Posts tagged Philip Van Dusen
An Ode to Notre-Dame de Paris

Watching the inferno rage inside the Notre-Dame cathedral yesterday was heart breaking. After getting the CNN alert on my phone, I rushed to turn on the TV. But after several minutes, I couldn’t watch anymore. The images of the burning inferno erupting from within her were too much. I couldn’t handle the feeling of helplessness combined with sadness at the impending disaster.

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What I Learned From Amy Porterfield This Weekend

I attended the Kajabi Impact Summit this past weekend and an incredible line up of speakers shared their wisdom with us. Online business leaders including Amy Porterfield, James Wedmore, Jasmine Star, Chalene Johnson and Brendon Burchard imparted their knowledge and advice from years of growing their online businesses and personal brands.

I was incredibly blessed to be invited to participate on a panel during the event. More about my panel later but that’s me in the orange sweater. My first time on stage!

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Yes You Can (Conquer The Tech)

I was just looking up the saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Who said this originally and what does it really mean? According to knowyourphrase.com, this idiom dates back to the 1500s. What’s interesting to me about this phrase is that the original meaning focused on how hard it is to learn how to do something in a new way after you’ve done it the same way for a very long time. However, that’s totally different from being able to learn NEW things.

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Fighting Fear

I have kind of a big thing coming up in ten days and I’m terrified. I’ve been asked to participate on a panel at the Kajabi Impact Summit in Southern California. The good news is that since it’s a panel discussion, it’s not all about me, which is a huge relief. The bad news is that it’s in front of about a thousand people!

Here’s how I plan to get through it. I hope these five tips serve you.

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One Day Or Day One. You Decide.

I came across this fabulous quote by Paulo Coelho earlier this week: “One Day or Day One. You Decide.” It’s absolutely perfect for my blog this week. Are you still struggling to start pursuing your creative dreams? If so, let’s talk about it. Because it’s really about: “One Day or Day One. You Decide.”

Here are the three ingredients that I believe you need to gain the confidence to pursue your creative dreams. Are you ready?

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Meet Shari...She Epitomizes Courage

Since I launched my business a little over a year ago, the one constant that fuels me and keeps me going is the incredible students I meet through my monthly membership, The Pattern Design Club, and through my 7-week online training & coaching program, The Pattern Design Academy.

One student in particular, Shari Goodall, gave me permission to share her story. Like many personal stories, it’s both heart-breaking and uplifting. She shows us the power of creativity, commitment and community. Here’s her story.

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Is There Room For Me?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. I’m launching The Pattern Design Club, my monthly surface design membership, in a few weeks. I only open it up a few times a year to welcome new students and one of the questions I get most often is: “Isn’t the industry over saturated?” “Is there really room for me?”

My answer is a resounding YES, there is room for you! But of course, there is work involved. Nothing truly worthwhile ever happens without effort. Here are my top five recommendations for you.

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Finding Time For Your Creativity

Do you ever find yourself realizing that you haven’t actually created any new art in a while? I’m struggling with this myself right now and it’s taking a toll on me. I’ve shifted my business focus over the past year towards online courses and a monthly membership and I’m really struggling to find time to create.

Let me explain. I’m creating all the time but what I’m creating is online course content, membership content and content for the LIVE teaching components for each of these parts of my business.

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One of The Biggest Secrets to My Success

I hope you’re somewhere warm and comfy this week. It’s been raining where I live in Northern California and I love the sound of the rain. I have always found it very soothing. In this week’s blog, I’m excited to share with you one of the biggest secrets to my success. Go grab yourself a cup of tea and let’s get right into it.

We talked last week about how I got my start in surface design and how important Bonnie Christine was and continues to be in my career.

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How I Got My Start in Surface Design

This is going to be a much more personal blog post than usual. I hope you’re okay with that. I want to share more details about how I got my start in surface pattern design and what this journey has meant to me.

After I got laid off from my fancy (and high paying!) corporate job, I was lost. My entire identity was wrapped up in my job. I loved the work I did.

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4 Mindset Shifts To Push Through Resistance

I joined a mastermind group this month and the first order of business was to identify a big goal that we’ll focus on for the next 12 weeks. I have a dream of leading my own mastermind with a very specific group of creatives from around the world who I’m dying to get in a room together. My problem is that ugly resistance takes grip every time I start to think about moving this idea forward.

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