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Intuition-Led Career Evolution

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If you told me even three years ago that I’d be sitting here excitedly poring over Human Resources exam materials – I most definitely would have laughed you off.

Yet here I am, utterly giddy about this unexpected career transition. How did we get here? In hindsight, I suppose it started back in Macedonia, when my pie in the sky dream wasn’t playing out as I’d pictured.

Tip: go ahead and forgive yourself for all hasty (or not so hasty) decisions made before age 27, prior to the brain fully developing. You had the best of intentions, and it will all make sense eventually <3

It wasn’t until a few years later I came to realize getting my chosen degrees and joining Peace Corps and then coming back and starting an epic community-changing nonprofit wasn’t theonlypossiblewayIcouldsavetheworld or have a positive impact on others’ lives. But sometimes you don’t know what you don’t actually want until you experience it.

Over the past 6 years of building my business, I’ve absorbed everything I could about creative entrepreneurship, online business, art marketing and the many models available to build said business. What I didn’t expect was the spiritual journey that comes with solopreneurship. I’ve gone deep into the rabbit hole that is self-development, mindset and aligning with who I really am in order to create a business and life that’s an extension of that Self. And learning, as Abraham Hicks has said,

“You are the creation, not your business.”  

Throughout this process, I’ve come to know my Self in a beautiful and loving way, and with that knowing, my life evolves to meet me where I am.

I’ve learned what parts of building and owning a business I love, and where my Zone of Genius is – also learning what parts I don’t love, am not good at, and can outsource to other amazing women whose Zone of Genius it is.

But it took me awhile to get there. Once the business took off, I thought it would only continue to grow. I didn’t speculate the rollercoaster of income, the intense 60+ hour weeks, the way it can completely consume your life, the isolation, nor the drastic impact relocating would have on the business model.

After years of trial and error, audience growth and analysis, product experiments and honing what roles I own and what I should automate, eliminate or delegate, I’ve feel that I’ve finally reached a balance.  I now understand that I don’t need to (and shouldn’t) DIY every element of the business, trying to learn every last thing about every last thing, and trying to be everywhere, at all times.

Investing in and supporting other women professionals in their Zone of Genius is beyond worth it, and vital to your growth.

I should have paid an SEO pro years ago, for example. The amount of time I spent trying to learn and implement such things far outweighed the cost in the long-term. It also took away time spent in my own Zone of Genius, which is a far more efficient place to be.

Most importantly, I’ve learned what I really want my creative business to look like. I’m not into relying on my paintings to pay my bills. It takes the fun out of it, and can definitely lead to burnout if you don’t catch it in time. I wanted to restructure my business so that it still has the joy of a creative hobby, while also generating passive income that I’m not emotionally attached to. One where I’m only doing the things I love, and none of the things I don’t. So I did!

The launch of Cedar Creative Print Company is symbolic of that shift for me <3

Printable Nature Art & Modern Word Prints

This evolution of the past few years has also led me to understanding what ‘saving the world’ looks like for me as an individual, and how I can get back to that in my daily life – a feeling I’ve been lacking while consumed by the business.  I’ve learned that my particular passion is helping others (women especially) to realize what amazingness lies within them, and help them move toward fulfilling that potential. 

This can obviously look a million different ways, so I employed a career coach and began digging deep into my skills, experiences, desires, perspectives, and assessing myself silly. And at the end of every trail was Human Resources Leadership.

I was continuously surprised, and even remembered a time back in college when someone mistook my major of Human Services for Human Resources and I scoffed with disdain at the idea – how could I help anyone or find any joy from a cubicle in an HR department? How dare they?!

But everything was aligning. Within days I was enrolled in a certification program. A few days later I received an opportunity to intern with an organization that supports other military spouses like myself in career development. And the more I learn, the more I realize what a perfect fit it was all along. 

So here I am, still shocked at this transition, and so very excited!

I have no idea what sort of space I’ll find myself in, but I’ve returned to fully trusting and listening to my intuition – I realized that neglecting it is when the darkness tends to loom and the mindset is negatively affected. And now, I seriously can’t wait to see where this path leads me. 

So cheers to new chapters, to evolution, to gaining clarity, and to honoring our Inner Selves.

All the love,

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How to Host Painting Parties!

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Recently, I got to chat with Julie, the host of the Anyone Can Teach Art podcast!

We talked all about my new offering, the How to Start Your Own Painting Party Business package, which teaches creatives at any level how to host in-home painting parties!

I had so much fun sharing stories and tips about the adventures of hosting painting parties, I hope you’ll enjoy it too! Have a listen and a laugh, and let me know what you think!

How to host painting parties

From the sweet Julie:

Emily is focused on helping full-time artists supplement their income with painting parties, but everything she says can apply to anyone interested in hosting painting parties. You really don’t need to be a full-time artist to host these parties!

Plus, this package, at $35, is so cheap that you can easily earn that investment back in your first party. So why not try it? I know I plan to!!

No, I’m not an affiliate for Emily. I don’t earn anything from her sales and she didn’t pay me to do this interview. I just think this is a really great idea for anyone looking to earn some extra income this summer! Here at Ridge Light Ranch, we love helping parents teach their children art. However, I love this idea of helping parents learn art too! 

So check out Emily’s package here: “Start Your Own In-Home Painting Party Business.”

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2018 : An Epic Year Indeed

I love sitting down during the last couple weeks of the year to reflect on all the amazingness that has manifested. In 2016, I started keeping a list on the wall in my studio so I could write down every time something super awesome happened. It’s a great practice and has really upped my vibration, I highly recommend trying it!

Here are some of my favorite moments from 2018 <3

  1. The Vermont Bride Feature
Vermont Bride Feature : Lyric Scarves

2. This Minted win for their new line of wall murals!

3. A trip to Colorado to see my bestie! We have the same birthday, and we celebrated like the #bossassbitches that we are. It was wonderful and love-filled and perfect <3

4. I met Miguel

This was crazy, and by no doing of my own! A lovely friend of a friend had an extra VIP pass that her man totally wasn’t interested in, so I got to ride along! You see that floating look in my eye? Yeah, I couldn’t even make eye contact, let alone have a coherent conversation. But I painted him and Nazanin a little painting and he thought it was awesome, so that was cool. If this ever happens again, I’ll do my best to complete a sentence -_-. Also, the show was effing amazing.

5. The La Cantera Gallery opened, and has been selling my work like hotcakes and getting it into other prestigious locales, such as Kuper & Sotheby’s International Luxury Real Estate at the Dominion in San Antonio! I’m so grateful to be a part of something so beautiful!

6. Formation and Ariella. This one’s pretty important to me. Ariella found my work online and wanted to fill her beautiful fitness studio Formation with it – a community of women supporting women and creating more positive beauty in the world – and I was all about it. To top it off, Ariella is this amazing woman whom I now joyfully call my friend, and I’m so grateful she found me!

8. Epic Exchanges Podcast. I’m so grateful to have been invited to the Power of Story / Epic Exchanges Podcast this year, and then invited back a second time! It was a wonderful experience, and so fun! Have a listen below if you haven’t yet!

10. Mastermind Retreat. Last year these amazing women and I found each other at an entrepreneur event in San Diego, and now I can’t imagine life without them! There are 3 missing from this pic, but most of us were able to come together this fall in BC and it was SO incredible. It’s so exciting when like minds converge with purpose and mission – worlds change!

11. A month in Hawaii with Bella. My precious lil niece got a new baby brother this year, so the bro flew me out to keep Bella entertained while mom took care of herself and the new babe! We went to the beach, tried to find turtles, watched lots of birds, and snuggled so hard. I’m so so grateful that I live the kind of life that allows me to have a month-long slumber party with my favorite little darling. My heart is bursting!

12. Abraham Hicks, the most impactful item on this list.

The last couple of years have been a super deep dive into my Self, and the second half of this year has been especially intense in that regard. Once I came upon the work of Abraham via Esther Hicks, things accelerated in every way. I’m not going to go into detail about their work here, I will let you do that investigation yourself if you’re interested. If you’re into meditation, manifestation and the Law of Attraction, you’ll likely be pretty pumped about it.

This was a year of women stepping into themselves, stepping into their power, myself included. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…and I’m feelin’ GOOD.

13. And just for fun, don’t forget about this adorable little old man I saw in Barnes & Noble.

Happy holidays, THANK YOU 2018 and cheers to 2019! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us <3

So much love and gratitude,

Emily 🙂

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Part 8: RESOURCES | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

There are so many people and things that have helped me on this crazy entrepreneurial journey.

But the number one greatest tip I can share with you is to create or join a Mastermind.

I found mine at a live Amy Porterfield event last year, and I can’t put into words how much of a game-changer it was.

We’re a group of 7 women, all with different types of businesses, at different places in our businesses, and all completely invested in ourselves and lifting each other towards our individual goals. We all bring a range of experiences and backgrounds to the table, and it enables us to collectively approach and solve any and every business challenge we face.

I spent the first 5 years of my business in mental isolation – researching, reading, watching, learning, absorbing, implementing. I had a couple friends that I talked to about little bits, but that was it.

Having a tribe of women around you that have the same ambitious mindset and goals will take all of you to the next level.

So find your tribe, and hold them close!

An Entrepreneur’s Resource List

The following is a living, regularly updated list of books, mentors, apps and other resources that have helped me along this journey. Every name is a link, so explore away! And if you have anything that would be great to add, contact me!


The Confidence Code : Katty Kay

The Modern Guide to Witchcraft : Skye Alexander

#Girlboss : Sophia Amoruso

Reason for Hope : Jane Goodall

Everything by Malcolm Gladwell

The Art of Work : Jeff Goins

The War of Art : Steven Pressfield

Choice Theory : William Glasser, M.D.

Building a Story Brand : Donald Miller

Moonology : Yasmin Boland

The Power of Habit : Charles Duhigg

Art, Money & Success : Maria Brophy

High Performance Habits : Brendon Burchard

You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy : Ashley Longshore

Profit First : Mike Michalowicz

Big Magic : Elizabeth Gilbert

You Are A Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money : Jen Sincero

Originals : Adam Grant

Business & Entrepreneurship

Marie Forleo

James Wedmore

Amy Porterfield

Melyssa Griffin

Donald Miller

Tracy Matthews

Jess Van Den

Jeff Goins

Kelly Rae Roberts

Spiritual & Manifestation

Denise Duffield-Thomas

Sarah Prout

Jenn Kosh

Abraham Hicks







If you know of anything that would jive with this list, please comment so everyone can benefit!

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**I do not link to or recommend items that I myself haven’t read, used and love!**

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Part 2: DEFINE THE DREAM | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

Before we go on, I’m going to ask an important question.

If you already have kids, then you can skip this next paragraph 😉 You already know about the sacrifices they require and you’re still here, nurturing that flame in your soul. I applaud you.

But if you don’t have children…do you want them? I mean REALLY want them? Because having them will cut down the time you’re able to invest in your dreams by a good 90%, for quite awhile. If you can afford help or your kids are already on the older side, this won’t be the case. I know plenty of moms that juggle it all like a boss, so obviously it’s possible.

My point is this:

Don’t have children just because society or anyone in your life has made you think you “should”…or because you think its the ‘next natural step’…or because you just want to see what they would look/be like…or because you think it will save your relationship.  If you feel like ‘something’s missing’ but you can’t quite figure out what it is…

It’s likely your connection with your Self. Listen to Her instead.


The world doesn’t need more people. The world needs YOU, in your destined role, as your highest Self, doing the thing that only you are capable of doing in the way that you are capable of doing it. 


Now that that’s out of the way…
Let’s get back to the Thing.
Do you know your thing?
Do you know you have a thing, but you haven’t figured out what it is yet?

Has your thing been living in your mind your entire life and you’re just grown accustomed to keeping her on a shelf for ‘someday’ or ‘when you have time’?

Or has your thing been desperately screaming to get out for years and for some reason you can’t bring yourself to open the door? (That’s what mine was doing. Good times.)

There are so many ways to learn about the Thing.

If, like me, you want to put a question like “what the eff am I supposed to be doing with my life?” into Google and have it produce an instant answer…I understand completely.

Since Buzzfeed quizzes don’t get too deep, let me make a few suggestions.

If you haven’t taken the full-form real Myers-Briggs assessment, I recommend doing it.

take the official myers-briggs test

I’ve come back to this test several times over the years, and it has been useful in many ways. I’ve even had potential employers request it. Also, your results change as you change, staying relevant.

I also recommend the Gallup Strengths Finder, 


and the Primary and Secondary Archetype tests by Cerries Mooney.

And of course, go ahead and do a bunch of shit that you don’t like doing and work for various assholes to get an idea of what ISN’T the thing.
Wanting to re-enact any scene from Office Space, yet refraining, is good for developing self-awareness, humility and patience.
Once you’ve done all that, it’s time to listen.


To your Self, to your intuition, to your soul, whatever you’ve named her.

Art by Mae Chevrette, Quote by Steve Jobs

It’s true.
You came here with a purpose. But we forget what that purpose is sometimes, and the universe leaves us a trail of bread crumbs until we remember.
If you haven’t remembered yet, that is fine. Keep reading. Your thing will come to you when it is time.



If money were no concern, what would my day look like?

What do I enjoy doing more than anything? When do I lose myself?

How do I best express myself? Through words? Through food? Through art? Through helping others?

What do other people tell me I’m good at?

When do I feel most confident?

Do I like to be around people or on my own?

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How to be a Career-Driven Military Spouse (& not lose your mind)

Marrying my husband was the best decision I’ve ever made.

But I had no idea what I was about to experience as a woman with my own career track already established making the transition to military wife life.

For the first year, he was still stationed in Arizona and I had no problem finding the type of job I wanted in my field. Then we got orders to England! Which of course we were ecstatic about, and I had grand fantasies of working for some rad nonprofit organization in London. But then we got there and realized the actual location and surroundings were much more remote than we had imagined.

I quickly learned that job opportunities were slim, low-paying, and working in my actual field wasn’t even possible. I was super fortunate that a loosely-related to my experience position was available on base when we arrived, so I snatched that up and started building an Etsy shop in my spare time and running group painting parties and private painting lessons. With the low wages the base paid, I was soon making almost as much with my side art hustle.

So after a year, I put in my notice to give 100% to growing my art business.

The following 6 years has been a rollercoaster of development – deep dives into teaching myself online marketing, absorbing all things business and entrepreneurship, going within to battle the demons of self-doubt, self-worth, mindset blocks and fear. Physical and mental isolation, tears in the bathtub, in between points of such joy, excitement and the high of limitless possibility.

I’ve learned a ton, and I know I’m not the only woman out here that has sacrificed and is (still) navigating their own career and ambitions in order to be with the person they love.

So I wanted to give you all the things that might save you some time and help you on your own journey, and also create a little space to make sure you know you’re not alone!

This lil’ guide poured out of me in a tea room in England one day when I was waiting for a meeting to start. I had no idea it was going to turn into this 30-page eBook, and I’m so happy to share it with you!

Once you download the book (it’s free!), you’ll get the link to join the community too!

If you know anyone that might benefit from this, please share it with them too!

All women maximizing their potential = a beautiful world.


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On my way back.

I’ve been gone for awhile. Not gone gone, but definitely pulled inward. For like…the last 6 years or so.

What started as a time zone barrier in talking to my friends and family as much while I was overseas developed into a deep mental isolation that brought me through levels of myself that I didn’t know existed.

Sometimes it was dark and scary, but mostly it was beautiful and expansive.

Much of it was tied to my feelings of self-worth as they related to my sudden and unexpected dependence on my husband when his career took us to England and mine was stalled as a result.

Compound that with going into business as me, myself & I, after thinking I had my whole career lined out. Degrees. Commitments to service. Student loans out the ass.

I mean, who was I to ‘be an artist’ after so many years of work and dedication to helping others? It was who I was. How could I just start saying I was something else?

I was spinning.

The anxiety attacks had been ugly since Macedonia, and I finally recognized them as something I needed to ask for help with. Something I don’t do much.

My doc introduced me to Zoloft and the world changed. 10/10 highly recommend.

Anyway, now that we’ve been stateside for two years and the time zone barrier isn’t as much of a thing, my tendency to go inward versus touch base or catch up with a friend/family member still wins.

And I have guilt about it.

But I suppose my guilt about it doesn’t outweigh my super intense desire to create a successful business and be an example for other women who have such dreams they wish to fulfill.

I’m hoping to get better at balancing this in the coming years, but it could also be that I just don’t like to talk on the phone as much as I used to 🙂

Re-emerging after a lengthy period of isolation and inner exploration is bumpy, and can feel socially awkward at times.

But I’m working on it, and learning more about my Self constantly.


Emily is an Artist, entrepreneur, and ambitious introvert who had to rethink her career plans when she married a military man.  She wrote Permission Granted to lift other purpose-driven women up on the journey to creating their ideal lives. 

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Vermont Bride Feature!

I finally got my hands on the newest edition of #VermontBride so I could see our feature in person! What a beautiful publication, I’m so honored to have my work in these pages! Mei Lin Barral Photography – incredible work, you’re so amazing, thank you again!


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Lyric scarf in Wine. Photography by Mei Lin Barral Photography.