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Book Recommendation: The Success Principles

success_principles_bookLast week I picked up Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles by Jack Canfield [affiliate link] for what seems like the 50th time.  This isn’t a book about how to succeed in art but a book about how to succeed in life.  In business, in relationships, within yourself.

It’s one of my go-to’s when I get distracted.  When I start to doubt myself. Or when I just want to be reminded that my habits are what matter – not the random GRAND effort, but the day to day mental habits, action habits and connection habits.

If you haven’t read it before, I HIGHLY recommend you add a copy to your library. I won’t take up anymore of your time – I love it, I think you will too.  That’s the jist of this post. :)

Here’s to your creative SUCCESS!

– Tara Reed

Expand your Horizons…

Expand your HorizonsWhere does your creativity come from?  Is it from within – do you need to sit and be still, close your eyes and let your imagination take over?  Or is it from external stimuli – things you see, places you go, things you do.  No matter where your creativity comes from you are at risk of falling into a rut.  To think, “sitting and thinking brings me the best ideas” so you continue to sit and think, think and sit.  But sometimes it is good to throw a stick in the spokes – do something out of the ordinary to jumpstart what your mind can come up with.

This week I encourage you to go do something different – something out of the ordinary.  Expand your horizons and increase your creativity!

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed


Self Care = Success

I didn’t believe her but after going through Tiffany Peterson’s Inner Circle coaching program I know it to be true!  She PUSHED us to take care of ourselves… even when we felt like we didn’t have time.

I’ve been in that space this week – I was on vacation last week and had big plans to get lots done this week!  I mean really – do I have time to sit around with SURTEX less than 50 days away and lots of things on my to-do list?  No!

Well… my body had a different plan. I got off the plane and landed in a vortex of pollen – my allergies went nuts and a virus took advantage of the opening and decided to hop into my head too.  I have been SO TIRED. So congested.  And honestly… I can’t think straight! (Seriously – I went to make a hotel reservation for September but made it for June… and didn’t realize the mistake for about 1/2 hour – it’s BAD brain fog!)

At first I went to my default setting of “too bad Tara!  You just had a week off, you need to push through!”  Then I could hear Tiffany in my ear saying, “Be gentle with yourself Tara… what are you doing to take care of yourself?  You won’t get better if you don’t rest.”  So this week has been about the must-do’s and lots of rest, napping and fluids.  All of that on top of the self-care habits that have become a daily routine since working with Tiffany.

Watch this video and see what you think… I can tell you it’s made a difference for me in my business, my personal life and stress level.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

You don’t have to have it all figured out…

I just got back from a week at sea… my husband, his whole family & I went on a week long cruise from LA to Mexico and back.  It was both relaxing and chaotic in the way it always is when 8 people, especially relatives, travel together.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I love to cruise.  It is truly the ONLY time I completely shut down for any length of time.  Once we left port the phone went on airplane mode and didn’t go back on for 7 days.  No email.  No social media. No phone calls or texts.  It was pretty amazing and if you haven’t done it for a while (completely unplugged for a few days in a row) – do it!

I came back relaxed, refreshed and ready to hit the last few weeks of SURTEX prep renewed.  Every morning I started my day walking 2 miles around on the promenade deck of the ship.  Got in some exercise while listening to the rush of the ocean and taking in the amazing views.  As I would round the front of the ship – where I took this photo – I got to thinking about how much we (well, at least I) try to plan ahead.  I want to know the next 10 steps (or all the steps) to get from where I am now to where I want to be.  The sea breeze and vastness of the ocean made me realize – my idea of “where I want to go” changes with time so knowing it all now isn’t really as important as I like to think it is.  I need to know what to do to get to the next place, the next bend, and then decide where I want to go from there.

Don’t spend your life trying to plan 10 years out – make and work your plan – and know there will be bends in the road.  Also take comfort knowing that you don’t have to have it all figured out before you start.

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Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

If art licensing submissions were live auditions…

they might look like this…

Egads!  I think I’d faint. Glad we just send in our submissions with a wish and a prayer! 😉

Remember, art directors get a wide variety of styles and interpretations of what they are looking for – it’s up to you to show up in your own unique way!

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

Are you 2 Legit to Quit?

This song seems to be a great follow up to my “zinger” post from Monday…

SUCCESS in art licensing or anything else in life is made up of your belief in yourself , your talent and your tenacity.  There are days where you may doubt yourself – those are the days that you need to channel a little MC Hammer!  Add this to your playlist because…


Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

Feel like it’s all the same old same old?

One reality of art licensing is that manufacturers regularly need new options for common topics.  I call it the “recreating Santa” syndrome.  Every year I ask myself, “How will I do a Santa collection this year?”  If you don’t do holiday art, you may substitute coffee, flowers, baby bears or some other theme you do repeatedly.

For artists who think doing the same topic twice sounds like torture, this industry isn’t for you!

Marie Forleo posted another great video for creatives who sometimes feel like they aren’t adding value to the mix or it’s all been done before or others are better, etc… take a few minutes to see what she has to say!

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

What does health have to do with creativity?

If you’ve been following along this year, you may have noticed that I’ve been talking a bit about self care, healthy habits and some major changes I’ve been making to my life.  With my dad slowly fading before my eyes, I’ve begun looking at things a little differently.  My family never would have expected my dad to be gone in this way, at the age of 73.  He’s 75 and still alive – but he rarely knows who we are and when he talks, he doesn’t make a lot of sense.  So “here” in a physical sense, but no longer the vibrant, funny, intelligent man that raised me.

This shift has made me look at my own life.  Am I taking care of my health and body?  Putting things off and wishing for things in the future instead of embracing and enjoying the present?  Death and illness makes you get pretty philosophical – let me assure you!

Since January I have been making changes in what I eat and how I exercise.  And I’ve fallen off the healthy habit wagon and gotten back on a few times – I am human after all and a big emotional eater… and as you can imagine, there is a lot of “emotion” around a father’s journey with Alzheimer’s.

I’ve also been looking at the connections between health, creativity and business.

The success of any art business depends on the artist or artists creating the work. ART and the creative process are the foundations upon which everything is built.

Contrary to popular belief, most successful artists are NOT depressed or suffering from mental health issues. Starving should not be the benchmark by which artists measure their success. In the 21st century, let’s embrace and celebrate the value of our creativity! Abundance – whether that means money, freedom, flexibility or anything else – is out there for the taking. The key is to tap into what makes sense for you and your business.

A little over a year ago, my acupuncturist suggested I try doTerra essential oils.  She has had me use oils before but told me this brand is the best quality she has found and she now uses them exclusively in her practice.  She is one of those people I trust implicitly so I gave them a try.  Smelled good… and then other amazing things started to happen.  I was sleeping better, stress levels were down, digestive issues improving… it was exciting!

Many of the people in my group coaching program with Tiffany Peterson were involved in doTerra so I was able to learn a lot about the oils and the business and continued to try things for myself.  About 6 months ago, I decided these products were too good to keep to myself so I began sharing them with others – and they started getting some pretty cool results too.  I have a website dedicated to doTerra but wanted to tell you about it too – my goal is to help artists and creative people learn how to use these all natural, therapeutic grade oils and supplements to stay healthy, improve health and energy so they can focus on their creative genius.

drop into creativity with Tara Reed and doTerra essential oilsI have created a pdf, Strategies to Improve Your Health & Creativity to Help Grow Your Creative Business, that gives tips anyone can use – whether you have or want to try essential oils or not.  It will only cost you your name and email and you will receive three more emails with more ideas you can use.  If you decide the oils sound interesting and you want more information, please reach out! I’d love to share what I have learned and help you implement them into your life. If not, that’s fine too – there are still some good ideas here that you can use to take care of yourself and grow your business.

Want the FREE REPORT?  Click here to sign up

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

What’s your FUTURE story going to be…

No matter what has happened or come before this moment… you have the chance and the choice to become whatever you set your mind to.  As Natasha Bedingfield says – it’s UNWRITTEN.  It may take courage, conviction and focus.  It might take learning new things, trying new things, putting yourself out there… it could take being uncomfortable…

What do you want your next chapter to be?

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

If you liked this post, read what I had to say about comfort and courage a few posts ago…

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