Yes! There are many moving parts to my daily life, personally and professionally.
Cottage Hill™ was birthed from the idea of wanting to help people get off of their phones and actually live presently in their life. Instead of getting stuck on Pinterest or Instagram, which can be good tools, go create a live a beautiful life for yourself—a life that leaves a legacy you’re proud of.
At the beginning, I was selling our advertisements and I would get on the phone with these really amazing creatives who wanted to get more clients through our ad offerings. And the more I would talk to them the more personally invested I would get into our conversations. I was supposed to be selling ads, and three hours later not only would they get an ad, but I would have given them complete portfolio and website reviews, a new marketing strategy and several ideas on how to get their business off the ground.
I jokingly shared this with some influencer and industry friends—some creatives who got all this ‘free’ advice had gone on to make quite a bit of money or get featured in huge publications—and they encouraged me to do business coaching and consulting. I was very reluctant as I had a negative connotation in my mind about coaching and online education. Back then it wasn’t as ubiquitous as it is now.
So, I wrote my entire philosophy back in 2014 and into 2015 which became my business program Editor’s Course™ that I still teach today. It’s something I very proud of and my students are so incredible. My biggest hope, and I think achievement with the course is that it’s about so much more than business. You can plug in a few key practices and have a successful business or marketing pursuits, but I want to encourage, especially creatives, to be discerning in that they are creating a life that is even more beautiful than their work or brand.
Becoming a mother and starting our family ranch which has been a long-term vision for us, has made me shift my work around quite a bit this last year. I’m unable to offer as many 1:1 opportunities so starting my podcast The Creative Well™ which is also a call-in show (meaning, you can call in or email me a voice memo with your creative business question) has allowed me to still feel connected to creatives which is so important to me.