If you are looking for that unique, meaningful, sappy, gift for your family, I think The Edinburgh Casting Company pretty much nails it. The results are freaky amazing, and most of the kits are well under $100.
Something You Have To See:
I ordered this on Amazon this week, and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can start cooking. “The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbookis a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers.” I am looking forward to making recipes like Joyce Carol Oates’ Recipe In Defiance Of Grief.
A Shiny New App:
Do you have what it takes to use The Most Dangerous Writing App? This writing app is impressive in its simplicity. You choose the length of time you wish to write and start the timer. Here’s the catch: If you stop typing all your words will be erase forever. This is a great pressure tool for those that need to get out of their heads and write. Go ahead, write dangerously!
An Awesome Business Article For Artists:
Hey JellyVisionaries! I’ve consulted with plenty of artists on how to sell their work,and I find it can be uncomfortable for an artist to do the selling because it is so personal. I was so happy to come across this article this week because it sells art to any potential buyer by listing 13 convincing reasons to buy original art for your home. Let these reasons reinforce your confidence when selling your art. Look at what your art does for people! It improves their daily happiness, increases conversations, and it even keeps their brains active! YOUR ART HAS EXTREME VALUE. Keep this article handy. 🙂
Money is often associated with greed, and corruption (Thanks Financial Crisis of 2008 and the $7.7 TRILLION bank bailout) but it’s simply a tool that we can use to gain freedoms and choices. Consider a brick. You can use it to build a house, or throw it, and break a window. As creative entrepreneurs, we need to adopt a more positive relationship with money so that we don’t sabotage our own success by our sheer aversion to it. This leads to weakness is pricing our products and services, under-education on money management, and even guilt for being paid for our goods and services. Evilization of money will cripple you in business. If it helps, think of all the good things that money does in the world. Check out the world-changing work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a start. Prepare to feel good about money!
Money Isn’t The Best Way To Get Rich
Have you known someone with lots of money, but little joy? Me too! Being an entrepreneur since age 19, I’ve had times with plenty of money, and I’ve had less than zero money after one of my businesses failed. Having a negative amount of money was painful, but it opened my eyes to what was really valuable in my life. It wasn’t a single possession. In fact, I sold quite a few possessions in order to pay my bills. At that time, I had nothing in the bank, but I realized I was very, very rich. The things that I value the most are my husband, my friends, my family, my health, my podcast, my improv troupe, and my burning desire to build businesses. Everything else is gravy.
This article from RichDad.com points out that many people who make a lot of money are not monetarily rich because they spend too much on living expenses and taxes. They often spend what they earn, and then some. This is worth a read. Just because someone drives a nice car, and lives in a big house does not mean they are rich in any way.
Time Is Worth More Than Money
We always here that time is money, but that isn’t exactly correct. Time is infinitely more valuable than money. You can always make more money which is one reason I don’t stress too much about it. I do stress out about time. Once you realize time is a non-renewable finite resource, you will guard it, value it, and cut out a lot of life’s bullsh*t. We start each day with the same 24 hours as everyone else. It’s empowering to know that we can take that even playing field and crush it by the end of each day. Here is a great post from Success.com on why time is more important than money. It turns out that people who value their time over money are much happier. And that is science, folks!
Money Should Work For YOU
How can we get money working for us, and stop our daily scramble to pay our bills and get ahead? Good news, JellyVisionaries, there are lots of things you can do!
Pay yourself first. When money comes in, set aside 10% and put it in an interest savings account. We all waste at least 10% of our money, so trust me, you will still pay your bills, but you may go out to eat less. Once you save a thousand dollars, consider moving it our of a low interest savings account into a higher return investment. Here are some smart ways to invest $1,000 in 2016.
Use affiliate marketing to make passive income. Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other businesses’ products. Establish yourself as an affiliate with your favorite businesses, and start promoting them to your audiences with your affiliate code or link which will typically give your audience a discount and earn you a commission. Consult this article from ProBlogger on the ins and outs of Affiliate Marketing.
Sell products online. Your business can earn income while you sleep when you sell products online. Your store is never closed and is open to people all over the world. You just have to help them find you. Here is my post 10 Minutes To Selling Your Art Online but that method does take more monitoring than an online shop like etsy or having a shop live on your website. Here is an article on how to set up a store on your website. It’s not as hard as you think!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post about money, JellyVisionaries! I wish you all the money you need to have the lifestyle and freedoms you desire. You are worth every penny!
Today is National Poetry Day so I Googled “best short poems” because I want to be one of those people than can memorize poems and pull them out at the perfect moment like in the movies! I know my best hope is to pick short poems. Well, a lot of “short poems” aren’t actually that short. I did come across the gem above by Rumi, and this is going to be the first one I memorize. I’m almost there! Oh soul…
This poem resonated with me because I am an NBW–a Natural Born Worrier, but I’ve trained myself out of my extreme worry habit because I was making myself ill with stress. Worry never helps anything, and it has no effect on the actual outcome of situations. I still have to remind myself on a daily basis not to worry, but instead, to take an action to alleviate that worry.
Quotes That Nail It!
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.” – Dean Smith
“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” – Robert Frost
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb
Use Your Wings!
In yesterday’s blog post I wrote about the things making me uncomfortable, and how those things scare me a lot. It’s natural to worry about the things in life that scare you, but reading Rumi’s poem was the reminder I needed that I have what I need to eliminate my worrying. I am going to trust in my strength and not magnify my weaknesses. I’m going to use my wings to get things done.
Instead Of Worrying We Can Do This!
Remind yourself of all your strengths. Write them down if you need to.
Think of all the people that have supported you and believed in you. They’ve done that for a reason.
Prepare for what is ahead. Worrying about a presentation? Do your research, write your outline, make your slides. practice in front of a mirror or video camera.
Take action. If you are worried on a personal level such as worrying about a friend or family member, go ahead and pick up the phone, send an email, write a letter. Worrying is exhausting. It’s much more tiring than actually taking an action towards alleviating that worry. We tend to avoid taking action because it’s unpleasant or uncomfortable, but once the deed is done, you will be flooded with relief.
Stop cold turkey with the “What Ifs”. These are the things you can’t control and might not even happen. You are inventing unnecessary worries. Worrying about your air conditioning breaking on the hottest day of the year is a waste of your emotional energy because you can’t take any action to effect the probability or outcome of the “what if” scenario. You are also driving people nuts with it.
Smooth your worry lines, JellyVisionaries! We don’t have time to waste on something so unproductive. We have things to change, create, build, and invent.
Shazam! You had this idea in 1993? Hold on, let me grab us a partnership agreement. I doubt you had the exact same creative business concept. And even if you did, who the funk cares? How dare you congratulate yourself with a pat on the back for birthing an idea. All you have is a rotting, smelly, maggot-infested “Idea Baby” because you did nothing with it. You didn’t even humanely kill it, you let it die. And now your “Idea Ghost” is getting on my nerves.
2. I have an MBA. You should let me see your business plan.
Go away Poser Pants. I do not respect your MBA unless you’ve done something with it–you know, like start an actual business.
3. Are you rich yet?
That is a tacky question, scum puppy. And your idea of rich is probably not my idea of rich. That is a whole other topic. (Note to self)
4. I can’t imagine not getting a regular paycheck
Really? Well, you better dig deep and find some more imagination because lay-offs happen, industries become obsolete, and life is just funking unpredictable. Your regular regular paycheck is NOT guaranteed. So there. Living without a “regular paycheck” is becoming the norm, and I’ve already adapted. Huzzah.
5. You are so brave, I could never give up my benefits.
Oh, come on. Soldiers are brave. People battling illness are brave. I am simply determined. Don’t worry, I have a solid plan in place for a responsible suicide if I become a burden to society. And go easy with the backhanded compliments, Benefit Betty! Seriously, it isn’t that hard to set up a retirement plan and health care for yourself. Entrepreneurs do it all the time. Are you still staring at your latest 401K statement? Stop it. That can disappear in a poof too.
6. If it doesn’t work out, I can put in a good word for you at my job.
If it doesn’t work out, by the time you trudge to work to put in a good word for me, I will be jacked-up excited about my next business venture. But thanks anyway!
7. I’ve never heard of your business.
Then it doesn’t exist. Not in your tiny, tiny world.
8. You should advertise.
Hold on, can you spell that? What is ad-ver-ti-sing? You obviosuly don’t follo wme on social media. J-E-R-K.
9. It must be fun not to have a real job.
It’s a f*cking blast sometimes. Other times, I work around the clock, and hustle my ass off to make ends meet. Either way, I’m creating a life on my terms. And even if I love painting/sculpting/performing/writing/designing/cooking, I still deserve to make a living from it.
10. Working over 40 hours a week must really suck.
Sometimes it does. This weekend alone I worked twenty hours. No fun for me! But lets get real, lots of things suck. Three percent raises suck. Lay-offs suck. Bad bosses suck. Commutes suck. Have you never wanted to work over 40 hours a week? It is intoxicating to be challenged by your own ideas and concepts. I wish you could feel that excitement and energy just once and get addicted. Entrepreneurs aren’t on anyone else’s clock so time has a higher meaning, and value to us. Most entrepreneurs I know, invest a lot of time initially to grow their company, perfect systems and strategically hire, so that they can gain control over their time and invest it in their next vision or creative project.
As always, we believe in you, JellyVisionaries! Thank you for creating and putting wonder into the world.