Interview with Jennifer of Artizen Coaching
I found her blog back in 2014 and it was a huge breath of fresh digital air: a place where the ‘business end’ of the creative entrepreneurial journey wasn’t intimidating (or dull as a dish cloth!)
So naturally I was thrilled when Jennifer agreed to answer my probing questions! Hope you enjoy the interview.
What was your first big break in your career/when did you feel ‘yes! this is working!’ first?
I’d say a crucial moment when I thought “yes this is working” was when I created my first Right-Brain Business Plan on a whim in November 2007 during an Art Every Day Month challenge. When I posted pictures of my collaged business plan, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this creative and visual approach resonated with others. Although I had no idea where this concept would lead me, I sensed that I was on to something pretty cool!
Then in 2009 when I landed a book deal with one of my favorite publishers New World Library, that felt like a first big break and has paved the way for lots of other awesome stuff.
Do you have any morning routine you can share?
I’m so not a morning person, so I don’t really have a set routine or time I wake up. I love that I don’t need an alarm clock and that I can follow my body’s natural rhythm most of the time. When I wake up I usually journal for a little bit, I might do a short seated meditation for 10-15 minutes, and if I’m feeling really ambitious I might venture out to a morning Pilates class. It’s important for me to ease into my day, so having spaciousness in my mornings helps to ground me.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I get inspired by being out in nature and surrounding myself with beauty. I’m inspired by the amazing creative entrepreneurs in my community who share of themselves so authentically. And I find inspiration when I’m painting big, wild and crazy images in my studio. I never know where my inner muse will lead me.
Who is your mentor?
I’ve been working with my mentor Andrea J. Lee since 2010 and her guidance and support have helped me build my business to where it is today. She’s taught me the importance of thinking for myself rather than just following a set of steps that I think I “should” be doing and how to pull myself out of the details and focus on the broader brushstrokes that will have a bigger impact in my business.
What books have made the biggest impact on you?
Daniel Pink’s book A Whole New Mind helped me embrace my own right-brain genius and had a huge impact on my work.
My newest creative bible is Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic which is uber-inspiring and very practical.
I also love books that have visuals like anything by SARK or Austin Kleon.
What advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?
Honey, just relax. It’s all going to be okay! Just trust yourself, take care of yourself and show yourself some compassion, please.
Thank you so much Jennifer – I love your book recommendations in particular (Austin Kleon is my spirit animal I’m pretty sure…)
By the way, today marks the first day doors are open on Artizen Coaching’s Right-Brain Business Plan facilitated e-Course! Here’s what the team at Artizen have to say about it:
“Attention budding biz owners and seasoned entrepreneurs! You know how important it is to have clear goals and an action plan to achieve them. But traditional, left-brain tactics can leave you overwhelmed, uninspired, and just plain stuck. What if business planning could be fun, colorful, AND effective?
Learn how by joining us for the Right-Brain Business Plan facilitated e-Course beginning January 18th through March 11th, 2016. Using my best-selling book, I’ll share my empowering, intuitive, and accessible approach that has helped tens of thousands of creative souls like you launch and grow their business.”