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The Professional Creative

English, Arts, 1 season, 141 episodes, 2 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes
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Well hello there! It’s Bonnie Christine and for the past 13 years I have been consistently switching hats between artist, entrepreneur, educator and leader which leads to me where I am today. I am so excited to start sharing it with you in this podcast that I've had on my heart for years! Starting November 15th you can count on hearing from me twice a week - once on Tuesday for a shorty business breakthrough episode where I’ll share with you a simple mindset shift, habit or breakthrough that you can implement in your own life right away. Then again on Thursday for an episode where we’ll take a deeper dive into a strategy that I’ve used in my own creative business or perhaps I’ll take you behind the scenes to look at what we’re doing right now. Long gone are the days where creatives struggled to make a living. The truth is that today we have everything we need at our fingertips to Flourish - and that’s what this podcast is all about. I’m sharing with you the simple steps that I’ve used to build my business that gives so much - and how you can build yours, as well. Together, we can do this. I cannot wait to share all that we have in store for you, every week, twice a week, right here on the Professional Creative Podcast.
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140: What Does Done Look Like? Assigning Tasks with Clarity

Hey there, welcome back to another episode! Today, we're tackling a crucial topic that's often overlooked: delegating tasks clearly. You see, delegation isn't just about passing off tasks to your team or contractors—it's a skill that applies to every aspect of your life. Inspired by Brene Brown's insights in "Dare to Lead," we're asking the fundamental question: What does done look like? Think about it. How many times have you handed off a task in a frazzled state, only to be disappointed with the results? The truth is, clarity is key. Whether you're managing a team or simply trying to streamline your personal life, everyone involved needs to know exactly what success looks like. So, in today's episode, we're getting into strategies for articulating expectations clearly, from documenting processes to setting up clear communication channels and even placing success examples in your business’s SOP. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/140 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/14/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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139: Logic vs. Emotion: Understanding Head Buyers and Heart Buyers

Did you know that there are two types of customers? If you stop and think about it, you yourself have a specific way you like to make purchases and decisions! The same goes for your customers. This episode is all about understanding the difference between head buyers and heart buyers. You know, those folks who make purchasing decisions either based on logic and reason (that's our head buyers) or driven purely by emotion and gut feeling (yep, those are our heart buyers). So, why does this matter? Well, as entrepreneurs, knowing who's who in your audience can make all the difference in how you approach your marketing strategy. From how you craft your product descriptions to the way you design your website, understanding whether you're speaking to the analytical mind of a head buyer or the emotional heartstrings of a heart buyer can help you tailor your message in a way that truly resonates. So, whether you're appealing to the meticulous researcher who reads every review or the spontaneous shopper who loves a good impulse buy, this episode has got you covered with tips on how to connect with both head and heart buyers alike.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/139 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/9/202414 minutes, 14 seconds
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138: The Power of 15 Minutes

Today, we're finding 15 minutes in your jam-packed day to keep the momentum going towards your dreams. It's a short but sweet thought that holds immense potential for progress. Let's face it, in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to feel like we don't have a moment to spare. But here's the hard truth: we all have the same 24 hours, and finding 15 minutes (or 30! Or 60!) is not only possible but essential in propelling us towards our goals. So, in this bite-sized episode, we'll explore practical strategies to identify those precious pockets of time, pre-decide how to utilize them, and make the most of every opportunity for progress. From aligning our priorities with our time to making proactive preparations, there are simple yet effective techniques to ensure that when your 15-minute window pops up, you're ready to seize it with purpose and intention.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/138 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/7/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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137: 5 Strategies to Overcome Fear

Fear is a universal experience that can hold us back from reaching our full potential, whether in our creative pursuits or entrepreneurial endeavors. But fear doesn't have to be a roadblock; it can be a stepping stone to growth and success. In this episode, we'll explore five powerful strategies for overcoming fear and embracing the journey towards your goals. Join me as we navigate through the murky waters of self-doubt and anxiety, uncovering practical tips and insights to help you push past your fears and experience success in spite of the fear. From identifying where fear pops up in your life to cultivating the courage to take bold action, we'll uncover some secrets to conquering fear and unleashing your creativity.  Remember, success lies on the other side of fear, and together, we'll navigate through the challenges and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever before. And you may be surprised to learn that it often only takes just ten seconds of courage. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/137 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/2/202422 minutes, 22 seconds
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136: Creating Compelling Sales Pages That Convert

Welcome to a quick dive into the world of sales pages – those magical gateways to converting curious visitors into loyal customers. In this short episode, we're zooming in on the power of sales pages and why they're a must-have tool in your business arsenal. So, what exactly is a sales page? It's more than just a webpage; it's your virtual storefront, your persuasive pitch, your digital handshake with potential buyers. I'm excited to share why I'm absolutely smitten with sales pages and why you should be too.  In this short episode, we’re simply focusing on just one key ingredient that can elevate your sales page from ordinary to extraordinary. Listen to discover what I look for in a sales page, not only as a reviewer but as a buyer as well. What will make your sales page shine? We’ll also talk a little about the essential elements and design tips to make it irresistible to your audience. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just dipping your toes into the world of online sales, this 9 minute episode has some quick tips to help you start crafting sales pages that can captivate and convert. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/136 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/30/20249 minutes, 1 second
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135: Design Your Life: Finding Freedom in Time, Location, and Finances

We hear it all the time: “Build a business so that you have freedom.” You know, that elusive concept we're all chasing after as we build our businesses and craft our lives. But what does freedom really mean? And how do we go about designing a life that gives us the freedoms we want? Well, buckle up because we're about to explore it all in this episode. There are three types of freedom that most entrepreneurs crave: having the time to do what you love, the flexibility to work from anywhere, and the financial stability to support your dreams. But hey, freedom isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. It looks different for everyone, and that's okay! At the end of it all, what do you want to be able to say about your life and what would you describe as a life well spent? That’s really what freedom is to me.  It’s important to chase after your hopes and dreams, but don’t do it haphazardly. Chase dreams with purpose and intention. But in order to do this, you have to get really clear on what those long-term goals are and it's important to be really specific. You can build these freedoms into your business just like I have. So listen on to learn more about how these freedoms can change your business and your life and ways you can start focusing on achieving them. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/135 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/25/202414 minutes, 52 seconds
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134: Showing Up as Your Whole Self on Social Media

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to maintain a thriving social media presence while exploring multiple interests and facets of your creative self? Well, you're not alone! In this short episode, we're tackling the question head-on: Is it possible to have a good social media account where you are focusing on more than one thing?  As creatives, we're constantly evolving and pivoting, and it's only natural that our social media presence reflects that. So let’s explore the concept of "Permission to Pivot" and uncover ways to manage a multi-faceted social media plan while staying true to yourself. At the heart of it all, you are the common denominator in your social media journey. From navigating the challenges of maintaining authenticity to seizing the opportunities that come with embracing your true creative self, you can do a lot with your social media presence. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/134 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/23/20249 minutes, 6 seconds
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133: Protecting Your Work: Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Trade Secrets

One of the most confusing parts of being a creative is knowing how and when to protect your work. Today, we're going to walk you through the legal landscape of safeguarding your creations, covering the four different types of intellectual property: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Now, you might be wondering, what exactly is intellectual property and how do these types differ? This episode is all about breaking it all down for you. From understanding the nuances of each type of protection to the steps you need to take to get started. But just a quick disclaimer: while I am here to provide you with valuable insights, it's important to remember that I am not a lawyer. So, if you have any specific legal questions, it's always best to seek advice from a professional in this field. There’s also a little something extra for you—a freebie that I hope you'll never need, called "What to Do If Your Work is Stolen." It's a step-by-step guide to follow if, heaven forbid, this ever happens to you. So, if you're ready to learn about copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets, and discover which scenario would be best for your unique situation, then let's dive right in and develop a solid strategy to protect your valuable creations. Remember, clarity is key, so let's embrace this knowledge and take the necessary steps to safeguard your work. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/133 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/18/202419 minutes, 40 seconds
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132: Control Your Environment

Hey there, listeners! Today, I have a quick Tuesday Tip for you about something that is both simple and profound: protecting your focus.  It's something we all grapple with – the constant battle to maintain concentration amidst a sea of distractions. From the allure of social media notifications to the temptation of instant gratification, our focus is constantly under siege.  In this episode, we'll explore the importance of owning your atmosphere and taking control of your environment to safeguard your focus. We may not yet know what that looks like for us, but it is certainly something we need to explore. So, if you're tired of feeling scattered and unfocused, and ready to reclaim your productivity, this episode is for you. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/132 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/16/20248 minutes, 43 seconds
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131: Unlocking Email Success: Master the Art of Creating Engaging Nurture Sequences

Welcome to today's episode where we're diving deep into the world of nurture sequences, a vital component in any successful email marketing strategy. We'll explore what nurture sequences are, why they're crucial for your business, and how they can revolutionize your relationship with your email list. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, understanding the power of nurture sequences is essential for long-term success. In this episode, we'll uncover the secrets behind crafting an effective nurture sequence that nurtures your subscribers, builds trust, and ultimately drives business growth. From setting clear goals for your email list to understanding the do's and don'ts of creating a compelling sequence, you’ll find practical insights and actionable tips to supercharge your email marketing efforts.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/131 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/11/202416 minutes, 3 seconds
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130: How to Build a Thriving Membership Site featuring Stu McLaren

Welcome to a special episode where we delve into the world of memberships and subscription sites for business owners, with a particular focus on creatives like you. Today, I'm thrilled to introduce someone who has had a profound impact on my business journey—Stu McLaren. Back in 2019, I stumbled upon Stu's course, "The Membership Experience," expecting just another learning opportunity. Little did I know, it would completely revolutionize my approach to business. Stu's unparalleled education, leadership, and unwavering integrity left me in awe, making it the most meaningful course I've ever taken. In fact, I've revisited it multiple times and even joined Stu's mastermind, where he became one of my most cherished mentors. Stu is a true master when it comes to memberships and recurring revenue. His passion, integrity, and dedication to serving the creative community are truly inspiring. Today, we're diving deep into why the membership model is a game-changer for businesses, especially for creative professionals like us. Throughout our conversation, Stu shares invaluable insights into the perks of memberships, including stability, accountability, and a sense of community for both entrepreneurs and their customers. We explore the various ways creatives can incorporate recurring revenue streams into their business models, from exclusive tutorials and design resource libraries to personalized feedback sessions and vibrant online communities. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/130 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/9/202448 minutes, 6 seconds
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129: The Immersion Box

📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/129 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/28/202447 minutes, 34 seconds
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128: Practical Steps to Amplifying Your Online Presence

Welcome back to another game-changing episode where we're improving the way we show up in the world of social media. If you haven't tuned in to episode 127 yet, stop right here and give it a listen because we're about to take things to the next level using the revolutionary concept of the story star. Trust me, it's a game-changer! Today, we're all about fine-tuning your online game, exploring different aspects of showing up authentically and effectively in the digital space. Picture this: your social media accounts are like windows into your world, offering glimpses of who you are and what you do. Our mission? To ensure that your online presence is crystal clear, leaving no room for guesswork. From crafting compelling content to celebrating your audience, this episode will help with practical tips and strategies to elevate your online presence and connect with your community on a deeper level.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/128 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/26/202415 minutes, 3 seconds
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127: Your Story Star

So, you know how sometimes we hold back from social media because, well, it can feel a bit daunting, right? Whether it's fear of negative feedback, imposter syndrome creeping in, or just feeling self-conscious about putting ourselves out there, we've all been there.  But here's the thing – it's okay to show up imperfectly. In fact, authenticity is what truly resonates with people. In this episode, let’s chat about navigating those fears, deciding what to share (and what to keep to yourself), and how to craft a social media plan all surrounding your “why.” This story star method has been such a game changer for me and I’m really excited to share it with you. Grab a freebie download – a pre-designed story star to help you map out your social media game plan - and follow along! This story star is a guide and foundation that allows you to showcase all the awesome angles of your business as well as the things about yourself that create a connection with your audience. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/127 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/21/202420 minutes, 14 seconds
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126: A Year of Optimizing Sleep

Something you might not know about me is that I am a sleep enthusiast. In today’s episode, we're delving into the fascinating world of optimizing sleep – something near and dear to my heart. You see, I've always been a big advocate for catching those Z's, but recently, I've taken my passion for sleep to a whole new level. Instead of just aiming for quantity, I've shifted my focus to quality, and let me tell you, it's been a game-changer. In this episode, I'll be sharing my personal journey of transforming the quality of my sleep over the past year. Now, I'm no sleep expert or doctor, but I've learned a thing or two about what works for me, and I'm excited to pass these ideas on to you. From discovering the importance of deep sleep to exploring the impact of sleep on productivity and focus, this episode will show you just how important sleep is for a busy and creative entrepreneur.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/126 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/19/202416 minutes, 3 seconds
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125: The Opt-In

If you have not yet created an email list, what are you waiting for? An email list is an incredible business asset. I think it is actually the most important thing you can do for your business and is the number one thing I wish I had started earlier. So today, we're starting off with the heart of email marketing and the powerful impact of email opt-ins on your business growth. If you're wondering how to effectively grow and nurture your email list, you're in the right place. So let's break it down. What exactly is an opt-in, and how does it work its magic to boost your email list? An opt-in is essentially a valuable offering that you exchange with your audience in return for their email address. It's the perfect opportunity to connect with your audience on a deeper level and attract your ideal customers to your virtual doorstep. But creating the perfect opt-in isn't just about growing your list; it's about crafting something truly valuable and meaningful that resonates with your brand and speaks directly to your audience's needs and desires. The options are endless, and this episode can guide you through the process of designing an opt-in that aligns seamlessly with your business goals. And remember, your email list is your business's lifeline – a sanctuary in the ever-changing landscape of social media. As I share tips, strategies, and the do's and don'ts of opt-ins, you'll discover how building a thriving email list can translate into growth and success for your business. So, if you're ready to take your email marketing game to the next level and harness the power of opt-ins, let this episode be the catalyst that propels you forward and ignites your passion for building meaningful connections with your audience. Let's get started! 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/125 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/14/202420 minutes, 26 seconds
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124: The Art of Business, Part 3

Welcome back to the third and final part of The Art of Business! I recently had the privilege of delivering a keynote presentation that really got me thinking. I reflected deeply on my journey over the past 12-13 years – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Out of that reflection emerged the concept of the art of business, broken down into three insightful sections, which we are exploring together across this series. After Part 2 of this series, we are moving right along into Bonnie 5.0 - The Confident. I gained momentum, business was booming, but we didn’t know then how great 2019 was before 2020 hit us all hard. In this episode, you’ll learn about the ways I created revenue during this time and all about the insane and huge decisions I made during this phase. But more importantly, you’ll hear all about the mindset and philosophies I had to adopt during this phase and what it really means to be confident. After The Confident, we head into Bonnie 6.0 and then where I am today as a result of these important and formative phases. What a ride it has been! Join me for this final part for the discussion about building resilience around vulnerability, how to step into a visionary role, and learn all the things I really wish I had known in my journey as an entrepreneur. And I invite you to think about what version of yourself you are in and see where you could be headed next. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/124 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/12/202419 minutes, 8 seconds
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123: The Art of Business, Part 2

Here we go with Part 2 of The Art of Business podcast series! I recently had the privilege of delivering a keynote presentation that really got me thinking. I reflected deeply on my journey over the past 12-13 years – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Out of that reflection emerged the concept of the art of business, broken down into three insightful sections, which we'll be exploring together across this series. Today’s episode starts with Bonnie 3.0 - The New Mom. This phase of my life and in my business was an interesting shift and an absolutely beautiful baby-filled few years. Revenue was growing and I was working really hard. But the art of business looked so different through these years because as I was navigating being a mom, I got stuck in inaction. I started to feel like the whole world was passing me by and I truly felt like I had to choose between being a mom or an entrepreneur. Learn what mindset I needed to adopt to keep going, what lessons I learned during this phase, and what phase it led into. What phase in your journey are you on? What mindsets and philosophies have you had to adopt to get to your current stage and what will get you through to the next one? 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/123 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/7/202414 minutes, 41 seconds
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122: The Art of Business, Part 1

📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/122 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
3/5/202423 minutes, 19 seconds
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121: Clean Slate featuring Lisa Jacobs

In this episode of The Professional Creative Podcast, we're visiting the phenomenon of New Year's goals and the energy that comes with them. Lisa Jacobs is a New Year fanatic and she leads the charge as we check in on our 2024 goals. It's only a few weeks into January, but now is the perfect time to reflect on our behavior and assess if we're on track to achieve what we set out to do this year. The new year brings with it a sense of clean slate energy—a chance to start over and embrace the endless possibilities ahead. However, as the weeks progress, this energy can feel fleeting, leaving many feeling burdened and overwhelmed. We explore the reasons behind the short lifespan of new year's resolutions and the importance of vigilance and consistency in achieving our goals. But here's the thing: setting goals and making positive changes doesn't have to be confined to January 1st. We discuss how we can reset the pace at any time of the year and give ourselves permission to move temporal landmarks if needed. After all, the journey is just as important as the destination. So, whether you're starting fresh on January 1st or later in the year, remember to set yourself up for a marathon, not a sprint. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/121 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
2/20/202420 minutes, 16 seconds
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120: How to Record or Re-Record a Course

Since 2018, the Surface Design Immersion course has been an incredible honor to provide. But the nature of the course means that it needs continuous updates to stay on top of technology improvements and to be sure that students get the best education in surface pattern design that I can provide. So, every two years, the course gets an update and sometimes that even means an entire overhaul! Because this is a year of re-recording and updating the course, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about what goes into this development process in this episode. From pre-production to post-production, developing a successful course involves meticulous planning, dedication, and a keen eye for detail. This episode gives some tips, tricks, and strategies that can help you navigate every stage of course development with efficiency. Whether you're embarking on the journey of creating a new course or updating an existing one, we'll cover a lot of ground in this episode. We'll take a deep dive into the pre-production phase, where the groundwork is laid, and the vision for the course begins to take shape. From organizing changes to keeping track of additions and removals, we'll explore where to begin and how to streamline the process. There are probably a lot of little details that you haven’t thought about and so very much that goes on behind the scenes of a successful course. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/120 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
2/15/202434 minutes
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119: AI vs. Artist - Where Do We Stand?

Welcome to today's episode titled "AI vs. Artists," where we explore the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence in the world of art and design. As AI continues to advance, many liken its impact to the transformative influence of the internet itself. Yes, artificial intelligence can generate art, but it's crucial to recognize that it complements rather than replaces human creativity. It can aid your work, quicken your work, but it doesn’t replace your work. There’s an intersection between AI and creativity, and it is clear that human connection and emotion remain irreplaceable components of art. Despite AI's ability to generate visually stunning pieces, recent studies show that people vastly prefer human-generated art. Why? Every time there is a major technological breakthrough, people feel uncomfortable and uncertain about the future. But usually, these breakthroughs create new opportunities. Let’s reframe the fear mindset and shift to abundance thinking and see how we can allow this tool to assist us rather than replace us. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/119 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
2/13/202413 minutes, 17 seconds
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118: How to Make Money in Surface Pattern Design

Welcome to an episode dedicated to unlocking the secrets of making money in surface pattern design. If you've ever wondered how to turn your creative endeavors into a source of income, you're not alone. This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from aspiring designers and you are in the right place. In this discussion, we'll explore the essential steps and strategies to help you monetize your artwork.  Imagine this: You've crafted something truly remarkable, but now you're faced with the question, "What's next?" Let’s just have a quick overview of what this process looks like. From building a standout portfolio to crafting an impressive press kit, you’ll learn a lot about the next steps. We’ll also talk about the various income streams available in surface pattern design. Whether it's licensing your designs, showcasing your work at trade shows, or leveraging the power of social media, we'll explore the diverse avenues through which you can generate revenue from your artwork. If you’re ready for even more, enrollment for the Surface Design Immersion Course is opening on February 13th and that only happens once per year! So, if you're ready to transform your passion into profit, let's dive in and explore the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/118 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide 🫶🏼🫶🏼Quick Disclosure: This post includes some affiliate links which means that if you click the link to purchase something on this page, it won't cost you more but I may receive a commission for sharing this with you. Which is great, because I was going to share it with you anyway!  
2/8/202422 minutes, 6 seconds
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117: The Rise of the Side Hustle

Today, we're diving into the world of side hustles, where creativity meets opportunity. Did you know that in a recent survey of our Surface Design Immersion Course students, a whopping 30% are turning their surface pattern design skills into lucrative side gigs? This isn’t just for surface pattern design career-seekers! But here's the kicker: side hustles aren't just a trendy phenomenon; they've become a way of life for around 50% of Americans, especially after the rollercoaster of 2020. What's fascinating is that side hustles know no boundaries when it comes to age or demographic. No matter what you are currently doing or seeking, the allure of extra income, flexibility, and a creative outlet can be irresistible. Think about it: having something on the side that not only pays the bills but also brings you joy is pretty exciting! And in our world of surface pattern design, mastering tools like Adobe Illustrator isn't just about creating beautiful designs—it's about opening doors to endless possibilities, whether it's in surface pattern design or beyond. So, let's take a look at the statistics, and explore the perks of learning new skills that could lead to a lucrative side hustle. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/117 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide 🫶🏼🫶🏼Quick Disclosure: This post includes some affiliate links which means that if you click the link to purchase something on this page, it won't cost you more but I may receive a commission for sharing this with you. Which is great, because I was going to share it with you anyway!
2/6/202414 minutes, 29 seconds
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116: 7 Secrets to Success in Surface Pattern Design

Join the FREE workshop here! https://www.bonniechristine.com/secrets In this special episode, Bonnie shares her personal journey of discovering the world of surface pattern design and how it transformed her life. She also introduces her upcoming in-depth (and entirely free) workshop, "The Art of Business: 7 Secrets to Success in Surface Design." Bonnie offers a sneak peek into what the workshop will cover, from understanding the opportunity in surface design to creating income from artistic work. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/116 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
2/1/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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115: Think Like a Successful Creative

We talk about and hear about growth mindset a lot these days. But what we don’t hear enough about is how a successful creative thinks! We can’t change the way we think if we don’t know what to shift to. So today, we’re talking about what it looks like to think like a successful creative. It’s about more than just positive thinking; it’s about challenging those doubts and questions that we all have and choosing empowering beliefs instead. I’ve been there myself. I have realized that every turning point in my career was a direct result of a mindset shift. And that’s the good news. We can make a shift! With a little bit of intention, we can change the way we think. In this episode, learn the common limiting beliefs of creatives and how these beliefs hamper our creative output and success. You’ll also hear about ways we can overcome these limiting beliefs through embracing a new mindset. When we shift from dreaming to doing, remember that the journey is 1,000 miles, but it starts with a single step. Take a moment to answer these questions: Identify any negative self-talk. What negative phrases do you find yourself telling yourself and how might they affect your confidence and creativity? Challenge your assumptions. What assumptions are you making about your own abilities or the creative industry as a whole that might not be true? Revisit past experiences. Are there any past experiences that have shaped your current mindset?  Future fears. What fears about the future are holding you back? Are these fears based on facts or assumptions? Reality vs. Expectations. How does your expectation of perfection or success differ from the reality of the creative process? 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/115 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide 🫶🏼🫶🏼Quick Disclosure: This post includes some affiliate links which means that if you click the link to purchase something on this page, it won't cost you more but I may receive a commission for sharing this with you. Which is great, because I was going to share it with you anyway!
1/30/202416 minutes, 47 seconds
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114: Snooze, Don’t Lose: Revolutionizing Email Campaigns

Building an email list can seem daunting, especially if you are new to it. And while much is said about the joy of expanding our reach through email lists and subscribers, we don’t often talk about managing unsubscribes. For those that are new to email list building or with lists in their infancy, unsubscribes can be really painful and certainly disheartening. But in this quick episode, I want to share a tactic that has changed the way I manage my email list and keep those subscribers sticking around for more. It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing,” and this “snooze” tactic puts some control back in the subscriber’s hands. It really is a game-changer! 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/114 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ START SIMPLE IN SURFACE DESIGN | FREE MINI CLASS | https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide 🫶🏼🫶🏼Quick Disclosure: This post includes some affiliate links which means that if you click the link to purchase something on this page, it won't cost you more but I may receive a commission for sharing this with you. Which is great, because I was going to share it with you anyway!
1/25/20249 minutes, 33 seconds
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113: Creating in the Fringes

Sometimes we need to embrace the beauty of creating art in the margins of our day, those little fringes of time that often go untapped. Sure, time blocking and batching are fantastic, but let's talk about how our creativity can soar even when we're knee-deep in the busyness of life. In this episode, I'll be sharing some tips on how to weave creativity into the fringes of your time to accomplish a flow of creativity and to be productive when you feel like you can’t. Join me as we explore the idea of coming to your creative practice every day, even if it is just for 10 minutes, to maintain that momentum. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/113
1/23/202414 minutes, 26 seconds
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112: Cleaning Digital Dust

With the start of a new year, the motivation to declutter and organize takes center stage. We're familiar with the tangible purges – cleaning out drawers and cupboards – but there's a much less-discussed realm of clutter that deserves our attention: digital clutter. This is the disorganization and unnecessary “stuff” in our digital lives, including files, emails, and unused apps. Recent research shows that digital clutter has a significant impact on our productivity and well-being. So this episode is all about how to get your digital life organized and ready for an amazing year! Be sure to download your free digital decluttering checklist and listen to learn the action steps you can take to clean up this dust! Download your free digital decluttering checklist: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/112 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/112
1/18/202414 minutes, 24 seconds
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111: Mindset of Dreaming to Doing

Today, we're diving deep into the powerful realm of mindset. You know, when we're on the path to our goals, there are these hurdles that can slow us down, those pesky roadblocks between dreaming and taking action. Mindset is kind of a buzzword right now, but it's more than that. It's about the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the way we think. And we can change them. In this episode, you’ll learn the psychology behind mindset shifts, explore how it guides us through life and transforms the way we approach our goals. From the dreamer mindset to the doer mindset, we're unraveling different strategies to overcome challenges, ditch self-sabotaging thoughts, and confidently step out of that comfort zone. Stick around as I share tips on building resilience through a series of tiny steps and continuous growth. Download your free goal-setting worksheet: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/111 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/111
1/16/202419 minutes, 53 seconds
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110: How to Set Goals

There is just something about January energy that gets me hyped up for goal setting! In today's episode, I'm sharing the journey of how I evolved from a dreamer to a dedicated student of time management with a colossal goal in my sights. I get it – those big dreams can be overwhelming, and I've been there, paralyzed by the enormity of it all. But guess what? Big goals are absolutely achievable, and I'm here to guide you through the transformative journey that turned my business around. It's all about putting those dreams on paper, giving them the life they need, and crafting a plan that propels you forward. From the major milestones to the seemingly small daily tasks, you’ll learn the steps you need to focus on and conquer your loftiest goals. Ready to turn those dreams into reality? Grab your goal-setting worksheet and follow along at professionalcreative.com. Let's dive in and make those dreams happen! Download your free goal-setting worksheet: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/110 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/110
1/11/202422 minutes, 5 seconds
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109: You're Invited! The 5-Day Pattern Challenge

It's the start of a brand-new year, and guess what? I've got an exciting opportunity you won't want to miss! I'm on a mission to transform your creativity to something new and exciting, and you're invited to join me on a fun and incredible 5 day challenge. The best part? It's absolutely free, and you don't need any prior experience or knowledge. From simple doodles to diving into the wonders of Adobe Illustrator, we're covering it all in this live 5-day challenge kicking off on January 11th. The lessons will be short, sweet, and packed with creativity, plus we've got some amazing giveaways lined up. Trust me, everyone can participate, so head over to bonniechristine.com/5daychallenge and let's make this the most inspiring start to the year together! Join the 5-Day Challenge: https://www.bonniechristine.com/5daychallenge 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/108
1/9/202410 minutes, 40 seconds
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108: Setting Intentions: Word of the Year | Featuring Lisa Jacobs

It’s here! It’s 2024! Let’s celebrate the arrival of a brand new year with this exciting episode featuring the lovely Lisa Jacobs. Join us as we walk through the process of choosing a theme for the year and summarizing it with a single impactful word. This exercise can be transformative if the word you select resonates with you on personal or even professional levels. Listen to learn our themes and words of the year and why we are headed in this direction. We are eager to keep these words close to our hearts throughout the entirety of 2024 and get started with intention.  
1/4/202418 minutes, 42 seconds
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107: What Worked Well and What DIDN'T Work Well in 2023 + Ideas for 2024

 Join me as I dive into the power of reflection and projection as we transition from 2023 to 2024. Join me as I reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the past year and share my vision and strategies for the upcoming year. This episode is all about learning from our experiences and using them to shape a more successful future. Get ready to be inspired and motivated to make 2024 your most impactful year yet!
12/21/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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106: Favorite Things

Picture this: you invite me to your very own favorite things party. This is what I'll bring! What would you bring to mine? Get all the links right here: https://professionalcreative.com/blog/106
12/12/202314 minutes, 50 seconds
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105: Inside Our 2023 Team Retreat

In this special episode I’m introducing my virtual team as they share their experiences from our 2023 annual retreat. Through personal interviews, you'll hear from team members  as they recount their bonding moments, growth, and surprises at the retreat. From spa days to surprise boat rides, strengths mapping to deep connections, this episode captures the essence of team building, collaboration, and professional growth. Join us as we explore the power of retreats, team dynamics, and personal connections in the professional creative world. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/105  
12/7/202335 minutes, 46 seconds
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[104]: The Power of the Personal Brand | Featuring Glo Atanmo

In this episode, we are joined by Glo Atanmo, a dynamic entrepreneur known for her personal brand and her engaging approach to content creation. Join us as we discuss  the importance of personal branding, the creative process, and the journey of growth and evolution as professional creatives. Glo shares her insights on business pivots, building a personal brand around emotions and missions, and the significance of authenticity and self-love in one's journey as a professional creative. Get Glo’s 2024 Business Bundle for a detailed breakdown of the best online monetization strategies (available until December 25, 2023). 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/104  
12/5/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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103: Meet the Mark Makers 2023

In this episode, we meet the women in my Mark Makers Mastermind as they share some great life and business hacks they used in 2023. From using innovative tools like ManyChat and Miro for business organization and planning, to the power of daily drawing and setting up a dedicated morning routine, these Mark Makers provide invaluable insights. They also share tips on creating nourishing workspaces, calming the mind, and finding the balance between business and family life. Join us as we delve into the world of these exceptional women and their small yet powerful business and life hacks, empowering us to transform our own entrepreneurial journey. Learn more about the Mark Makers Mastermind HERE. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/103
11/30/202330 minutes, 2 seconds
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102: Listener Q&A

As we continue to celebrate reaching more than 100 episodes, we wanted to say THANK YOU by answering some of your questions you have as listeners of our podcast. From finding empowerment in the beginning stages of a professional artist career to managing fear and overcoming procrastination, I’ll offer valuable strategies for success. We’ll also talk about the importance of setting deadlines, managing information overload, and distinguishing between good goals and distractions. So, grab your notebook and get ready to dive in as I answer 10 listener questions. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/102
11/28/202337 minutes, 19 seconds
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101: Building a Subscription Box Business Featuring Sarah Williams

In this episode, you’ll meet Sarah Williams, a successful entrepreneur who has built not just one, but TWO multimillion-dollar businesses—all starting from just one box at a time. Today, Sarah is here to share her insights on building a subscription box business and the different revenue streams it can offer. We discuss the incredible impact recurring revenue has had on on businesses and personal lives—providing stability and freeing up time for creativity. We delve into the practical aspects of starting and running a successful subscription box business, sharing insights, tips, and examples along the way. Plus, Sarh introduces her new book, One Box at a Time which offers a comprehensive guide to building a thriving subscription box business. If you've ever dreamt of starting your own subscription box or if you're simply curious about this booming industry, you won't want to miss this episode. You can grab a copy of "One Box at a Time" along with a fantastic beginner bundle bonus, which includes social media captions, a wait list page guide, wait list email sequence flows, and a beginner's checklist HERE. 📒 Episode Notes & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/101  
11/21/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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100: Reflections to 100 Episodes of the Professional Creative

In this landmark episode, we celebrate reaching 100 episodes of the Professional Creative and reflect on the incredible journey we've taken together. I’m going to take you back to the start including lessons I’ve learned and the dream behind the podcast. We’ll look at the stats, milestones, and the growth of this podcast—and the strategies and challenges that have shaped it. Get ready for an episode filled with gratitude, validation, and the power of consistency as a professional creative world. Cheers to 100 episodes and to YOU, our beloved listeners! Be sure to visit the show notes to find links to our top 5 episodes over the past year.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/100 👇 Unlock my FREE Online Mini Class: Start Simple in Surface Pattern Design https://www.bonniechristine.com/startsimple
11/16/202328 minutes, 53 seconds
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99: Progress Over Perfection: Our Podcast in Action

If you find yourself hesitating to start a project, launch a business, or pursue a creative endeavor because you're waiting for the perfect conditions, then this episode is a must-listen! Listen along as I provide actionable steps to keep perfectionism from stopping you in your tracks and making tangible progress. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/99
11/14/202312 minutes, 1 second
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The Power of Social Proof

If you're struggling to make your mark and convey the value of what you offer, social proof might be the piece you're missing. In this episode of The Professional Creative Podcast, we dive into the power of social proof and how it can elevate your business and build trust with your audience. Learn how to leverage instant social proof, testimonials, milestones, and powerful stories to showcase the success of your products or services. Gain valuable insights and strategies to help your audience see themselves in your social proof. This is your chance to make a lasting impact and inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Be sure to visit the show notes to get access to the questions we ask when collecting success stories and case studies. 👇 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/98
11/9/202320 minutes, 20 seconds
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97: Working Through Creative Block

We've all experienced that feeling of staring at a blank canvas or a blank screen, unsure of how to start or move forward with our creative projects— and it’s important that we work through those fears and not let them stop us. That’s why in this episode, I’m sharing my  top 10 tips for getting unstuck and back into your creative groove. From simply starting and focusing on the habit of creating, to playing tricks on yourself and taking breaks, these strategies will help you overcome creative block and reignite your creativity. Plus, I have a special gift for you—a downloadable guide called "1 Year of Daily Art Prompts" to jumpstart your creativity. Listen in so we can conquer creative block together, and download your free guide below. 📒 Download the Freebie, Find Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/97
11/7/202313 minutes, 20 seconds
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96: Stepping into the Right Room

Being a creative entrepreneur can be lonely, and that's why it’s so important to connect with others and surround yourself with like-minded individuals who share your passion for creativity and success. In this episode, I’m talking about stepping into the right room, and what that looks like as a creative professional. Intentional networking and seeking out mentorship can enhance your business in so many ways. I’ll be sharing my top tips for finding the right room so you can join it, and some of the myths that keep us from making those intentional connections. 📒 Episode Notes 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/96
11/2/202317 minutes, 6 seconds
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95: ANNOUNCING ...

In this episode, I get to share with you something really big that I've been working on for nearly a year. I'm so excited! 
10/31/202316 minutes, 40 seconds
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94: How to Maximize the Impact of Your Thank You Page

Thank you pages are often overlooked, so in today’s episode we’ll talk about how to use them to their fullest potential. I’m sharing my insights and strategies on how to make the most of this engagement tool and strengthen relationships with your audience as we go over 5 ways to make the most of your thank you page. Whether you're a business owner, marketer, or creative professional, this episode will inspire you to reimagine your thank you pages and create a memorable experience for your audience and level up your engagement game. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/94  
10/26/202310 minutes, 55 seconds
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30 Days to a Collection

Today, we’re going to dive headfirst into the daily process of creating a new fabric collection. Though I’m not able to share images of what I was creating every day this past summer, my hope is you’ll be inspired by the process of creation and a sneak peek at what it looks like to design a collection.  From the incubation period of simmering ideas to the excitement of sketching and experimenting with different techniques, you’ll gain insights into the world of surface pattern design. Join us as we discover the artistry, creativity, and dedication that go into bringing a collection to life. 📒 Episode Notes 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/93
10/24/202327 minutes, 46 seconds
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92: Your Bags Are Packed Featuring Lisa Jacobs

Today we're going to explore the turning point between you and your next level in your business. Our Integrator Lisa Jacobs is back to explore how making big decisions can lead to breakthroughs in business and life, and provide insights on knowing when it's time to take the next step. Discover how to identify the signs that you're ready for a new level of success and unleash your creative potential. 📒 Episode Notes 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/92    
10/19/202326 minutes, 38 seconds
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91: Business Breakthroughs: How Do You Know You’re Ready?

In this episode of The Professional Creative, we’ll explore how to know if you're ready for the next big move in your business. I’m discussing the importance of aligning your actions with your future successful self and the five types of bottlenecks that may be holding you back.  Because the only way you become the future successful version of yourself is if you become her today. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/91 
10/17/202313 minutes, 28 seconds
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90: What Is the "Art of Business?"

As we prepare for our upcoming conference Immersion Live—centered around this very concept—I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on what the art of business means for professional creatives. Because the art of business goes beyond simply making money from your craft—It's about finding that delicate balance between your creativity and the business side of your brain. As a professional creative, you not only need to master your art, but also understand how to monetize it, market it, and manage the business sustainably. Throughout this episode, we'll explore the challenges many creatives face when it comes to the business side of their endeavors and how to embrace the art of doing business so you can position yourself for success without compromising your creative life. Join Us for Immersion Live 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/90  
10/12/202314 minutes, 19 seconds
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89: Fueling Your Creative Journey Featuring Nicholas Wilton

In this episode, brilliant artist and entrepreneur Nicholas Wilton joins us for a discussion about creativity, art, and entrepreneurship as he shares his insights on how to lead with a full heart and offer a full service to our audience. Nicholas is a keynote speaker at our upcoming event Immersion Live, and he'll also be joining us for open studio night, which promises to be an incredible event. Listen in as we explore the importance of staying passionate, finding what truly matters, and embracing our creative selves. This episode will inspire you to tap into your own artistic spirit and live a life of purpose and fulfillment.  Learn more and register for Immersion Live: https://www.bonniechristine.com/2023immersionlive Get the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/89   
10/10/202347 minutes, 12 seconds
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88: Crafting an Effective Opt-in Tailored to Your Audience's Learning Styles

In today's episode, we dive into the world of opt-ins and how they can be tailored to your audience's learning styles for maximum impact. Opt-ins are valuable resources that you offer in exchange for your audience's name and email address, and they play a crucial role in building and engaging your online audience. I'll share with you my tried-and-true method of asking my audience directly, and how their responses shape the content I create. Plus, I'll walk you through the key components of an effective opt-in and reveal a special freebie that will guide you in crafting one that connects deeply with your audience.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/88 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
10/5/202322 minutes, 38 seconds
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87: How to Attend a Virtual Event

With the shift to more online events, I’m sharing my top tips for how to squeeze every last drop of value from a virtual event. We've all signed up for a virtual event only to find ourselves distracted, multitasking, or just not engaged. In this episode, I’ll talk about how to really fully prepare and immerse yourself in a virtual event and how to make it as enriching and beneficial as if you were there in person. So, whether you're looking to network, learn, or simply have a good time, this episode will be your ultimate guide to making the most of your next virtual gathering. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/87
10/3/202321 minutes, 30 seconds
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86: The Rhythms of Creativity and Business Featuring Morgan Harper Nichols

Today, we are joined by the talented Morgan Harper Nichols. Morgan is a poet, artist, and vocalist and her beautiful art has inspired partnerships with renowned brands like Anthropologie, Coach, and Vogue Singapore. Morgan is often on the road creating, teaching, and performing, in hopes of spreading her unique inspirational message and inviting others into her creative life—and she’ll be a keynote speaker at our upcoming Immersion Live 2023 Conference. Listen in as we discuss the rhythms of creativity and business and what that looks like for a professional creative. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/86  Join us at Immersion Live, where Morgan will dive deeper into how to embrace your natural rhythms to take the pressure off of yourself. Join Immersion Live  
9/28/202348 minutes, 28 seconds
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85: From Solo to CEO - 7 Leadership Skills that Matter

In today's episode, I delve into my own transformative journey into leadership and share the obstacles I've faced and conquered along the way. I also break down the seven key attributes that, in my experience, truly define what makes a great leader. Tune in for an intimate look at my leadership evolution and gain actionable insights to elevate your own leadership skills!
9/26/202320 minutes, 26 seconds
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84: Permission to Just THINK

I used to be constantly overwhelmed by the daily grind of my business, always reacting and firefighting. But I realized that the real magic happens when we step back and look at the bigger picture. That's why I made the radical decision to start taking time off to do nothing but think. And let me tell you, it's some of the most productive work you can do. Join me as I share some tips on how to make space for thinking in your busy schedule. It's in those moments of quiet reflection that you'll find clarity, direction, and inspiration for your next big idea. Trust yourself and make space for the magic to happen. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/84 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
9/21/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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83: The Art of the Pitch

Join me in this episode for a deep dive into the world of pitching your creative work. Whether you're pitching your artwork or any other creative project, I've got some valuable insights to share with you. Pitching can be tough and nerve-wracking, but with the right approach, it can lead to amazing opportunities. I've pitched my work to different industries and companies, and I've learned a lot along the way. I've received feedback, both positive and negative, and sometimes no response at all. Discover the importance of finding your signature style and crafting cohesive collections, as well as how to make yourself irresistible to your dream company. Plus, get tips on how to effectively outreach and present your work in a way that stands out from the crowd and download my free list of industries for licensing in the show notes. 📒 Episode Notes & Free Industries List 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/83  
9/19/202327 minutes, 22 seconds
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82: Team Bonnie Summer Hours: Our 4-Day Work Week

Today, I want to share with you all about our team's summer hours and our 4-day work week. As a mama running a business, I know the importance of prioritizing family and rest. During the summer, when things slow down for us, we decided to implement a 4-day work week from June to August. It was such a great experience, and I want to tell you all about it—why we did it, how we did it, and what we learned along the way. Plus, I'll give you some advice if you're thinking about implementing a similar schedule for yourself or your team. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/82 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
9/14/202319 minutes, 8 seconds
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81: EA vs VA - 2 Months Out of the Inbox

As a successful entrepreneur, having an EA has become an essential part of my business. But what is the difference between a VA and an EA? In this episode, I'll demystify these acronyms and explain the unique roles each one plays in a business. I'll share how my EA has taken ownership of my calendar, managing meetings, and coordinating with others—giving me the freedom to focus on what only I can do. Head to the shownotes for your free Ideal Week worksheet and my EA Megadoc Trust and communication are key in a successful relationship with an EA, and I'll provide tips on how to establish that trust and create an ideal week to streamline the process. I'll also discuss the challenges and breakthroughs of handing off inbox management to my EA, allowing me to reclaim my time and prioritize my personal inbox. If you're considering transitioning from a VA to an EA, or simply curious about the behind-the-scenes of working with an EA, this episode is for you. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/81
9/12/202322 minutes, 24 seconds
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80: Overcoming Overwhelm

One of the most common things my students share with me is the sense of overwhelm they feel as they take on steps towards reaching their big goals and dreams—and it's something we're all familiar with. In this episode, we're going to discuss the importance of learning how to identify overwhelm and how to work through it so that it doesn't stop you in your tracks. I’m sharing actionable strategies to navigate these challenging emotions and find clarity amidst the chaos. Whether you're feeling inundated by tasks or struggling to find balance, this episode offers a beacon of hope and a path forward. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/80 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
9/7/202317 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 79: Your House Your Rules

Becoming a Marketing Magnet – Attract, Repel, and Thrive In this episode, I dive deep into the essence of marketing: it's about attraction as much as repulsion. If you've ever felt the sting of a negative comment or hesitated to put yourself out there, this one's for you. We'll discuss the beauty of becoming a magnet in marketing, the importance of setting boundaries, and why every piece of feedback, whether positive or negative, signifies your boldness in the business world. Building on our enlightening conversation from Episode 78 with Lisa Jacobs, this episode is all about embracing your authenticity, establishing your own rules, and confidently pushing forward in your entrepreneurial journey. Because after all, for every critic, there are hundreds cheering you on. Let's talk about how to show up for them.
8/29/202314 minutes, 12 seconds
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78: How to Set and enforce boundaries in your business Featuring Lisa Jacobs

As creatives, we pour our hearts and souls into our work—but sometimes we come across difficult people or situations that can really impact our business in a negative way. In this episode, I’m joined by my integrator Lisa Jacobs to talk about a challenging but important topic: setting and enforcing boundaries in your business. Lisa and I have some strategies and systems in place that can help you handle these situations with grace and confidence. We'll guide you through the process of establishing clear boundaries and creating a structure for your business to handle these emotional situations. We want you to feel empowered and prepared so that you can continue doing the work you love without fear holding you back. We understand the vulnerability that comes with being a creative entrepreneur, but we also believe in your ability to protect your precious work and deal with these challenges head-on. So take a deep breath, and join us as we share our step-by-step plan to help you navigate difficult people and situations in your business. Get the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/78 
8/24/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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76: Working from Rest

We don't rest from work, we work from rest. Prioritizing rest to amplify creativity and productivity. From the sanctity of sleep to the joy of hobbies, like my delightful dabble into pottery, I unravel how finding rest and peace is the ultimate foundation for meaningful work. Being a creative entrepreneur, I understand the blurred lines between work and passion, but through my journey, I've learned the importance of setting boundaries and finding spaces of relaxation. Whether it's a cherished family trip, a staycation, or simply taking time off to immerse in a book, it's all about rejuvenating the soul. Join me as we explore how to genuinely prioritize self, ensuring we're always working from a place of rest and not the other way around. Here, we celebrate the beauty of creation and remember – in the vast canvas of life, there's always room for you. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/77   📝 Read the Transcript 📝   Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
8/22/20238 minutes, 20 seconds
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76: Product Launch Formula Featuring Jeff Walker

Today I am joined by the legendary Jeff Walker to share his journey and valuable insights on perseverance, content creation, and the power of launching a product. Jeff dives into the strategies for success, even for those starting with a smaller email list. He shares behind the scenes of his business journey and multimillion-dollar launches and how he has helped his students achieve over a billion dollars in sales. Jeff's passion for helping others realize their potential and grasp new opportunities is truly inspiring. Listen in to meet Jeff, and don’t forget to sign up for his free Launch Masterclass! Join the FREE Launch Masterclass 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/76 
8/17/202336 minutes, 6 seconds
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75: Curly Girls: The Hair Episode

💌 Join us for Immersion LIVE: https://www.bonniechristine.com/2023immersionlive 🌟 We're hiring! https://www.bonniechristine.com/careers Today I’m taking a break from all things business and inspiration to answer one of the questions I get asked the most—and that’s about my curly hair! I’m  sharing how one picture featuring my curly hair lead to some interesting insight on a Pinterest ad mishap and 6 takeaways from my favorite resource for curly hair, the book Curly Girl. Head over to the shownotes for a link to the book, a peek at the infamous photo, and my favorite products for curly hair. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/75 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
8/15/202318 minutes, 15 seconds
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74: The Lows of Entrepreneurship: 10 Most Challenging Moments in My Career

💌 Join us for Immersion LIVE: https://www.bonniechristine.com/2023immersionlive 🌟 We're hiring! https://www.bonniechristine.com/careers Today I'm recounting the top 10 most challenging moments of my career—but I’m sharing the lessons along with it. From navigating membership program struggles to embracing difficult conversations, I’ll uncover the lessons learned and the growth that came out of these experiences. Get ready to gain valuable insights and practical tips as we navigate these obstacles together.
8/10/202335 minutes, 3 seconds
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73: The Highs of Entrepreneurship: 10 Proudest Moments in My Career

💌 Join us for Immersion LIVE: https://www.bonniechristine.com/2023immersionlive 🌟 We're hiring! https://www.bonniechristine.com/careers Today I'm recounting my top 10 proudest moments in my career. I'll take you on a journey through the time I signed my first licensing deal, to the moment I was able to retire my husband, and all the way to launching successful courses and stepping onto a keynote speaker stage. In this episode, I share my heartfelt experiences of overcoming obstacles, celebrating victories, and paving my own path as a creative entrepreneur. Don't miss this inspiring deep-dive into my world and the insights I've gained along the way that could help you design your own creative life. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://professionalcreative.com/blog/73
8/8/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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72: How to Delight a Virtual Audience

In today's episode, I’m sharing 10 ways to delight a virtual audience while drawing inspiration from my upcoming event, Immersion LIVE 2023: The Art of Business for the Professional Creative. We’ll take a trip down memory lane to explore how the conference has grown and evolved over the years and the  invaluable lessons in creating an immersive and accessible experience for all attendees I’ve learned along the way. From interactive sessions and networking opportunities to custom swag boxes and creative challenges, these strategies will leave a lasting impression on your virtual audience. Let's explore how to make your virtual events an inspiring, engaging, and memorable journey for everyone involved. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/72 Whether you're a seasoned artist looking for fresh perspectives or a budding entrepreneur seeking guidance, Immersion LIVE 2023 has a wealth of knowledge and inspiration waiting for you—and we're counting down the days until we can share it! 🌟 LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR IMMERSION LIVE  
8/3/202318 minutes, 39 seconds
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71: Perks & Benefits: A Look Inside the Team Bonnie Handbook

Come take a peek inside the Team Bonnie Handbook! Today we'll dive into the value of workplace benefits and how they shape an organization's culture, using our very own team benefits as an example. We discuss everything from 401k plans to paid time off, parental leave, and unique perks like health and wellness budgets, revealing how these aspects significantly contribute to employee engagement and job satisfaction. We'll also decode the difference between perks and benefits, ensuring you're well-equipped to negotiate your compensation package in your next role. Whether you're a leader, an employee, or a job seeker, this episode has insights for you. Tune in and elevate your workplace understanding! 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/71 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
8/1/202321 minutes, 17 seconds
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70: How to Nurture & Lead a Team: Fostering Connection with Slack

In this episode of The Professional Creative, we’re going to talk about the importance of fostering a strong, trusting, and engaged team of A-players and how non-business-related Slack channels can foster connection within your team. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/70 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide  
7/27/202319 minutes, 49 seconds
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69: Leap Into Action: Clarity Comes in the Doing

In this candid episode, I open up about the daunting yet transformative power of diving headfirst into new projects, even when the path isn't clear. Join me as I share personal experiences of overcoming creative paralysis, confronting fear, and discovering the exhilarating freedom that comes when we leap past resistance. Learn why sometimes, the best way to move forward is simply to begin, and figure it out along the way. Whether you're standing at the edge of a new business idea, a creative project, or a personal goal, my reflections will hopefully inspire you to take that crucial first step. Let's embrace the journey together, get our hands dirty, and bring our unique visions to life.
7/25/20238 minutes, 42 seconds
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68: Find Financial Clarity: How to Separate Personal and Business Expenses

Have you ever found yourself tangled in a mix of expenses between your life and business? In this episode, we tackle the common struggle of separating personal and business expenses that many creatives and entrepreneurs face and I outline five actionable steps to achieve financial clarity. Join me as we embark on a transformative journey to take control of our finances and elevate our professional creative game on the Professional Creative podcast. 🌟 Get shownotes and the free tax deductions cheatsheet:  https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/67 Connect with Bonnie: ⚡️GET MY EMAILS: https://bonnie-christine.ck.page/0303c9bbb2 ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://bit.ly/3XFdyCL ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
7/20/202324 minutes, 4 seconds
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67: Pitching Strategies for Creatives | Featuring Susie Moore

As creative entrepreneurs, we’re all working on ways to make our work more visible while social media becomes more saturated—but we often overlook media outlets as a key way to increase visibility and help others find you. In this episode, I sit down with the host of the podcast “Let It Be Easy” Susie Moore to talk about pitching strategies and the power of being featured in the media—no matter who you are or how big your existing audience is. Listen in for tips and action steps to get started pitching today! Sign up for Overnight Rockstar with Bonnie and Susie HERE! A free webinar to help you get noticed, skyrocket your reputation, and attract new clients by becoming your own publicist—July 26 at 3pm ET 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/67
7/18/202339 minutes, 58 seconds
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66: Why You Should Cherish Your Early Work

Creating early work is a magical phase in every creative's journey. It's when we have the freedom to create without the weight of expectations or critiques. It's a time of exploration, where we can truly nourish our creativity and let it flourish. In this episode, I'll be sharing my personal experience of taking the time to develop my design style to go on to create my best work and build a successful career as a fabric designer. Listen in to discover how taking the time to cultivate our creativity can lead us to a fulfilling and profitable creative business that creates impact and gives us the freedom we deserve. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/66 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
7/13/20238 minutes, 26 seconds
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65: The Transformative Power of Giving Back: How to Cultivate the Habit of Generosity

Are you ready to unlock the incredible benefits of giving back? In this episode we’re going to dive deep into the transformative power of generosity and giving back even when it doesn’t seem possible. Join me as I share my personal journey of starting to give when I was facing financial struggles and how it has positively impacted both my life and business. We discuss the difference between a fear-based mindset and an abundance-based mindset when it comes to giving, and how embracing an abundance mindset can lead to incredible opportunities. Tune in to learn how you can cultivate the habit of generosity in your own life and business. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/65 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
7/11/202317 minutes, 7 seconds
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64: Focus: Our Most Precious Yet Rarest Resource

Are you struggling to stay focused in your creative pursuits? In this episode, we’re going to delve into the world of focus and how it can transform your productivity and success. I share my own journey of realizing the impact of a lack of focus and how it held me back from reaching my goals. And I’m going to provide you with 10 practical ways to enhance and prioritize your focus in your day-to-day life. From aligning your energy and time, to time blocking, and using tools like the time cube, you'll gain valuable insights to help you narrow down your interests and inspirations.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/64 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
7/6/202322 minutes, 19 seconds
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63: How I'm Using Chat GPT as an Artist and Creative Entrepreneur

Today, I'm sharing with you how I've started using Chat GPT in my business and am encouraging you to explore it too—even if you haven’t heard of it before! In this episode, I’ll share more about what Chat GPT is, some of my favorite prompts and uses for both life and business. Don't let the future catch you by surprise—embrace the power of AI technology and take your business to new heights while you lean into your own humanity. Tune in now and don't forget to share with a fellow entrepreneur! 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/63 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
6/29/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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62: Taking the Stage: My Top Takeaways from Convertkit Craft + Commerce

In this episode I’m sharing my  top takeaways from the 2023 Convertkit Craft + Commerce conference and highlighting the importance of focusing on doing only what you can do in your zone of genius. Tune in for my tips on the preparation process and the key mindset shift I embraced as I delivered my speech. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/62 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
6/27/202326 minutes, 58 seconds
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61: Tips for Traveling Well: How to Prioritize Your Energy & Productivity on the Go

In this episode, I’m coming to you fresh off the plane from Boise, Idaho where I was a speaker at the Craft and Commerce conference held by Convertkit. As a seasoned traveler, I’ll be sharing 6 tips for traveling well (especially as a homebody), plus my takeaways as a keynote speaker at the conference. Join me as we explore how to travel like a pro, with plenty of tips, tricks, and thoughtful insights to help you along the way.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/61 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
6/22/202324 minutes, 59 seconds
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60: Money Amplifies: Overcoming Fears of Financial Success

In this thought-provoking episode of the Professional Creative Podcast, Bonnie Christine dives into an impactful conversation about money, creativity, and the common fear of success that many entrepreneurs face. Drawing from a recent conversation with a fellow entrepreneur, she shares meaningful insights and mindset shifts around money and success in the creative industry.
6/20/20238 minutes, 16 seconds
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59: How to Avoid Burnout

As creatives, it can be easy to get caught up in the "doing phase" of our work and neglect self-care—but it's crucial to prioritize our well-being by recognizing warning signs and implementing strategies to prevent burnout. In this episode, we're talking all about burnout and ways to prevent it plus my non-negotiable daily habits that help me stay on track. So if you're feeling overwhelmed or uninspired, take a listen to this episode and learn how to avoid burnout and create a sustainable creative business. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/59 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 [00:00:00] Entrepreneurship equals freedom, creativity, and success. [00:04:56] Sleep, workout, dinner: daily priorities. [00:07:08] "Self-care and boundaries key for productivity" [00:13:20] Identify unique warning signs, set boundaries, self-care. [00:14:28] 5 non-negotiables prevent burnout, delegate, accountability. Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide  
6/15/202317 minutes, 9 seconds
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58: The 3 Phases of Creativity: A Blueprint for Sustainable Success

Have you been chasing the perfect balance between work and life? When you love what you do, it can be hard to find. In this episode, we’ll explore the idea of balance andthe importance and interplay of the three pivotal phases of creativity—inspiration, creation, and rejuvenation. I break down these phases, sharing my personal experiences and tips on how to smoothly transition between them, harnessing their power to drive your creative journey forward. We delve into recognizing the phase you're currently in, and how to shift gears when necessary to foster resilience and maintain a constant creative rhythm. Then tune in for next episode 59 when I dive deeper into the topic of burnout. 📒 Episode Notes 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/58
6/13/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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57: Hiring & Your Zone of Genius

In this episode, we take a deep dive into transitioning from a solopreneur to focusing on tasks that are truly within your zone of genius. We'll explore the importance of working within this zone and how it can increase productivity and business growth. I'll share practical tips on identifying tasks for delegation and discuss effective hiring practices. We'll also take you through our three-phase hiring process. The goal of this episode is to equip you with the knowledge you need to confidently embark on your own hiring journey. Don't forget to download our free Task Tending worksheet from the show notes—it's a valuable resource to help you identify tasks that can be delegated or outsourced. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/57 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
6/8/202344 minutes, 18 seconds
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56: Expand Your Reach & Impact: How to Develop a Brand Voice Guide

In this episode, I’m sharing how to build a consistent brand voice guide that will set you up for success. Like me, you may fear handing over my brand to someone else while finding yourself inundated with emails—but creating a brand voice guide is a game-changing solution that ensures consistency across all communication channels with clear guidelines for team members. So if you're looking to build your brand and create a unified experience for your clients or customers, then join me on this episode. I'll also be providing you with a free downloadable workbook to create your own voice guide. 📒 Episode Notes & Free Guide 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/56
6/6/202330 minutes, 32 seconds
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55: Dethroning the Queen of Procrastination

On this episode of The Professional Creative, I want to share my insights into how to overcome procrastination and reach success in your creative business. We've all experienced procrastination at some point, and it can be a real roadblock to achieving our goals—but the good news is that we can overcome it with the right mindset and strategies. In this episode, I'll share some affirmations, tips, and techniques that have worked for me and other successful creatives. 
6/1/202328 minutes, 12 seconds
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54: 75 Days of Hard Things

In this episode, I’ll share all the challenges I faced and the lessons I learned when I completed a 75-day challenge. In this challenge, my goal was to prioritize my health and body, create specific habits, and break old ones.Throughout the episode, I'll be sharing the most significant habits I've gained and the ones that I've let go of. I hope that through this experience, you’ll be encouraged to create your own habits to achieve your personal and business goals. Get the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/54  
5/30/202329 minutes, 41 seconds
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53: Building a Strong Foundation: Nurturing a Marriage and a Business

Join me from Utah alongside my husband, David as we celebrate 15 years of marriage and 20 together. We'll share our personal experiences and the valuable lessons we've learned in maintaining a healthy relationship while raising our two children. Alongside this, we'll explore the fascinating Enneagram personality system, the practices we follow in our own marriage, and practical advice to help you build lasting bonds with your significant other. You’ll also hear David’s insights as he answers listener questions towards the end of the episode. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/53 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/25/202341 minutes, 11 seconds
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52: The Art of Effective Delegation

In this episode we'll be delving deep into the art of delegation—I'll be sharing the valuable lessons I've learned from three impactful books that have greatly influenced my delegation habits, along with discussing the importance of clear instructions, how to define what "done" looks like, and the value of owning your work. Tune in to gain insight into the challenges and difficulties that come with delegation and learn how to navigate them with clarity, kindness, and ownership. Whether you are a business of one or managing a team, you'll learn how to effectively delegate tasks to those around you. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/52 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/23/202320 minutes, 41 seconds
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51: Letting Go - 50 Tasks You Should Be Delegating Right Now

In today's podcast episode, I'm opening up about the magic of delegation & how it's transformed my business and work-life balance. I reveal the first 10 tasks I delegated to help my business soar, and trust me, it's been a game changer! Listen in for ways you can begin to delegate in your life and business, and download my list of 50 tasks to delegate via the shownotes linked below. Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/51 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ RESOURCES | https://www.bonniechristine.com/resources ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/18/202336 minutes, 10 seconds
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50: Listener Q&A - Morning Rituals, Hiring Help, & Breaking Through Saturated Markets

Can you believe it? We’ve hit 50 episodes—and what better way to celebrate than by answering YOUR questions! 🎉 From finding my 'why' to juggling roles as an artist and educator, to my morning routine, this episode is packed with personal insights and stories that I've been eager to share. As I answer 5 listener questions, this episode is a true reminder that we're on this creative journey together. Your questions, your stories, your dreams...they inspire me every day. So here's to you, to us, and to the next 50 episodes! Questions answered in this episode: How do you break through a saturated market of creatives? At what point did you realize you needed to hire someone? Have you ever been indecisive about what you should focus on in your career (educator or artist or something else or all that)? What's your why? What motivates you to keep working at your business day in, day out? Do you have a morning practice or ritual that helps you set your day up for success? 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/50 📝 Read the Transcript 📝
5/16/202328 minutes, 20 seconds
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49: SOPs for Creatives: Boosting Productivity and Consistency in Your Business

In this episode, we break down the process of documenting your business tasks into standard operating procedures (SOPS), making it easier to onboard new employees and scale your business. From setting up Zoom meetings to creating shipping labels, we've got you covered with 10 examples of SOPs you can create for your business plus download our SOP for creating SOPs with the shownotes! 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/49 📝 Read the Transcript 📝
5/11/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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48: Three Simple Strategies to Beat Procrastination

In this episode, I'm sharing my top three tips for overcoming procrastination and accomplishing your biggest goals. Plus, I'm throwing in a bonus tip that's sure to get you started on that one project you've been putting off. Trust me, these strategies are a game-changer! 📒 Episode Notes 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/48   📝 Read the Transcript 📝
5/9/202313 minutes, 51 seconds
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47: Ten Business Models That Let You Work from Anywhere

In this episode, we're exploring ten business models that can give you the flexibility to work anytime and anywhere. These business models can allow you to pursue your passions, generate income, and create a lifestyle that aligns with your values. But where do you start? One small step at a time.
5/4/202341 minutes, 2 seconds
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46: Membership Sites for Creatives 101

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to build a supportive community while generating recurring revenue? In this episode, I explore the world of membership sites and how they can help you unlock the power of both. She discusses the types of memberships available, the importance of starting simple, and the platforms and tools available for creating and managing membership sites. Listen in as I share my experience growing my alumni membership Flourish, and how it’s evolved over the years, plus my tips for creatives looking to start a membership. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/46 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
5/2/202325 minutes, 18 seconds
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45: How to Build a Thriving Membership Site Featuring Stu McLaren

In this episode I’m joined by my friend and respected mentor, Stu McClaren, who’s sharing his wisdom on why the membership model is the way forward for businesses—especially for creative professionals like us. Get ready to dive into a lively chat about the many perks of memberships, including the stability, accountability, and sense of community they offer for both entrepreneurs and their customers. This episode is brimming with valuable tips and guidance for anyone considering a membership model for their creative venture. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/45 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/27/202349 minutes, 59 seconds
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44: Mastering the Hotseat: Unlock the Power of Group Problem-Solving

In this episode, I'm diving deep into one of the most powerful aspects of my mastermind intensives – the hotseat. While they might seem intimidating at first, hotseats can become pivotal moments for your business and decision-making process. I'll share my top five tips for conducting a successful hotseat and explain how you can adapt this concept for use in masterminds, peer groups, or even small gatherings of friends or fellow entrepreneurs. By establishing an effective flow for hot seats, you can unlock one of the most impactful ways to receive valuable feedback on your work.   📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/44 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/25/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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43: Behind the Scenes of Planning our Mastermind Intensive Event

Planning an in-person event can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be! In this episode of The Professional Creative, I share my step-by-step process for planning a successful mastermind intensive. From surveys, workshop content, catering, last-minute tasks, finding the right venue, to creating a balanced schedule, I cover everything you need to know to create a memorable and effective event. Be sure to checkout the shownotes to get my FREE intensive-planning template. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/43 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/20/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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42: The 5-Minute Daily Brain Dump: Clear Your Mind and Boost Productivity

In this episode, I’m sharing about my personal approach to a “daily brain dump" practice that has transformed my approach to to-do lists, and how it has helped me to transition from work to personal life, clear mental bandwidth, improve creativity, and reduce mental fatigue. Listen along for tips on how to establish this habit and simple methods for incorporating it. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/42 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/18/202310 minutes, 53 seconds
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41: From Freebies to Fans: Nurturing Your Email List for Long-Term Success

In this episode, we discuss how to create a successful nurture sequence for your email list.Listen in for 15 practical tips on how to write effective nurture sequence emails that will engage your audience, provide value, and ultimately help grow your business. Whether you're just starting out or looking to improve your current email marketing strategy, this episode has something for you. Don't miss out on our freebie, 100 ideas for your nurture sequence, available with the shownotes! Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/41 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide  
4/13/202328 minutes, 48 seconds
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40: How to Critique Your Own Work: The 10-Minute Portfolio Review

In this episode of the Professional Creative Podcast, I’m sharing 12 tips that can help you evaluate your work and improve your skills as an artist. By following these tips, you can learn to evaluate your work critically and create pieces that you're proud to share with the world. You can download the tips as a free printable guide to reference as you review your work—Find it with the shownotes. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/40 📝 Read the Transcript 📝  
4/11/202313 minutes, 20 seconds
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39: 3 Things I Do Every Day: Building Success Through Root Habits

Whether you're an artist, writer, designer, or any other type of creative professional, root habits can help you achieve your goals and maintain a healthy balance in life. In this episode, we explore the concept of root habits and how they can help us build a successful, balanced, and fulfilling life both personally and professionally. By establishing and maintaining these habits, we can create a stronger foundation for personal and business development, leading to a more sustainable and thriving creative career.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/39 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide  
4/6/202314 minutes, 57 seconds
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38: Reclaiming Your Time

Have you ever caught yourself saying "I don't have time" when it comes to things that are important to you? In this episode, you’ll learn how to take control of your schedule and achieve your goals with a simple but powerful mindset shift. I’m sharing my personal experience of reframing my time and how changing your language can help you prioritize your tasks and activities, increase productivity, and unlock your full potential as a creative entrepreneur. Discover practical tips and techniques to better manage your limited hours and create space for the things that truly matter to you most.  📒 Episode Notes 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/38 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://bit.ly/3XFdyCL ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
4/4/20238 minutes, 22 seconds
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37: Ask Your Audience: The Power of Surveys, Polls, and Co-Creation for Creative Entrepreneurs

If you’re like me, as a creative entrepreneur, you're always wondering what you should do next and how best you can serve your audience. But instead of wondering, we simply need to ask. Surveying our audience, regardless of their size is the best way to make sure what you’re creating is in alignment with what they’re needing, and in this episode I'm going to share the benefits of surveying your audience and how I've used survey results to propel my business and offerings.
3/30/202324 minutes, 12 seconds
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36: Navigating the Question of "Can I Pick Your Brain"

In this episode of The Professional Creative, I’m discussing the question we've all received: Can I pick your brain?—and how to navigate it. Whether you’re a beginner, a busy creative, or a successful business owner, you can respond intentionally and kindly while honoring your own boundaries and managing expectations. Download your free One-on-One Consultation Questionnaire so you can get the answers you need to deliver personalized advice and resource. Find shownotes and download here: https://professionalcreative.com/blog/36  
3/28/202315 minutes, 35 seconds
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35: Are You a Boundary Breaker? How to Set Limits to Protect Your Creativity

Today, I want to share my experience on setting boundaries in creative businesses. As a creative entrepreneur, it's important to establish boundaries to maintain a healthy work-life balance and prevent burnout. I've implemented three types of boundaries: checking in on the business, what to say yes or no to, and receiving feedback. Establishing these boundaries has helped me manage my time and energy more effectively and has contributed to a greater sense of wellbeing and success in both my professional and personal life. Shownotes: https://professionalcreative.com/blog/35
3/23/202328 minutes, 9 seconds
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34: What I'm Reading: 4 Books to Transform Your Life and Business

In this episode, I share four impactful books for your life and business.  Here's a brief summary of the books mentioned: Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martel: This book teaches you how to calculate your hourly worth and use it to hire out tasks in your business, allowing you to focus on growth and what you love most. Two Weeks Notice by Amy Porterfield: Ideal for those starting an online business, Amy offers logical, step-by-step actions to establish and generate income. Check out episode 28 for an interview with Amy. The Power to Change by Craig Groeschel: This book, written by a pastor, explores habit-forming and lasting change. It emphasizes that identity transformation is key to creating new habits that serve your life well. High Performance Habits by Brendan Burchard: Covering six unexpected habits of high performers, this book focuses on developing leadership skills and becoming a better leader. I'd love to hear about your favorite books and how they've impacted your life. Find me on Instagram or visit professionalcreative.com/blog/34 for links to the books mentioned.
3/21/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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33: The Love Squad: A Guide to Seasonal Support in Your Business

Discover the power of engaging alumni in your online courses as experts and guides, enhancing the learning experience for all participants. In this episode, we dive into the recruitment process, training, and the benefits of integrating alumni into your course support structure. Learn how this approach creates a strong sense of community and enhances your brand's reach. Visit professionalcreative.com/blog/33 for a detailed breakdown and valuable resources to help you build your own support team.   https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/33    
3/16/202322 minutes, 31 seconds
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32: How a Simple Question Can Transform Your Approach

In this episode, I talk about how asking a simple question can transform your approach to creative work. I encourage listeners to evaluate the quality and value of their work by asking one simple question. By doing so, our work becomes more personal and a reflection of our soul. This can make it feel more vulnerable, but also more beautiful, and can help strengthen our signature style. I share my own experience of how this simple question helped me mature as a designer and create work with intention.  Visit the professionalcreative.com for shownotes and past episodes!
3/14/20237 minutes, 55 seconds
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31: How to Thrive as a Creative: Moving from Fear to Abundance

In this episode of the Professional Creative Podcast, Bonnie Christine discusses the impact of staying in a fear-based mindset on both creative practice and business. She offers practical advice on how to shift to an abundance-based mindset, including identifying fear-based mindsets and reframing them into abundance-based mindsets. Adopting an abundance-based mindset can help increase creativity, encourage experimentation, and accelerate growth. For more information, check out the show notes at professionalcreative.com/blog/31.
3/9/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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30: Stand in Your Power: I Am an Artist.

In this episode, I share my personal experience of pursuing a career in creativity and offer insights on how to confidently pursue a career in the arts. I discuss the challenges of pursuing creative careers and the importance of standing in your power and confidence when people don't take you seriously. I provide five main points to help listeners understand why a career in creativity is a real job that should be taken seriously, including how the definition of a real job is changing, the essential role of art and creativity in the human experience, and the profitability of pursuing a creative career. Lastly, I encourage listeners to pursue their passions and confidently proclaim their identity as an artist or creative entrepreneur. Check out the show notes at https://professionalcreative.com/blog/30 for more details on the episode.
3/6/202313 minutes, 39 seconds
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29: What Problem Do We Solve?

Join Sarah Watts and I as we have a conversation around art and marketing. As artists, we solve problems and bring joy to the world and to people’s homes. We’re in the business of doing legacy work. Listen in to see how we can change the world, one design at a time.  📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/29   📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide Meet Sarah Watts Sarah is an illustrator and business owner based in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Ringling College in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She landed her first job at Carter's/OshKosh, and then went on to design for International Greetings. In 2011, Sarah left the corporate world to pursue her work in art licensing and book illustration. She was always passionate about working for herself and running her own business. She spent several years illustrating kids books for various publishers through Red Fox Literary such as Penguin Books and Random House. She also licensed art to gift and stationery companies like Hallmark, Piccolina Kids and American Greetings who sell goods internationally. Sarah co-owns the company Craftedmoon with her husband Scott, specializing in eco-friendly stationery and gifts for the crafty homebody. They have more recently launched a school division of the brand called School for Misfit Makers. Sarah specializes in teaching Adobe Photoshop, ink techniques and Procreate. With teaching, Sarah loves to empower people to see their potential in working in the arts and how they can make a living doing what they love. When she is not teaching, Sarah designs fabric for the prestigious new brand called Ruby Star Society, who is a division of Moda Fabrics. Designing fabric is Sarah's biggest licensing passion. Sarah is a new mother to two bright young women, Willow and Violet. She and her husband enjoy Halloween and love dressing up as a family with the kids. Sarah loves animals, black coffee and making people laugh.  
3/2/202316 minutes, 10 seconds
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28: Two Weeks Notice with Amy Porterfield

When Amy Porterfield and I started out on our respective entrepreneurial journeys, we didn’t have a framework or path to follow—so we created it for ourselves. In this episode, I’m joined by Amy Porterfield to talk about her new book Two Weeks Notice. Amy is on a mission to guide new entrepreneurs and walk them step by step through building a business, and her new book is required reading to help you do just that. Listen as we discuss how Amy left the corporate world behind, what she’s learned along the way, and some of the key steps from her journey you can start applying to your own business today. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/28 📝 Read the Transcript 📝
2/9/202354 minutes, 52 seconds
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#27: Moving from Dreaming to Doing

In this episode, I'm sharing a simple hack that helped me make the transition from dreaming to doing. If you have a big (maybe scary) dream or goal, this is for you. I share my personal journey from going from being a dreamer to a doer. I talk about my background growing up in a creative house, my passion for entrepreneurship, and how I eventually found my calling in the creative industry as a surface designer. 
2/7/202322 minutes, 56 seconds
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#26: The Art of Gathering Inspiration

No matter what you create, the art of gathering inspiration is a key skill that will set you and your work apart. Not only can our inspirations help us develop our signature style, but it can also contribute to how we feel as artists. Inspiration is truly everywhere, and in this episode we’ll be diving deep into the art of gathering inspiration for anything you create as an artist and creative entrepreneur. When you actively look for inspiration, even ordinary things become infused with possibility and potential. So put your inspiration goggles on, and let’s dive in!   📒 Episode Notes, Links & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/26   📝 Read the Transcript 📝
2/2/202322 minutes, 10 seconds
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#25: The Weeds & Seeds of Growing a Creative Business

We all have struggles and obstacles that hold us back in our creative careers. But what if we looked at those struggles as weeds, and the solutions as seeds? In this episode, we discuss eight common weeds that creatives face, and the seeds we can plant in their place. 📒 Episode Notes, Links, & Resources 📒 https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/25 📝 Read the Transcript 📝 Connect with Bonnie: ▸ ONLINE | http://bonniechristine.com ▸ INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/bonniechristine ▸ 60x60 | 60 WAYS TO CREATE INCOME FROM YOUR ART | https://www.bonniechristine.com/income ▸ FREE SURFACE DESIGN GUIDE | https://www.bonniechristine.com/guide
1/31/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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#24: 10 Lessons Learned from a Year of Creating

When you’re first starting out as a creative entrepreneur, you might feel frustrated that you’re behind. In this episode, I’m sharing 10 lessons learned during the year I spent doing nothing but creating patterns, and the lasting impact on making the most of the beginning stages of your business. Get the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/24  
1/26/202322 minutes, 22 seconds
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#23: How to Invest in Yourself

Investing in yourself as a creative entrepreneur and business owner can have a significant impact on your ability to learn and grow consistently. In this episode, I’m sharing three different areas you can invest in for more productivity, higher levels of success, and, an increased quality of life. Get the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/23 Watch 60x60: Where 60 successful artists, illustrators and surface designers share how they create income from their artwork in just 60 seconds: https://www.bonniechristine.com/income  
1/24/202325 minutes, 7 seconds
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#22: 15 Ways to Create Income with Your Creativity

In this episode, I’m sharing 15 different ways that I've used my creativity to create income over the last decade—and I hope that it inspires you and brings you clarity around creating a career with your art or creativity. Get the shownotes and learn more about 60x60: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/22  
1/19/202325 minutes, 32 seconds
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#21: Behind the Scenes of Our Weekly Team Meeting

In a world where meetings are mundane and never anything anyone looks forward to, I set out about a year ago to create a format for a weekly meeting that would be fun and exciting for our creative team, but also really help us get the momentum that we needed to enter the week and know exactly what we were doing and what we were working on. In this episode, I’m sharing a peek behind the scenes of how we structure our weekly team Momentum Meeting. Get the shownotes and free meeting outline: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/21  
1/17/202318 minutes, 8 seconds
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#20 Learn to Love Going LIVE

When we’re creative entrepreneurs, we often need to show up live in a variety of ways, and it can be uncomfortable—but when you run a business online, going live is the fastest way to connect with your audience. In this episode, I’m sharing 20 tips for going live and LOVING it, and how I plan for a successful live event that engages my audience. Get the shownotes and free live call planner: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/20  
1/12/202333 minutes, 12 seconds
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#19: Ten Seconds of Courage

5 Ways Taking 10 Seconds of Courage Has Impacted My Career | Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you—and following a creative dream takes a lot of it! When we go after our dreams, it’s SCARY. As professional creatives and entrepreneurs, we have so many unanswered questions, but what we really need is the courage in order to get started. In this episode, I’m sharing five ways taking ten seconds of courage has helped me gain momentum in my career as a creative entrepreneur. View shownotes & transcript: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/19  
1/10/202317 minutes, 23 seconds
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#18: Annual Planning for Your Best Year Yet

Are you ready to start the year off right? For this episode, we’re joined again by Lisa Jacobs, author of Your Best Year, to walk you through annual planning for your creative business. Lisa and Bonnie both share their favorite way to dream big when planning out the year ahead, along with the most important elements to consider and include. We often hear that to build your business you have to understand yourself—but you need an annual plan to weather the high and low seasons of your business. Read the shownotes and download your free Year at a Glance PDF: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/18
1/5/202342 minutes, 19 seconds
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#17: Strategic Planning for the Professional Creative

As we start a new year, it’s the perfect time to focus on strategic planning in your business—which will go hand-in-hand with our next episode 18 on annual planning. In this episode, I’ll take you through how we do strategic planning in our company, along with 5 things that worked for us and 5 things that didn’t in 2022. Shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/17  
1/3/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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#16 Developing Your Signature Style + 1 Year of Art Prompts

In this episode we’ll be discussing signature style: what it is, why it’s important, and five ways you can further develop it. Be sure to download the freebie included with this episode in the show notes: One Year of Daily Art Prompts.  Download the prompts and view shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/16  
12/22/202216 minutes, 30 seconds
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#15: My Predictions for 2023 in Creative Entrepreneurship

In this episode, I’ll be sharing some trends I’ve observed in creative entrepreneurship in 2022, and things we’re leaning into in my business as we head into 2023. I hope you'll be inspired to look ahead and make some positive changes in your business in the coming year as well! View the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/15
12/20/202226 minutes, 7 seconds
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#14: Tame Your To-Do List with the OCN Method

A Simple Method for Managing Your To-Do List and Creative Energy with Lisa Jacobs In this episode, we’re welcoming back our Integrator, Lisa Jacobs as she shares a method from her Fast Track Toolkit. We all wear many hats and it’s easy to get stuck in the daily scramble. As an entrepreneur, you have to create, innovate, connect, promote, learn, take on multiple roles, and ensure your business profits. Most people do ONE job—you do it all.  The method Lisa shares in this episode is the solution your business needs to organize the vast amount of projects, issues, and responsibilities pulling your attention in every direction! The OCN Method stands for Open, Closed, and New Business and Lisa will go over it in detail so you can manage your to-do list and creative energy to free up luxurious downtime. Get the shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/14
12/15/202240 minutes, 39 seconds
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#13: Stuck in the Daily Scramble + Exploding Star Concept

Though we might not have had a name for it, we’ve all felt the daily scramble in our lives and businesses—frantically filling our time, figuring out what to do next. In this episode, you’ll meet the Integrator for Team Bonnie, Lisa Jacobs. In this episode, she’ll explain two key concepts that will help you change the way you work: the daily scramble and the exploding star. Join us for a conversation as we explore the impact of circling and the importance of setting a landmark to avoid the daily scramble. Download today's organizational chart here: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/13
12/13/202246 minutes, 5 seconds
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#12: Meet the Mark Makers Mastermind

Meet the Mark Makers Mastermind: our biggest takeaways for 2022. In this episode, you’ll hear from some of the most incredible and big-hearted entrepreneurs I have ever met—the members of my Mark Maker’s Mastermind. During our recent intensive, I asked: What was one of the best habits in 2022 that has attributed to your success? What was time very well spent for you this year? What activity has given you the best return on your investment (ROI)?  Listen along as the Mark Makers share their biggest takeaways of the year, and download the free “Meet the Mark Makers” PDF to get to know them more in depth and read their biggest takeaways. Shownotes: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/12
12/8/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 26 seconds
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#11: How I Started this Podcast

Behind the Scenes: Why I Started a Podcast. This episode brings you a very in-the-moment behind the scenes of creating this very podcast! If you’re hoping to one day host your own podcast, I’m sharing what it took for me to get this out into the world and the steps I took to get the podcast launched. And even if you don’t aspire to have your own podcast, this episode will still give you insight into attacking a big goal and getting it off the ground.  Shownotes: https://bonniechristine.com/blog/11
12/6/202233 minutes, 28 seconds
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#10: The Logistics of Running an Online Conference

Today's show notes + guide: https://professionalcreative.com/blog/10 We just wrapped up our fifth annual Immersion Live conference, and while it's all really fresh in our minds, I wanted to package it up for you and let you know all the different things that we did to make this event come alive. In this episode, I’ll be diving into all the logistics that go into producing our annual online conference—from what it looked like in the beginning to what it looks like today, five years later. I’ll take you through what goes into running a conference like this and even share the revenue and expenses for this year’s conference so you can understand what all goes into running an event like this. Though an event like this can have many moving parts, it can actually be quite simple if you want it to be. 
12/1/202248 minutes, 5 seconds
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#9: How to Hack Your Willpower for Increased Creativity

How to hack your willpower for greater creativity and productivity. In this episode, we’re going to talk about willpower and how it can affect our creativity. I also share how to take advantage of your willpower when it’s at its highest, plus the eight ways I hack my own willpower to set myself up for success. Shownotes: https://professionalcreative.com/blog/9
11/29/202220 minutes, 5 seconds
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#8: Behind the Scenes of Our Annual Team Retreat

Meet Team Bonnie! I’m excited to introduce my team at Bonnie Christine! Though I spent about ten years as a solo-preneur, we are now a team of eight (myself included). In this episode, you’re invited to come behind the scenes for a glimpse at our annual team retreat. We work together with YOU at the forefront of everything we do. Get today's show notes at https://professionalcreative.com/blog/8
11/24/202217 minutes, 57 seconds
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#7: The Power of Creative Truths

 The Power of Creative Truths Get today's FREEBIE, the Creative Truths Menu at https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/7 In Episode 6, I shared a few affirmations I live by as an artist and educator, and in this episode, we’re going to do a deeper dive into 25 affirmations I read to myself every day. While some of these practices can be difficult, the creative truths shared in this episode are ones I have come back to again and again.
11/22/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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#6: Creative or Educator?

In this episode of the Professional Creative podcast, we're talking about being a creative vs. being an educator, and why you don't have to choose between the two. Teaching can help you increase your performance and your purpose! From there I’ll share my own path to education and how you can embark on your own with questions and the next steps for you to get started.
11/17/202225 minutes, 41 seconds
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#5: Managing Self Doubt

Do you ever wish that you could just delete doubt? I certainly do. Doubt comes up a lot in the creative industry. As a creative entrepreneur, you will experience doubt too—because being a means that our success is directly related to how good of an idea we have. But doubt can’t stop us. In this episode, we’ll talk about how you push through doubt and fear to the other side—success. "Of course, we're going to doubt ourselves, we're going to doubt our ability, we're going to doubt our expertise. We're going to doubt every little part of it. But does that mean that we stop? No."
11/15/202216 minutes, 5 seconds
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#4: Your Path to Success

Today's FREEBIE: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/4 Are you ready to map out your path to success? If you are listening to this episode, you are likely an achiever. But maybe you struggle with the right things to get done. If we’re able to choose the right things, we can make considerable progress on our goals. Successful people practice deep thinking to find clarity and purpose. In this episode, you’re invited to come alongside me as I map out the story of my own success and invite you to map your own. We’ll talk about how to schedule vision-storming sessions for deep thinking and all the key components for mapping your own unique success path including our big goals and the milestones, rewards, and even setbacks to plan for along the way. "Everyone has these loops, but oftentimes people fall off at the loop—They fall off at the failure—and their self story is that they tried and failed. But not you. You are not going to fall off at the loop. You are going to keep going." This episode includes a printable map to success for you to download and complete. Download it here and follow along!
11/15/202246 minutes, 57 seconds
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#3: How Much Money Do You Make From Just Your Artwork?

In Episode 1 I vulnerably shared my business revenue from the last 13 years. But many people ask how much I make from art licensing alone. I will never forget the moment that I learned what surface pattern design is and that it was actually an incredible career opportunity. I mean—doodle and draw for a living? Yes, please. Many of you also want to know if you can only design and make a living from it. In this episode, I’m going to be completely transparent about my overall licensing income alone—but you also need to know that I haven’t pursued licensing my own work in the last few years, though I’m working on a new portfolio right now. In this episode, we’ll discuss what art licensing is, how licensing builds over time, and playing the long game. You’ll hear my personal story, but I hope you’ll also learn what’s possible for you.
11/15/202211 minutes, 41 seconds
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#2: 7 Ways to Get Support in Your Journey as a Creative

Today's FREEBIE: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/2 7 Ways To Encourage The Support Of Others As creative entrepreneurs, while we may often feel alone, the truth is we struggle with many of the same things. How do you handle feeling alone without a lot of support in your life for what you want to do? In this episode, we’ll talk about seven ways you can find support in your journey as a creative entrepreneur, even if you feel like no one in your life really gets it right now. These things are really hard, and having a big dream or goal is scary. It’s intimidating to talk about because the fear of failure sets in. When you think sharing your dream might not be met with the support you need, it can make it feel even more vulnerable. “We are capable of empowering those around us to support us better and encourage us.”
11/15/202221 minutes, 47 seconds
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#1: Starting From ZERO

Today's freebie here: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/1 13 Years And 30 Business Breakthroughs. Welcome to the first episode of the Professional Creative Podcast! Thank you so much for being here and tuning in. I'm here to help you spend your life doing something that lights you up. This episode is all about starting from zero. We'll look back at the last 13 years and 30 business breakthroughs that have brought me to where I am today—licensing my artwork all over the world, and also teaching others how to design their creative life and experience the same success. The breakthroughs cover the mindset shifts, philosophies, strategies, and habits that have contributed to my success. GET THE 30 BUSINESS BREAKTHROUGHS GUIDE HERE: https://www.professionalcreative.com/blog/1
11/15/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
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COMING NOVEMBER 15TH! For the past 13 years I have been consistently switching hats between artist, entrepreneur, educator and leader which leads to me where I am today. And I'm so excited to begin sharing it all with you now with this show that I’ve had in my heart for years. Starting November 15th you can count on hearing from me twice a week - once on Tuesday for a shorty business breakthrough episode where I’ll share with you a simple mindset shift, habit or breakthrough that you can implement in your own life right away. Then again on Thursday for an episode where we’ll take a deeper dive into a strategy that I’ve used in my own creative business or perhaps I’ll take you behind the scenes to look at what we’re doing right now.
10/16/20223 minutes, 27 seconds