No Starving Artists – 4 Money Lessons to Debunk the Myth!

As a fellow artist, you’re probably not unfamiliar with money worries. It’s the way it goes since we chose to pursue the arts not just as a hobby, but as a career move, right?

Wrong! 

There are 2 misconceptions about creative people that get me really riled up

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3 ways to keep business going when life gets tough

Resilience can often feel like an abstract concept. Well, I have to be honest… the past five months have been really TOUGH!

Perhaps the toughest time I’ve ever experienced in my life. I unexpectedly lost two loved ones, including my brother with whom I was very close. My son-shine was diagnosed with Autism which has brought about a lot of learning how to adjust our life to better support him to thrive. I caught COVID during the rapid Omicron phase that took over Nairobi last December. While it was thankfully relatively mild, the weeks of fatigue afterward was real! And then my fiancé suddenly developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome – a rare autoimmune disorder that rendered him immobile overnight…

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Our 9 good things from 2021

If you’re already part of our mailing list fam, you’ll know all about ‘9 Good Things’. We love curating the series every month and we’re so happy with all the positive feedback we receive! This month, we’re doing things a little bit differently: we’re reflecting and sharing 9 good things from 2021. Thus, we thought this round-up deserved to live on our blog too. Enjoy!

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5 powerful questions to help you deal with overwhelm

I don’t know about you but, for me, November is always the busiest month of the year. There’s so much to do before the end of the year and it feels like time is accelerating!

It’s very easy to let overwhelm take over. Too easy to let all the healthy habits established over the year to simply be thrown to the wind. After all, when you’re stressed out, you need cake and hours spent mindlessly scrolling, right?

Over the years, I’ve experimented with several strategies to resist this destructive, overwhelm-induced spiral and I’d like to share the ones that are working best for me right now. 

Get out a pen and paper and test them out by answering these …

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5 UK Black Creatives you need to follow

Celebrating black creative excellence

October is Black History Month in the UK. In the almost 12 years that I lived there, I had the honour to meet so many fellow black creatives and this week, I wanted to celebrate just a handful of them.

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Opening a brick-and-mortar shop: a tested guide for creatives

Unexpected beginnings

6 months ago I took a risk and signed a lease for a studio/shop space for my business. 

It was one of my goals for 2021, but one that I anticipated to achieve in the Q4, not Q1!

We were deep in the pandemic – unknowingly a few weeks ahead of another wave. We’d had a great Christmas season with product sales but I was wary of being overconfident, only to be left with a significant business expense that I couldn’t sustain. 

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How to clear your mind and create more

Over the years, I’ve been learning and experimenting with various productivity systems, in the quest to live a life of ease and abundance. In that time, I’ve discovered and implemented several habits and rituals with decent success. 

However, I still found myself getting overwhelmed, and every so often, it was paralysing. You know that vicious cycle where you have so much to do that you feel you can’t do anything? Which means the list – and your anxiety – just keeps growing! 

So many ideas and so many action points – not enough boundaries and not enough focus. 

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Planning: make it a pleasure and nail those goals

In the past few months, I’ve been truly embracing my love for planning and organisation and creating tools to help others find more pleasure in it too. 

Naturally, I want to write more about it too!

Being a single mum, business owner and a passionate, ambitious person, means that time always seems to be in such short supply. I have to be very intentional about my schedule and that means lots of planning.
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Permission to steal my mentors and jumpstart your life!

We all know it’s a great idea to have mentors. People who’ve achieved success in the areas we’re aspiring to make our own. People who can guide us and offer tough love when necessary. Mentors who can help us get where we want faster and with less heartache. 

It’s amazing to have a mentor who you have direct access to. Somebody who can give you individualised attention and bespoke advice. However, that’s not the only way to enjoy mentorship!

We’re so lucky to live in an age where we can be mentored by people who live thousands of miles away from us. People we may never get to meet in person and who may never even know our names!

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This is how personal growth unlocked my business growth

One of the books I love reading to my son, includes a line that hits me every time: 

“If you want things to change, you first have to change YOU.”
[The Lion Inside]

Truer words were never written and I’ve come to appreciate how much this is also the case, when it comes to business. Personal growth is a prerequisite for business growth

This has certainly been my experience. I wanted to share some of the ways in which my personal growth and growth in business have been connected.

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