Top 10 Take-away Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly

Welcome to the Spreading Our Wings Blog Hop!

Special Thanks to Michelle Reynolds for the use of her artwork!

Some of you may have happened upon this blog hop by accident. Happy accident for you! This event includes a gathering of some of the most creative bloggers I have ever had the opportunity to be connected with.  Over the last several months, we have gone from being complete strangers to developing a tight web of support, encouragement, and knowledge for one another.  And at the end of the blog, I tell you how you can become part of this story…and part of a community with these creative spirits.

We met one another during an e-course taught by Kelly Rae Roberts called Flying Lessons.  Since then, we have taken up the symbolism of flight and, well, flown with it.  This blog hop offers a glimpse into that our thriving tribe.  Feel free to visit these phenomenal women.  Enjoy their art and their insight.

For my part of the blog hop, I want to offer a peek at one of the paintings I have been working on and some insight I gleaned from the class.  The painting comes out of a series of drawings I have been doing for several years now.  It is the first I have interpreted with paint, but I am looking forward to many more. I thought it was perfect for the season.

copyright Rae Payne

And now, I would like to share some of my favorite highlights from Kelly Rae’s Flying Lessons.

 Top 10 Take-away Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly

10.  Turn goal setting into time management.  Kelly Rae offered us practical how-to’s for setting goals, then helped us turn those goals into a bite sized to do list that could be integrated into our daily schedules.  What a great way to reach for something and keep yourself on track!  I am learning to make this part of my creative biz and am finding it helps me get lots done.

9. Etsy vs. Other Online Markets vs. Selling off our own Website.  There are lots of options for where to sell artwork on the internet.  Kelly Rae boiled the pro’s and con’s down, including resources and perspectives from various artist.  We then were left to decide which route worked best for our own needs.  I personally decided to go with Etsy. I love the Etsy culture and built in community.  I opened a shop and will soon have some fun offerings in it.  Check it out:, and feel free to join my circle.

8. Branding.  I was familiar with the idea of branding.  I knew it meant to have a cohesive look to your marketing, so that your logo on your business cards had the same visual feel as the banner on your website and the packaging for products.  What I learned in Flying Lessons was that it can be helpful for our artwork to have a cohesive look to it as well.  This is a challenge for me personally.  I have lots of things I do. But as I am exploring what I want to put out to the world, I am fine-tuning my look so that it has my personal expressive signature.

7. Copyrights.  Copyrights are a two headed coin for me.  On one side, I am working on honoring the rights of other artists by researching the images I might want to add to my own mixed media works.  This can include stamps, patterned paper, and ephemera.  The other side represents my rights as an artist.  Flying Lessons encouraged me to honor my value as a creator of images and to advocate for myself and others.

6. Build Community not a Customer List.  My blog has always been about relationships, so when Kelly Rae made this a priority in her lessons, I knew she was golden.  She gave us concrete ways to make our on-line life about people rather than products.

5. Face the fear.  This was certainly the first lesson I learned.  For the first week or two, I discovered I carried a lot of fear about facing my biggest dreams.  We were encouraged to recognize the fear.  For me it was huge and almost paralyzing, but each day I worked through the messages that were at its base.  Eventually I practiced being brave and the fear lost most of its sting.

4. Dream Big.  No surprise this came up.  Flying Lessons wasn’t called that for nothing.  Kelly Rae encouraged up to dig deep and own the dreams that we found there.  For me, I kept hitting road blocks with signs that suggested I was only allowed to dream up to this point and nothing beyond.  Or announced that the dream I was cultivating was too big or bright for me.  But Kelly Rae helped me to believe otherwise.  She helped me to understand my dreams are perfect just the way they are and that I am worthy of them.  What a gift!

3. I am not alone.  The most valuable part of Flying Lessons came out of the build-in community Kelly Rae created.  That community is the group that created the blog hop.  Over 400 creative spirits took the class and a significant amount of them stayed around afterwards to offer support, encouragement and wisdom to one another.  When I made my leap from a full-time job to working full-time in my creative arts business, these women were there to champion me on each step of the way.  If you are one of the Fly Girls, thank you.  You have deeply touched my heart.

2. I am my biggest asset.  I can’t tell you how many times Kelly Rae stressed the value of honoring ourselves as an asset for our company.  I have taken that to mean that I must consistently protect and care for this asset by practicing rigorous self-love and self-care.

1. The number one Take-away Tip for making my creative business fly…is to emulate in my business what I valued in the person that Kelly Rae is.  She was so generous, engaging, and authentic, that I know that has to have been a big player in her own success.  Now I want to be clear that I am not saying that I want to try to be the next great Kelly Rae, but I believe the quality of her actions is worth reaching for.  Kelly Rae understands how to imbue business with soul.

And with that, I come to what is next…..

The Journey Continues

I took so much away from my first class with Kelly Rae, that I jumped at the chance to take another class from her.  Starting January 16th, I will be participating in a class she is teaching with Beth Nicholls called The Business Soul Sessions. It is longer and more intensive than Flying Lessons.  I can’t wait to see the new heights it has me flying to.  Or the new depths within myself it has me reaching for.

If you would like to keep up with my creative business adventures, join the party by subscribing.  The party will be moving down the block and around the corner (to a new snazzy website) soon, and I would love for you to come along with us!

 If you would like to have an artist community to call yourself a part of, join many of these artist/bloggers in claiming your part in the Creativity Tribe, an upcoming creative arts network that I am putting together with the help of the Fly Girls.  It promises to be one of the most creative parties on the planet!

Aaaand now! Get to hopping……

Amaranthine Violet:

Amy Hillenbrand:

Beatriz Peñas B.:

Beth Cougler Blom:

Carmen Patti:

Carol Bray:

Christina Fajardo:

Cindy Jones Lantier:

Connie Rawlins :

Dana Brock:

Deborah Velásquez :

Elissa Brown:

Hillary Courson:

Jacquie Williamson:

Jane Paynting:

Janet Forrest:

Jennifer DeVille:

Jill Lambert :

Julie Hamilton:

Kanchan Mahon:

Karen Claverie:

Kari DeSaulnier:

Kathleen Conard :

Kathleen McKinnon:

Kathy May:

Kelley Miller:

Kelly Corso:

Kelly Hoernig:

Kim Hyer:

Kris Lanae Binsfeld:

Lenore Angela:

Linda Barutha:

Lisa Michele Products:

Liza Zeni Baker:

Lynn Richards:

Lori Leissner:

Lori Moon:

Mary Cottingham:

Mary Sterk:

Megan Schmitt:

Melanie Douthit:

Michelle Dwyer:

Michelle Reynolds:

Rain Hannah:

Rhiannon Connelly:

Ruth-Mary Smith:

Sherry Richert Belul:

Shirley Ann:

Stacey Chadwick Brown:

Susan M. Walls-Beverly:

Teresa Cash-Czech:

Tina Carlborg:

Tonya Love:

Ursula Smith:

Zulma Cadena:

Mary Cottingham

Thanks again for hopping along with us!

About Rachél

Hi, I am Rachél.... the quirky, big-hearted soul behind Creativity Tribe, a sanctuary for your creative spirit. As a life coach and artist, I know the importance of community, celebration, and transformation. Creativity Tribe is abuzz with connections to other creative bloggers and offers tips and stories to inspire your creative lifestyle!
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37 Responses to Top 10 Take-away Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly

  1. Thanks for the re-cap Rae. You boiled down the concepts so well. Great post 🙂

  2. lizazeni says:

    Hi Rae, it’s been so lovely to have flown alongside you on this journey. I really enjoyed reading your post and look forward to many more. Liza xxx

  3. Such a great post, Rae! Sounds like you have some exciting plans – can’ t wait to see your new website!

  4. Rae,

    I love your art… it is hard to believe it is your first one with paint!!! So beautiful. Love your use of color! Thanks for being such a great part of the group! So happy you are hopping with us! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art! 🙂 Kris

  5. Jill says:

    Thanks for the tips, Rae–again, so helpful. Your painting is great as well–charming and sweet!


  6. Lori Moon says:

    Rae – great wrap up. Thanks for being such an inspirational member of the group. I can’t wait to watch where your wings take you next.

  7. tinachicky says:

    Rae, I absolutely adore that witch! TOOOO cute!

  8. Rae, I hope you know by now that Kelly Rae posted a link to your blog on her website! Congrats! And thanks for such a wonderful blog and for all you do to support your flyin’ sistahs!

  9. Lori says:

    Great post, Rae! So looking forward to the Creative Tribe and all that it might become.


  10. Great post Rae, thank you for being such a great part of the Fly Tribe and the Creative Tribe too.

  11. Jane Paynting says:

    Rae that was a wonderful re cap about the Top 10 Take-away Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly. I ♥ The Creativity Tribe

  12. Carol says:

    Wow, did you ever put a lot of thinking and work into your blog today. It really is a wonderful recap of our flying lessons with KRR. I’ll be seeing you in Jan. with her other class, too. By the way, your first painting is spectacular. I have to have a paintbrush in my hands, always. It feels so good!

  13. Andrea says:

    Hello, great post. I too am joining the soul sessions. I look forward to connecting with the Fly Girls and the Soul Sisters 😉 January 16th! Now, I hope to find time tomorrow to hop. – Andrea

  14. Ursula says:

    Hi Rae, That was a great post, but we expect nothing less from you 😉 Your artwork is fabulous, and you are going to SOAR!!

  15. Linda says:

    Rae, it’s been so great getting to know you. Keep flying!!

  16. Rainy says:

    There really aren’t enough words for how much I love this post, what you’re doing with the Creativity Tribe, all of it… I so look forward to watching it grow!

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  18. C M Rawlins says:

    Great post! Thank you for sending the information to KRR. And a big thank you for all that you do in our fly tribe! You are soaring!

  19. Hi Rae, Really wonderful post. I love the recap you wrote, good to revisit some of those concepts. It inspires me to re-read the whole class. As I told you before I love your creations, their twisted arms and legs are just too funny. You are definitely a creative soul from the top of your head down to your little toes. See you back in our Facebook page. Amy

  20. Love the recap and also that fab painting you did!!!! Looking forward to continuing the journey! Cheers, S.

  21. Great post Rae. What a great way to introduce creativity tribe as well. Maybe with Kelly Rae posting this on her FB page, we will get even more attention for the tribe. Awesome job you are doing. I can’t wait until we officially launch.

  22. I can’t wait to see what unexpected journey we discover in the next phase but I know we will do it together which makes me happy knowing a friend with be there – thanks!

  23. Hi Rae! You have a fantastic way of expressing yourself. Really enjoyed visiting you!

  24. You are an exceptional writer! Good stuff!

  25. Elissa Brown says:

    Rae! You have been such a light and inspiration for all of us on the group! Sharing your courageous endeavors and keeping us up on the trials of your journey is so wonderful, brave, and helpful to all of us no matter where we are o our journeys! I admire your leap and am always excited to hear about what you accomplishing. Thank you for being a leader in our group and a spirit to look to for answers and guidance… You are awesome! Thanks!

  26. chelle says:

    such a wonderful post & great that you are part of the fly tribe x

  27. Loved the post and the take away tips! I am taking dream big and running with that one.
    So enjoying my new friendships! I love stopping by your blog because it has such great energy.

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  29. Sharon K Owen says:

    Enjoyed the post. Tell me more about the tribe. How to join? Just go to the page and like it?

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  33. Pinned you. And you sparked me to fly a bit. I created a Blog Hop board, my way of hopping along with you and supporting blogs I find interesting. Are you not on Pinterest because of copy right issues? Or are you there, but don’t link to it. If you need an invite let me know. Here’s the pin

    • Rachél says:

      Katherine, thanks for pinning me and for letting me know you pinned me. 🙂 I don’t do Pinterest for a few reasons. Partially because I am afraid I would never get anything done (it looks delightfully addictive) and then there is the copyright thing that makes things messy. But mostly it is the time thing. I peeked around your page. I have never seen anyone use it like that. Clever! Glad to connect with you!!!

  34. You have an amazing site/blog! I think I might become addicted! Thanks for liking my very newbie blog. I love doing this!

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