podcast episode no. 33 with Naomi Mdudu – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie

 

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Welcome back to my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. Episode no. 33 with Naomi Mdudu has literally been life changing for me. Listening back now, having recorded the interview with Naomi in 2019 (before her baby Atlas was born), I’m aware that so much has changed. And yet the words we speak have had such a huge impact in my life and work and have led to those very impactful changes. Huge thanks to Naomi for being such a loving and inspiring friend and to you guys for your continued support with the podcast. It makes me very happy that you seem to get so much out of each episode. This one, I believe, is full to the brim with amazing advice and mindset challenges. I hope you enjoy it and are changed by it. Thanks as always for listening, Lizzie x

 

 

S H O W  N O T E S :

 

Naomi’s Website, The Lifestyle Edit – www.thelifestyleedit.com

Naomi’s Instagram, The Lifestyle Edit – www.instagram.com/thelifestyleedit

Naomi’s Thrive Mastermind – www.thelifestyleedit.com/thrive-mastermind

 

 

 

podcast episode no. 32 with Abbey Withington – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie

 

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As you’ll be able to tell from this week’s podcast episode ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’, an interview with Abbey Withington, I am a HUGE fan of Abbey’s work. We had the best time meeting IRL for tea and cake in my North London flat. First thing’s first – congratulations Abbey on your pregnancy! Abbey was pregnant when we recorded but not far enough along that she was talking about it (but I did have a feeling – maybe she’s always all glowy and interested in other peoples babies though). Such lovely news. Follow Abbey’s Colour Play Today account (see show notes) on Instagram to see how she’s getting along nesting and her Abbey Withington work account too which shows some gorge baby product colabs coming soon, as well as all of her other illustrative work in her super appealing colour palette and playful style.

 

This episode is jam packed full of take-aways. Abbey shares lots about her experience of working for well known brands and the obstacles she came across and her decision to go freelance and work for herself. Personal and brand values are something we talk about a lot as well. Knowing if a brand is a good fit, how to navigate sticking up for yourself and your brand values, having started a working relationship with a client. We talk about what to charge for your work and even Abbey’s experiences around dealing with plagiarism! It’s all very helpful stuff guys. A must listen for creatives everywhere!

 

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S H O W  N O T E S :

 

Abbey’s Website – www.abbeywithington.com

Abbey’s Instagram – www.instagram.com/abbeywithington

New Designers – www.newdesigners.com

Abbey’s Colour Play Instagram – www.instagram.com/colourplay.today

Weekend:IN – www.wkndin.co.uk

The Association of Illustrators – theaoi.com

SPACES magazine piece – www.the-smuggler.com

REN Glow Tonic – www.renskincare.com

Bailey Nelson X Abbey Withington – baileynelson.co.uk/blogs/journal/abbey-withington www.abbeywithington.com/bailey-nelson-stylist-luxe

Self Care for Creatives Meet Up – www.lizzieforsmug.com/lizzie-meet-up

 

 

podcast episode no. 31 – 10 ways to find peace and clarity in your busyness and your business

:: by Lizzie

 

 

Happy New Year! The first episode of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ for 2020 is all about finding more peace and clarity in your busyness and business. This subject is something I’m really focusing on right now and it’s already helped me make some big changes in my life and business. I wanted to share with you here the things that have really been working for me and the things I’ll be doing more to find peace and clarity in my busyness and business in 2020.

 

 

1 .  W R I T E  M O R N I N G  P A G E S

2 .  M E D I T A T E

3 .  M O V E  Y O U R  B O D Y

4 .  G E T  T O  K N O W  Y O U R  I N N E R  C R I T I C  A N D  I N N E R  M E N T O R

5 .  M A K E  A R T I S T ‘ S  D A T E S

6 .  W H A T  W O U L D  Y O U  D O  I F  Y O U  C O U L D  N O T  F A I L ?

7.  L I V E  Y O U R  V A L U E S

8 .  S E T  M I N D F U L  G O A L S

9 .  B U I L D  R E L A T I O N S H I P S

1 0 .  C O M E  T O  M Y  ‘ S E L F  C A R E  F O R  C R E A T I V E S ‘  M E E T  U P

 

 

S H O W  N O T E S :

 

Sara Tasker’s Instagram – www.instagram.com

The Artist’s Way Book – wikipedia.org

Headspace – www.headspace.com

Couch to 5K – www.nhs.uk/live-well

30 Days of Yoga with Adriene – www.youtube.com

Playing Big Book – www.taramohr.com/the-playing-big-book

Playing Big Course – www.taramohr.com/courses

Inner Mentor exercise – www.taramohr.com/pbbookmaterials

Your Dream Life Starts Here Book – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Jess Lively work on Values – jesslively.com/getstarted

Mindful Goal Setting Workbook – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Naomi Mdudu’s Instagram – www.instagram.com

My Self Care for Creatives Meet Up – www.lizzieforsmug.com/lizzie-meet-up

My Instagram – www.instagram.com

SMUG’s SALE – www.lizzieforsmug.com

 

 

 

podcast episode no. 30 with kangan arora – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie

 

 

 

Welcome back to my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. I’ve so been looking forward to sharing this episode with you. Kangan Arora is a brilliant textile designer and fascinating person. If you’re interested in learning what the journey of a successful Textile Designer looks like, this episode is for you. My talk with Kangan really got me wanting to find more time to design. The work she does (and who she is) really inspires me and it was a pleasure to catch up with her and take a walk down memory lane. She’s done so much! There are so many take-aways from this episode for designer makers earlier on in their careers. It’s also I hope, an enjoyable episode for others to hear two people in the design world who’ve know each other for a good while, talking about how things began for Kangan and her journey as a create person in the design world. She’s done so much! Thank you Kangan.

 

 

S H O W  N O T E S :

 

Kangan’s Website – www.kanganarora.com

Kangan on Instagram – www.instagram.com/kanganarora

Designer Makers Market – oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

Design Junction – www.thedesignjunction.co.uk

3 Days of Design – 3daysofdesign.dk

Milan Design Fair – www.salonemilano.it

Floor Story – floorstory.co.uk

Lizzie for SMUG textiles – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Kangan at ual – www.arts.ac.uk

My Xero Blog Post – What I’ve Changed Up So That I Now Love Doing My Accounts

 

Portrait of Kangan by Alun Callender

 

 

 

podcast episode no. 29 – the one where i tell you that SMUG is closing

:: by Lizzie

 

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So it’s time to fill you in on some big news for me, my business and my family. I have decided that after more than 10 years of having a bricks and mortar store, that I am ready to close 13 Camden Passage and focus on new and exciting aspects of my business. Founding and running SMUG has been completely wonderful and I’ve been so fortunate to have my dream job for over a decade. I have decided though after lots of reflection, that I’m ready for new challenges and am excited for a different work life balance over the next decade of my life. There are so many things that I do and want to grow, that it feels the right moment to let the biggest thing go. I want to do this in order to spend more time on the smaller, newer elements of what I do. These things I have realised that I am so very passionate about. Please do listen to the podcast episode below to hear me talk this big decision through with you and catch you up on my plans for SMUG and for myself.

 

SMUG won’t be closing until the end of January 2020 so you still have lots of time to do your Christmas shopping and to come say hi. We’d really love to see you at this special and pivotal time. Thanks for reading and listening as ever and speak very soon, Lizzie x

 

 

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podcast episode no. 28 with Alice Olins – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie

 

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In this weeks episode of my podcast ‘How to Curate your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ I meet Alice Olins of Step Up Co. Alice started the Step Up Co to make her female-focused business and career advice accessible to us all. As well as sharing her knowledge, the Step Up Co is a place to connect. Her aim is to get you working smarter, feeling more confident and fulfilling your potential.

 

Her website and podcast are full of helpful and free info for women wanting to ‘Step Up’ in their careers. Her new membership offering the ‘Step Up Club’ launches in October and if you’d be interested in this kind of support and taking your career to the next level in this way then check out the show notes for details of her early bird special offer.

 

S H O W  N O T E S :

 

Booko – booko.info/smug

Step Up Club Instagram – @thestepupclub

The Club officially launches on 1st October, but anyone on the waitlist will be offered early entry from 16th September, a bonus group coaching call with Alice and a 20% discount on their monthly fee (down from £24.99 to just £19.99 for the first 3 months).

Here is the link: https://stepupclub.co/membersclub/

Every month Step Up Club members will get:

– A full and diverse career/business development learning bundle, using videos, podcast recordings, downloadable worksheets and plenty of written content (all research based, subjects include: Make Me More Confident, Nab A Mentor, How To Enjoy Networking… and more)

– Speedy hack videos recorded by my accredited Step Up coaches, subjects include Setting Smart Goals, How To Embody Your Superhero Persona, The Languages of Communication…. and more

– Monthly group coaching calls

– Industry specific mentoring circles

– A private, but very lively and supportive online community (there are already several hundred members)

– Nationwide meet ups and events

– Monthly style advice and much more

Mindful Goal Setting Workshop – www.lizzieforsmug.com/goal-setting-workshop

Book Club ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ – www.lizzieforsmug.com/book-club

 

 

 

episode no. 27 recognising and moving through overwhelm

:: by Lizzie

 

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This week’s episode of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is a solo show. In the episode I drive right into the subject of ‘Overwhelm’ and what that might look like for any creative entrepreneur, employed person, or stay at home parent, juggling lots of different roles.

 

Many of you wrote in on Instagram sharing your experiences of overwhelm; what triggers it and what you have found that helps you move through it. I’m aware that I’m not an expert on this subject and can only share my experience and be the mouth piece for the experiences of others within this community. My main aim in recording this episode was to normalise overwhelm and remind us all that it’s something that may well come up regularly and that that’s completely normal and manageable.

 

In this episode we talk through ways overwhelm might show up for you as well as tools that you might choose to use to help you through it. If you’d like to talk more about this subject then do comment on this post, or find the grid post with the same image on my Instagram and comment there. Hope to speak soon. Thanks for reading/listening. Lizzie x

 

S H O W  N O T E S :

 

Booko – booko.info/smug

Lisa Stickley podcast episode – www.the-smuggler.com/podcast

10 Ways to Cope with Anxiety – www.the-smuggler.com/health-and-fitness

Lola Hoad podcast episode – www.the-smuggler.com/podcast

3 Game Changing Productivity Tips blog post – www.the-smuggler.com/smug-insider

Emma Gannon’s If It Feels Icky, Say No – studio.whalar.com/emma-gannon

Headspace meditation app – www.headspace.com

Rituals meditation app – www.rituals.com/app

The Life Centre Yoga – thelifecentre.com

Mindful Goal Setting Workshop – www.lizzieforsmug.com/goal-setting-workshop

Book Club ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ – www.lizzieforsmug.com/book-club

Nancy Straughan podcast episode – www.the-smuggler.com/podcast

 

 

 

podcast episode no.26 with Lisa Stickley – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie

 

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Designer, author, illustrator and SMUG fave and alumn, Lisa Stickley, joins me for a catch up and a walk down memory lane. Her story is so important to hear and I’m very grateful to her for sharing it with us. It’s a huge reminder that as creative entrepreneurs and small business owners, our careers and purposes often shift and flex. Sometimes in ways that feel negative at the time. Lisa is so utterly resilient which is inspiring in itself. But her story also teaches that if we’re able to be open to change and able to accept seasons coming to an end, there are so many opportunities to flow into. It’s okay to do different things and Lisa shows that whatever skill she is focusing on, she very much does it to her own personal style and brand and her values come through. It’s who she is.

 

S H O W  N O T E S :

Booko’s website – Thank you to our sponsor Booko

Curate Your Life Book Club – Saturday 7th September

‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ by Kristina Karlson – use offer code BOOKCLUB for 20% off

Lisa Stickley Website

Lisa Stickley Instagram

Emily Rowan’s Stitch Therapy Workshop

Photos of Lisa by Ben Anders

 

 

my mood board for our living room refresh

:: by Lizzie

As promised in my Living Room Tour and Plans for an Update post, below is a mood board I’ve been working on as inspiration for our living room refresh. I’ve also got a ‘How I Curate My Home – Living Room Refresh’ Pinterest board going, so take a look there too if you fancy it.

 

The exciting news is that we’ve now ordered the corner sofa that we fell in love with at the MADE.COM showroom launch earlier in the year. It’s the Scott 4 Seater Right Hand Facing Chaise End Corner Sofa in Blush Pink Cotton Velvet. Rather a mouthful I know but also an eyeful in our opinion. In a very good way! It’s pink, as you can see, so a bit of a statement but it’s also very simple with clean, mid century inspired lines and it’s oh so comfy. We’re super excited to have a major piece like this to set the tone of the whole room and to lift the vintage sideboard we’ve owned and loved for years. The hope is that, as well as the sofa providing the place we’ve been missing to pile in and cuddle as a family, it will also inject a bit of colour blocking and consistency in style to the room.

 

 

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Because we’ve collected our furniture over the years, it can sometimes feel a little too bitty unless there are intentional pieces pulling the whole thing together and our living room has never quite had that. It’s a lot of pressure to put onto one item but it’s going to take up a lot of space and we’ll even need to loose a few chairs to my studio at SMUG in order to make room for it, so it’s got to be perfect.

 

Other items on the list to update the space include some new planters in blush rose and dusty blue. Both from Ferm Living and available at SMUG. The Bau Pot will house our ever growing Fiddle Fig and the Plant Box will go on the now much more minimally styled sideboard to inject a bit of green, (hopefully in a contained way that Constantin finds difficult to grab!)

 

The paint colours are not new to us but I wanted to include a picture of the Farrow and Ball Skylight paint colour that we’ve used in the alcoves of the windows and behind the Vitsoe shelving as it’s an important element when setting the tone for the room. We’ve also used Pink Ground in the alcove on the other side of the fireplace behind the door. Speaking of the fireplace, we’re thinking coloured terrazzo for the hearth. We have samples on the way so keep your eyes open on Instagram stories if you’d like to see the different options and what we settle on in real time.

 

Also worth mentioning are the Vetro Table Lamp and Levvy Table Mobile we have coming from MADE.COM which have been kindly gifted. They too will be gracing the sideboard and it’s new, more minimal curation. Can’t wait to show you as things start falling into place! I’ll be unveiling the finished room update here on the blog so watch this space. Thanks for reading. Do let me know what you think of our plans. Are you renovating or refreshing your home? If so I’d love to see what you’re up to. You can follow the hashtag #howicuratemyhome on Instagram to see more of our flat as we update and refresh each room. Speak soon, Lizzie x

 

 

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podcast episode no. 25 – my new dreaming practice

:: by Lizzie

 

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It’s back! Season 3 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrereneur’ launches today. This first episode is a solo show talking all about alignment before action and my new practice of dreaming. I announce our next Curate Your Life Book Club book and share about our new sponsor Booko – the clever way to buy books online. Welcome back and thanks for listening!

 

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S H O W  N O T E S :

 

book.info/smug – The clever and cheaper way to buy books online. Do you Booko?

Curate Your Life Book Club – Saturday 7th September

‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ by Kristina Karlson – use offer code BOOKCLUB for 20% off

The Lifestyle Edit podcast – Naomi Mdudu interview with Kristina Karlson

Writing to your intuition – Jess Lively

Tara Mohr

Follow Naomi Mdudu of The Lifestyle Edit on Instagram

10 Ways to Cope with Anxiety – my blog post

Money Manifesting with Sarah Akwisombe and The Money Medium

– follow Sarah on Instagram or check out The No Bull Business School

Weekend: In – How to Build a Brand Retreat

Abi Dare, Cat Byrne, Olivia Tripp

Teach your workshop upstairs at SMUG