Money Can Crush Your Creativity. Here’s How to Beat It.

Money can crush your creativity.

Not that money is crushing.  But the fear, the stress, and all the frustration that can come from money can be overwhelming.Mindfully Alive Retreat

I used to be right there.  Counting every penny.  Stressing if we were going to make it.

No one wants to experience the anxiety of wondering, even though you are okay today…will you be okay tomorrow?

Creativity isn’t the only thing that suffers.  Relationships get difficult. And the self-talk…Ugh.  The worst.

Have you felt that?

This is the topic we dive deeply into at the Mindfully Alive Retreat.

Here’s the trailer for our conversation.

What Is The Mindfully Alive Retreat

My friend, Julie Merrett, artist, Occupational Therapist and coach, is offering something to combat that. I’m honored to be a featured speaker, alongside other experts, and we’re coming together to give you our advice on becoming unblocked and living mindfully so you can create more than ever.

You’ll walk away with the clarity you need to effectively make the changes that lead to your freedom and fulfillment.

Julie has experienced firsthand the struggle to leave her secure job, start her own business and make a living as an artist. She struggled for 12 years to make that leap, and now, she runs a successful creative coaching practice supporting new creative entrepreneurs and sells her art internationally.

When you go to the Mindfully Alive Retreat and sign up to join us, you’ll learn which steps to take now to be mindfully creative and manage your stress so you get the freedom you want and deserve

Join The Conversation

When you sign up for the Mindfully Alive Retreat, you’ll be able to see the complete conversation.  I share a lot of what was going on for me, and how my family was struggling because of my personal money stress.

Some of what we talk about are a few ideas of how artists can start making money quickly.  Today.

That can be useful for creative businesswomen, like us, getting our business started.

Join us at the Mindfully Alive Retreat.

And shine on!


Ep. 74 – Stay Mindfully Alive in Your Creative Process

Are you Mindfully Alive in Your Creative Process?Mindfully Alive Retreat

Today’s episode is giving you more insight on how to allow more time to create, and, in particular, we’re focusing on the Mindfully Alive Retreat.

This free retreat is for you, my friend, the woman who is working, serving, giving to so many.  The experts speaking are sharing their insights on topics like:

  • Stress & Creativity
  • Managing Creative Blocks
  • How to Find Creativity While You’re Stuck
  • Money, Art & Stress

So many exciting topics to discuss.  I’m delighted to be one of the speakers sharing insight.  Click here to sign up for  the Mindfully Alive Retreat.

Get that in your purse:

You can join me daily at “5 Minutes for You.”

You, my dear friend, do so very much.  Consider this your 5 Minute Break at the end of the day for a little laughter, inspiration and cheering you on in the many roles of being a woman.

Speak the Lingo:

Today’s Leadership Lingo Term: Create

A few questions to ask yourself:

  • How are you Creating?  Or, if that’s not the case, consider
  • What is keeping you from being creative?
  • Do you find immersed in the creative process?
  • What kinds of activities allow you to be more creative?

Do more of that!  Creativity allows you to come alive and tap into Flow.

Read: Finding Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Today’s focus: 

Today we’re talking about the Mindfully Alive Retreat.

Part of living is being free to create.

And, it’s completely free when you sign up.  Later, you are welcome to purchase the recordings if you’d like.

We discuss:

  • Julie Merrett, occupational therapist & artist, coaches artists to become excellent business people.
  • Money & creativity can be messy.  She helps you keep it organized.
  • Letting go is the part of the process for sale.
  • How to go through life and stay “Mindfully Alive.”
  • Do you consider yourself creative?  You belong at the Mindfully Alive Retreat.
  • How you can get back into flow.
  • For a quick 2 weeks, you’ll enjoy daily speakers delivered right to your inbox.
  • Take some time out for yourself.
  • How money & stress holds you back
  • How you can make money as an artist
  • Your clothing can affect your mindfulness throughout the day
  • Finding Creativity When Your Stuck
  • Why you need to allow yourself time simply for creativity.
  • The difference between, “Sharing your art, but not your soul.”

I will be speaking at the Mindfully Alive Retreat.  I hope you can join us there!

Julie is an artist, coach and bestselling author whose passion is to see talented creatives become talented business people.  She has sold her art internationally over the last 15 years but has done it in a way that feels good rather than filled with fear, uncertainty and doubt which has been the recommended way to sell online.

Julie has always been creative, one of her earliest memories is playing with the sequins in her grandmothers’ bead pot.  Anything that is shiny attracts her, including new ideas… lots of them.  She has used art to heal during her 20-year career as a mental health Occupational Therapist and personally within her own life.  She now daily completes a meditation using art to focus her day and it’s an amazing bonus that these pieces sell.

You can find Julie on her website,

Let’s connect!

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Money, Time & Energy. Your limited resources.

My interview with Tiffany Han

Please meet Tiffany Han, host of Raise Your Hand Say Yes, and my former coach.  She shares her powerful money story with us today.  We talk in depth about how to focus on changing your behavior, how to move forward and what our real limited resources are.

She is one amazing human!

Tiffany Han on Think Enriched
Tiffany Han on Think Enriched

Today we discuss:

  • Her money story.  How she ignored it until she had communion with money.
  • To welcome money & abundance in her life, she set 2015 as the year to fall in love with money.
  • She had a once a month “Money Love Day.”
  • Tiffany made it a positive experience going through the books.
  • How to make the budget match your real life. What is on paper needs to find the system that works for you.
  • Finding someone else’s system is a great place to start.  Build on that and make it work for you.
  • Tiffany’s parable of the planners.
  • The power of baby steps to make progress.  The “needs vs. wants” dilemma.
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  • The awareness of the lack of habit makes you uncomfortable.  The shame, emotion & guilt can hold you back.
  • Self-talk affects eeeeverything.
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  • Creativity brings blessings, but you don’t have to believe that voice in your head.  You choose what you listen to and how to move forward.
  • Say to yourself, “I wonder what would happen if…”
  • Just get curious.
  • How do you know when you are ready to work with a coach:  Recognize what you need will help you find the right person.
  • Be willing to ask for help & be vulnerable.
  • It’s okay to be uncomfortable, it means you’re making progress.
  • Decide how you want to spend your money and get really deliberate.
  • Money, Time & Energy: these are the available resources.
  • Start today.  Do something NOW.  Anything you can do now will make your life better down the road.
  • “A year ago you’ll wish you started today.”
  • It’s not scary.  It’s just numbers.
  • You get to decide who has the power.
  • It’s uncomfortable?  So what.  Move on.
  • Whatever it is, do that.  Those things that make you feel empowered will transcend into other areas of your life.

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