Bragging about BlogHer

As a content creator it’s important to keep up to date with the latest stuff going on in the world of fashion, food, current events, social media marketing and so much more. So, trusting my intuition I decided at the last minute to attend this year’s SheKnows Media BlogHer Content Creator Event. WOW. Am I ever so glad I did! First of all, it was such a fun commute from my home – I was able to take the NewYorkWaterWay ferry every day to the SouthStreet SeaPort venue located by the Wall Street Pier. If you are ever visiting New York City, I highly recommend that you take one of these ferry rides to get some amazing views of the East River and the famous New York skyline. Second, the event was very generous with the food to keep us fueled with energy to network and schmooze! Sponsored by PretAManger we were able to eat amazing croissants, salads and sandwiches, cookies and my favorite of all time – unlimited cold brew coffee all day! Third, the topics and content that was talked about was really informative and helpful. I learned so much. So, here are just a few of my takeaways from BlogHer18:

  1. All of these amazing entrepreneurs and women started their business based on a PROBLEM that they encountered in their life. They discovered and created a SOLUTION and then found the right target market to SHARE THEIR STORY as a method to SELL their solution, product or service. For example, Jessica Alba founded The Honest Company based on her issue with using a baby product with her first daughter Harper. She received a horrible rash and couldn’t find any chemical free products in the marketplace. So? She decided to create baby friendly chemical free products on her own!  She did what she had to get done with patience and humility. For more information about her story click HERE.
  2. Your business is not about serving YOU. It is really about SERVING OTHERS. HOW can you help your friends out or that ideal client of yours? For example, actress Tiffani Thiessen (yes, from my college days a million years ago I used to love watching her on the original Beverly Hills 90210!) noticed that a lot of her friends had no clue how to cook. So with her expertise and love for cooking, she began to cook for her friends. Then teach them how to cook. Alas, now she has her own cooking show called “Dinner at Tiffani’s” on the Cooking Channel

 

3.  Always ASK. You never know if someone will say “YES!” A great example of this is when SheKnows Media CEO  Samantha Skey told all of us attendees how she had recently met
Amy Schumer at an event. Somehow she got her email and contact information (how cool is that?) and decided to simply ASK if Ms. Schumer would be willing to attend her event
as a surprise guest. Of course, Ms. Skey did not assume a response due to the comedienne’s hectic schedule but sure enough, she said YES! Now… how Ms. Skey convinced Ms.
Schumer to say YES to her might be due to the following: 1. The theme and cause of the event (women’s empowerment) 2. Her reputation and vibe (meeting her and hitting it off)
3. Getting cool swag (ha! just kidding although the swag was really awesome) 4. Great publicity opportunity (both parties win) and 5. Maybe she was offered compensation or not.
However it does not matter. The point is – Always ASK because you just never know when someone will say YES. Plus, HOW you ASK really does matter as well. Follow up nicely!

4. BE BRAVE. Build yourself first before you build your business.  The other guest whom I was really impressed with was actress Gabrielle Union. WOW. This strong young lady
shared her story about being raped on the studio set at the workplace. She not only had to overcome such a violation but also openly shared her struggles with her infertility (a taboo            topic that most women including myself have struggled with). Ms. Union’s story was not only empowering to hear but she emphasized to us all about the importance to really take care
of ourselves FIRST and then others. Everyone struggles with pain and it’s tough to be bold and brave. Ms. Union bravely reminded us all that we truly are really not alone. We
are all one! Address your own hurts first beforehand so that you can heal and make a true difference in this crazy world we live in.

5. My last takeaway (well there are a lot more but click HERE if you want to hear more!) was in order to grow your business, it really is about collaborating and building relationships with
one another. The lone wolf dies while a wolf pack survives! Always have a conversation with your audience and have fun with the conversation as well! Don’t be afraid to ask questions or
ask for feedback from your tribe. I found this great image at the event and it’s so true! YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE! The best way to build a tribe? Talk to people in your
industry, reach out to them, offer a coffee chat or lunch and just connect with others. Find out how you can help and serve them! Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed this please stop
by and “like” my FaceBook page CathyNolanArt and follow me on Instagram too! Enjoy your day and keep plugging away at your dreams! Credit to @giannedoherty on image below

Beautiful Souls

Today I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had the other day.

Recently I was hired to draw the residents of Richmond Community Center up in Yonkers, NY. Their special day was full of celebration to celebrate FUN FEST! These are a special group of people who have had special challenges in their lives and I was honored to draw them. While  I’ve been drawing people at parties and events for almost 30 years, I never had the opportunity to draw people who struggle to express themselves, communicate, or move physically. However, their souls do SHINE! These group of people were so endearing, so cute, so fun to talk to and showed me their fantastic smiles. They are truly a gift and it was such an honor for me to draw them!  If you would like have a unique gift with that special someone then contact me and I’ll be happy to connect! All you have to do is just click HERE: 

 

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Business!

Do you have a hobby that you absolutely love? Have you ever thought about your hobby and passion becoming a full-fledged successful business? Then you need to meet my friend, Sue Monhait. Sue and I met a few years back when the livestream app Periscope just came out. We clicked being both from Chicago and I love her energy and spunk. She runs two successful businesses, The Ribbon Print Company which is a gold-standard business offering custom ribbon printing systems so businesses can provide product personalization right in their store or craft studio. Her other business is Gift Biz Unwrapped where she us the host of the podcast, Gift Biz Unwrapped that  provides free content weekly to assist those searching for answers on how to start and grow their business.  “The Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast offers a new episode every Monday morning. It is my hope that people will tune in right away, catch a new idea, tool or piece of encouragement that they can use to create change during the week. By taking single actions continuously, you can achieve big results,” she told me.

She identified the need within the baker, crafter, and maker spaces, for a leader to help entrepreneurs set up their businesses to become profitable and sustainable entities. Pulling from her vast experience, she has recently published a great book called MAKER TO MASTER which is not only a great easy read but it is full of packed and helpful knowledge on what to look for when running a business, how to hire for help, pitfalls to avoid and so much more. I found the book to be very entertaining showing examples through great storytelling and of real true events.

You can get the eBook on kindle for FREE or purchase it here on AMAZON and get going on your dream job! So… what are you waiting for? Get some great wisdom and advice from my friend Sue!

 

Harry & Meghan

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a beautiful wedding! Did you watch the wedding on television? I loved how the couple included the whole town of Windsor to be part of their special day!

Why Princess Diana Mattered

Why Princess Diana Mattered… to me at least!

“Wake up! Wake up!” cried my mother who was shaking me furiously in my bed. Half awake I mumbled “Whah?” being stunned by my mother’s hastiness with me. “Come downstairs now!!!” she ordered. While I wasn’t sure what was going on I did as I was told and slowly crawled down the stairs half awake. It was 3 o’ clock in the morning. What could be so important?

The television was on and my mother exclaimed in excitement “A princess is getting married!” There she was coming out of a beautiful carriage that put Cinderella to shame. A fairytale wedding was in front of all of us to see and it was a huge event back in the 80s. Little did we all know at that magical time what kind of ending this young twenty year old beauty would encounter sixteen years later.

Today is the 20th Anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. While most of us Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers recalled the horrific news of the terrible car crash in Paris I was saddened to read an article today that many young Brits were like “What’s the big deal of this lady? We love Kate Middleton!”

The funny thing that these young folks don’t get is that there wouldn’t have been a Kate Middleton if there wasn’t a Diana. Diana paved the way in helping to humanize the still upper lip royal family by following her heart. She brought a human touch to a royal family that had been way out of touch with the common person. She was a shining bright light that brought humanity and compassion to the masses where it was needed.

Back on 1997 when I was much younger I remember reading the newspaper of her death and was in utter shock. My heart stopped for a split second and wave of tears descended upon my cheeks. The car accident she was in was a huge shock to the world and it was a moment in time when everyone including me stood still.

As I read about the senseless death between my tears I recalled and remember all the good that Diana did in her life. She visited and (gasp!) touched the AIDS patients living the hospitals when people at the time were terrified to go near them. She went out of her way to communicate with ordinary folks and brought a sense of compassion which was lacking during those times. She brought attention to many who were suffering and awareness to many charities and to land mines.

However her greatest contribution to humanity was being vulnerable to the public. She shared openly her insecurities and struggles with bulimia due to being in a loveless marriage. She became a face of compassion and love to those who needed it most and touched many hearts all over the world. She challenged the status quo at the time that it was okay to reach out to your fellow man and actually show that you…cared!

Princess Diana is long gone but why does she still matter? She still matters because she taught us that being kind, compassionate and caring are what the world needs during these difficult times. She was human just like the rest of us and was brave to show the world her own suffering and struggles.

As she would say “Carry out an act of random kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart not the head. Only do what the heart tells you.”

May your heart guide you today to everlasting joy and peace. RIP Princess Diana – thank you for gifting the world your kind beautiful heart.

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse today!

I’m SO excited about today’s upcoming solar eclipse! Are you? While I don’t have my glasses you can create your own pinhole projector by visiting
www.warbyparker.com and downloading the pinhole document. But hurry! The eclipse is coming SOON!!!

Color Earth Sheet

Also please enjoy my FREE coloring earth sheet where you can draw your own eclipse glasses on planet Earth and color her in! ENJOY and remember to never look directly at the sun! Especially TODAY!

Top 10 Things I Learned from Boom Social!

Last week I had an amazing time and learned so much from Kim Garst’s BOOM SOCIAL! event in Orlando, Florida. Kim Garst is one of Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencers (okay she’s listed as #8 which makes her in the TOP TEN!) in the country and so when I heard that she was hosting this three day event, I HAD to go! Boy, am I glad that I did! I was able to meet so many amazing people and reconnect with old friends and enjoyed learning and drawing many of the guest speakers. Here are my top 10 things that I took away from the conference that I’d love to share with you.

#1. SERVE WHO YOU ARE MEANT TO SERVE – it’s not about YOU but about SERVING OTHERS. This was an excellent reminder to use your talents and gifts and help others who may be struggling with their business. How can I serve my ideal client? What can I do to make their life a bit better? This was a great reminder to get out of one’s own way and focus on others to help you move forward past any fears. It’s about serving the client.

#2. People don’t want perfection – they want authenticity and realness. I call Facebook “FAKEBOOK.”  Not everything in life is picture perfect and it’s okay to show up in your business with your imperfections. The more you are YOU, then the more others can see themselves in you and CONNECT. We all want to relate and connect with one another so showing that you are authentic will help welcome others into your services and offers.

#3. NOMOPHOBIA is a real word. It means having a fear of being without your mobile device! Brand new in the Webster Dictionary. Who knew???

#4. 80% of sales require FIVE follow up calls. 67% of people give up after the FIRST CALL. We all know that the fortune is in the follow up so why not schedule in a calendar to be persistent and consistent until you get that “YES!” And if you don’t get that YES! then you have to say “Oh… well, you just don’t understand now do you?” As Nicole Walters said do the PRETTY Method of following up;
Personal connection, Review statements, Excitement phase, Timeline Urgency, Teaser date and be YOU!

#5. FaceBook Ads are ATMS. Be sure to have these 8 key items in them: Location, Audience, Budget, Links, Graphics, Copy and Results. Use 6 graphics and then narrow it down to the top two. Use Ads Manager to see how the results are and tweak the ads until you get the results you want.

#6. Livestreaming is here to stay and FaceBook Video Ads are around the corner. People will click on video links 3xs as more than on photos when it comes to engagement with your audience. Focus on your audience within the first ten seconds on what’s in it for them from your offering and BOOM! you’ll  have their attention!

#7. Funnels come in THREES. Social Share funnels, Fishbowl funnels and Football phone funnels. Each funnel option guides your social media audience to the direction where you want them to click on your opt-in page, product or link. With the right funnel strategy you can have lots of traffic to your website!

#8. Outsourcing equals FREEDOM. 65% of US based businesses outsource their work to virtual assistants and save themselves a lot of time to get their work DONE and focus more on what they enjoy doing. Find out your weaknesses and delegate them to someone else!

#9. Use these COOL TOOLS. Use www.screenflow.com  to edit your videos and www.revv.com to have your livestream videos transcribed into a blog! Design graphics with www.canva.com and use www.twitter.com to resize graphics and tweet out your messages!

#10. OWN IT! Own your own uniqueness, awesomeness and decide what is truly important to you and keep this all in alignment. You can’t serve others if you are off balanced with who you truly are and who you are willing to serve.

Check out the cool drawings I did of the speakers below. You can always email me a message if you want more information on the speakers below at cathy@cathynolan.com

 

Macys FUN for Everyone!

Spring is here and it’s time to get over to Macys’ and enjoy their FLOWER SHOW! Located at Herald Square in NYC you can stop on by the first floor and see some incredible flowers and do some great shopping just in time for Easter Sunday!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of working for Macys by helping them promote their menswear event on the 4th floor. I met so many great people and was honored to draw them all! Check out the fun photos here and on my FB page too! Plus this evening is the second episode of Mario Armstrong’s Never Settle Show!
If you missed the first episode, then watch below!

How To Create Your Own Luck

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sunshine warm upon your face

The rains fall gently upon your fields

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His Hand.