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!
128: Marketing for Creatives
57:58Marketing for Creatives with Christina Loff, a marketing strategist. Christina and Nicole talk about Christina's big leap to starting her own business after working at big brands like CreativeLive, Minted and Chronicle Books, content strategy, the current social media climate, uncovering your unique brand story, how she helps creatives and more.
127: Time Management, Trauma & Productivity
1:06:19Time management, Trauma & Productivity with Naché Snow, a podcaster, online educator, and maker. Naché and Nicole talk about the accident that led Naché to stop caring about what other people thought of her and to go after her dreams, their favorite tools, tips, platforms and strategies for time management and productivity and more.
126: The Genius Zone and The Big Leap
59:33"The Genius Zone with Gay Hendricks, psychologist, author and a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind transformation for more than 45 years. Gay and Nicole talk about how let go of things you can't control, bring more joy into your life, fail forward, access all the time you need, find and live in your Genius Zone, Upper Limit Problems and so much more. "
125: Discover Your Purpose
1:00:50Creating your purpose with Quinn Tempest, a color-loving business mentor & brand strategist. Quinn and Nicole talk about the distinction between finding and creating your purpose, how to analyze opportunities to make sure they align with your "why", the first steps to uncovering your purpose, how to unearth and distill your unique story and more.
124: Healing Your Way to a Purposeful Life
1:12:37Healing your way to a purposeful life with Nakeia Homer, a well-being educator, mental wellness advocate, and author. Nakeia and Nicole talk about Nakeia's powerful story of healing, how trauma that you don't deal with holds you back from your highest self, mindset work, the first steps to begin to heal and much more.
123: Creativity as a way Through
1:05:27Creativity as a Way Through with Lisa Bardot. Lisa and I talk about how drawing helped her through a difficult time, the importance of expressing yourself through creativity, the effect the pandemic and its trauma had on making, how to get started tapping into your creativity or a daily practice, courage, vulnerability and how she keeps it all together while juggling her art, business and raising three kids.
122: Building an Engaged Audience
55:59Building an engaged audience with writer and artist Nica Tanaka of Kwento by Nica. Nica and I talk about creating an emotional connection with your audience, figuring out your ideal of successful growth and engagement, how your worth is not your work and she shares tips and secrets she’s used to build an audience that always has her back and can’t wait to see what she does next.
121: Three Business-Building Musts
21:54There’s so much I had to learn the hard way because the resources that we have now just didn’t exist when I started. I want you to learn the easy way, gleaning lessons from my missteps and success. That's why in today’s episode, I'm sharing three things that were instrumental in helping me build several six-figure businesses over the years.
120: Thinking like a CEO
1:06:17Thinking like a CEO with Mentor Mama Bear and Creative Strategist Ana Manzano of Go Forth and Hustle. Ana and I chat about scaling up your business, the grant she won that changed her business, delegating, working towards a growth mindset and more. P.S. - Ana is teaching a class on scaling your business at the Camp Dear Handmade Life Virtual Summit this summer. Take a tour of Camp DHL here: https://dearhandmadelife.com/camp-dhl/