Today we’re putting the Inspired Retreat Alumni spotlight on Brittany Krupnik of Blissful Design Studio. Brittany attended Inspired Retreat in 2016 AND this past spring in 2018. She wanted to find a place where she could meet other women who were running businesses and to be reenergized and inspired. We’re excited to see where she’s been, and where she’s going.
Where were you in your business journey when making the decision to attend Inspired?
The first time I attended I was so burnt out. I had started my business and grown so quickly in a short amount of time - I felt tired and stressed and alone in what I was doing. I wanted to find a place where I could go to meet other women with families who were running businesses and to be reenergized and inspired.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself on Day 1 of starting your creative business?
Continually comparing yourself to others takes all the joy out of your business. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
What is one action item from your Inspired Retreat experience that has changed your business and/or mindset?
I can get so caught up in all of the ideas that I have for where I want my business to go, sometimes at the expense of family life and personal well-being if I'm not careful. I was encouraged at Inspired Retreat to shift my mindset on how to choose what ideas to pursue by focusing on the WHY behind it. -- Why did I want to pursue it? What did it add to my business? What is my end game? What did I have to sacrifice both in my business and my personal life to make it happen? -- It helps keep me in check.
With the abundance of noteworthy creative workshops offered, why would you recommend Inspired Retreat over another?
It is unlike anything else I have attended! I love that it is small and more intimate. It allows for greater connection between the other attendees and the speakers. It's absolutely beautiful - both the setting and the details that Amber adds! It meets you where you are at - I got just as much out of attending the second time as I did the first time even though I was in a completely different place in my business.
How has your investment in Inspired Retreat paid off for you and your business?
After attending in the spring, I raised my pricing. One conversation during a breakout session changed the way that I saw the value I give to my clients. I now take on only the clients that I truly want to work with AND I make more money.
What is one thing you have implemented that has helped you to streamline or help manage your creative business and family/personal priorities?
Learning to delegate the tasks that I don't want to do or don't do as well and how to hire the right person for my team has been instrumental in streamlining and growing my business.
What things do you do to stay creative/be inspired?
I am visually inspired by beautiful interior design work for sure! But to stay creative and inspired, I take time for myself to recharge and to learn. I attend retreats like Inspired! I prioritize self-care and knowing when to take some time for myself, so that I am not running on empty.
What is your daily routine like?
Each morning during the week, I wake up and get my kids out the door for work. I work for most of the morning and afternoon and then I might take some time out of my day for me - go work out, run some errands, etc. Then I get home and spend time with my husband and kids. (Or head out for a date night or girls' night!) Once everyone is asleep, I get some more work done while watching TV or I read a book. Then I start all over the next day!
What is your favorite business book, magazine, or podcast?
Right now I am loving "Girl Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis.
So, what's next for you?
Exciting things for sure! There is still more that I want to do to grow my business, but I have been focusing more recently on how to make my business fit in with my family/personal life and not the other way around. I want to run my business in a way that supports the lifestyle I want to have. But I will never stop dreaming and being encouraged to chase after what I am passionate about!
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