Creativity Coach - Artist Desiree East

You want to THRIVE and live in the PRESENT MOMENT. You want to CREATE THE REALITY YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED through CREATIVE LIFESTYLE HABITS.You want to tap into that hidden, CREATIVE POTENTIAL that is ready to be UNLEASHED to the world. When your inner voice, your intuitive heart --- YOUR creative genius --- is nourished and pampered, you know you can create profound changes in your LIFE that is the art.

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creatively Fit Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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welcome back, welcome baby kirra

Hello Dearest Creative Tribe!!

It's been nearly a year, and I'm officially emerging from maternity leave. I've actually been slooooooowly making the transition, doing a bit of work behind the scenes (both professional and personal growth) and completely immersing myself in the incredible journey that is motherhood. Spiritually wise, I've been committed to taking daily beach walks and occasional hikes to connect with mother earth, as well as, creating sacred space for my personal painting practice by connecting with animal totems that have kept me grounded through this time, reminding me that I am exactly where I need to be.

I wasn't sure how I was going to make an 'official' announcement. Write a new blog post? Throw a (painting) party? Launch a brand-spanking new program? Do a little song, do a little dance?

I really couldn't figure out how to create the perfect way to let you know what I've been up to (or schedule the perfect time to do it, for that matter), until one of my business colleagues, Holly G, invited me to do a fun little video project called, #1min1take. Maybe I will end up doing a little song and a little dance for you!!

This mini video series will be the perfect way to let you know what I've been up to and how I've been able to keep my head in the (creative business) game this past year and what I plan on doing as I transition into working at home as a new mom (BTW, thank you all TONS for the good vibes, sweet blessings, and support you've sent to me, Baby Kirra, and Brendon, as we stumble out of first-year survival mode - WE DID IT!!).

So, here's my welcome back video. (If you'd like to join me at the last-minute for this super duper easy challenge, be sure to visit: www.bit.ly/1min1take).

https://youtu.be/AQTydl6RgpM

 

THANKS FOR WATCHING, AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONNECTING MORE, AS I SHIFT TOWARD GETTING BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS!!

weekly photo challenge: threshold

bali surf and exposed reef by desiree east Threshold - noun

  1. a strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room.
  2. a point of entry or beginning.
  3. the beginning of an airport runway on which an aircraft is attempting to land.
  4. the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested.
  5. he maximum level of radiation or a concentration of a substance considered to be acceptable or safe.
  6. a limit below which a stimulus causes no reaction.

 

I immediately thought of this photo of How I Brought in the Balinese New Year in 2012.

As surfers, we have this hungry anticipation for playing in the ocean's waves like you wouldn't believe. Our hearts' start to pump, and our eyes start to dilate, as we scan the horizon for energetic lumps of salty goodness forming into the perfect platform for gliding to freedom.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

And at this point in my life, it very much reminds me of the anticipation of building my dream business. One of my online colleagues and surfer friend, Srini Rao of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast (formerly BlogcastFM), happens to use surfing as a metaphor for life and business quite often, which I love. In fact, one of his biggest dreams of hosting a live, yet most intimate event is happening, as I type these words. Check it out: The Instigator Experience. Go Srini!

If you've been following me for the last couple of years you already know that I am also at the threshold of bringing my dreams to light as a creative entrepreneur. And it really does feel like I'm about to paddle out into some of the biggest waves I've ever paddled out into. The courage and confidence that I've gained in the last few years, especially in putting myself out there --- no holds barred --- has been incredibly thrilling, scary, exciting, humbling, liberating and freeing.

All while trying to be as focused and grounded as possible.  

Very much like paddling out into the ocean, I feel like I'm on the verge of having the best surf session in my life, with many more waves to come, in all different sizes, shapes, and forms. And I definitely feel like there is more to come on the horizon.

HERE'S THE THING: Experiences like this just don't fall into our laps. It takes knowing and identifying what you really desire in life. And, just like learning how to surf and getting used to an environment you may not be used to, it takes knowledge and practice. AND, more importantly, to cross that threshold, you must surround yourself with support, so that you're not doing it alone.

 

3 SIMPLE TIPS TO CROSS THE THRESHOLD:

1. IDENTIFY YOUR TRUE DESIRES.

Is what you are about to do truly in alignment with your higher calling/purpose/soul's work? If yes, then fantastic, you'll be happier knowing you're on the right path. If not, change course.

2. BECOME AN EXPERT.

To cross the threshold, educate yourself and take action by practicing the thing that you want to become. The more knowledge you have, the more comfortable you'll be.

3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED SOULS.

Once you cross the threshold, connect with other people who have the same values and who are doing the same things that you doing, for support, accountability, and sharing challenges and celebrating successes. Having a sense of love, safety and belonging (our three basic human needs) makes a world of a difference.

  WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE PIECES IN PLACE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, AND YOU WILL BE READY TO RIDE THE MOST EXHILARATING WAVE OF YOUR LIFE. READY TO JUMP IN?

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES TO CROSS OVER THE THRESHOLD, WHEN IT COMES TO CERTAIN AREAS OF YOUR LIFE? PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.        

AND SPEAKING OF MAKING YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE, JOIN ME FOR THE PARTY AND LEARN THE ART OF CREATING A VISION BOARD LIKE AN A-LIST DREAMER. I WILL SHARE THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISION BOARDING AND SHARE SOME STORIES WITH MY SPECIAL GUESTS, WHOSE DREAMS HAVE BECOME REALITY. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE THE PARTY! FREE ADMISSION - CONFETTI OPTIONAL:

vision board dreams with desiree east If you feel inclined to join me and other WordPress bloggers for weekly photo challenges, please do. Just follow the prompts for this week’s theme here: WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. You have until the following Friday to share what you’ve come up with…Happy Shooting!

4 honest truths I would share over drinks with a fellow blogger - dean street society style

the 4 part entrepreneur happy hour blog tour with hilary rushford of dean street society - desiree east

Greetings, my friends! The Holidays are officially here, and I've been doing much reflection over the last year, re-assessing what I've accomplished in 2013 and planning ahead for 2014. Whew! It's been a whirlwind of goodness and excitement, and I've also been finding time to wind down, relax and spend much needed time with family and friends.

I was so thrilled when dear colleague and fashionista, Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society invited me to be a part of the Happy Hour Blog Tour (along with 29 other FABULOUS women) to start the conversation about her new book, The 4-Part Entrepreneur Cocktail.

The 4-Part Entrepreneur Cocktail is the book, tribe and toolkit we all wish we’d had when we first launched our blog and hit 'PUBLISH'. Today there are many women who desire to be bloggers and entrepreneurs, which means they’re looking to us -- those of us who are already doing it -- for a glimpse of what could be, and whether they’d love and thrive in the experience.

This blog tour is about sharing a piece of our story. If you are pondering starting your own business or blog, started but don't feel like you're getting traction, struggle with having enough time, finding your voice, or making it profitable, these articles are little gems of advice from your favorite entrepreneurs and bloggers, sharing what they've experienced and learned when they were just starting out.

Today, I share my story...so, grab a fresh cocktail, ladies (and gents). It's time to get real.

book-vertical1. MOTIVATION

Do you ever have days/weeks/months when you don't feel like blogging?

Ummm. Yes.

I still yet have to master what most successful bloggers like to call their, 'Editorial Calendar'. Once I learned how important this was to productivity, I immediately created an editorial calendar, with a list of topics and ideas that are probably as long as Santa Claus' naughty and nice list.

BUT, regardless of this long list, there are times where I just decide to not blog on a weekly basis. And if you've been following me for awhile, you'll notice that is very well true. And I'm okay with that, mostly, because:

1) I usually have other priorities in my life and business that need attention. That, and I truly believe in taking little mini digital vacays. Yummy. So good for your soul.

2) I really haven't found my weekly groove, just yet - it's right there at my finger tips - but, I'm not one to rush it. I've always been a true believer of organic growth, and I have faith that I'll find my groove soon.

3) I've always been one who blogs when inspiration strikes, and when that inspiration strikes, it's like my little fingers just can't stop typing. When I do have the motivation to do a blog post, it's the real me talking, and it's not a forced thing, where I'm creating a blog post just for the sake of hitting 'PUBLISH'.

That said, if there was ONE tip I could give in regards to getting motivated to create a blog post, it's this: Go outside and connect with nature for a few minutes. For me, that means walking out to the beach and wiggling my toes in the sand. Come back in and clear your space. Take 5 minutes to clear the clutter. Put some tunes on and perhaps, pour yourself a glass of wine and light a candle. And voila - you're ready to go!

2. YOUR STRENGTHS & DNA

Were you always a writer? Loved layout and design? Photography and Photoshop? Which elements of blogging were "so you" before you began and which weren't? Which parts might people not know you've really had to work at, or even think about how much time and training it's taken you?

I never thought of myself as a writer, but I'm beginning to believe that all of these years keeping personal journals have given me my authentic voice as a blogger.

And I'm also beginning to show an underlying appreciation for all of those seemingly endless 'all-nighters' I had to pull off during my college years. I had spent those faithful years writing a plethora of essays in MLA format {puke}. Imagine what the painstaking process of writing 25+ paged research and thesis papers will do to a young person's soul...edit and re-edit. Repeat. {puke. puke. puke.} --- spending my time doing that was never my favorite thing to do, but I (surprisingly) did them well.

Design and Layout, Photography and Photoshop: love, love, LOVE! One of the first things (courses/software programs) I invested in, even before I started blogging, was HTML and Photoshop. I fell in love. It's like the mathematical gods and design goddesses met and fell in love.

I will say the 'techie' parts of coding (HTML/CSS, etc.) that one has to get used to can be one that is either loved or loathed --- if you love solving puzzles (like I do) then this coding business will be a real treat for ya. Same goes with Photoshop and any other design programs out there, if you can get past the technical stuff, then go for it! If you are the type of person that doesn't have the patience for getting lost details I would definitely suggest hiring someone out to do the work for you.

Photography wise, my camera and I go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly. I've always loved photography and I'm a bit of a camera nerd (my husband will attest to that). And, as you can see, I'm a visual person, so I've got photos all over this blog, here. It's my 'other' way of communicating and interpreting how I see the world and it's one of the things that come natural for me.

3. SAYING YES TO PROFITS

If you offer products or services, did the blog come first or the business? How do you make budget decisions about investing in conferences, courses, coaching to further your blog?

It's all about the money, honey. Or is it?

When I first started blogging, it was all about the love. I was a hobby blogger, and I started this blog as a way to put myself out there as an artist and share my love for travel. As I connected with the online community, little did I know that sharing of my artwork would serve as a vehicle for healing. When I started this blog, I was just getting back on my feet from the Great Recession. Ugh - it still hurts my stomach when I think about it. I briefly talked about how I survived this time in my life, last week:

The Power of Manifesting Your Desires Into Reality

And you can find my very first blog post here, which was published on December 1, 2010:

Hello World!

influencers_blog post by desiree eastI fell in love with blogging, and I fell in love with the fact that I could connect with such a vast community of artists, travelers, and creative entrepreneurs from around the world. I had to share my love of the creative process with others, and I thought the blogging platform would be the perfect way to do this to connect with like-minded souls who are part of the creative movement. And here I am.

In 2012, I decided I wanted to transform my 'hobby' blog into a site where I could help others tap into their creative wisdom. That's when I put my head down and started to go full steam ahead with turning my love for creativity into a business.

How did I get the funds to start?

I'm a bootstrapper at heart. As you may or may not know, I am a Professional Landscape Designer by trade, and that's my bread and butter. Whatever extra cash flow I've saved from my design work is what's been able to keep me afloat as a newly established professional blogger. When I feel I have extra resources to invest in my Creative Coaching business, I budget and prioritize my needs as I see fit.

Amazing Blogging Community vs. Shiny Object Syndrome

Here's the deal. As an up-and-coming blogger, I have been exposed to a world of extremely talented and intelligent entrepreneurs and with so many great offers, it's hard to say NO to learning that 'very last thing you need to catapult you to the top'.

It's a disease, I'll tell ya.

And I know I'm not the only one who falls into this trap of being a 'life-long learner'. Go ahead, raise your hand - are you guilty of this, too?

Saying YES to profits, means investing in your business and doing it in a strategic way that doesn't leave you in a ginormous hole of debt. In other words, stop spending money on program, after program, after program - especially, if you haven't followed through with each module and action step. Stop it, already.

Saying YES to profits, means spending quality time on developing your business and being your own guru, by using your talent, skills, education, intelligence and strengths to get to the next level. You're a smart cookie, yeah? You've got this!

Saying YES to profits, means valuing your talents and gifts and sharing it to the world in exchange for money that is flowing toward you as love and gratitude. In other words, you have a right to make profits, and when you provide things that improves people's lives, it creates a positive, healthy flow of abundance.

4. SAYING NO TO OVERWHELM

Have you ever felt exhausted or overwhelmed by the pace you've set for yourself, your own expectations, or the requests of others when it comes to your blog? What would you go back and tell yourself about those times?

Exhausted? Yes!

Overwhelmed? Totally! Isn't that what happy hours and girls nights out are for? *wink*

Can you give yourself permission to say NO to things/projects/social events/collaborations that don't jive with your bigger vision and also, say NO to the things that will ultimately give you a nasty ulcer that will rot your stomach lining out?

Here is one simple thing you could do to calm the {bleep} down.

OR...

Having a crazy week? Try this - even a kindergartener can do it.

If there was anything I could tell my (past) self it would be THIS: "Go at your own pace...it's okay to have high expectations, but remember you could still have high standards and take time out to take care of yourself. Remember to re-connect with the things that keep you grounded and centered, because that is when your best work reveals itself. Burning the candles at both ends will not get you to where you want to be faster...it will only leave you burnt-out. Work hard, play hard, and also indulge in self-care, because you also deserve it."

As two of my coaching mentors, Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters say, when it comes to making sacrifices, "It doesn't have to be, 'either or' you could have 'both and more'." 

ONE LAST TIP: Being part of a community of like-minded bloggers could make a world of a difference when it comes to dealing with highs and lows, and especially when it comes to overwhelm. Most successful bloggers are some of the most honest, generous people you'll meet on this planet. If you have a tribe where you could share your successes and failures, your hopes and fears, and your dreams and goals, having that support will remind you that you are not alone in this ever-evolving journey called, entrepreneurship. So, if you haven't yet, don't forget to connect with the lovely ladies below, who are part of this Happy Hour Tour! Check out what Maria Romaine had to say yesterday, and tomorrow, Erin Souder of House of Earnest will be sharing her blogging wisdom with us!

happy hour friends

IF YOU ARE NEW AT BLOGGING OR THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BLOG, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW OR LEARN ABOUT? IF YOU HAVE BEEN BLOGGING FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW, WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD TELL YOUR PAST-SELF? PLEASE, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!

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transformational creativity coach desiree east

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creativity Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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