art) is a mix of both experience and clarity of an idea. The light goes on in your head and you know exactly how you are going to execute it.

20) Alexandra Wenman – Healer, Writer & Speaker

Whenever I create something I know is really powerful – whether it is a piece of poetry or a guided meditation or a beautiful drawing – it almost feels as thought it comes from outside of me. I fall into a kind of melancholy reverie and I am able to let go and let whatever it is flow through me. Whenever I tap into this, I know magic is going to happen. That’s my key to creative confidence.

 

 

To me, it is about making space to create, staying dedicated, being brave, taking leaps of faith, leaning on others when needs be, taking advice and trusting that it will all work out.

 

Your Actionable: Be yourself, trust your gut, and be brave. Let your inner creative take control sometimes – they know where they are headed.

As always, thanks for reading…If you liked this, then share that love and the post!

 

Big beautiful love,
Kerrie xox

PS – please see in the below comments for any links to the artists work…

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Creative Confidence in 3 Simple Steps

Creative confidence in 3 simple steps:

Many people think they are not creative at all. The creativity myth is commonplace in our culture. And even those who know they are creative – don’t always have the confidence and courage to step into their flow or they feel overwhelmed at the prospect of revealing their talents.
It’s been half term holidays for us here in my part of the UK and I always try to build as much creativity in as possible around work for me and my daughter. This week has included: hanging out with friends, several parties, a charity event, taking part in International Soul Art Day, a trip to the coast and a spa day with my best buddies. As we were lounging in the jacuzzi, one of my oldest best friends (who is an exceptionally talented painter and artist) and I discussed how people, who are not following through with their creative nature are often overwhelmed by their own talent and don’t have the confidence to let it shine.

Here are some simple steps to letting it shine through:
1. Have a ‘Reality Party’. By getting real on what we want and what we can realistically achieve and committing to it, we set our success wheels in motion. Try not to overwhelm yourself. Break things down into small steps.

TIP: My favourite planning method is the 3×4 mind-map. I use an A3 piece of paper to firstly brainstorm ideas. Then I set everything out as follows:

-Three larger objectives achieved in the first year
-Three goals this month
-Three goals this week
-Three actionables to do today

Then you can start to add more items into your scheduler or diary as the overwhelm decreases.

2. Permission to Fail Granted. Stop taking yourself and things so personally if they are not working out. I found this exceptionally hard. I tried but was never cut out to be an on screen performer, as I took each rejection to my heart. It took a long time to learn  that everyone on their road to success has had setbacks and failures. It’s part of the journey.

TIP: Start a text thread with your fellow creators, to keep you motivated and on track, where you can check in on each other and support each other during the week.

3. Community Rocks.  Learn to empathise with your ideal client or audience. Take time to get to know your ideal customers or fans. The more you get to know each other, the more you empower yourself as a creator. A few years ago, I produced a large art commission that engaged with nearly 3,000 people. In the beginning people didn’t get us, but after time and consistent communications, people loved what we were trying to achieve. Building the ‘know-like-trust’ factor takes time, but the more you do, the more confidence in your work and yourself you develop.

TIP:  Talk to people. Do a quick market research exercise to get you connecting to your community. Set up a SurveyMonkey to find out what people in your tribe want. Locate their pain and pleasure points. Interview them, get into their heads!

 

Having confidence in that which you are here to do is built in your mindset. The upper limit struggles that we all face as creators are not really road blocks -they are hurdles in your path that were meant to be leapt over. Understanding that fear and failure play a part in all success and that they can be great assets to us in the long run.
Keep striving and keep creating.

If you like this stuff – please share the love and share the post!

 

Big beautiful love,
Kerrie
xox

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7 Signs you are Living your Purpose

7 Signs you are Living your Purpose
Are you living the life you feel you were born to live?
Do you have a clear sense of what you are here to do? Are you inspired to be living your full purpose, but not sure how to figure this out?
Living our purpose is about having self-intimacy and self-love. We build the bravery to transform, leap, jump, run and shift. When we are living our purpose, we are generating the self-inner power to re-arrange our lives and endeavors to fit our soul calling.
Our life purpose is not just about obtaining nice or expensive things. True inner success is not in our stuff. It is not in our hair or make-up, jewellery or clothes. It is not in our houses or cars. As much as these things can define financial success or freedom and are very lovely to play with; entropy always happens and we will slip away from this lifetime with nothing but our memories and the love we co-created with our fellow humans.
Real purpose and success is in our heart and soul. It is the seed of potential. Like the oak seed is programmed to become a giant oak tree – we are all programmed to live a unique and fulfilling life. It is written into our DNA to be our best selves.
If you are already living your purpose – well done, lucky you. Here are some sure fire signs that you are truly standing in it:
1. You value yourself and you stand in your truth. You stop playing small and lean into your truth. You allow yourself to be vulnerable without letting your failures define you.
2.Your inner compass is strong. You know where you are headed. You take the risks necessary to take the next steps. You listen you your intuition.
3. You show up. You recognise yourself, recognise your talents, and recognise the strength you have within. You also have the strength to ask for support when you need to.
4. You have stopped blaming others for your current situation or past. You have got your big girl (or boy) pants on and know that you can in each moment, choose a new way to look at or re-frame situations.
5. You understand that you are worthy of financial wealth as a return of compensation for your gifts and the work you do in the world, serving others.
6. You actualise yourself by expressing your creativity. You feel like you are activated and that you are in control of your life and calling.
7. You understand that work and life balance is important and both leverage each other. You know that having fun is just as important as work, but you know when to say yes and no to things that don’t serve you and your purpose.

 

My life isn’t perfect, and I don’t claim to be all these on the above list. I’m a work in progress! As we all are. But I know a person on purpose when I see one.
Your call to action this week is to:
1. Honour your calling to make a difference and be all who you are meant to, whoever that it.
2. Be fully yourself and live your truth. Be vulnerable and ask for help and support if you need to. Lean into you.
3. Build on your successes. Day by day and small step by small step. Acknowledge and celebrate them!

 

 

When you empower yourself – you empower your family and you empower your community. When you decide to live your purpose, you are healing yourself and the world.
Be brave and shine bright.
Big beautiful love,
Kerrie xox

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Clear Creative Confusion in 5 Easy Steps

If you are not serious about making your creative dream a reality – then don’t read any further!

If you are serious, then ask your self these questions – where do I want to be in three months? Do I still want to be going round in circles? Or do I want some clarity?

 

Creative fog creeps in at any time for creatives and left alone – it can be a dream killer. I know this too well as I’ve been there many times before. But the question is – how do we move through it and clear it? What if it was easier than we think?  Creative people can be passionate and proactive. They might love challenges and thinking outside of the box. But we also procrastinate. When we are bursting with ideas and have no direction – procrastination can strike. It’s called resistance.
The most important book written on the subject is like nectar for the artist’s soul. In ‘the War of Art’, Steven Pressfield writes:
“Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Why is this so important?
Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose. This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day to do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves…… When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.”
Here are 5 EASY steps for moving towards your dreams:

1. Decide. Decide what? Just decide, that each day you will do a small thing towards your dream or project or work. However small it may be. Decide and make a promise. Your soul will thank you for it. This action alone can make the mountain seem smaller.

2. Don’t let perfectionism cripple you. Everybody started somewhere, somehow and as an amateur. Done is better than not done and projects are way better started than not started. Things get so much easier when you’re on a roll.

3. Write a plan of action, brainstorm, find a mentor. Setting strong intentions helps your left and right brain work together to begin to bring things to fruition.  Then practice, work, make, shake, groove, hustle and grind. That’s it baby! Stop talking about it and get moving with it.  As US super-coach, Marie Forleo say’s – clarity comes from engagement not thought.Try new things and experiment. The fog will start to clear and you will get trajectory.

4. Make a physical and mental space for your creativity. Honour yourself and your talents. If you don’t, don’t expect anyone else to. Take an honesty check and see if you are really making room in your life for your soul calling. If you’re not – then find support or an accountability buddy. Take small steps to create that space.

5. DEDICATION. As Pressfield suggests – the magic is produced, when you get up and show up. Make a plan, find cohorts, dedicate time, cut out the shit in your life. Most importantly, love yourself enough to honour your destiny! You are here for a reason. Let it be and let it shine.

 
I know this stuff works. I have seen it countless times with artists and creators I know. And I’ve seen it in my own life.
Be brave and be you.
Big beautiful love,
Kerrie xox

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I see beauty and art in everything…

I see beauty and art in everything….

I am pretty much an eternal optimist.

Mostly, but not always.

Sometimes I’m down and sad. Sometimes  life confuses me. Sometimes I get pi@sed off!

Even if I’m having a slow day – I still see beauty and art in everyday occurrences and little miracles in the small things.

This weekend I went to a Holy Communion Service at my former Catholic Parish Church.  I am hugely spiritual but not religious. I totally respect people who have religion and my faith in the divine is just as strong. But I don’t feel it necessary to use a structure to tap into my faith.  My faith is stronger since I decided to follow my own path.

I still love going to church though on occasion, which supplements my faith.   My daughter was christened in a Church of England Church built by King Henry VIII. It is an ancient and beautiful building and has a lovely energy to it.  I often pop in for a ‘quick prayer’ on my way to work if I see the door open in the daytime.

I took my communion when I was about 7 years old and I remember being very excited about it. The dress, the readings, the eating of this special bread – will it taste like a flying saucer, I thought…

The church this weekend was totally packed to the rafters. My daughter wanted to play with all the other kids. She kept squealing: ‘Isn’t this wonderful!!!‘ to me, at the sight of all the children together, celebrating, reading stories and singing. She loved the building and the architecture, the nooks and crannies.   And I kinda agree.

It was wonderful!

It was a special ritual. Rituals are what weave the story of our culture together. Rituals in whatever form are sacred and enlighten us. Whether it be a civil marriage ceremony, a christening, birthday party or any celebration.  They bring us closer together.

When I spent time in Bolivia, I loved taking part in the rituals there. There were rituals for many things, they are pretty commonplace. There is even a witches market there – El Mercado de las Brujas  sells everything you could need for any ritual!

I’m not pushing religion on anyone, I’m just sharing the beauty I saw in the ritual.

Have you celebrated any rituals lately? Or seen any beauty..?

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Big beautiful love,

Kerrie xox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give More, Create More

Want to give more and create more?

Have you been thinking about giving to a charity or to those who need it lately? But been wondering about who to give it to and how? Some people these days are wary of giving and wonder where their money goes.

 
The world is a rich place, full of natural resources and it has more than enough to go around. But at this moment in time: 2015 – we don’t all get to share the worlds wealth. Warren Buffett calls this ‘the Ovarian Lottery’ and many of us born in the West, won this lottery in some form. Most (but not all) of us born in the West are not starving and we have economic options. We have access to education and some kind of health service. In the UK, we have an amazing and free national health service, that – if we are honest, many people take for granted and complain about.

 

 

I usually have about four charities I give to: Firstly for me – I give to those in desperate situations. Like those in Nepal right now, following the horrific aftermath of the earthquake. http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/nepal-earthquake-appeal. I choose a regular donation charity in the UK -I am currently giving to Unicef  as they are well vetted and they do brilliant work with the worlds children. Then I find something local and fun to get involved with.

 

 

The Brits love to get involved with giving or paying it forward. Where I grew up – a small town in Bedfordshire – there is always something to get involved in to make a difference. Both my parents taught me the value in giving back too, something I hope to pass to my daughter. Her family originate from a very poor village in Bolivia and I know someday she will understand how lucky she is to be born here in the UK.
This weekend; myself and some friends took part in the Electric Run in London on Saturday night. It is the world’s brightest run, with thousands running the 5k route around a lit up Wembley Stadium and finishing with a huge after party dancing the night away to Kiss FM DJ’s. We had a blast and stayed dancing till the very last tune. It was an excuse to hang out, exercise and party. It was also a reason to do a little good.

 
We have an old school friend, who is battling cancer for the third time. Her name is Nichola Satchell. She has two young girls and they are her everything. Each time she has battled cancer; I have so admired her strength and tenacity and also in her ‘giving back’ ethic. She has raised tens thousands of pounds for various charities and it’s what has spurred her on. So brave and bold. You can read her story here: https://www.justgiving.com/nikkiswish

 
The two things that bind us together – creativity and paying it forward… Giving back can be fun and fantastic. If you’re not already a serial giver-backer, then find something today. The feel good factor gives you a high. That’s the universe telling us to do more of that stuff!
Make a difference; be bold and creative too…
Big beautiful love,
Kerrie xox

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