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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,
Emily 

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How to Host Painting Parties!

how to start a painting party business

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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Nebula Painting Tutorial

acrylic painting tutorial nebula 2

Supplies Used:
20″ x 16″ Canvas
Matisse Derivan FLOW in Australian Salmon Gum and Magenta
Golden Fluid Acrylic in Iridescent Bronze (Fine)
Reeves Acrylic in Titanium White
Various brushes (shown in video)
Dry Mop Brush
Bristle Tool
Fine Mist Spray Bottle

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m SO happy to have you here!

I’ve never taught via video before, so I’m really counting on you to tell me what you want and need from me!

It’s important to me to give you the space to follow along and paint with me, so everything is in real time.

Rather than taking you through a whole giant painting (the video would be hours, nobody got time for that!), I’m showing you the technique that I’ve developed through experimentation over the past 20-some years in a series of nugget-sized videos.

I use this technique in clouds, waves, nebulae, abstract, all over the place. I’d love to see you apply it to your art and decor projects and see what you come up with!

All supplies I use are listed, but don’t feel like you need the exact things I use to do it! ANY soft bodied or flow paint will work for this!

Future videos will be shaped by your feedback, so please give me ALL your thoughts and questions! Have ALL THE FUN!

Love & gratitude,

Emily 🙂

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Nebula Painting Tutorial

acrylic painting tutorial nebula
Supplies Used:
20″ x 16″ Canvas
Matisse Derivan FLOW in Aqua Green Light
Golden Fluid Acrylic in Iridescent Bronze (Fine)
Reeves Acrylic in Titanium White
Various brushes (shown in video)
Dry Mop Brush
Bristle Tool
Fine Mist Spray Bottle

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m SO happy to have you here!

I’ve never taught via video before, so I’m really counting on you to tell me what you want and need from me!

It’s important to me to give you the space to follow along and paint with me, so everything is in real time.

Rather than taking you through a whole giant painting (the video would be hours, nobody got time for that!), I’m showing you the technique that I’ve developed through experimentation over the past 20-some years in a series of nugget-sized videos.

I use this technique in clouds, waves, nebulae, abstract, all over the place. I’d love to see you apply it to your art and decor projects and see what you come up with!

All supplies I use are listed, but don’t feel like you need the exact things I use to do it! ANY soft bodied or flow paint will work for this!

Future videos will be shaped by your feedback, so please give me ALL your thoughts and questions! Have ALL THE FUN!

Love & gratitude,

Emily 🙂

If you’d like to get Painting Tutorial videos directly in your inbox, sign up below! <3

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Abstract Painting Tutorial

acrylic painting tutorial cloud

Supplies Used:
12″ x 9″ Canvas
Reeves Acrylic in Paynes Grey and Titanium White
Various brushes (shown in video)
Dry Mop Brush
Fine Mist Spray Bottle

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m SO happy to have you here!

I’ve never taught via video before, so I’m really counting on you to tell me what you want and need from me!

It’s important to me to give you the space to follow along and paint with me, so everything is in real time.

Rather than taking you through a whole giant painting (the video would be hours, nobody got time for that!), I’m showing you the technique that I’ve developed through experimentation over the past 20-some years in a series of nugget-sized videos.

I use this technique in clouds, waves, nebulae, abstract, all over the place. I’d love to see you apply it to your art and decor projects and see what you come up with!

All supplies I use are listed, but don’t feel like you need the exact things I use to do it! ANY soft bodied or flow paint will work for this!

Future videos will be shaped by your feedback, so please give me ALL your thoughts and questions! Have ALL THE FUN!

Love & gratitude,

Emily 🙂

If you’d like to get Painting Tutorial videos directly in your inbox, sign up below! <3

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Cloud Painting Tutorial

acrylic painting tutorial cloud 2
Supplies Used:
12″ x 9″ Canvas
Matisse Derivan FLOW in Australian Salmon Gum
Reeves Acrylic in Titanium White
Various brushes (shown in video)
Dry Mop Brush
Fine Mist Spray Bottle

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m SO happy to have you here!

I’ve never taught via video before, so I’m really counting on you to tell me what you want and need from me!

It’s important to me to give you the space to follow along and paint with me, so everything is in real time.

Rather than taking you through a whole giant painting (the video would be hours, nobody got time for that!), I’m showing you the technique that I’ve developed through experimentation over the past 20-some years in a series of nugget-sized videos.

I use this technique in clouds, waves, nebulae, abstract, all over the place. I’d love to see you apply it to your art and decor projects and see what you come up with!

All supplies I use are listed, but don’t feel like you need the exact things I use to do it! ANY soft bodied or flow paint will work for this!

Future videos will be shaped by your feedback, so please give me ALL your thoughts and questions! Have ALL THE FUN!

Love & gratitude,

Emily 🙂

If you’d like to get Painting Tutorial videos directly in your inbox, sign up below! <3

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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!

Books

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

Apps

Mint

Preview

Canva

Tailwind

Evernote

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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