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June 6, 2012

Wednesday Wellness::Sometimes you just need to let it out…to let more in!

by heatherkp

I’m having a moment, so pardon the little rant but here I am at age 39 and at times I feel all washed up, it’s ridiculous I know!  I see young professionals on the rise, excited as they begin down their selected career paths and as I remember how it felt, I long to feel that way again!   I made choices that have guided me to where I am today and so far I don’t regret those choices but it doesn’t mean it’s always easy and lately, despite friends and family who tell me how happy I seem, it’s been more difficult than it appears!  I’m stoic, I’m stubborn, I’m a perfectionist, I rarely ask for help but I’m asking for it now…just by putting it out here!  I try not to be negative, I leave myself open to possibilities…I invite the universe to show me new directions, I am grateful, I am social, well educated, creative, talented, kind, up for a challenge and I rise to the occasion but occasionally it all gets me down!

This is a little longer than usual but I felt compelled to write and if you don’t read it, that’s just fine…This little rant really started a few years ago when I made the big leap to leave a corporate job with a company that was un-loyal and who’s morals and ethics were no longer in alignment with what I wanted for my life and my career.  My old job no longer gave me joy, a sense of accomplishment, challenge or creative fulfillment and I knew my days were numbered even before I realized what was happening.  Since then I’ve taken time to re-examine what I want out of the rest of my life.  I’ve attended art classes, ate well, fed my creative spirit, talked with therapists, coaches and friends, read “self help” and career guidance books, went deeper into my yoga practice, looked to spiritual council, meditated, grieved the loss all three of my beloved kitties, moved to a new state near the ocean where I can take more frequent walks on the beach AND throughout all of this I’ve come to some pretty important discoveries about myself!  I’m much more flexible and adaptive than I ever gave myself credit for.  I am an IDEA person, I have so many ideas for ways I want to contribute to this world but I’ve learned that not every one of these ideas is one I should personally be pursuing.  Some I just have to let go of in order to find my focus.

While re-discovering myself I continued to “look” for work, weather it be full time employment, freelance design work or a whole new career direction.  I’ve dabbled with all of the above, taking the time to travel to NYC for one particular interview with a wonderful designer who I could really see myself being an asset for. Or there was another company who wanted my expertise but was too cheap to pay for my GAS to drive one state over for in interview! Why would any company take the time and cost associated with interviewing people and not follow up! I know I’ve stretched, reached for the best, the clients who I believed I would be in alignment with, not too big, not too small…clients who’s ethics were strong, who treated people like people and who valued individuals for their total contributions (the whole package so to speak).  BUT it doesn’t feel like it’s working and it has me wondering…

What have I gotten in return?  Maybe I’ve learned valuable lessons that my personal sense of judgement is WAY off base?  Maybe it’s that my own personal stories are getting in my own way…or maybe I’m struggling because I’ve become too “exclusive”.  Maybe it’s  time to get out of my own way, unlearn my own stories and find more! 

I know that these jobs were not-meant-to-be, for me, the way the interviews were handled told me more about these companies than any words spoken or website could possibly present.  I will not lower my standards, I still long to find my tribe, the people who I can best serve!  I will manifest clients who care about how they effect the world in everything they do, say and make and in so doing they will light my fire!  I will collaborate to create and facilitate beauty and order.

Failures and rejections hurt but they teach us important lessons about ourselves (and others)!  I will continue to reach for and create the next opportunities to  shine my light.  I will ask for help, leave myself open to GOD (Good Orderly Direction), I won’t listen to the fear or limitations-I will daydream, continue to be flexible and move forward because there is no other option.  I will  SOAR!

PS.  Did you know that yesterday/today is the Transit of Venus?  Check it out, this is a significant day for introspection and for finding balance of the physical and spiritual worlds!

January 31, 2011

Support for Free

by heatherkp
But what about free content?

Image by pr1001 via Flickr

It’s the last day of January, wow can’t believe how quickly it’s gone!

Over the last year (maybe more) there’s been a lot of discussion about the current culture of free and the sustainability of free content.  I first became aware of this discussion over at Crafty Pod and have been reading and participating in the discussion in an effort to help find some solutions to the currently non-sustainable practice of free in the creative community.   Last Friday Diane posted about How she supported some Free in January. I’d like to contribute to this discussion by being more transparent about how I contributed and I’d encourage you to do the same!

I currently am not selling products (that will change in 2011!) but I provide my customers with a service and I hope to offer inspiration and from time to time a free idea, tutorial etc.  I try to support others in return for their free content by way of encouragement, links back to them, credit where it’s due etc. but I’ve always believed that the strongest form of support is the monetary kind.  I believe in the Thriving Artist not the starving artist!

In the past year my income has dropped dramatically but I can still manage to support others in their creative purpose, especially those that inspire me and give so generously of themselves!  So, in the month of January I’ve supported Tara Gentile by taking her fabulous Website Kick Start class (I’ll be rolling out my new website in February!).  For now you can sign up for new class notifications here.

I purchased a gorgeous calendar from Jessica Swift and she threw in a FREE print with the purchase!

Lastly I purchased an amazing marketing bundle from zero 2 illow which included contributions from about 6 different creative contributors including Khristian Howell, Tara Reed and Chris Guillebeau!

All of these creative people offer free content on their sites as well as beautiful products and super helpful services.  Please check them out and support our creative community (especially financially)!

How do you support other creative people who contribute by offering us free content?

January 13, 2011

Book Review::Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire

by heatherkp

I finished reading this just recently and LOVED it!  I have read a lot of business books and this one has such a refreshingly different point of view; A WOMAN’S.

Did you ever read French Women Don’t Get Fat?  We if you did, you probably loved it and your bound to love this book also by Mireille Guiliano.

This woman is a powerhouse, she’s the best of French and American cultures rolled into one.  She knows style, has class, is smart, savvy and sexy.  In this book she teaches you a little bit about how to turn all of these to your advantage.  I thought it was great that she talks openly about this not a weakness but a strength!  She admits that the upper echelon of the business world is run by predominately men and tells you what you need to know to turn the fact that you are a woman into an asset.  She shares everything she thinks might help including tips on dressing, entertaining, travel, manners and navigating the politics of business.  This book isn’t just about being a successful business woman, it’s about successfully enjoying all life has to offer you in both your career and your personal life.

December 8, 2010

In Response to Poppytalk

by heatherkp

Below is the comment I left in response to the latest blog entry over at Poppytalk.  I’ve been following her for a few years now and love how she finds and highlights and supports creative makers.

‘Jan, it certainly has never been simple for artist or truly authentic creators of any kind to keep their work from being ripped off! But, everything happens more quickly with the internet at our fingertips making it so easy to “Spread the wave”. I have to step back and not participate from time to time. I choose very carefully what I will and will not share online, on flickr, on facebook, on twitter, on my blog and soon on my website. This is unfortunate but I think it’s a necessity for anyone creative, you just have to keep a part for yourself and you have to be willing to let other stuff go. In the middle though, there does need to/have to be a way for people who are dedicated to being entrepreneurs! Geeze, life is not a get rich quick scheme people!  Life is about the experiences you make for yourself and those you choose to share with people you care about. That’s it! I’m tired of cheaters looking over my shoulder and looking over the shoulders of my very talented friends! I’m gonna say that again, I’M TIRED OF CHEATERS~WHERE’S THE TEACHER WHEN YOU NEED THEM? What can we do as a creative community to sound off about this? We need to bring a Fever pitch to our voices, together!’

If you are an artist or crafter of any kind please do what you can to stand up for your rights and help educate the media and your customers about copyright infringement.  If every blogger who blogs about creativity floods the web with this subject in a short period it just might be noticed on a larger scale.

September 3, 2010

Something for nothing?

by heatherkp

Have you ever been asked to do something for a client only to find out that they can’t actually pay you?    Well, if not be prepared to be in that situation sooner or later in your creative career.  As I have started this journey of self employment I have encountered quite a few opportunities to do something for someone where I was not necessarily “paid” in monetary terms.  Depending on your situation you have to ask yourself a few questions to determine if this project is a good idea or not.

1.  Is this project something I would enjoy or love doing?

2.  Is the client offering me something I can truly use in return for my time and services (say hosting a website or use of software etc)?

3.  Can this client lead me (or refer me) to other clients who can pay me?

4.  Are the project and the expectations of you and your client clearly defined?

5.  Are you being offered the opportunity to expand in a new direction that you have been wanting to gain experience in?

If you answered yes to at least 2 of the questions above then you may want to consider this sort of arrangement.  I am finding that I am being asked to participate in various types of projects by other entrepreneurs and when someone else is just starting out as well I am more inclined to help them out if they are serious, professional and can offer me something equally valuable (relative to the time I would spend for them).    I have also been approached by mid sized/large companies asking me to work a barter deal with them.  Frankly this is not as appealing to me unless they really have something valuable to offer me in return.  We all have to earn a wage at some point, here in the US it would be virtually impossible to survive on a barter system alone.

The whole subject of “Free” is one that is being discussed all over the place these days.  I’ve participated in a few online discussions over at the former website “Make and Meaning”.   You can find an archive of these discussions on the subject of free over at Crafty Pod.  This subject really gets people worked up, they either love or hate the idea of sharing their ideas and services for free or for the exchange of publicity, referral or some other less monetary exchange.  Either way be prepared to explore the possible advantages and disadvantages of doing something for “free”.

August 11, 2010

Goals

by heatherkp

I’ve got goals on the mind lately.  Do you set goals for yourself?  I find myself floundering without them.  So, lately I’ve been on a mission to more clearly define what my goals are and make them achievable.  I’m doing this by breaking the larger goals down in to smaller chunks and mini bites.  Without breaking it down further the whole can become so overwhelming you don’t know where to begin.  I’ve begun by setting goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basis (and further ahead for larger goals).  Do you set goals to keep yourself on track?  What tricks keep you motivated?  How do you get back on track if you “missed” a goal?


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August 6, 2010

Metamorphosis

by heatherkp

metamorphosis= transformation or rebirth

I started this blog back in January after many years of fantasizing of starting my own studio. I put blogging aside and even though I have thought over the last 6-7 months about posting here I remained hesitant as I’ve undergone many changes in my life over this period.

At the end of January I lost my job of over 7 years as a senior designer working on custom rug and carpet design. I was shocked, devastated, afraid, excited, angry, hopeful, relieved, worried just to name some of the emotions I have experienced over the last 6 months. It is pretty ironic reading back to my early January 1st entry here. I will still be exploring this process here but will no longer be doing so anonymously.

I realized pretty quickly that this loss was also a wonderful opportunity to make my own dreams a reality. Dreams are funny though because sometimes when you come face to face with them you flounder and don’t know where to begin. I began my metamorphosis by doing a lot of introspection, reading, researching, talking with supportive friends and family and giving myself time to revel in this chance to enjoy my life and recreate it.

As much as I loved moments of my corporate career it had become terribly unsatisfying over the last 2 years as I became bored, unchallenged and lost creative enthusiasm. In hindsight perhaps these were the exact reasons that I lost my job but I also worked very hard and was a loyal employee; something that is becoming more of a novelty in today’s corporate environment.

I decided pretty early on after my job loss that I didn’t want to pursue the same type of career path. I contemplated going into Non-Profit arts, beginning a Non-Profit (which I still aim to do one day), working in a Museum environment or working on a farm. After these ideas of radical change subsided I slowly realized the value in the many years I’ve invested in the world of textile and carpet design. I love so many aspects of design, I love working with clients to create something that evolves from a collaborative vision into a reality.

The process of collaboration is one that I love and am fascinated by. It is something I have explored over the past years as I’ve participated in and organized many collaborative art projects with fellow artist friends. I will be launching a design studio (virtual) with the dream of providing designs that come from a diverse group of designers and artists. These designs will not be trend driven, they will be created by individuals for the sheer joy of the process of creating. There will be designs that stand alone, photography, design collections, designs that are by anonymous individuals and designs that are collaborations between more than one designer. This is an aspect that I am so excited to explore. Please join me here until I launch my website (www.hkpowerstudio.com). For news, sneak peaks, inspiration and bits of knowledge I will share about this process of launching my dream business.


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January 5, 2010

New Beginnings

by heatherkp

So I had a revelation that I just need to start blogging here to make this someday studio become a reality that much sooner. I am not going to say who I am but I’ll give you some info along the way about what I do now and what i want to be doing someday. Yup, it’s 2010 and I’ve got a goal to leave my daytime job and “retire” to self employment by the time I’m 40 (which gives me 3 years). I set this goal for myself about 2 years ago and since then have been trying to figure out what it is exactly that I want to do and what do I need to be doing today to get there.

Well…starting here feels like a first step. Albeit an anonymous step but and I hope that’s okay for now. I’ve been struggling with the idea of walking away from a successful career that I went to college to initiate and have spent the last 10 years building upon. Okay, but the thing is, it’s no longer satisfying. I’m really sad about this but I just got some inspiration from Kim Werker who came to the revelation that she was not a “finisher”. She sold a successful web based business and walked away from editing a magazine publication once she realized that she was no longer happy. She was no longer challenged, no longer learning and she had essentially turned something she loved (a hobby) into something she could no longer enjoy. She didn’t want to become resentful so she took a leap in a new direction.

I wish I could take that kind of leap but I’m afraid, need I say more? So I am going to explore my thoughts and ideas about venturing out of corporate America and into my own “Someday Studio” here, anonymously. I hope you will join me in this adventure to learn more about myself and eventually take my own leap of faith that will led me to a more happy and fulfilling life of my own making.


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