What is “Everyday Inspirers”?
Let’s meet Kathleen…
Today we’ll get to know Everyday Inspirer: Kathleen, who owns Braid Creative [with her sister] – and they are making a ding in the lives of creatives in Oklahoma City [and all over the world] using their creative gifts and talents…
I was first attracted to their writings on finding a creative niche [when I was trying to figure out what mine looked like] and have been inspired by their writings [you should totally go and check out their blog] ever since.
Without further ado…
[Ps… hope you have a nice cuppa coffee or tea in hand]
Q. How are you serving the world?
A. My sister and I own Braid Creative & Consulting together. We do branding and business visioning for other creative entrepreneurs. But what I really love is coaching other creatives to be wildly productive and live the dream. We do our best work one-on-one with our clients but we also have ECourses and DIY Coaching Sessions by email.
Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling
A. I graduated college in 2004 with a degree in visual communications – which is basically graphic design.
I worked at an advertising agency as a senior art director for 5 years.
Then I decided to take the leap to freelance.
A year later my sister joined me and that’s when we started Braid Creative together
Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?
A. I was working in advertising and loved the people I worked with … but I was using my skills to help purposes I didn’t really care much about.
I’m sure it was lots of little circumstances and prompts that led me to quit but I’d say a big tipping point was booking a month long trip to Nepal and not knowing how I would swing the time off with my job.
So I quit.
Q. What did that moment [or moments] feel like?
A. There’s lots of self-doubt, back-and-forth, and second-guessing that happens when you’re making a big decision like quitting your day job.
I imagined the first day of working for myself would feel like magic, but it felt surprisingly normal.
Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative?
A. I read a lot, watch TV, have good conversations with other creative friends over coffee or dinner.
Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?
A. Right now I’m crushing on Danielle LaPorte, Alexandra Franzen, Gala Darling, Brené Brown – just to name a few!
Q. What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?
A. Scheduling in my workouts on my work calendar is my best life hack.
It keeps me and my co-workers from scheduling a meeting over time I need to take care of myself.
I kind of treat it like my most important meeting of the day – with myself!
Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?
A. I coach creatives from all over the world on this very topic – so it’s one I’m passionate about!
I’ve found the best way to get over fear is this:
1. get specific about what you’re afraid of.
2. then get specific about what it is you want.
3. then make a step-by-step action plan to get what you want.
4. then make that first small step.
Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?
A. Ooohh, I have an 8 month old baby who has forced me into the present moment like nothing else – so this is fun to be thinking of my future self.
Let’s see… I’ll be in my mid-to-late thirties and will have just bought my first vacation home in a cozy town I found traveling the world in search for my favorite place.
I will have published my first book and am surprised to find that it’s an Amazon and NYT best seller.
My days will be filled with good music, the smell of coffee and exotic spices, lots of writing, big belly laughs, and delicious dinners and cozy conversations with my family and friends.
Q. The quote I live by:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe
Q. What you’re working on right now?
A. I’m giving a talk about the fear all of us creatives seem to face and how to flip them on their head at Circles Conference on Wednesday – so I’m prepping my talk and designing my slides.
Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?
I know that I need to start scheduling my workouts [about that balance] 😉
You can also read some more about Kathleen on her personal blog [found some great freelance tips there]
Are you enjoying these interviews as much as I am? The good news… is that there are more everyday inspirers to come *Happy Dance*