Category Business

VLOG 9: I Pick My Mental Health over My Inbox

Gems, I’m sorry about all the emails I don’t respond to when I’m depressed. I’m definitely not a big deal – so it’s not that I have this inpouring of emails and just can’t get to everyone. I don’t have a “real” excuse other than it’s essential to my mental health that sometimes I keep my head down and keep conversations to a minimum (I still communicate with paying and potential clients during these periods of course). Actually, taking care of my mental health is more than enough to validate this. Maybe it’s not the best course of action from a business development standpoint, but in order to develop my business, I’ve got to be able to keep myself somewhat same to accomplish anything. So, when my depression kicks in, occasionally I have to cut the world out and save my words for my creative writing. In order to create

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Top 2018 Planner Recommendations

‘Tis the season to pick your 2018 planner! For 2017, despite last year’s top planner recommendations, I went digital… and then realized just how essential a planner was to my life. I miss the act of physically crossing something off my to-do list, writing with pretty pens, and being able to easily see what the next few months of my life hold! It’s amazing to me how much one little planner can do to help improve my mindset, organize my life, and keep me on track. I’ve checked back in with some of my favorite creatives to get their 2018 planner recommendations so that you can decide which planner best fits your needs. And, if you already have your 2018 planner ordered, let me know in the comments why it’s your pick and what you love about it (there may be a 2018 Planner Recommendations part 2 on the way)!

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VLOG 3: Confessions of a Serial Pivoter

How do you know when it’s time to pivot and when it’s time to have patience? I don’t know what the answer is, but I can tell you that I’m heavily drawn towards pivoting (jumping from idea to idea depending on whatever looks fun and exciting at the moment) and significantly lacking in the patience department… which is [spoiler alert] not the best strategy and it, as you’ll see in the video, gets me into a lot of trouble. In this week’s vlog post, while wearing stunning $17 earrings from 7 Charming Sisters (which you’ll see again real soon!), I’m letting you gems in on what starts to go through my brain when things aren’t exactly “working”. It sucks that progress and profit seem to be attached at the hip and that we’re often blinded from seeing any amount of progress if profit isn’t stepping into the picture at the

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It’s Okay to Not Be Creative, Even When It’s Your Job

When Allyn and I first talked about collaborating on a Master Class, we bounced lots of ideas back and forth, but the concept of struggling to stay creative was one that came to both of our mind’s almost immediately. Before I share some tangible steps of How to Create When You Feel Stuck, I want to give you a little bit of a backstory to me and the topic! Who am I and what do I do? I’m Rachel Tenny, an artist, small business owner, and mental health counselor. I started to grow my business during grad school. My career as an artist started unintentionally while I was getting my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and like most of you, I started my business around something I was passionate about and enjoyed doing. I needed a creative outlet, not a side hustle, but slowly the people buying my work turned from

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4 Brands Built By Entrepreneurs Dealing with Depression

The look: similar skirt from ASOS ($48.00) // similar romper (yep, that’s a romper that I have the skirt pulled over in this look!) from ShopBop ($73.50 – ON SALE!) // similar shoes from shoe.com ($79.95) // Asymmetrical Green Amethyst & Sterling Silver Necklace ($50.00) and Sterling Silver Long Drop Ripple Earrings ($26.00) from Soasa Designs // Juniper Rattan Handbag from Purse for the People ($200.00) // Maternal Mental Health CHARITY TIES™ Bracelet from Maria Shireen ($45.00) // “Storms and Sunshine” Mug from Cricket Lane Studio ($15.00) // Temporary tattoos from Soul Stamps ($10) Everywhere you look, people are succeeding. People you’ve been watching since you started seem to be far beyond where you thought you’d be right now. Why not me?  What am I doing wrong?  When is it going to be my turn?  We talk about success like it’s its own entity. An individual. A stand alone goal. But it’s not. It’s one side to a coin. On the other side is struggle. Both get exactly

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What to Do When You’re Creating Content to the Tune of Crickets

“Okay, here we go. No turning back now. I’ve drained every last ounce of brain power I have and poured my heart into this; the response to this post is going to be great! Wait for it. No, seriously. Just a little bit longer. Um, what time is it? Maybe it’s just too late. I’ll give it until the morning. Oh, there’s still nothing.” Raise your hand if this is a verbatim recount of a conversation you’ve previously had with yourself. Yeah, I see you slouching down in the back row. As deflating as these experiences can be, we can’t hide from them. Nor should we want to. The truth is you are getting a response. Listen a little more closely. That’s right: crickets. Not what you were hoping for?  That’s understandable. But don’t ignore them. I’ve been there before, and I didn’t listen to the crickets. In an attempt to

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An Attorney for Creatives: Joey Vitale’s Unique Approach to The Law

Legal business for creatives can be complicated. Like, really complicated. There’s a good chance a lot of us have neglected crucial legal elements of our business simply because we don’t know where to begin. Fret not, Gems! Joey Vitale of Indie Creative Law is here to rescue us with his unique approach to being an attorney. Being a graduate of From Struggle to Shine, it has been an absolute pleasure watching him grow his presence on social media and his connection with his audience. Joey was gracious enough to take the time to answer some of my questions to help give all of you a better understanding about what he does and why his passion is an asset to all of us: So, tell us what exactly it means to be “an attorney for creatives”? How do you differ from regular attorneys? Ha, I get these questions a lot! When I

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March 2017 Income Report – $1,539

If you’re like “wait a minute” where is February’s income report, I definitely skipped it. Not on purpose, but life happened and now all of the sudden it’s the end of April. I was way too overwhelmed to go back and do one for Feb and March, so here we are. But, I will tell you my overall Feb income was $535.62 with a net profit of $117.58… Yeah, yikes. A part of me feels like I failed because I’m supposed to be making progress here and while I worked my ass off in February, looking at the numbers feels like I took a step backwards. That though is the reality of owning a business and the whole point of the transparency behind My Story to Making $10K a Month journey where I’m inviting you to follow along while I figure out how to make 5 figures every 30 days. Some months

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