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’ll be opening 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 students who have completed my Academy program. 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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We Can Do Hard Things

I’ve been reminded this week of how incredibly capable we all are of achieving challenging goals. What makes the difference? Is it purely mindset or are other factors involved? I think it’s a combination of the two. Here are the top 5 things that I believe really make a positive difference in helping you achieve a challenging goal.

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Top 5 Tips When Learning Something New

I’m teaching a free Surface Pattern Design Masterclass right now. It’s a 4-part video series. The core lessons are delivered LIVE on my Facebook page, Anne LaFollette Art. For students who actively signed up for the Masterclass through a free link, I’m providing additional recorded tutorials and extra support in the form of cheat sheets and direct access to me.

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Join My Free Surface Pattern Design Masterclass

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make a repeating pattern from some of your drawings or sketches, then this free video series is perfect for you. If you enjoy arts and crafts and would love to make unique gifts to give to your friends and family with your own designs on them, then this free video series is perfect for you too.  

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Happy New Year! 2019 Is Going To Be Great.

Welcome to my first blog of 2019! I’m excited to be writing again after taking a break over the holidays. It was wonderful spending time with friends and family and powering down from all of my electronic devices. I hope you took advantage of some downtime as well.

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Happy Holidays!

I’m so excited about 2019 that I can barely stand it. I hope you are as excited about next year as I am and are diving into planning out your year in order to achieve your goals. More on my plans for next year later… As I said last week, this year-end period is a time for reflection, gratitude and looking back at everything you have accomplished so that you can play it forward into 2019.

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Looking Back At 2018 Before Setting Goals For 2019

As we wind down the year, this is a time when it’s really important, for me at least, to look back and take stock of what I’ve learned and accomplished as well as how I’ve grown this past year. I’m curious, what type of year has it been for you? Take some time to reflect and share with me what type of year it’s been for you and your business.

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Getting Started in Pattern Design: Tip #5 YOU CAN DO THIS!

As I began to reinvent myself in my mid-50s, I struggled. I hadn’t learned new skills in a while and was in completely new territory building my own business and learning everything that’s involved with becoming a solo entrepreneur. Here are my top recommendations to help you succeed and remember: YOU CAN DO THIS!

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Getting Started in Pattern Design: Tip #4 Be Patient

Learning a new skill takes patience. If you are like me and started down this surface pattern design path in your 50’s, the technological aspects of the craft can be intimidating. However, like most things, it’s less about the raw talent and more about the hard work you decide to put into it. Here are my top 3 recommendations for how to stay the course.

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Getting Started in Pattern Design: Tip #3 Finding Community

I’ve very passionate about the need for community and the power, support and encouragement that comes from community which is why I’ve included this as Tip #3 on my Top 5 Tips for Getting Started in Pattern Design.

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Getting Started in Pattern Design: Tip #2 Create Your First Repeating Pattern

Welcome back to this five-week series on Getting Started in Surface Pattern Design! Today we’re covering Tip #2: Creating Your First Repeating Pattern. Before we jump into a quick video tutorial that demonstrates the technical process, let’s zoom out and talk about the overall process and each of the stages involved. 

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