Episode 82: How to Define Your Own Version of Success, with Rhiannon Bosse - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina and Christina’s guest this episode is Rhiannon Bosse, founder of Rhiannon Bosse and the Trouvaille Workshop. The trio have an honest conversation that addresses a few issues in our creative community today, such as copying others' work, defining success in others' terms, and our business running our life instead of the other way around. Listen to this episode and learn how to find your own voice, define your own version of success, and set boundaries. 

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Show Highlights:

  • What some of the hallmarks are of doing business the right way
  • How to find your own style/voice
  • Why we need to give ourselves permission to change
  • How, as an entrepreneur, to prepare for becoming a parent
  • How to build a business that supports the life you want to live
  • What mistakes Rhiannon has made around setting boundaries
  • How Rhiannon loves on her clients
  • How being a mom + her relationship with her own mother help her serve her clients
  • How community is a good thing, but needs to be moderated in our lives
  • Why working hard for what you get is a good thing
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Show Notes:

Rhiannon’s Bio:

Rhiannon is passionate about striving to make those around her always feel loved. She is the businesswoman behind the Rhiannon Bosse brand which has two distinct facets; a wedding planning and design firm, and a lifestyle blog both started in 2009. When she's not designing florals in her studio, she's found at home in West Michigan spending time with her family. Rhiannon stands for innovation, integrity, and most of all, extending love and grace to all.

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67: How to Find Your Unmistakable Style, with Shay Cochrane - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode of the Creative Empire Podcast, Reina and Christina are joined by stylist and product photographer Shay Cochrane. Shay is well-known in business circles for her product photography and she imparts some of her own wisdom about how to find your unmistakable style. She shares how she first developed her style and how she tunes out all the noise to just create what only she can create. With a refreshing candor, Shay shares her views on copycats and failure and how to know what to try next. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to stand out from others in your field + tune the noise out
  • How to boost your creativity
  • How to not let copycats get you down
  • How to find your breakthrough thing that differentiates you from others
  • How to have an easier time bouncing back from failure
  • How to know what step to take next

Show Notes:

Shay’s Bio:

After eight years as a wedding and portrait photographer Shay felt her passion and creativity beginning to wane. After a light bulb moment in Homegoods (of all places!) she made the  almost overnight decision to jump head first into the unknown world of styling and product photography. She deleted eight years of wedding photography off of her website, landed her first commercial client and has never looked back. In her own words, "I have finally found that organic, creative, authenticity that always seemed to be missing in those early years as a photographer. I have found the work that my heart truly loves."  By God's grace Shay is married to her best friend of 10 years, has two curly haired girls and lives in sunny Tampa, FL.

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Episode 56: How to Cultivate a Life of Grace Not Perfection, with Emily Ley - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina this episode is Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner and the book Grace, Not Perfection. Emily reveals how she has embraced grace, not perfection in her own life and what it has done for her personally. She shares how to find your own version of "enough" and live with imperfect grace as well. Emily also has great insights on working from home and taking care of kids, building a debt free business, and how to answer when people ask what you do for a living. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How grace gives you permission to just be yourself
  • How to manage being a mom + working at home
  • How to build a business without debt
  • Why community is important + where to find creative business owner friends
  • How to figure out an answer to the question "What do you do for a living?"
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Emily's Bio:

Like all women, Emily Ley has a lot on her plate. She is a devoted wife and present mother to three small children, she is the creator of the top-selling Simplified Planner®, founder of a hugely successful brand of simple day planners, baby books and home-office accessories sold worldwide, Gerber and Shipt spokesperson, and now an author. And despite her beautiful products and seemingly Pinterest-perfect life, Emily isn’t afraid to admit that her life is crazy and messy. And that’s OKAY. After a health scare resulting from the stress and overwhelm she was trying to manage nearly landed her in the hospital, Emily decided enough was enough. It was time to simplify all areas of her life so that she could focus on the people and things that matter most. Now she is leading the revolution to help all women do the same.

Out of the dozens of helpful tips and convicting lessons, what Emily hope readers gain from Grace, Not Perfection is quite simple. “Whether my reader is single or married, a mom or child-free, in a career she loves of at home full-time, feeling pretty together or feeling like a total mess, I want her to have the same takeaway,” Emily says. “I want her to shut this book and say, ‘This is good enough. I am good enough, just like I am right now, with what I have and as who God made me to be. I don’t have to be anything more.’” Emily lives in Tampa with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.EmilyLey.com.

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55: Making Things That Matter Happen, with Lara Casey - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina and Christina interview Lara Casey of Southern Weddings and Cultivate What Matters this episode. Lara shares why she created PowerSheets and shares her core belief that it's not about making more happen, it's about making what matters happen. She encourages listeners to create for no other reason than you love to create and not feel pressured to turn it into a business.  She speaks about how to be authentic in your business and why you should walk by example. Lara answers the question of how to balance being intentional + making an impact with the financial realities of running a business. The trio have a conversation about how they give back with their business and how you can do so no matter how small or large your business is. Lastly they talk about how loyal and invested her employees are in the company and how to foster that in a team. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How you should use your creative gifts, but not feel pressured to turn it into a business
  • How what we choose to focus our attention on either gives us more life or takes it away
  • How to become more vulnerable and why it matters for your business
  • How to give back with your business
  • How to foster an environment where people are incredibly loyal + take ownership of their duties

Show Notes:

Lara's Bio:

Hi, y’all! I’m Lara. I’m a mom to three (one through the gift of adoption), a grateful wife, and a believer in the “impossible.” I’m the creator of the PowerSheets, a grace-filled goal setting planner, and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings — a magazine that I created from the ground up. I am passionate about faith, loving my family well, pushing my limits, and helping people get unstuck and unrushed. I founded the Making Things Happen movement and recently released my first book, Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live On Purpose, to help women live on purpose and make what matters happen. I love the women I work alongside each day, hot boiled peanuts, my garden, exploring local farms, and living in Chapel Hill, NC!

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51: Changing the Way We Consume + Create, with Bethany Tran - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina + Christina this episode is Bethany Tran of The Root Collective, an ethical fashion company focused on creating jobs and changing lives in Guatemala. Bethany educates the hosts + listeners on what life in slums is really like and why she started The Root Collective. She offers helpful ways for product-based business to start being more ethical and sustainable in their own businesses, then expands that advice to include service-based businesses. The trio have an honest conversation about empathy fatigue and knowing your limitations. Lastly, Bethany advises people to vote with their dollars to drive change and shares some resources that will help you find ethical, fair trade companies to buy from. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to start doing good with your business, whether it's service or product-based
  • What empathy fatigue is + how to accept your limitations
  • How to scale a product-based business
  • How to find other companies to buy from that are doing good with their businesses

Show Notes:

Bethany's Bio:

Bethany fell in love with the slum community of La Limonada in Guatemala in 2009 and it changed the course of her life forever. She began to realize how little most Americans understand about poverty and the social constructs that keep people where they are in countries like Guatemala. After the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh several years later, she saw the dichotomy of how jobs can create lives, but also destroy them. She wanted to be a part of providing a solution for jobs that create a culture of kindness. She is passionate about justice, ethical fashion, and might be overly obsessed with her dogs. Coffee is her love language and a little known secret is that she makes her own kombucha. Her overactive sense of humor gets her in trouble sometimes, but she feels that life is already too tough to take it seriously all the time.

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50: Giving Back with Your Business, Jam Session with Reina and Christina - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode features Reina and Christina discussing ways to give back with your business. They start by discussing more traditional ways of giving back and how to start a dialogue with your clients about a portion of your profits going to a good cause. Then they brainstorm more creative ways to give back. There are many ways to give back with your business and our hosts would love to encourage you to do so! They'd love to know other ways to give back, so if you think of any, let us know! 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to make giving a part of your company culture
  • How to give back in creative ways
  • How to give time or support in a way that's sustainable to you
  • What the benefits of giving are to you
  • How to check to make sure what you give to a nonprofit is being used well
  • What profit margins are and how to utilize them in ways meaningful to you

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34: How to Build a Business with Passion and Purpose, with the Scobeys - the Creative Empire podcast

Passionate + purpose driven photographer duo Graham and Ashley Scobey are Reina and Christina's guests this episode. They talk about how their business was leading them to burn out and how they came up with the three things that make up their purpose: people, moments, and relationships. Every single decision the Scobeys make for their business, they filter through that purpose. They talk about their motto being "you are never stuck" and how it empowers them to lean into fear and be okay with what their purpose is. Both of them advocate for the abundance mindset because it allows for more and more possibilities. Next, the Scobeys discuss the way to find your why is to figure out what your own dream really is and how it's so much deeper than what you do for a living. Lastly, they talk about how it's possible for them to work together as a couple. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How they found their purpose + why and rebuilt their business around that
  • How outsourcing + getting specific in their brand helped them transition to a business that supports their life instead of their life revolving around their business
  • How living in the abundance mindset helps them get unstuck + actually creates more opportunities
  • What it takes for them as a married couple to work together

Show Notes:

The Scobey's Bio:

Graham + Ashley held hands for the first time when they were twelve. He had a blonde bowl cut and she was wearing argyle knee-highs. Eighteen years later, they still like holding hands, but they've left the bad hair and tall socks behind. They are the husband and wife team behind Scobey Photography. They've been recognized as Rising Stars of Wedding Photography by Rangefinder magazine, and their work has received awards such as Junebug's Best of the Best, PDN Top Knots, and Showit's Image of the Year. More importantly, though, they are in constant search of ridiculous places to have dance parties and tickle fights with their two kids. Because, for them, life is all about how much fun you can have with the people you love.

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27: How to Learn From Your Non-Cinderella Story of Entrepreneurship, with Laura Foote - the Creative Empire podcast

For this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast Reina + Christina are talking with Laura Foote. Laura discusses her journey to creating her creative empire which has spanned over the last eight years. She talks about her windy, non-Cinderella story of creative entrepreneurship and how she has grown and changed with it. Laura highlights how people can learn from what they're doing right now, even if it's not where they want to be. She talks about how she has found balance between life and business, and found a sense of community and friendships despite moving across the country. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to embrace the windy, non-Cinderella story that can be creative entrepreneurship
  • How you can learn from what you're doing right now (even if it's not where you want to be)
  • How to find community and friendships as a creative entrepreneur
  • How to balance different priorities in life and business
  • How to find balance when you're just starting out
  • How to grow and change with your industry

Laura’s Bio:

Laura Foote is a Kansas girl turned Floridian who specializes in branding and wedding portraiture. She has been featured by brands like Lauren Conrad, Emily Ley, and Glitter Guide. Laura holds a Master's degree in College Education and recently made the jump from advisor/instructor to full-time photographer, speaker and mentor! The intersection of learning/teaching/mentoring other creatives is the core of her heart and she considers herself a storyteller who focuses on the real, raw, beautiful life moments that are intimate and worth remembering. Any day that ends with good food, red wine, and conversations that go 10,000 feet deep are the best in her book!

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22: Celebrating the Life of Emily Potts - the Creative Empire podcast

Today is a special episode for the Creative Empire Podcast. We want to honor our friend, colleague, encourager, and all around amazing person Emily Potts with this episode. Emily never hesitated to help someone else out and she always had kind words of support. In this episode we discuss how to encourage and genuinely connect with others, as Emily Potts did so well. Reina and Christina finish this episode reflecting on how they want to be remembered, and how that can influence your life and business daily. 

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Show Highlights:

  • Emily Potts and her legacy
  • What encourages the ladies the most
  • How to encourage peers and be genuine in encouraging influencers
  • How to recognize peoples' lives outside of social media
  • How Emily is remembered and posing the question "How do you want to be remembered?"

Show Notes:

Emily's Bio:

I created my site just for mompreneurs because I’m one of them myself. I know exactly what it’s like to work super-hard at running a business while raising a family. I decided that my lifestyle needed to change. I needed to run a profitable business, but I needed to do it in a way that allowed me the time and energy to focus on my family. The years I have with my son at home are short, and they’re getting shorter with every passing day. I didn’t want to squander another single one. My biggest goal in building my site is to make you rich. But not just in the money sense of the word. While I definitely do want to help you grow the most profitable business possible, I also want you to be rich in life. I want you to have time to enjoy your family, do things for yourself, and maybe even get some sleep. (Except for those of you with newborns – I’ll just have to pray you make it through the first few months!)

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21: How to Spread Happiness with Your Business, Maghon Taylor - the Creative Empire podcast

In this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast, Maghon Taylor joins the girls to talk about how to spread happiness using your business. She begins by explaining how she crafted a mission statement for her creative business, and why she felt a need for it. She goes on to talk about how to translate an individual business owner's personality to social media. Maghon discusses how to gain confidence and pursue your passion as a creative. This lead to debating the positives and not-so-great parts of being an entrepreneur and how to manage the struggle of going from having co-workers to being on your own. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to craft a mission statement for your creative biz (+ why you need one!)
  • How to spread happiness using your business
  • How to translate your personality to social media
  • How to gain confidence and pursue your passion
  • How to manage the struggle of having co-workers to working alone
  • What are some of the positives and not-so-great parts of being a creative entrepreneur

Maghon's Bio:

I'm Maghon Taylor and I am the She behind All She Wrote Notes.  I am a sweet Carolina girl on a mission to spread happiness through my handwriting. I have delighted in pretty handwriting all my life -- with a name like Maghon, you can't help it! My sweet southern mama says she spelled it that way because it looked prettier to write. I'm serious.  So, I think I was destined to be a calligrapher. All She Wrote Notes is a calligraphy studio that specializes in celebrating every day!  We believe calligraphy and beautiful handlettering shouldn't be saved like china for special occasions. Life can be full of so many little celebrations and we love to party! We specialize in adding my whimsical handwritten calligraphy to stationery, paper goods, gifts and party supplies. I also love teaching calligraphy and sharing my skills and knowledge through my traveling calligraphy workshop program called Calligraphy Y'all.  

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Episode 13: Living with Intention + Learning from Fear, with Katie Selvidge of Cottage Hill Magazine - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode interview Katie Selvidge of Cottage Hill Magazine about living and making decisions intentionally, and learning from fear. Katie is all about being intentional with time, money and resources, listen in on how she achieves this. Besides intention, Katie's other main highlight this episode is about the role fear plays in business and how to overcome and even learn from fear. Linked with understanding fear is how courage plays its role in creative entrepreneurship. Katie goes on to talk about how much of fear is linked with shaming, and how it's not the failure that we fear, but rather what others will think. Katie relates this to mom-shaming as well. Finally Katie ends with how you should honor your truth and how, despite living in the middle-of-nowhere, you can network and be present. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to be intentional about our time, money and resources
  • What role fear plays in your business and life
  • How courage plays its role in creative entrepreneurship
  • How to overcome shaming (specifically mom-shaming)
  • How to network and be successful (despite living in the middle-of-nowhere)
  • Why you should honor your truth (and why it's the key to your success!)
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Katie’s Bio:

Katie O. Selvidge is an editor in chief, writer, thought leader and consultant for creative entrepreneurs. As a former ballerina and choreographer, Katie coaches creative professionals in a unique way utilizing her self-developed curriculum ‘Assured + Well’ to cultivate creative authenticity and sustainability. After Katie launched Cottage Hill in November 2014 as the only lifestyle and wedding publication, its inaugural magazine – The Homecoming Issue was immediately welcomed by thousands of readers in 43 US states and 4 countries before landing in all Barnes & Noble newsstands. Following publications, The Captivated Issue and The Pioneer Issue both sold out online before hitting newsstands, reaching all 50 US states and 7 countries. The Grace Issue debuts November 2016. Cottage Hill is named after Katie’s hometown and celebrates lives worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy through original inspiration, real stories and fine art photography by artists around the globe. Simply put, Cottage Hill is the art of wholehearted living. Katie resides in Oklahoma with her husband and their daughter.

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6: Abby Grace, How the 'Gentle No' Created Her Dream Business - the Creative Empire podcast

Abby talks about how the 'Gentle No' allows her to respectfully decline the wrong potential clients and focus on the right ones. Abby discusses how finding a niche is important, even if it's difficult to say no to amazing projects that simply don't fit the brand. Abby describes how her own struggle with this resulted in a strong brand image, clearly targeting the clients she wants to work with, resulting in her business sky rocketing. Abby Grace is an international wedding and anniversary photographer who loves what she does.

Show Highlights:

  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to say no (and why it's good for business)
  • How finding and then declaring a niche can help your business sky rocket
  • How to stay true to your brand and niche, even when you're tempted away
  • How to respectfully reject the wrong potential client (and focus on the ones that matter!)

Show Notes:

Abby Grace's Bio:

Abby Grace is an international Anniversary + Wedding photographer based in Washington DC. She has a serious crush on all things old-school chic and classic. Abby Grace gets to travel all over the world to shoot weddings, and has been doing so for over six years. When she's not photographing weddings and anniversaries, she's teaching across the country at different conferences and workshops. Abby Grace Photography's mission is to run a business that enables a life that they want to live and to enrich and extend the life of any given marriage through photography. How beautiful is that?

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4: Christina Scalera, How to Keep Running Your Business When Your Personal Life is Falling Apart - the Creative Empire podcast

In this episode Reina is interviewing co-host Christina on how to run your business when your personal life is falling apart. Christina is a lawyer for creative entrepreneurs and provides free legal information and resources for creatives to access. In this interview Christina opens up about a recent loss and how she kept her business alive and running (even if in a different sense) while dealing with this tragic time. Christina discusses how connecting with others led to a road of recovery, not only for her mental health, but to get fully back into her business. Afterall, life happens when you’re building a business. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to keep running your business when your personal life is falling apart
  • What to do in the face of tragedy as a creative entrepreneur
  • How connecting can lead to fulfillment (yeah social glue!)
  • Why reaching out to others if you need help can make all the difference

Show Notes:

Christina's Bio:

If you've ever complained that you love what you do but HATE the business side of things, you're in the right spot. Christina’s mission as a lawyer for creative entrepreneurs is to help them fulfill their life's work by creating beautiful businesses from the inside out. She provides the creative world with accessible, affordable legal solutions. Whether you need a last-minute contract template that covers your butt, a painless trademark registration or want to learn more to empower yourself to run your business well, legally speaking, Christina has you covered. She’ll be touching on all the legal essentials you need to know as a blogger, photographer or other creative entrepreneur.

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