Coloring In Style

Are you ready to play, expand your creativity, and find some peace in your day?  Let me introduce you to Coloring in Style!           You know how popular coloring books are these days.  Heck, you can’t walk into any store and NOT see coloring books.  I bet Home Depot even has coloring books! Yeah, it’s a thing, a trend. Maybe it will last.  Maybe it won’t.  I think coloring books aren’t just a flash-in-the-pan, though.  They’re so popular and ever-present because there is an increasing need for peace, meditation, beauty, creativity, and self-expression. I’m proud to announce that I’m one of the artists in the collaborative new coloring book, Coloring in Style.  What makes this coloring book different from others is that because there are 10 different artists, you can really expand your creativity and playfulness.  While Coloring in Style is a collaboration between 10 artists, only
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51 reasons to join the Creating Content Club

While you get a ton of things each month in the Creating Content Club, like monthly trainings, interviews, virtual writing workshops, tools, and more, I think one of the biggest benefits of the Club is the rich library of resources. Since the Creating Content Club began in October of 2014, each month there’s been a training or an interview and a tool. And all those trainings, interviews, and tools have been archived in the Creating Content Club Library. All of them. That’s 13 training webinars, 12 interviews, and 25 tools. They don’t go away; they don’t get “locked in the vault.” They’re available to Creating Content Club members 24/7. And each month, I add more. Some of the Creating Content Club members (the really smart ones!) actually schedule time to go through the Library to watch the trainings, listen to the interviews, and gobble up the tools. Here’s a catalog
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Unfinished Quilts Extravaganza of 2016

I’ve made a joke, and even a marketing point, of the fact that I have many, many unfinished quilts.  Well, due to a few events over the weekend, I decided to inventory my stash, and I was a bit shocked at what I found out. I’m having issues at how long some of these have been around. All in all, I have 10 unfinished quilt projects; that means that there are 10 quilts that I have started and are somewhere in the process. (Yes, I have finished a few quilts, and I’m very proud of them.  I just haven’t finished them all.) I’m also experiencing extreme sadness, and I’m not exactly sure why. Is it all these possibilities that didn’t get fulfilled? Is it the fear that I’ve lost some mad quilting skills? Is it the in-my-face knowledge of how much time has passed and how different things are (even
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What art has taught me about business

I’ve always loved creating with my hands, and I’ve been doing quilting and cross-stitch for over twenty years.  Over the last couple of years ago, I dared to venture into other art forms:  drawing, sketching, Zentangle, painting, coloring.  I don’t really have that whole “Oh, but I’m not artistic,” as I’ve seen for years the variety of artistic talent.  I mean, c’mon, a painting with a line that sells for thousands? Anyone can be creative with that model as inspiration. The art I create is within my realm, meaning it’s going to look like certain things, and it’s not going to look like others.  And I’m okay with that.  This wasn’t one of the lessons I needed to learn, although I recognize that it can be important lesson for others. So, in my exploration of art and creativity, here are some things I’ve learned… It can be good to have
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[FUEL] Content Creation – 5 Important Areas to Focus on

By Dawn Shuler Content creation is being bandied about nowadays, especially in the online marketing world. Each of us may have an idea of what “content” is, but you might be surprised at how many different things it is. It’s about every single day when you sit down at your desk and put your fingers on the keyboard… what are you creating? Articles Blogs Social media updates Videos Website content Promotional materials (and this is a big catchall category: marketing emails, affiliate materials, speaker queries, graphics) Your bio and other materials about you (think speaker sheet, media kit) Operation manuals Internal and external emails Infographics Worksheets Exercises Programs and the material your peeps in the program get One-off educational materials Webinars Requests for proposals And the list goes on So, when you think about what you need to be writing and the content you need to be creating, it can
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It doesn’t happen in a day

By Dawn Shuler The other day I was listening to my local classical music station, and after a particular piece of music, the DJ (do we still call them that?) told a story behind this particular composition. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov took twenty-five years to complete the piece, Maid of Pskov, to his satisfaction.  He worked on it for a few years and it even premiered on stage as a full-blown opera. But then he tinkered and tweaked, until twenty-five years after he had initially begun the project, he completed the final and third version. How many times do we beat ourselves up over not finishing something or even finishing something lickety-split? Maybe it’s a great idea, and you’ve done some work on it, but it’s not quite ready to grow up yet.  Maybe you need to evolve and grow a bit yourself before your idea, your project, your baby is ready
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[FUEL] The Spirituality in Creativity

By Dawn Shuler Earlier this week I was at one of my favorite networking events where I highlighted my upcoming Create Your Own Power Words Oracle Deck workshop with my own decks of cards as examples. One woman exclaimed, “Oh, but I have no artistic skills!” I assured her that no artistic skills (in the traditional sense) were required. Another woman commented that while I was claiming not to have been “artistic,” I had been creative. And that’s a big piece of this particular workshop – to allow women to be creative, and to play – with paints, stencils, markers, stamps, and more. This “being creative” piece is of uber importance. We need to let that side out in us. We also may need to redefine what being creative is. It’s not just being able to paint or sketch or draw, although it could be. It could be anything from
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My 15 Steps to Manifestation

By Dawn Shuler Over the last several years, I’ve done a lot of work on changing my attitudes, beliefs, and actions around money.  Over 10 years ago, my then-husband and I worked with a financial coach – for that very reason.  I’ve read books, I’ve taken workshops, I’ve worked on my mindset, I’ve become aware of my financial story. Yet still I seemed to struggle. Never enough. Never enough. Never enough. Well, that is changing.  Magic is happening. Tides are turning.  Money has come and is coming.  Sometimes out of the blue. What made a difference?  I believe it was these 15 things. Some of them I’ve been doing for years, as I mentioned.  But all 15 on the list were things I did in a focused, concentrated, conscious manner over about 3-4 weeks. As a result, we have two contract proposals out to NASA that are awaiting final approval,
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[FUEL] Create Beacons to Keep You on Track – and in Alignment with Your Purpose

By Dawn Shuler Years ago, I was working with a client in my Get Started Now book writing program, and she was having a hard time figuring out what she wanted to write about. However, one theme that kept popping up for her was that she was passionate about people’s stories being told. “There are all these stories out there, and they just need to be told!” she’d say over and over. It was pretty obvious to me that telling other people’s stories was what she needed to write. At first, she didn’t agree; “That’s not good enough. It needs to be bigger.” Really? Isn’t that what a lot of books are about, in one form or another? Telling others’ stories, stories that need to be – must be – told? That idea, that passion, was a beacon for her. And as such, she used it to help guide her.
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[FUEL] Creating Sacred Space for Optimal Creation

By Dawn Shuler A crucial component of creating from your soul is having the sacred space in which to do it. You can’t just whip up something powerful, compelling, and from the heart in the five minutes between the conference call with Jane the client and the weekly meeting with your VA. When you’re in sacred space, it’s much easier for the message and the words to come through (or the new project design or painting or whatever). It’s as if you become a conduit for your soul. Sacred space allows that. Franticness, stress, busily checking off to-do’s… none of that is conducive to sacred space. What is sacred space? First off, sacred space is different for each person. AND you have to consider internal sacred space and external sacred space. Here are some elements to examine when creating your own sacred space. Internal Elements of Sacred Space: Cut off
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