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Creative Self Care For Wrists and Hands: Free Printable


Good morning, creatives! I have been trying to slow down lately and focus on adding more bits of self care to my routine. I thought that many of you would benefit too so I created this short exercise above. Not only does it offer you a moment to pause during your busy day or at the end but it is also geared towards towards those of you that work with your hands, including on the computer (so really it is for everyone – lol!).

Click on the image above or here to print. The size of the image is 5″ x 7″. You can print it, cut it out and hang it above your workspace or bookmark the page to do the exercise at your computer. You can make this as short or as long as you like.

Please let me know if you have any questions and also feel free to share your self care tips in the comments. Enjoy!

Freelancers Medical

One of the yoga teachers I follow on twitter tweeted about Freelancers Medical last week and I just had to share! It is opening in Brooklyn in November and they are already having health related events. I know this won’t be accesible to everyone but I definitely thought it would be something you would want to check out and find out if anything like this is coming to your area soon.


Your Opinion Wanted: What About Health Insurance?

This week’s posts have focused on your health as a business owner. After reading Holly’s post yesterday Angela of Angel Leigh Designs shared the comment below that I wanted to share with you.

What about health insurance? I carry the benefits in my family and I’m DYING to quit my day job, but for the one missing link of health insurance. I don’t even know where to start researching the question! Is there an arts/crafts union I should join? Is it state by state? Do I absolutely have to settle for disaster insurance? Is there an answer in Obamacare? But can they just yank that out from under me, if there is an answer there? Anxiously awaiting any responses or suggestions.

I am on my husband’s insurance plan and have not had to worry about this. I am hoping some of you can shed some light on this subject for Angela and I am sure many others who are wondering the same thing! Thank you!


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5 Ways To Stay Happy and Healthy As A Creative Business Owner

Everyone tells you that being a successful small business owner will feel glamourous and energized. If you follow your dream, your life will instantly be filled with rainbows and ponies and pots of gold.


Business owners are creatures of passion and running a business is incredibly fulfilling. Unfortunately, business owners are generally terrible bosses to themselves and frequently put their needs to the side when things get busy. Which is pretty much all of the time. I’ve spent the last year working on living a healthier lifestyle as both a business owner and a person, which has been a major challenge for me. While the rainbows and ponies haven’t appeared yet, I’m definitely a healthier and happier person as a result of some of the lifestyle changes that I’ve made. Today I have 5 tips to help you relax more and stress less.

1. Move your butt.

Most business owners spend most of the day at a desk or a worktable. It’s a fact. This isn’t great for your health, but it also makes you grumpy and gives you mental tunnel vision. Getting up and moving can be the best way to get inspired and stay in shape. You don’t have to start running or anything, but finding something semi-athletic to do will help clear your brain and strengthen your  body.  You’ll also sleep better, which helps you get up early and have a productive work day. If you feel like you don’t have the time, there are tons of great 20 minute exercise tapes that are accessible and fun.

2. Stop eating out/out of boxes.

Other people dream of ponies, but I dream of a personal chef. My apartment is cute, vintage and in a great neighborhood but the tradeoff is that I don’t have a dishwasher. It’s so easy to give up and go out or eat processed mac and cheese, especially when I’m busy.

Don’t give in (at least not more than once or twice a week)! Not only is cooking fun and a stress reliever, but farmer’s markets are great places to relax and get your mojo back. There are tons of great simple and tasty meals out there, if you’re willing to look around on Google for a little bit. To start, check out Orangette and Smitten Kitchen, as well as the recipe archive on Mark Bittman’s blog.

3. Read for fun.

I know you, business owner with a stack of business books on their bedside table that is threatening to fossilize. I have been you. If you’re not going to read them, throw them out or give them away.

Then, find some books to read for fun. Reading is a great way to engage your brain, but not if you’re reading about the same subjects you think about at work all day. Try reading some fantasy novels or a great mystery. Whatever it is, go for escapist instead of practical. Even trashy romances work (and we promise not to tell anyone).

4. Strengthen your connections.

I have one of those dogs that people call “velcro dogs”. From the time I get up to the time I go to bed, he is there at my feet or on my lap. On busy days, I still feel like I barely see him.

All of this is to say that being in the same space with a significant other, your kids or your pets isn’t really the same as interacting or bonding with them. Going out to dinner and talking about work for 45 minutes isn’t really bonding either. If you don’t have anything in your head besides work to float as a conversation topic, you definitely have a problem.

5. Chill out about the future.

When you run your own business, it’s easy to feel like every sale could be the last one. The truth is that if you’ve been at this awhile, your hard work will probably translate into customers and clients for years to come. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t plan ahead or work hard to grow your business, but you also need to come to terms that you can’t control everything. If you’re a responsible business owner (of course you are!) you’ve done everything you can do to make the future bright and secure. Acknowledge that so you can relax when you need to.


Holly Jackson — Cottage Copy

Holly Jackson is the owner of The Full Figured Chest Copywriting, along with being a fashion blogger and columnist. She lives in Mississippi with an artist, two dogs, and a whole bunch of mystery novels.



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Another Helpful Site For Your Health!

After realizing that some of our contributors on Twitter have an impassioned interest in health and how it relates to being a business owner, I asked Kristen Kalp of Brand Camp Blog and Holly Jackson of Full Figured Chest to share their experiences and resources with you this week.

Today I want to share new personal website! Many of you might not know that I am also a yoga teacher. Earlier this summer I started sharing short videos that I thought would be helpful for anyone looking to add some yoga and stress relief into their life.

It is in the beginning stages but I feel that you will benefit greatly from the videos and enjoy the content. If you have any particualar issues or needs that you would like adrressed please let me know. In the meantime, I hope to share videos twice a month along with other posts close to my heart.

Head on over and check out yesterday’s video to learn a breathing technique and then check out Monday’s post to discover other videos and fun posts!

I love working with you on Handmade Success and look forward to helping you in more ways on too!


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