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8 Must-Reads from the Inspired Retreat Creative Conference Speakers

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I didn’t even KNOW an ecosystem creative community of small business entrepreneurs was OUT THERE until oh … right about 2 weeks before I decided to buy my own LLC this past January. Who encouraged me and made that possible? Many of the women speaking at the 2016 Inspired Retreat! Keep reading for sage wisdom from the ladies.


Like wildfire I grew to adore the creative community, chiefly for its generosity: I mean, everyone wants to give tips and tell me how to do this thing called entreprenuership!? Yes, please!

Since starting an LLC, I’ve depended on other women to show me the ropes and inspire me, both online, and in person at creative live events and conferences. Here are 8 must-read articles from Inspired Retreat 2016 speakers:

Amber Housley | Amber’s Go-to Favorite Resources

I remember sitting at my last job, earbuds in, webinar on: Amber was mic-droppin’ about how to get the most out of a creative conference, and right then and there, I made a list of all my dream meet-ups. I still have it. I look up to this lady so much, and my fave must-read post? Her curated list of favorites is the key to my Southern heart — I mean, she calls it “Free Lemonade.” <3

Kim Stoegbauer of TomKat Studio | How to Host a Girls Night Italian Dinner

Um, yes. Yes to all her party/supper club ideas.

Heather Crabtree | 21 of the Best Bite-Sized Tips for Savvy Business Owners

I’d similarly listen to Heather Periscope while at my old job — allllll my secrets are coming out, huh? If you wanna rock a small biz, tune into Heather.

Jasmin Black of Estudio Roho | How to Set a Mood with Prop Styling

Need to style your calligraphy or stationery suites? Desk for Instagram shots? MUST READ!

Brittany Griggs of Simply for Creatives | 6 Steps to Calculate How Much Your Biz Needs to Make to Profit

A bookmarker for any creative entrepreneur — Brittany cranks numbers like a boss!

Cathy Olson of Love Inspired | The Secret to Happiness with Your Website

Listened to this a while back, and I vividly remember hearing Cathy say “build a website that’s a level higher than what you’re ready for.” Sage wisdom. Great Periscope recording.

Jamie Kutchman Wynne of Marigold & Grey | Practical Housewarming Gifts

At Illume Retreat, I untied a silky, pink ribbon off of a basketwave box, revealing a bevy of treats tucked on crinkle confetti: my love language’s gifts and I’m not even gonna fake it. Marigold & Grey has the cutest gift ideas on the planet. I lurve this idea guide for housewarming gifts, ’cause sometimes you need to up the anty on the classic bottle of wine.

Jessica Burgess of Fantabulosity | How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

How’s that for simplicity?

Nevica Vasquez | Pay Yo’ Self: How Lauren Hooker of Elle & Company Manages Her Business

Lauren of Elle & Co. is so my jam. This was a great read on how the graphic designer makes money as an entrepreneur.


Carli Patton, Paige Chenault of The Birthday Party Project, Aleah Valley of Valley & Co. Events, and fellow penabler Lisa Funk of Hand Lettered Design will be in Nashville during September, too. I’ll be giving my top small biz writing tips, too, and I can’t wait: being able to give back what I learned from years in marketing and PR — now as a calligrapher marketing my own business — is my dream.

Want to join us Sept. 25-28 outside of Nashville? Click here, and enter “ASHLYN” at checkout for $200 off registration!

Reading Time: 3 Minutes

I didn’t even KNOW an ecosystem creative community of small business entrepreneurs was OUT THERE until oh … right about 2 weeks before I decided to buy my own LLC. Who encouraged me? Many of the women speaking at the 2016 Inspired Retreat, and you’re invited! Keep reading for details (+ a code for $200 off!).

7/25/16

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