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Book review: The creative entrepreneur

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered The Creative Entrepreneur book by Lisa Sonora Beam. I never had heard of her, but from all the good reviews she had from her book, I decided to give it a go and try it. I’m a book-lover, so money spent on book is never a bad thing for me. 😉

From the start, I really liked the visual of the book. I was afraid that, perhaps, there would be too much text, but no, there’s plenty of pictures and the guidelines are easy to understand. The images in the book are mostly made of other creative journals pages, of course. Which I found to be very inspiring. I love to read, but I like my craft books to lean on the visual side. 😉

An interesting page with two self-portraits

The author takes you step-by-step in the making of your creative entrepreneur journal. From the materials you will need, the reasons why you should make a creative journal for your business and she even explains each step of the process very clearly.

I’ve been very interested in art journals lately and their creative ventures. As I’ve been thinking about starting my own business for years now (Yes, years! *sigh*), I thought that this approach on the creative side would certainly help me get some things done and understand some of the “reasons” that stopped me from doing so.

A beautiful positive & negative page. I ♥ the butterfuly idea!

This book is defenetely for you if, like me, you’re trying to start a creative business but may be “stuck” somewhere. You may have other reasons as well as you are not sure if “busines and art” can go together. (A sensitive subject for many artists, from my experience.)
You also need to want to start a creative journal with a business goal, in mind. You need to be open-minded and patient as I don’t think such a journal can be filled in an afternoon. The author asks you deep and thought-provoking questions, which are not always easy to answer, but all of your answers may be very rich.

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To help you getting started, here’s my own creative entrepreur journal that I recently started:

I went to my local arts & craft store, and bought a 8″X10″ small drawing journal with medium to thick paper as I want to paint in it. Oh, and it’s got 30% of recycled fibers, as well. So it’s all good with mother-nature. 😉

One thing I wish to do in the next year, is to finally focus on the things I really wish to do. So I did an entire page on this subject!
It says: “Focus on the things that’s important to your hearth.” Do you think my subconscious mind will finally get the message? 😉 I sure hope so!

That’s the interesting thing with The creative entrepreneur book, it’s that it opens doors to many thoughts that I’m keeping shut. While doing an exercice, I will often drift away and think about some other important issues I’ve been having. If I feel this is something that needs to be cared of, I will make a page about it to help me out.

Here are some links that you may find interesting to get more information about this book or to start your own creative journal:

Have you ever started a journal with this entrepreneur theme as a goal?
Is this something that interests or repulse you?
Let me know as I’d like to know if this is something that interests you or not.

Inspiration: Think less and feel more!

Oh, spark of creativity… where art thou?

… or how to listen to my right brain.

Since the beggining of 2010, I’ve been ongoing into a creative process. I didn’t notice this until recently. I don’t know about you but, for me, I  realized that I do a lot of thinking and have a tendancy to ratialize everything.
For examples: the life-changing decisions I make, the work I choose, the projects that get done… all of theses have been controlled by my left side brain. My rational and logical mind.

For some people, this seems to work out fine without questionning themselves too much. (At least, in the moment.) But, the problem is that my values don’t necesseraly work with theses statements.

Since I wishes to make a living in a creative field, I need to be much more closer to the right brain: intuitivity, imagination, feelings…

I wish to experience more with art and judge it less.  

If  you’d like to, join me in this promess you make to yourself. 

Here are some good books, that I recently read, to start or continue your creative journey:


  • Women who run with the wolves
    By Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    (From Publishers weekly) Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women’s neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices.
  • Succulent Wild Women
    By SARK
    (From Library Journal) SARK, an author, artist, and incest survivor with many years of therapy and self-healing behind her, wishes to shine her “beacon of hope to the world” as she encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.

Even thought theses two books are very differents from each others, they both share similar messages about freedom and creativity for women.

I know they have been around for awhile, but I guess I wasn’t ready to listen to their message until recently. 😉

Please, let me know if you enjoyed them or feel free to share  more creative ressources for people, like me, who are starting a creative journey!


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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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