As amazing as it is when your dream becomes your job, this does present a unique set of challenges, doesn’t it?
Your dream isn’t like other dreams because it’s grown big and study enough to support you.
And your business ins’t like other businesses because, at the core, it’s your dream.
Yes you need to make a certain amount to live your life in the way that feels true to you - but your business is not all about the money.
I mean let me say right up front: if you’re looking for the latest internet marketing tactics or stuff like that - you should look somewhere else.
I think of creative business as your hero’s journey.
You go out on your epic journey of self-actualization and activation of your gifts and then you return home only to discover that the real journey is still ahead of you - that’s the journey of bringing your gifts to the people they were meant for.
This is as much (or more!) about the inner process of growing yourself and your capacity to share your gifts as it is about developing the structures and systems of your business.
It's like Creative Dreaming on steroids.
When your business is also your dream it means you can use the magic and power of your dream to power and fuel your business. All of the systems and structures in your business can be infused with this magic and it's the coolest thing ever.
But - because your dream will grow you - it will keep pushing you into the places where you need to grow.
All dreams do this. But when your dream is your business there's no space for you to avoid the inner work. Your bottom line depends on it.
So the stakes are raised all around.
You need to stay in deep alignment with the essence of your dream to keep your business moving towards it's true potential in the world, while you keep moving towards your true potential.
Being on this epic hero's journey of running a creative business means showing up Every Damn Day.
I show up every day too! In my daily posts in the Circle (Monday-Friday) I share what I'm learning and exploring in my own practice of engaging with my inner magic and using it to fuel my dreams - both my professional and personal dreams.
I encourage you to get in the habit of reading these posts and jumping into the comments section to share your process.
This is where the magic happens.
This is the juicy on-going work of dream nurturance and maintenance. For creative business owners this means:
- nourishing and generating the creative flow you need to get your work done and out into the world
- healing and transforming the fears, doubts and negative beliefs that hold you back from doing the things that you need to do to grow your business
- dealing with the "Comparison Monsters" that shows up so easily online
- working through the vulnerability of visibility when you're sharing your deep heart gifts
- exploring and healing your inner relationship with money and receiving the support you need
- working on creating and maintaining boundaries that give you the space you need to flourish in your work life
- intuitive planning
- allowing your gifts, ambitions and ideas to keep growing and evolving as you do, and then making space for that in your business
- doing business in ways that are profitable without sacrificing your personal beliefs and integrity
- increasing your capacity without burning out
- staying in deep alignment with the magic of your dream
I mean it's a LOT!
Your Creative Dream Business is going to push you to face all the things you don't want to face.
Remember: Creative Dreaming on steroids.
There is purpose in this, there is healing and magic to be found in facing the thing you don't want to face.
*And you need that magic to fuel your business*
So this is what I want to help you with in the Creative Dream Circle - the ongoing work of staying connected to your magic and using it to fuel your business.
There is a full list of everything in the Circle below, but this is the short list of tools I think you'll find the most useful:
- Creative Business Incubator: this is especially if you're looking for ways to allow the essence of your dream to be what fuels and energizes your business instead of blindly adopting the marketing and sales tactics you see other people using
- The Un-Sticking Station: the simple but profoundly magical practice for bringing healing and transformation to the places where you get stuck. This practice is HOW you allow your dream to grow you towards your true potential - I use it almost every day and will encourage you to do the same.
- Project Miracle: having the capability to summon a miracle when you need one comes in VERY handy in most business endeavours.
- Focus Pocus: 21 day support system for getting super focused. Perfect when you want a burst of creative momentum for your projects.
And, above all, I encourage you to show up every day to share what you're working with, to dig in and do the work with me.
There is magic in showing up in community with other dreamers. We are stronger together!
The #1 complaint I used to get about the Circle is that there was just TOO MUCH stuff so people couldn't always find what they needed.
Especially if you're having an Inner Critic Attack or you're super stuck with something - you don't want to wade through stuff.
You want to find the thing that's going to help PRONTO.
So I created a map! This is what it looks like:
Each of these buttons has it's own section in the Circle.
On those pages I give you some insights + ideas about that particular situation, tips for how to approach it and then a list of all the different classes and tools in the Circle and how to use them specifically to help your situation.
It's like having a Creative Dream Coach On Demand, 24/7.
That last button, that says "My Question Is Not Listed Here" leads to the "Ask Andrea" section of the forum so you can ask me directly. If you're in a situation that other dreamers are likely to face - I'll make a new map section for you. If you're in a more unique situation, I'll just respond to you in directly in the forum. Either way I've got your back.
I spent a lot of years filling the Creative Dream Circle with classes and resources. Now I focus on helping the members in the Circle make the best use of those resources.The Creative Dream Circle is MY dream come true, I am very grateful for it and I work hard to keep supporting the Circle in being all it can be.
The Big Mother List of classes and resources that are included in the Creative Dream Circle:
This is an overwhelming list!
You definitely don't need to do all the classes to get your money's worth or to get what you need to move forward with your dream. Again - the map will help you narrow in on what will be most helpful to you.
In my free class, Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True, I explain how Creative Dream Alchemy works and at the end I talk about how I am building a library of Creative Dream Alchemy practices.
These are deeply transformative energy alchemy processes for making the magic happen - like exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.
The Library of Creative Dream Alchemy teaches you how to harness the full potential of your creative power - your power to create what you want in your world. I am not talking about making vision boards or positive thinking exercises, this is the deep work of inner transformation and growing into your True Self.
When you are plugged into the magic of your True Self, it gets easier to dream.
This is partly because it means you're plugged into your inner power source and partly because it aligns you with your actual purpose and authenticity.
So I am not promising you'll make 6 figures, loose 50 pounds or get 100,000 twitter followers. I'm promising you'll move towards a life that is actually true and authentic for you.
The Library of Creative Dream Alchemy gives you the tools for that journey.
You know how I talk about the inner work being a miracle generator? This is where we do that work - the library is like the workshop for actually DOING Creative Dream Alchemy.
I use these tools every day and I can't wait to share them with you.
And that special magic that comes from being a part of a group of creative kindred spirit dreamers.
I write every day (Monday-Friday) on our private site to share the behind-the-scenes stories of how I'm working with my dreams. I talk about which tools I'm using, how I'm using the and what I'm learning.
These are usually pretty short posts - some days everything kind of sucks, some days are pure magic. But when you read these little bits from my own Dream Story, day after day, they actually invite you deeper into your own unfolding process of working with your dream.
And, every day Circle members gather in the comments section of these posts to share what they're doing with their dreams. It's so amazing to be able to share our journeys in this way. We learn so much from each other, we inspire each other, we support each other.
All of this happens on our private website - I know no one wants to share this vulnerable stuff on Facebook. It's such a gift to be able to share our stories and get daily support from people who "get it".
We truly are stronger together.
Here's The Fine Print: You need to read through the Creative Dream Circle Policies + Guidelines before you join.
Your registration in the Circle signifies your agreement with the Policies + Guidelines, which are absolutely non-negotiable.
** Every member honouring the guidelines is how we create the lovely supportive atmosphere in the Circle **
Membership in the Creative Dream Circle is $363 (US) per year.
There are two ways to join:
- You can join for one year for $363 and make no additional payments. Your membership ends 1 year from your start date.
- You can sign up for a recurring subscription. This means you would be making the payment every year, until you choose to cancel your membership. You get 2 reminder emails before your payment goes through, and there's a video where I show you exactly how to cancel your payment.
When you sign up for the subscription, you are "locked in" at the current price. So even when the price goes up (the Circle has been running since 2012, yes of course the price increases periodically) you'll keep your payments the same. If you sign up for one year only, you are always welcome back, but it would be at the most current fee.
Not ready to commit for a whole year?
There is a way to join for just a month! With Project Miracle.
Project Miracle is a 30 day creative ceremony and support system for going deep into the creative process of miracle-making. It comes with 35 days access to the Creative Dream Circle. It costs $99 US, and at the end of the 35 days if you want to stay - you can take that $99 and apply it towards an annual membership in the Circle.
"I’m one of those people who used to think that I didn’t have enough time or money to participate in the Creative Dream Circle.
I realize now that thinking I didn’t have enough time or money was just an excuse. It was kind of tied into not believing in my own self worth, like I shouldn’t spend the money or take time away from my kids to do this because it was silly and it wasn’t going to cause a change in my life so what’s the point.
That was just my inner critic talking, I realize now, and boy was my inner critic wrong!
These resources and the daily practice of connecting with my creativity has changed my life!
It has impacted my relationships and my outlook in such a positive profound way in such a short period of time that there is no way I would ever stop playing in the Creative Dream Circle."
"This group is amazing and I am so grateful. It has changed my world.
I no longer feel isolated. It supports me in a way that challenges me to my greatness, and in a way that nothing else in my (extensive and great) network of friends and colleagues could. Just like you said in our first video (I re-listened to it from my iPhone when I was doing my cardio at the gym yesterday).
The videos are awesome! Inspiring and practical. You challenge me to deepen my spiritual trust and growth, and you provide practical tools and ideas to implement that help me ground my business in a creative and spiritual foundation.
You respond specifically to the needs of the group.
I listen to each video multiple times, and I get something really valuable and new from each time I listen. Thank YOU!!!!!
Andrea, you are an Alchemy Facilitator of Dreams."
"I listened to you when you said that joining the circle would change things, would shift energy and would change me. But I don’t think I believed you.
I believe you now. Your classes have changed things, shifted energy and changed me: profoundly."
"I’ve actually accomplished and received more clarity in the 4 weeks I’ve been in the Creative Dream Circle than I have in the past 4 years going it alone."