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Time to create digital products!

Like I mentioned in my last post, the one celebrating the relaunch of my website, that was one of my three goals I have been working to get crossed off in 2014.  Yay! I think it came together quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and helped me proofread and get everything perfect. Congrats to Kelley and Nell, the winners of the 2 Smashbox kits that I gave away on that post.

A few people have asked what is next? What are the other 2 big things I am trying to accomplish this year? Well, both involve April Bowles-Olin with Blacksburg Belle, a fellow creative lady entrepreneur also in VA.

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One of the things I want to do is more personal than professional, I am looking to launch a lifestyle blog that is more of a creative outlet and something to do in all my non-existent spare time. Just as soon as I can sit down for 5 seconds, I am going to take April’s Creative Live Course on how to Build a Successful Creative Blog.  This is an older class of hers that I have already purchased and will be using all the info she dishes to launch the new venture. Im thinking that she is probably going to have plenty of magic sparkles of genius for me to incorporate there and also jazz up this old blog and probably Money Making Makeup Artist too!

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Speaking of Money Making Makeup Artist, that is what my next project is about! That was born just before I got pregnant with Silas and was thinking of ways to work a little differently than I had been doing for years before. I am constantly getting messages on social media and emails from girls and guys who want to start their own successful businesses as stylists/ makeup artists and want to know how I have done it. I LOVE to talk business and entrepreneurship strategies! I love it as much or more some days, than doing hair and makeup, if you can believe that!

Without much a plan, I decided I was going to create a program to help people do exactly what I have done. I launched said program and it was pretty successful, but much more work than the passive stream of income I was hoping to generate. Thru some trial and error, which is the way I approach most things, I learned that what I needed first was to create some digital products that people could buy and do on their own before committing to 6 weeks of Emily bootcamp. The program was great but it was not inexpensive and required a big time commitment from both myself and the participants. It was a big chunk to take on. Which brings us to…

Why I want to learn how to create and sell digital products?

1. People want and need this information!  People are adding onto the email list MMMUA and emailing me everyday for help and I need to create a way to efficiently give them this information in a way that is easy for them to access.

2. I have already created the content! I think the program that I had created before was awesome but too much to bite off for someone just getting started. So I have reformulated it into snack sized portions so people can digest little by little and get the information as needed. If they have the digital info this way, they can do it in their own time and not need me to walk them thru it.

3. Selling digital products will help me help more people without them making a huge investment! Don’t get me wrong, I think you need to invest in yourself if you want to grow into that dream you’ve got. But I want to get this information to as many people as possible and having a big ticket 6-8 week course wasn’t getting the info into as many hands as I had hoped.

Being a freelance stylist and makeup artist is an awesome job and I am so grateful for all the cool experiences that I have had because of it. BUT I am not as young and spry as I was a decade ago and I find myself wanting to be home a bit more, especially as our family grows.

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You may have caught this mentioned in the about me page of the website or on the contact page, but this guy is going to be a big brother early next year! Which means that now more than ever, I want/need to get this created so I can have this income stream to help me stay at home a bit longer with Baby #2.

Here I am, sharing some things I’ve been keeping to myself. This bump, I’ve been hiding under voluminous clothes for the last 4 months. And my last 2 goals, which if I don’t share publicly, I fear will fall by the wayside in my endless list of chores and other work. These things are important, so thank you for letting me share them with you. And for being excited with me, even on days when it feels like too much.

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UPDATE: We found out the gender this weekend!!!! See that news here!

A few months ago, I applied to be in the live studio audience for April’s Creative Live Course, Create Digital Products While you Sleep.  I was shocked that I was accepted to be a part of such a cool experience! I was even more disappointed when I had to decline the opportunity due to some previous bookings and family commitments that don’t make travel to San Francisco that week possible.

Since I can’t be there in person to take this course (I am seriously so sad b/c it was kind of my birthday wish to be able to go), I am going to be camped out in front of my computer to do it as live as possible from my home office. That is the next best thing, right?

Please feel free to comment and share your thought on the website or the 2 goals that I just shared. I would love to hear words of advice or encouragement!

If you are a creative entrepreneur, blogger or just like a fun blog to follow, check out April at Blacksburg Belle. She is a delight! Thanks so much, April, for sharing your knowledge and hosting this fun blog tour (my first!) so we can all get to know each other.  Check out the list of other creatives who are participating in the tour here. 

Are you ready to make your creative work more lucrative, stable, and sustainable in the long-term? Join April Bowles-Olin for an introduction to digital products and how they can enhance your creative business. This course will show you how to produce and position viable products for generating multiple revenue streams and passive income. RSVP right here to watch it live and get access to the workbook for FREE. This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.April_Bowles-Olin_Google-_1000x566-620x350

Taking inspiration from Noteworthy Women

Last week was inspired by Coterie’s call for bloggers to spotlight the noteworthy women who are fighting the fight against Breast Cancer. There are 2 noteworthy women who always stand out in my mind, check out their stories in last week’s posts.
The first was about the lady who inspired them to start their fundraising effort, their mom! Then we hear from Mary and Pam. All of these ladies are inspiring, so check them all out.
Mary told us about her current fundraising effort, so you can head over here and make a donation to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Springfield, Missouri. If you would like to donate to the walk, here is a link to my fundraising page: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/marymiles.


Mary also suggested that you check out these events if you were looking to do something bigger.
Susan G. Komen 3 Day:
A participant raises at least $2300 and walks sixty miles over three days. The event is held in 14 different cities all over the United States.  The event kicks off with an opening ceremony celebrating the survivors at the event.  During the day’s walk, there are numerous designated pit stops decked out in a theme revolving around breast cancer.  At the end of the day, walkers are greeted at camp with pink tents, a shower truck, meal tent and a “main street” full of vendors for shopping and relaxing.  At dinner, local organizations volunteer to entertain the crowds with karaoke, dance performances and games.  At closing ceremonies, the event ends with a one shoe salute to those that have passed but are never forgotten.
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer:
The Avon Walk is similar in nature to the SGK 3 Day, but is only two days instead of three.  Walkers start their Day 1 with an uplifting opening ceremony before walking 26.2 miles ending in a sea of pink tents at the Wellness Village.  Day 2 starts off with a cheer and breakfast, followed by a 13.1 mile walk to closing ceremonies.  Walkers raise at least $1800 in the fight against breast cancer, but the support and love they receive is priceless.  Reese Witherspoon walked in 2011 in New York as a spokesperson for the event!
American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event takes place in cities across the nation in the month of October.  The event is an opportunity to unite the community to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and services.  Depending on the city, participants walk three or five miles on a united front through the city.  Fundraising is encouraged, but no set amount is required to walk.  Most participants team up with friends and family and walk together in memory or in honor of someone they know that was affected.  (This is a great starter event to get the fundraising bug!)
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of events held all over the world raising awareness and spreading education.  The first race was in Dallas in 1983 with 800 runners.  In 2011, there were more than 1.6 million participants in the more than 140 races worldwide.  The series of 5k runs and fitness walks raises some serious cash for research, assistance, and all things breast cancer.  The events celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battle against breast cancer. There is no fundraising minimum to run/walk.  (This is another great starter event!)
Mary had also posted about these cookie giveaways on Facebook and I thought that would  also be fun to include. Check it out. I want to win some free cookies!
Cheryl’s cookies are the best and this is a cool giveaway in memory of a 3 Day Walker Stalker!
In honor of Kit, a strong supporter of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day/60 walk. Kit, sadly lost her battle to breast cancer and passed away last year. Prior to her passing and in the midst of her battle with cancer, Kit had been a strong suppo

rter of the walk and was known for handing out Cheryl’s frosted pink heart sugar cookies to weary walkers along the route for 6 years.In Kit’s honor we are giving away 20 sets of 6 pink buttercream heart cookies to support Breast Cancer Awareness. 


Enter for a chance to Win: http://on.fb.me/MZnCuP
To all the noteworthy women out there who give generously, we say THANK YOU!

Dr. Pam, a #noteworthywoman

This week, we are highlighting noteworthy women. I mentioned on Monday that Coterie has made the call for bloggers to share stories of noteworthy women that we know relating to Breast Cancer Awareness. Since I kind of had a crew, I decided too do a week’s worth of posts. Coterie donates $1 for each #noteworthy women post. They also created a fragrance that you can find here and proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.

As I mentioned earlier, when I think of Breast Cancer Awareness, I think of Mary & Pam. They are twins that I grew up with and have know for pretty much our whole lives, since 1st grade. As we turn into actual adults, I couldn’t me more proud to call these ladies friends. They are smart and sassy and use their powers for good! Love that! So this week, I want to share their stories. Make sure to check out their mom’s story and Mary’s too! Each year, these girls raise a TON of money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Check out this year’s fundraising page here and make your donations! Now, its time to hear from Dr. Pam. I insist on calling her this ALL OF THE TIME.  Girlfriend has worked so freaking hard to earn this title, so its only appropriate. Thank you, Dr. Pam, for being awesome. If anyone of you ever have to encounter a surgeon for this reason, pray that this is the girl you have taking care of you. She is the best ever.

Pam:

My mom has served as my inspiration my entire life. I remember when we were younger, she went back to college commuting two hours to get her degree. It only seemed logical to try to give back to her. We did The Three Day Walk to show her we noticed all the small things. The hugs and cheers along our journey of life. Ultimately, my mom inspired my career.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a surgeon. Specifically, I am currently a fellow in Breast Oncology. Mom got diagnosed with breast cancer while I was in my third year of medical school. Now I know most of you have no medical background. I will tell you that the third year is a pivotal year. It is the year you decide what kind of physician you want to be; what you want to do for the rest of your life.

I had always said I would never become a surgeon because they were cold and heartless individuals who only wanted to cut on people. My mom always told me she just had this feeling I was going to love surgery and should look at it with an unbiased heart. Well, like so many things I hate to admit, she was right. I loved it.

I can’t explain why, but I had found my niche. At some point during my general surgery residency, I worked with a breast oncology surgeon. Oh, the inspiration yet again! I could actually get paid to help breast cancer patients! I had never even known this would be an option. I heard the angels sing and the trumpets blast. I could think of no better way to pay homage to my inspiration.

So fast forward to now. I am working at a university as a Breast Oncology Fellow. Wait what does that mean you ask? I finished my five years of general surgery training and now I am spending an extra year of training learning how to take care of the breast. Basically I am the person you go to when you have a problem with your breasts. I treat both men and women. Yes, men have issues with their “breasts” as well. Whether you have breast cancer, nipple discharge, or breast pain, I am your woman with the answers.

Before you ask, I am not the person to ask about implants and reductions. Plastic surgery is who you need to talk to. The majority of what I deal with is cancer. I know, I chose a profession where I tell people every day they have cancer. This can be heartbreaking, but I also get to share in the joys of survivors. The women who faced evil and won! I get to take that walk with them everyday too. You always hear about the women who lost the battle, and I don’t think we should forget them.

But more than anything, there are survivors who need their story told. I often get asked medical advice. The grocery store clerk, the hairdresser, the neighbor. Everyone has questions about how to prevent breast cancer. Unfortunately, there is no real way to prevent breast cancer. Studies have shown that exercise is beneficial. Six days a week for an hour. For most, this is unobtainable. Even I can’t always do this.

At the university where I work, we are trying to develop a vaccine. This is still in very early stages and will still take some time. So not to be Debby Downer, but prevention is not an option. That being said, you can prevent a late stage breast cancer by getting your mammograms. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of mammograms. They allow us to detect a breast cancer so small it can’t be felt; it is only little dots on the images. The early stage breast cancers are easier to treat and give us more options.

So the earlier we find cancer, the better. I also want to emphasize making sure you get your mammograms in the same place every time. We compare mammograms from previous years to your current mammogram to see if there are any changes. If this isn’t possible for you, you can easily get a copy of your mammograms on a CD to take with you to wherever you will be going to get your mammograms. I also want to talk about self breast exams. You should be your own advocate.

You know your body better than we do. You will know before we do if there is a change. Do not be afraid to tell your physician that you feel something different that you want checked.

And remember, every month should be breast cancer awareness month!

More on these Noteworthy Women

Yesterday’s post was about Coterie’s call for Noteworthy Women. As you hear each of their stories, it will be so obvious as to why these ladies stand out to me.  Today, I want to share Mary’s story. Tomorrow, we will share her twin sister’s  (Pam) story.

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After the shock of mom’s diagnosis and eventual healing, Pam and I were hunting for something big we could do for breast cancer in honor of our mom. One day while Pam was watching TV, a commercial came on for the Susan G. Komen Three Day Walk.

Basically, The Three Day is a 60 mile walk over three days with participants’ raising $2,300. Pam and I were hesitant on the whole event, because trying to raise $2,300 times two was going to be hard and involve a massive amount of begging. And…we would have to camp overnight. Ugh.

Then BAM! Our aunt, my mom’s sister, was diagnosed in 2009 sending another shockwave through the family. At that moment, we decided that we didn’t care how hard it was, we were signing up for The Three Day and we were going to raise that money and sleep in that tent. I am very happy to say that we walked in
2009, and even went back for more in 2010 after meeting several extraordinary women who shared our goal of eradicating breast cancer. Pam and I raised over $10,000 for the fight against breast cancer over those two years.

While it was hard not to go back to The 3 Day in 2011, I decided I wanted to make
a local impact for the next step in my fight against breast cancer. I teamed up with my good friend Stacie, and we signed up a team for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer….long name but amazing event! Making Strides is an event that you can find in cities all over the nation on various dates in October. Participants are encouraged to raise money, which stays local, and awareness for breast cancer and participate in the three to five mile walk through their town.

For the life of me, I don’t remember how much our team raised last year, but my feet thanked me a million times over for only walking three miles instead of sixty!

Shameless plug time! I am again participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Springfield, Missouri. If you would like to donate to the walk, here is a link to my fundraising page: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/marymiles.

Always remember though…..don’t be a chump, check for a lump!

Thanks, Mary! Seriously, how can you not support whatever cause these two are promoting? Who is more fun? Stop what you are doing now and make your donations to Mary’s fundraising page mentioned above. Do it for the twins!

Yesterday we heard from Mama Karen, the inspiration for these ladies.  Today, is Mary’s day, and tomorrow Dr. Pam (on the right) shares her story. You don’t want to miss that.

Coterie’s Call for Noteworthy Women

I got an email last week from Coterie.com, asking us bloggers to think about some noteworthy women that we know and talk about their stories relating to Breast Cancer Awareness. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Coterie’s on a mission to generate support for the prevention and cure of breast cancer by celebrating stories of those who have been touched by it.

When I think about noteworthy, inspirational ladies that are fighting the good fight against against this, I think of these two ladies. I am proud to know these girls and call them my friends. Since we go way back to Mrs. Bond’s 1st grade class at Jena Elementary, I can tell you they have always been super classy chics.

Oh yeah, and they are a whole lot of fun, if I hadn’t mentioned that already. Why are these the first two to come to mind when you mention noteworthy women and Breast Cancer Awareness? For the past few years, they have been participating in the 60 mile walk. Yep, I said 60 freaking miles. They raise tons of money, meet incredible people and walk 60 miles to raise money and awareness to beat this cancer.

I would say that is pretty noteworthy, wouldn’t you? So, let me introduce these ladies Mary & Pam. Oh, they are twins! How cool is that! It makes their team slogan “Doing it for the Twins!” even more amazing. See, I told you they were hilarious.

Where do amazing ladies come from? Well, they are made my amazing mamas! Thanks so much to Mrs. Karen for sharing her story, the story that inspired her daughters. More on those girls later.

So this is our guest of honor, Mrs. Karen, and her husband. Gorgeous lady, right? And check out this blast from the past of her with her sisters!

Karen:

It’s safe to say I will never forget the day I got the phone call telling me my mammogram showed something unusual and I would need to have a biopsy. My mind raced to think of an explanation that would disallow cancer. No one in my family had ever had cancer and my doctor had done an exam and everything was fine. There must have been a mistake.

My mind was still racing after the biopsy when I heard those unthinkable words, “it is cancer”. There is no way to explain or describe the impact of those words.

Not just for the person with the cancer, but for their whole family. I remember my
youngest son saying he always thought cancer meant the end of everything, but he learned that the world keeps right on turning.

Everyone that helped me through the ordeal was heaven sent. It has been six years since my diagnosis and I am hear to say, that if the most horrible words you can hear from your doctor is “you have cancer” then the best words you can hear from your doctor is “we caught it early.”

Thank God for mammograms.

Thank you, Mrs. Karen. for sharing. She was diagnosed in 2006 and is cancer free. YAY!Coterie’s on a mission to generate support for the prevention and cure of breast cancer by celebrating stories of those who have been touched by it. Coterie is donating $1 for each blog posts featuring noteworthy women. Check out this fragrance, proceeds go to Benefits Breast Cancer Foundation.

More on these crazy chics this week! And if you want to support their current fundraising efforts, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Springfield, Missouri. If you would like to donate to the walk, here is a link to my fundraising page: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/marymiles.