We are both works of art and artist's at work
-Erwin Raphael McManus
The life of a soulful creative isn't always easy. There are so many of us out there all wanting to create meaningful work that matters.
In our burning desire to create and do what we love we often undervalue ourselves and our contribution as creatives, undercharging or even giving our work away for free, forgetting that we are actually running a business. I understand, I've been there and know how frustrating and undervaluing that can feel.
Many creatives don’t believe in themselves and never fully commit to their business dreams, or they don't like the business side of being a creative and their businesses drift with no purpose or direction. The reality is, most of us started out just following a passion and were never shown how to run a business.
As a result the business never reaches it's full potential and the creative suffers from ‘starving artist syndrome.’
Their dream business feels out of reach, overwhelming and too much of a struggle, leaving many creatives feeling a failure doing what they love; or worse still falling out of love with their passion and giving up on their dreams.
When we become the leader our business deserves, we become empowered. Our business has more confidence, authenticity, clarity, purpose and direction creating a clear path for us to follow and move forwards.
Aligning our passion with a purpose and a well thought out plan enables us to create a sustainable lifestyle as a creative business owner.
People pay you not what they decide your creativity is worth but what you decide it's worth
At the heart of your business is you, whilst your business is a reflection of your talents and passions it is also held back by your confusion, your fears, your limiting beliefs, and those gaping holes in what you didn't know you needed to know.
By looking closer at you, your why, your businesses hopes, dreams, challenges and frustrations and taking that all important time to create the solid foundations for your business is how we grow a profitable business we love.
Build a business with soul
You are the heart of your business, the heart of your business is you.
Become as devoted to leading your business as you are about your creativity
I was lacking direction and confidence on how to drive my business forward. It takes a very clever and intuitive eye to see what is failing in your business and why that is happening. Clare Louise has such an amazing way at delving into so many aspects of your business and the role you play in that. She helps you see what needs to change and helps you find solutions that can really transform things both financially for the business and emotionally for your wellbeing.
I am right in the middle of launching a new business project. When launching something new it is very easy to become overwhelmed, scared even - yet Clare Louise has an incredible ability to keep you grounded, help you plan the next course of action calmly and sensibly. She is able to evaluate exactly what help is required and how to assist you to put that into practice. Her business coaching is invaluable to me. She has a special kind of magic.
I wasn't happy with the way things were going in my business. I was working way to hard for too little, putting to many hours into earning money and not having enough time to enjoy me or my family. My sessions with Clare Louise enabled me to switch off from the demands of everyday life, asses what I want and re-juggle things in my life so my business performs better for me and I perform better for my business clients. I can't thank her enough.
I had no direction - I was in a mess with no confidence or sense of direction and on the spiral downwards. Now everything has flipped on it’s head, I have drive, spirit , purpose, belief, confidence. I have found my passion. I believe in me and my talent, I believe in my skillset and have opened myself up. I have gone from being creatively blocked to flowing with my own creative ideas. I have a strong sense of purpose, I know who I am and where I'm going.
Inspire your passion, empower your soul, create the life you desire
A Story of
Why did you choose Clare Louise’s Creating Creativity® coaching programme?
I had noticed since I set up my photography business, photography has become my ‘job’. I had lost a bit of my creativity which made me sad. I felt like I was going through the motions to earn money. I need to reconnect to my passion and why I started my business in the first place. My dream is to win awards for my work.
Tell us about the sessions?
Each session lasted between an hour and an hour and a half. I found it really helped me having them the same time each week. it allowed me to get into a routine and really focus on Me.
Did the work set in-between the sessions benefit you?
Yes. I really benefited from it. I started thinking deeper, and was able to implement changes outside of the sessions. I started taking more of the pictures I wanted to take and less of the pictures I thought I had to take!
When did you start to feel the benefits?
After the first session. I started to visualise pictures that I wanted to take for a panel of qualification images. I had reconnected to parts of me that I thought were lost, the fun feisty me came back! I didn’t realise how much of me I had shut myself off too. By session two I felt the subtle changes happening as I had reconnected my personal values to my business values. I noticed the difference in me, the passion coming back into my everyday life.
What was your biggest change?
Confidence in my business, I shoot more of what I want an am more in control of my business, I now have a clear idea of where I’m going in my business, I no longer feel like I belong to my business but that my business belongs to me! I’ve started to book time in my diary for me to switch off and have a recharge day without feeling guilty. My passion has returned, my creativity has returned and I feel like I’ve fallen in love with my business again!
I feel great, it feels like the part of me that was missing has returned. I’m making quality me time a priority. I’m scheduling my business so I can make more time and work more efficiently. I’ve had a business spring clean and really evaluated whats important to me and my business and made some big decisions on what I’m going to stop doing and what I’m going to start doing that benefits me.
What was the biggest value in the coaching?
It gave me the big push I needed, and fast. Instead of being on a downward spiral I am on the up. My mind is organised, I have clarity. The coaching has given me structure in my life and my business. My business no longer rules me! I’m able to switch off and now look forward to my working week instead of dreading it. I have guilt free days where I can enjoy doing nothing!
The coaching sessions made me realise my value and pointed out how important it was to take time out for me. This in-turn left me rested and ready for the work ahead. Instead of feeling tired and bored of being a photographer I found my passion again in photography and started taking my camera out on walks with me.
The coaching pulled me out of the big stale rut that I had fallen into. I realised that buying more props and backdrops weren’t the answer I was looking for, my own creativity needed to be recharged rather than buy new things.
I remembered the importance of why I started my photography business and what photography meant to me. I’d got so wrapped up focusing on the wrong things I’d forgotten my why!
How long would you recommend in between each session?
Between one and two weeks. No more than that as the impact of this is in immersing yourself in the programme.
What would you tell others?
I am blown away on the impact this coaching has had on me and my business. Clare Louise has this amazing talent to listen, understand and take something that seems so complicated and make it make sense. Her ability to listen and get you relaxed and comfortable to open up is incredible. She truly does shine from the inside, she’s one of life’s inspirations. I 100% recommend this coaching. Her knowledge, expertise and ability to get to the core of a situation is amazing.
Fast Forward … Good New’s
‘I won my first awards, Portrait Photographer and Overall Photographer. I can’t thank you enough Clare Louise for all your work and encouragement. You are amazing!’ x