BEHIND THE SCENES

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I’m honored to be considered a trailblazer by VoyageLA Online Magazine, and thought I would share the interview with you so you can find out a little more about how I got to where I am today.

Here’s the interview

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jan McCarthy.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I found my artistic voice somewhat by accident. My business was to help female entrepreneurs launch and build their business. I did this through events, workshops, dinner parties, coaching, and retreats. One of the women I met at one of these events had an art studio and during one of our conversations, I mentioned that I had always wanted to paint abstract. She connected me with an artist that taught me a few techniques and that gave me the confidence to start making art.

As my love for painting and creating artistic products began to grow, I started to see a through-line between art, creativity, and business. I began to bring creative projects and artistic thinking into my entrepreneurial groups and found this was a very successful and interesting way to help entrepreneurs move past some of the challenges they faced in running their business. I also realized this had the potential to help anyone, not just entrepreneurs who might be stuck, needed to think outside the box, solve problems, de-stress or expand their creativity.

Eventually, I shifted my focus to making more ART for sale and teaching Creative Art Sessions, Inspired Creativity or Artistic Thinking to individuals or groups as a way to develop skills that would translate into someone becoming a better artist, leader, employee or entrepreneur.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always obstacles and challenges with anything you do. None of us start out knowing how to do everything so my best advice is don’t try to go it alone. Find a community that can be a support and is willing to share resources and knowledge. Eventbrite, Meet-up, and even specific focused hashtag searches on IG will help link you to the communities that will serve you best. Some of the women I have met through some of these networking groups have become treasured friends and some have helped to build and design my website, written copy, set up templates, and helped me to navigate technical things that have stymied me for years. And through some of these connections, I have been introduced to people that have helped grow my business significantly!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People love giving advice! And never stop learning!! Google is one of the best resources and so are places like Skillshare, Creative Live, You Tube tutorials, as well as workshops and webinars from people you follow and respect that have the advice to share. I have gained so much information about Social Media through webinars and online classes.

Be open to new ideas, say yes to whatever interests you and know that you can figure out anything you don’t know. Travel as much as you can to give you a better understanding of the world around you and take time to be creative. That is especially important! Creativity will serve you in every aspect of your business!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jan McCarthy – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I create art and help others do the same. Art can be anything we call art. I believe in blending the left and right brain to achieve the most comprehensive expression and everything I create from paintings, sketches, books, brushes, towers, sculptures, clothes or other products to workshops and events is inspired by imagination and real-life visuals. I am constantly deciphering and incorporating the abstract part of life in my work with the intent to evoke emotion, bring together community, unleash the imagination, stir thoughtful reflection and give way to images of something meaningful, often hidden in between the layers of mixed media, life, and other materials.

Art, creativity and business go hand in hand so when I put on workshops, classes, retreats and events I often pair the three together because I love helping entrepreneurs, professionals, artists and other creatives move past a structured way of thinking to explore their hidden talents and curiosity through meaningful and fun interactive artistic sessions.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
Podcasts: Liberty Sessions and Journey To There are my favorite podcasts.

I love self-help books and any books that help unlock or inspire creativity and help you discover your true purpose including, “Steal Like An Artist” is a manifesto for creativity in a digital age, “The Alchemist”, about listening to your heart and trusting your intuition and “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is another great book about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny.

One of my favorite apps is Planoly and I am also learning CANVA and have found it to be really helpful in creating content for my IG

Pricing:

  • • Original Artwork range in price from $25 – $10,000. Please inquire

  • • Books “A Month On The Run”, Courage or Freedom, $14 each

  • • Bookjacket Covers: $45 Washable Paper $120 Cowhide

  • • Custom Workshops and Events priced upon request

Contact Info:

If you would like to read more and see more photos, click on the link here!

I TOOK IT ALL OFF

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I TOOK IT OFF

I took off my jewelry and let go. All of it.  And if you know me, this is kind of a big deal. My jewelry is almost like my second skin.  I wear 16 bracelets, a cocktail ring, and my wedding rings all the time ………..along with seven necklaces that only come off when I get a massage. My jewelry kind of defines a part of who I am. There is energy and memories attached to every piece I wear. But this month I took it off and let go. At least while I am staying at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

The Esalen Institute is known for it’s inspired workshops but it also boasts spectacular views, kind and loving people, lush hiking trails, community environment and amazing hot tubs on a jagged cliff right next to the pounding surf. According to everyone I talked to who have been here, the hot tubs are a magical experience, but I was warned that the sulfur used to fill the hot tubs will ruin silver, platinum or gold. So I took it off. The jewelry that is. (The hot tubs are a clothing optional, but that is another story!) And in that moment of vulnerability and letting go, I knew I could tackle anything and access my most creative self, free from anything that was holding me back.   (The hot tubs are a clothing optional, but that is another story!) 

What I also took off and let go of this week is my preset notions and limiting beliefs that have held me back in my art making. I am here at Esalen Institute to take an art workshop with Nicolas Wilton and it has been incredible. I am learning so much and this comes from a willingness to take risks, make mistakes, listen, experiment and try things that feel foreign to me.

If you want to experience creativity and find that missing link, you’ve got to go beyond what you are accustomed to. You’ve got to try something new, do something creative that takes you out of the norm or your comfort zone. So go for it. Take it off, whatever it is holding you back! 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

I DON'T WANT TO TEACH YOU ART

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This week I've been working with some great ladies helping them to understand the role creativity can have on your work. Not all creatives are artists, but all artists are creatives. Facilitating and leading these Creative Art Sessions made me think about my own foray into becoming a maker of art.

When I first encountered art making, I had reservations. I was nervous and insecure. And with good reason. The first few art classes I took were epic fails. In one class I tried to paint a bowl of fruit except my bowl of fruit looked nothing like the fruit bowl or like any of the paintings of the other talented artists in the room.  At another time, the art teacher gave me a brush and said paint what you feel. I didn't know what that meant. I had no context to understand how I was supposed to take anything in my head or my heart and put it on canvas as anything other than some kind of stick figure or scribbles. 

These demoralizing art classes could have been enough to keep me from ever picking up a brush again, but fortunately, I later had the opportunity to learn some awesome art techniques, how to trust my intuition, (what I feel) and how to take direction from things that inspire me which have helped me on my way to creating art. 

Cut to many years later, I've come up with my own style and unique combinations of techniques and art practices learned from many different sources. And in the coming months you will see my online classes become available on my website, but I don' t want to teach you art, I want to teach you to paint what you feel.  And in the words of Picasso, teach you to paint what you think.

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com
 

DOODLE A WAY

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THINK YOUR DOODLES ARE JUST A DOODLE? THINK AGAIN.

1. Doodling helps you concentrate.

2. Doodling makes you a more productive employee.

3. Doodling can also keep you in the present moment.

4. Doodling is an outlet for every day creativity.

5. Doodling helps you generate ideas.

6. Doodling triggers insights and discoveries that aren't possible through words alone. 

7. Doodling is a calming activity that can help you go from frazzled to calm. 

8. Doodling helps you focus.

9. Doodling helps you change your physical and neurological experience.

10. Doodling exercises your brain.

11. Doodling is a thinking tool.

12. Doodling increases creativity.

If you have been struggling with blocks or perfection or preconceived notions that prevent you from realizing your dreams or simply want to practice being more creative in a more structured way, then join my FREE Online Creative Art Session starting AUG 27th-31st and get your creative on for 5 straight days. Each day we will have a little creative fun for just 15-20 minutes and it will set you up for success for the rest of the day! So let's get going! Shoot me an email at jan@janmccarthy.com and let me know you want to join. And feel free to share with a friend! This is going to be fun!! 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

CHILD'S PLAY!

 Child's Play! Thanks @llveto for letting me share your son's delgihtful photo and artistic work at its best!!!!!  "Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."-Pablo Picasso

Child's Play! Thanks @llveto for letting me share your son's delgihtful photo and artistic work at its best!!!!!

"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."-Pablo Picasso

These days you hear a lot about the word creative. It's the new buzz word for many entrepreneurs that call themselves a "creative" and it's the thing that everyone is trying to do more of in a world that is overworked, overstressed, and overstimulated. 

The dictionary describes Cre-a-tive as relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

Getting more creative in your business, art or life will benefit you in many ways. Last week I suggested you write a 6 word story. Did anyone give it a go? This week I suggest you become a child for a few hours. Children are creative without restrictions. They don't think about if it is good or bad until someone puts that idea in their head. So whether you choose to build a soap box derby car, take an art class, dream up a new recipe or do something completely illogical and spontaneous, try to do it from a child's perspective. And don't over complicate it! As little as a twenty minute creative session will do wonders for your brain and over all well-being! 

If you have been struggling with blocks or perfection or preconceived notions that prevent you from realizing your dreams or simply want to practice being more creative in a more structured way, then join my FREE Online Creative Art Session starting AUG 27th-31st and get your creative on for 5 straight days. Each day we will have a little creative fun for just 15-20 minutes and it will set you up for success for the rest of the day! So let's get going! Shoot me an email at jan@janmccarthy.com and let me know you want to join. And feel free to share with a friend! This is going to be fun!! 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com
jan@janmccarthy.com

 

THE ART OF BUSINESS

Hi!

I’ve been silent on the blog front for a while, and the truth of all that is while I was helping others build their business and writing my blogs from an entrepreneur’s point of view, sharing tips and business lessons, I was also listening to my heart and developing my passion as a creative in the art field.  So when it came to writing blogs, I wasn’t exactly sure how to share the through line between art, creativity and business until now.

If you think about it for a minute, art and creativity are intertwined in everything we are and everything we do, regardless if you are an entrepreneur, in a career, practicing as a creative or searching for your next adventure.  In fact, did you know that CEO’s rate creativity as the number one skill they look for in an employee?  So creativity is important, and it is my goal to bring more art and creativity into your business or life.

When we talk about business though, perhaps Andy Warhol said it best.

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AND, if you want to be good in business, it helps if you are creative. But how can you become more creative in your everyday life? In my Creative Art Sessions, we dig a little deeper, but for today, I recommend starting with something simple. But one time won’t do the job. It needs to be on a regular basis so stay tuned to my blogs and newsletters for more creative ideas and practices. You want to stay sharp, er, creative, right?

Here’s a little Creative exercise to get you started.

Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest authors of all time, was once challenged to write a complete story in just six words. Never one to shy from a challenge, he wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never used.”  What would your complete six-word story be?  Please share in a dm to me or in comments. I would LOVE to hear YOUR story!

Xo, jan

PS: This is great way to sum up your business or create a 10 second pitch for your business, not just stretch your mind in creative ways! This is also a fun “parlor game” to try with your friends.

PPS: Please feel free to share my blog with your friends!

@janmccarthy
https://www.facebook.com/janmccarthystudio/
www.janmccarthy

 

I GOT OVER IT

As many of you know, I just relaunched Entrepreneurial Voice with Jan McCarthy, my Radio Show airing on iTunes & Stitcher as a Podcast! It's been a wild ride and an awesome experience! I could do an entire post on everything I've learned, but one lesson that really stands out is that we seldom do anything alone. Many people have helped to bring this podcast alive, from my daughter Keeley McCarthy and web designer Milena Mallory who encouraged me to continue podcasting, to my new producer Traci DeForge of Produce Your Podcast who has taken something that is really hard for me (all the technical aspects and nuances of figuring out podcasting), and making it easier -(in fact, making it possible) for me to continue doing a podcast. 

This week on the Radio Show Podcast "Entrepreneurial Voice", Kerstin Kuhn of The Little Foodie Club shares what keeps her going in a business that has tested her patience, her bank account and even her passion. She also shares the secret of getting your kid to eat broccoli, spinach and corn! You will not want to miss this episode!! OH, and would you help a girl out and write a review and leave a rating. It would mean so much and help other people find my podcast. Thanks sooooo much! 

xo, jan
janmccarthy
@janmccarthy

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!!

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photo credit by Eric Rippin Photography

Hi, hi, hi!!  I'm so excited!  After a hiatus of almost 18 (?) months, the Entrepreneurial Voice Radio Show Podcast is back, and it’s got a brand new format!!!

The new show name has changed just slightly, it is now called Entrepreneurial Voice” but I will continue to share the voice of today’s most innovative and creative entrepreneurs with conversations that cover their lifestyles and journeys, resources and advice, as well as challenges and triumphs!  

The first episode is already live!!! And it is titled Angelo & Ed of angelo:HOME and Baxter Manor. You’ll get to hear the insider secrets on how Angelo went from a struggling actor and coffee barista to creating a mega empire of everything design.

I really want to get the podcast to the top of the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” charts, but in order to make this happen I’ll need your help!  iTunes rankings are based on subscriptions, ratings, and reviews, so the more listeners that subscribe and leave a 5 star rating with a positive review, the more likely the podcast will rank higher!

I’d be so appreciative if you could TUNE IN, click Radio Show in the navigation bar, then subscribe on iTunes, listen, enjoy, leave an honest review of the new podcast and a 5 star rating if you are inclined. This helps spread the word about the podcast so others can find it.  Btw, you can also share on FB when you click view in iTunes and select "get" under price. 

If you are on an iPhone or iPad, click this link to open the podcast on your device. You’ll need to click “Subscribe” then the “Reviews” tab to leave a review. If you are not on an iPhone, or you use a different podcasting app, search for Entrepreneurial Voice in the app, subscribe, and leave a review there.

Thanks so much for listening!  You are the best and I appreciate you helping to share the voices of these amazing entrepreneurs! Together we will ignite a creative spirit and inspire the entrepreneurial voice!

 

xoxo, jan

www.janmccarthy.com
@janmccarthy.com

BUSINESS ENVY

We know we aren't supposed to, but how many of us secretly covet our business neighbor's IG or FB accts and are green with envy? I must admit, I'm guilty! It seems like no matter how hard I try, I feel like I will never ever catch up! And I look at some of those IG acct pictures and I don't know what makes that photo worth a gazillio likes! I mean, it's not that coo!!!!

So what is a business girl or guy to do? My mother used to say, "Clean up your own backyard before you start trying to clean up someone else's." Of course the meaning of this quote is to mind your own business. And the deeper meaning of that is when you are minding your business, you aren't focusing on someone else. And..... the more you focus on your business and concentrate your efforts on building your business rather than wasting time monitoring what your nemisis is doing, the more likely you will succeed and be the object of others envy. and really, that's all you can do.

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

OCT 19 we are launching my Radio Show PODCast!
 

KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER

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I don't know about you, but I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water!  There is just so much on my plate, and as much as I keep writing everything down, and checking off the lists, I feel like there is always more, (like laundry) and that there are things falling through the cracks.

How to overcome this feeling of overwhelm is the million dollar question, but if you feel this way too, join me as I try to be more productive by following these simple tips.

Keep your desk clean and tidy (My husband is going to laugh when he reads this blog because I really don't have a desk or rather I have several, most of them disguised as a kitchen + dining + counter top table - and all of them are a bit filled with clutter, but I'm trying to whittle down the piles.) 

Concentrate on one project at a time (Ok, this one is really, really really hard, but I'm going to try. I mean it this time.)

Set two or three times to read and answer your email (I can do this) 

Batch projects or tasks (I keep hearing this is valuable way to save time and be more efficient so defintiely worth a shot)

Schedule your social media (Ok, easier said than done but yes, ok, a social media calendar will be my one project tomorrow after I do 20 other things I've got going)

Give yourself something to look forward to (I can defintiely do this!)

Let me know how it works out for you!! I look forward to connecting on the other side of relaxation. 

Again, if you haven't signed up for my newsletter (just go to my website www.janmccarthy.com) and do so now to hear about the latest, greatest, and especially the launch (relaunch) of my new podcast show! It will be filled with great conversations from some really fascinating entrepreneurs and I know you will love hearing their stories and traveling with them on their journey of entrepreneurship. And hey, join me on instagram @janmccarthy and FB, https://www.facebook.com/EntrepreneurialVoice/ too. I like hanging out with y'all!

xo, jan
www.janmccarthy.com
@janmccarthy

 

IT'S COMING!

Okay, I know what you are thinking, Jan McCarthy, Entrepreneurial Voice, that's the blog I get in my E-mailbox, and you are right, but it is also the Podcast Radio Show that is coming soon! Like next week soon! And I am so excited! 

The Entrepreneurial Voice Blog is observations about business that I share, and now you will get even more when you tune into my

 

 And listen in as I share the voice of today's most innovative and creative entrepreneurs with conversations that cover their lifestyles, journeys, resources, advice, challenges, and triumphs.

What's cool, is you will be able to listen on iTunes and at your convenience! A new show will be released every WED! So get ready! It's launching. And when it does, I will tell you how you can subscribe to iTunes and always be uptodate on the latest episode!

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com 

 

BOUNDARIES

I was talking to a fellow entrepreneur the other day and she mentioned how her clients were kind of taking advantage of her and she didn't really know what to do. As she described the scene, I found out that she schedules appointments with clients in her home after many email exchanges. They pay her when they get there, and even though their appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes, they are often late, creating havoc for the next client or they stick around to chat, long after their appointment is over. And many times, they forget to bring money so she ends up having to chase them down (not literally) to collect.

OH, so many of us have been there!  The first thing I would like to say is, we teach our clients/customers how to treat us. The client/customer isn't doing anything wrong, they are just following the guidelines she set up to begin with. And I understand! As an entrepreneur, it is common to start out trying to do something nice, be accommodating and flexible, and especially if we are trying to build our business! But...., by not setting up parameters and best business practices in the first place, we are setting ourselves up for disaster or to be taken advantage of! 

I suggested she make it easy for her clients to respect her boundaries and to actually make it much easier on herself by putting a calendar in place so cliens can schedule their own appointment. This way she can eliminate the constant back and forth with email exchanges. Using this method allows the client to know immediately what times are available, and they can possibly also pay in advance. This eliminates her having to chase people down for payment. I use www.calendly.com and it works great!  She can create a website or perhaps use the same app to explain appointments must be on time and anyone later than five minutes will result in a cancellation without refund. Additionally, she can add that while she loves to chat with you, other people are waiting so she must limit social time for another date.

These are simple solutions and help us to set boundaries that our clients can appreciate and respect. In the end, we will be happier too! 

xo, jan
www.janmccarthy.com
@janmccarthy

COMING SOON!
Soon you will be able to hear the Entrepreneurial Voice of today's most innovative and creative entrepreneurs with conversations that cover their lifestyles, journeys, resources, advice, challenges, and triumphs on my upcoming Radio Show "Entrepreneurial Voice" that airs as a podcast on iTunes! Sign up for my newsletter at www.janmccarthy.com to receive notification as soon as it launches the first week in OCT! 

 

3 Questions

A couple of years ago I read an article in one of the popular entrepreneurial magazines such as INC, Entrepreneur, or Fast Company and it has stuck with me ever since. It talked about growing your company and said to ask yourself three questions. This approach seems to be really simple but incredibly powerful. 

1. What's Important?
2. What should be the same?
3. What needs to change?

When you answer these questions you are able to focus on what really matters and discard any of the superfluous stuff that is holding you back or keeping you stuck. You can move forward with what is working and change what is not. BAM! 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy [FOLLOW me on instagram!]
www.janmccarthy.com

ARE YOU GIVING TOO MUCH?

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In my business, I want to make sure that I give my clients, customers as much value and service as I can. I am constantly thinking of how much they can benefit from this extra piece of advice, activity, or content. I think in family life this might be called hoovering, or helicopting, but I digress. What I'm trying to say is, maybe less is more.

The reason for this post is because I recently went on vacation to Mexico and at one of the restaurants, a great restaurant with great food, our waiter would not leave us alone. He was there to fill our water glass every time we took a sip, removing our plate before we put the fork down after our last bite, asking us constantly if we wanted anything. And much of this was during an especially moving and emotional conversation with a friend of ours. Dare I say it? It was too much service. It kind of ruined the experience for us.

I also have noticed that with one of the many groups I belong to, that they give me so much information and so many choices, I am simply overwhelmed and confused. I appreciate that they appreciate I paid for this and want to make sure I find it valuable. And their content is amazing, but I can't keep up! Right now there are at least five classes I can choose from, three different podcasts I can listen too with different subjects, and then their daily updates, newsletters, extra pages, and by the time I'm finsihed trying to get through all this in an effort to run my business better, I'm out of time to actually work on my business!! 

So less is more. I'm going ot try to focus more on giving simple, qualified quality content and not focus so much on filling the basket to overflowing, and maybe others will do the same. 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

WHY IS THAT?

I drank coffee with a friend the other day and as is often the case, once we get past "what have you been doing?", the conversation turns to business, art and life, well, because, what else is there? Duh.

This business conversation was about our inability to sell ourselves, as in owning what we do, declaring our worth, celebrating our talents and recognizing our strengths. We talked about the fact that if it is someone else, we can promote, sell them, and spread the word about how great they are. But when it comes to ourselves, we turn shy and fearful.

How to get over this is a conversation that comes up over and over again with the women I work with. When did we lose our mojo? How is that we don't have faith in ourselves and are afraid to put ourselves out there? Do we worry too much that we will let others down? What if they don't really like our product, service or worse, us? What if yikes, we are a fraud? 

The best way I know to overcome this malady, is to get back to the root of what you do and why you do it. Ask yourself if you are doing the best you can. Would you feel confident enough in this product, service, yourself to share it with your family, partner, spouse and child? Would you sell something that was inferior? (of course not!) 

Daniel Pink wrote a book called "To Sell is Human" and the premise of the book is that we are ALL selling everyday. Children are contantly selling their parents on what they want, (and they are relentless too!) We talk (sell) our partners, spouses, and friends into what we want on a daily basis, be it a restaurant, movie or activity. And when we are "selling" we are trying to get others to come around to our way of thinking because we believe (or should) that they will benefit in what we are offering. And we have always been able to sell (share) something when we are keen or excited about it. 

What you produce (be it a product or service) will benefit others and if it doesn't, and you aren't proud and excited to put your name on it and stand behind it, then maybe you want to rethink that product or service. Selling is sharing.

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

As I sit here writing my blog while the TV plays in the background, I realize I can't concentrate. I'm watching the news and it is horrific! Fires are raging over a section of homes in southern CA, threatning over 1500 homes and 2000 acres of land. My random business lessons seem so overrated in the face of true tragedy. 

I realize in a matter of minutes, many of these people have lost their homes, their identity, their life as they know it and quite possibly their hope. I can't even imagine the anguish and despair they must feel, yet at the same time so grateful that they have the things that really truly matter, their lives and those of their children, and hopefully their pets. And in another part of the country, torrential rains are flooding parts of Baton Rouge, LA and surrounding areas and once again, I see stories of devastation and loss. I also see, in both of these situations, lack of preparation. And it makes me think of what I can do to be prepared and how I would get over sometihing so devastating and rebuild a future.

In addition, and not on the news today, but a friend of some of my dear friends lost his business to a fire just a couple of weeks ago. It was a transformer that fell and set fire to five buildings. This man was an artist and sculptor and he lost all his life work. 

So mostly, I'm sitting here, thoughtful and sad for these families and individuals who will face some ultimate challenges coming up here in the future, and sitting here so grateful for all that I have today. There are no promises, but this is a reminder to do the best we can, prepare for the unexpected, and have compassion and love for those who are shouldering such unfortuante burdens. 

xo, jan
www.janmccarthy.com
@janmccarthy

IF ONLY YOU KNEW

 Painting is a lesson in figuring it out as you go to create a masterpiece later on

Painting is a lesson in figuring it out as you go to create a masterpiece later on

Just because I pretend otherwise, doesn't make it so. I'm talking about mistakes, knowing all the answers, and getting it right the first time. As an entrepreneur, I want to put up the best front possible. I want clients/customers to think I am proficient, capable, and on top of my game.  And most of the time, I am. But the truth is, mistakes happen, there are times I have no idea what I'm doing, and just like parenthood, I continue to figure it out as I go. And the more I talk to others, the more I know we are all in the same boat. 

This past week I hosted and facilitated a women's creative retreat. I tried many new things, and that was sort of the point. (I asked the women to do new things and something out of their comfort zone too, it was part of the process and allowed us to become vulnerable and get over our fear(s) of everything being perfect). And between trying things not normally in my wheelhouse and getting out of that "safe" place, I made mistakes. At times, looked like quite the amateur I'm sure. But it was okay. I learned, and no one really cared. Or knew. In fact, if the women that attended my retreat read this post, they will probably contact me and say, whhaaaattt? It taught me I can get through anything. And so can you. 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

HUSTLE

I live in a building that is really kind of cool, very historical, (art deco as a matter of fact) with an awesome clock tower and although none of this information is especially essential to this blog, it bears mentioning because the building attracts a lot of creative types and people that enjoy socializing and being involved with their community. And being the bon vivant that I am, I became the Social Director for the building.

So, being the Social Director, I plan social events for the building. Duh. We have book club, occasional outings like the Kentucky Derby party at the local race track, holiday loft tour for the residents, and wine club to name a few.  Some events are more successful than others, and sometimes we have huge participation and sometimes, especially without the proper promotion, we have duds. Meaning hardly anyone shows up. 

Our last event was the wine club (whereby a different resident hosts the wine club in his/her loft), and on this particular club date, a resident that I have been encouraging to host, finally decided he would. Only problem was, he decided a week prior to do so. Not much notice! I was skeptical about getting many of the residents to come at such a late date, especially considering that many were attending a local event, but he was cool about hosting anyway so we went forward with the event. 

Now the host is gregarious and sociable, and of course didn't want to throw a little shindig and have the room empty.  So he got creative and hustled. He created little flyers, and went door to door, inviting residents to come. And even though the wine club is posted in the elevators and on a private social group, people tend to get blind to what is going on. Hustling and making the personal connection and outreach brought out residents who have never attended wine club, as well as the regulars who always try to come. Residents even canceled other plans to come to wine club.. The room was full and over-flowing and everyone had a great time. 

So it pays to hustle. It pays to connect, face to face. 

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

GO TO THE TOP

Don't waste your time with the person who is not in charge. Find the person in power, and make your pitch to them. This is true for most anything you are involved in. I was on the phone for over an hour today, told my story four times, and I was still no closer to getting a resolve. Unfortunately I wasn't talking to the person who could resolve my situation. My friend was looking for a new place to live, but because she was working with a third party, (not the decision maker) she lost out. So go straight to the top. Get the person who can actually make a decision, hopefully one in your favor.

xo, jan
@janmccarthy
www.janmccarthy.com

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