We’re thrilled to feature Anne Churchill for #InspiredMakerMonday! Anne attended Inspired Retreat in the Fall of 2016, and she has made some serious changes to her business strategy since. She’s upgraded her systems, prioritized her self care, and even started working on a third (yes, THIRD) business! We’re excited to catch up with Anne and see what’s next on her agenda.
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Where were you in your business journey when making the decision to attend Inspired?
I was brainstorming the idea of starting a second business, and was looking for someone or something to push me! While I loved, and still do, my wedding and event planning company I felt a strong desire to do more and expand my career.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself on Day 1 of starting your creative business?
Take on more risks sooner! I’ve held back these last 7 years, doing what I felt a should and honestly what has been “easy” in a sense. I’m fortunate that many events and weddings come our way because of our reputation and size of market. So I wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I could.
Also to build a more permanent team very early on, before I got comfortable doing “it all”. I’m still working on this one, while I haven’t hired I’ve brought in other experts to join me. Like a coach (shout out Carli Patton), contract lawyer and accountant.
What is one action item from your Inspired Retreat experience that has changed your business and/or mindset?
Be kind to myself and actually take time for me and my growth. It’s something I think of everyday since Inspired!
With the abundance of noteworthy creative workshops offered, why would you recommend Inspired Retreat over another?
Inspired is more than business training, growth, and networking. It’s a comfortable and intimate time to make deep connections with other women, and most importantly with yourself. It truly is life changing.
What is one thing you have implemented that has helped streamline or help manage your creative business and family/personal priorities?
Number one is taking time for me! That has happened more during business hours than family hours. It’s the “work” and business that drains me first, and I see that I need to care for me during those hours. So taking the time to read, making a quick target run during the day, or leaving 30 minutes early for yoga have become regular occurrences for me.
What things do you do to stay creative or to be inspired?
The first thing is journaling in an attempt to capture all of my thoughts, discoveries, and feelings. Then staying in the loop with other creative women is huge; just hearing what they are doing and going through is inspiring! The last thing is my ever-growing list of business ideas, which allows me the ability to brainstorm without the pressure of doing everything right this moment. When the time comes that I want to do something else, something new, or something in addition to what I already do, I have a running list of possibilities.
What is your daily routine like?
It’s never the same, and it’s really whatever my Asana to-do list tells me to do. One thing I have done since Inspired is really implement systems, the major one being Asana. Instead of always feeling like I have a million things to do at the office, I prioritize into days and projects. That way if I stay home to catch up on to-dos there I can quickly check my work to-do list to see what must be done, and then arrange my day to fit everything in.
What is your favorite business book, magazine, or podcast?
I love reading and there are so many books out there, so to pinpoint just one is very hard! Right now I am in the middle of “Uninvited”, it’s a must read for every women. There is a dose of spiritual and religion in it, but don’t let that keep it off your list if it’s not your thing. Also “Grace Not Perfection” and “Present Over Perfect” for self-awareness, both those books have been crucial in my recent business growth. I love “People Code for digging deep. I’m currently in the middle of a speaking business and reading “Paid to Speak” and “Speak More”. Those are more the textbook and how-to type books. Then for podcasts, I love “Profresh” and “How I Built This”. Those are definitely worth checking out!
So—what’s next for you?
Starting a third business! I know, I’m crazy. This business is truly natural though. This last year has been a series of eye-opening moments and connecting the dots of my life. I’m open to sharing how I’ve been through my fair share of ups and downs. Now it’s time to take what all that experience has given me and energize others. I want to help people eliminate some of the burnout [that comes with work and life] and share with others how they can live life on their own terms. This third business just launched July 13th! It’s ACE Speaking, my home for motivational speaking and living Gracefully Authentic! I’m absolutely in love with how it turned out and can’t wait to see what the future will bring! They say good things come in threes, so here’s to hoping three businesses is the winning combination!