With over 20 years of experience running creative businesses, your host, Nicole Stevenson knows the joy and the struggles of being your own boss. Join her and her guests for business insights, life lessons and the stories behind their successes and lessons of their missteps so you can work smart, get creative inspiration, live joyfully and feel connected. Nicole is the CEO and Creative Director of Dear Handmade Life which produces Patchwork Show: Makers Festival and Craftcation Conference as well as a blog, online learning and this podcast. If you’re a creative misfit or a passionate small business owner, grab a drink and take a seat because you’re exactly where you need to be!
142: Wealth, Living Authentically and Spirituality
57:17What does a happy and abundant life look like? How do you know if you’re wealthy? What does it mean to be semi-retired? How can you plug the plug leaks of time, money and energy? These are some of things Nicole and life and wealth coach Alyssa Blackwell-Hammond talk about during this episode. This episode has a bit more woo-woo talk (think sacred spaces and spirit guides) than usual. Grab a drink, open your mind and hit play.
141: Being Authentic & Impactful on Instagram
1:16:30How can you be authentic and impactful on Instagram for your creative business without spending all your time planning content, mastering every new feature and feeling overwhelmed? KatieMac our online operations director joins Nicole for this special episode where they sit down with Instagram strategist Manu Muraro, the founder of Your Social Team and answer that question and more. They talk about the benefits of being salesy on Instagram, time management, new features, what metrics you should analyze, how to know if a post is successful, reposting guidelines, the question you need to ask yourself before every single post and much more!
140: Transitions in Business & Art
1:09:04Creative and entrepreneur, Margo Tantau and Nicole talk about the lifecycle of trends, forecast what’s next in design trends, how creatives can determine where to focus, when it’s time to push and when it’s time to rest, how to define what you do, what the creatives who meet their goals have in common, productivity culture and more.
139: Showing Up as Your Unapologetic Self Online
1:04:47If you've ever wondered how some people seem to have this fearless authenticity online, this episode is for you. Nicole talks with business mentor Erica Reitman about how to live a life that’s true to yourself, Erica’s evolution from interior designer to coach, how creatives can uncover and embrace their uniqueness, how to tackle social media without any dancing or pointing and more.
138: Brand-aligned Content
45:10What if instead of thinking of social media as an obligation, you thought of it as an opportunity that allowed you to connect with your ideal customer and have fun? It’s possible! In today’s episode Content Strategist & Creative Director Gabriella Layne-Avery shares the techniques, mindset and insight you need to transform your relationship with social media into something that serves your business, your community and you.
137: Being Here, *For Now
1:13:26Despite the fact that I ended up only asking designer, artist, and speaker, Adam J. Kurtz (aka Adam JK) only one of my official interview questions since the conversation flowed on its own, we actually covered many of the topics I wanted to touch on like admitting you don’t know what you're doing, Adam’s art and career, defining your version of success, embracing your youness, ways to be okay (even if only briefly) with the fragility of being a human, his newest book You Are Here *For Now and more.
136: Uncovering Your Brand Story
56:42Uncovering Your Brand Story with brand expert Marina Girgis. Marina and I talk about finding what lights you up, vision mapping, finding your own idea of success, creating a lasting brand, discovering your brand's mission and values and how you don't have to wait for someone to give you the life you want but instead can create it for yourself.
134: How to Bust Through Your Goal-Getting Roadblocks
18:34Nicole helps you go from dream to done as she guides you through three key things you need to do to get your goals. Have you ever started going after something and found yourself losing steam? Or maybe you felt stuck during the process? Or you didn’t start because you weren’t sure what to do or felt overwhelmed? If so, this episode is for you. Nicole will help you get unstuck and break down those roadblocks. P.S. Enrollment is now open for The Club, our Members-Only community for creatives and passionate small business owners to get the tools, mindset, accountability and support to take your next big leap. Membership only opens a few times a year and our next enrollment period is February 1-15, 2022. You can join the waiting list at https://dearhandmadelife.com/theclub/
133: Find Your Focus, Goal-Get & Grow Your Business
18:12It's a new year and that means a fresh start, not just for you but also for your business. What do you want to do differently for your business this year? Join Nicole for this solo episode where she shares why proactive work is key to getting your goals and guides you through breaking down your big goal into manageable tasks and how to get accountability and support. P.S. Enrollment opens soon for The Club, our Members-Only community for creatives and passionate small business owners to get the tools, mindset, accountability and support to take your next big leap. Membership only opens a few times a year and our next enrollment period is February 1-15, 2022. You can join the waiting list at https://dearhandmadelife.com/theclub/