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It’s Important To Recognise Creative Burnout

I suffer from creative burnout. Once it happens, It happens. 

It’s not a situation where I can just shake it off. 

There is no point telling me to meditate.

There is no point pushing me into self help podcasts.

There is no point giving me pep talks.

Chocolate doesn’t work, nor does wine.

 

I know my body, I know my mind.

I know once this happens, I need to take a break.

What is a break? I am a single mum with 3 kids to raise, does that even exist?

When it comes to creative burnout, a “break” doesn’t necessarily mean a rest.

It means a removal of yourself, place yourself somewhere else, do other things.

Feed your mind with new content.

 

Take Yourself Somewhere Inspiring 

The trouble with creative entrepreneur types is we sink so deep into our work, we end up living a portion of our lives at a desk without even realising it! We are creating incredible things, but the reality is the outside world is what feeds us.

When we forget to remove ourselves, creative burnout begins.

If you can, try and manage regular breaks. Trips to local areas which are full of colour, culture or just beauty in general. This could be something as simple as a walk in your local botanical gardens.

If you completely suck at this “regular break” thing like I do, bundle them up. Recognise that all of those small breaks you didn’t take – they equal to a bigger break. Disappear for a couple of days into somewhere amazing. 

 

You Know Yourself Best

We often think we don’t. But thats actual bullshit. Sometimes it takes counselling, coaching, self help to rid ourselves of the denial at play. But at the end of the day recovering from a creative burnout is often a very personal thing and other peoples voices just interrupt the journey to becoming inspired again.

If you know what you need to do, even if its not what others would suggest, just go and do it. 

 

My Answer To Creative Burnout?

Book an Air BnB , Take the kids and runaway. Soak up water views, immerse yourself in a different environment, reduce your time on social media for 2-3 Days.

Due for a holiday? Protect your budget with cheaper accomodation options!

If you haven’t tried Air B’n’B give it a go, If you sign up using this LINK you will get $50 Credit when you book your first trip. 

If you are in the Brisbane area I can recommend Turtle Beach Resort for family holidays – Check out my savings HERE

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8 Tips To Make Your Own Product Images

Make Your Own Product Images, By Taking Them With You. Everywhere.

I used to be an Ebay Powerseller for a product that was consistently unique, so new photos being done all the time.

I quickly learnt that you don’t have to be a professional to take your own product images.

Product photos have to be presentable. For an image to sell – it’s what sets them apart that attracts attention.

The current climate on social media is full of stark white, scandi, minimalist culture.

This makes for beautiful photos, but when you break the whitewash up – you make some noise.

This is the problem when something becomes so on trend

Scrolling through social media is like going for a long drive. 

The same black and white lines pass by, with the occasional neon bump that makes me sit on the edge of my seat. 

 

Taking Your Products Everywhere. 

It’s been a few weeks of travelling around with a bag full of oils waiting for the perfect opportunity and place to snap some pictures.

While 9/10 places I visit, there is no opportunity to snap pictures and I don’t prioritise it everywhere I go.

When the perfect time presents, I am thankful I brought my product along with me.

The images below are available for FREE USE in my Facebook Group.

 

 

This goes for any product, sometimes the product is you!

In that case, you can take extra photography equipment along. 

I carry a Fisheye Lens and a Selfie light in my car at all times, while I rarely use them – having them pays off on those unique moments.

(I also carry a GoPro Hero 6 – but Im a nerd)

 

Taking Product Photos On Holidays. The Beach.The Lakeside

I love the beach because it provides excellent lighting. The waterside usually appeals to everyone, so featuring it in product images makes sense to me.

With a product like essential oils, relaxation and sitting by the bay are intertwined with the product theme. This is a product that helps peoples mood, so reflecting this in an image in a tranquil spot just makes sense.

 

 

 

8 Tips For Taking Images Out In Public

Tip 1: Face the light when taking photos so your shadow doesn’t appear in your final images.

Tip 2: Don’t worry about what others think, if they aren’t in the photo what is it to them

Tip 3: Experiment, some of this shoot was taken UNDER the water

Tip 4: For 360 Social Media Pictures, use Panorama Mode and upload directly from your phone

Tip 5: Consider using Empty oil bottles if you are worried about damage and leaks

Tip 6: To edit, use an app like Snapseed and wrap the entire shoot up on your phone to save time.

Tip 7: Transfer your entire shoot to a Dropbox for safekeeping

Tip 8: Take more photos than you think you need! Trust me, in 4 months time you will wish you had variations for places like Instagram.

 

Want Full Access To These Product Images?

The whole lot are available in HD including 360 Degree Versions at the Essential Oils Image Hub

 

The Above Images Belong To Kate Shelby & Are For Image Hub Member Re-use Only

 

Happy Holidays! Don’t Forget To Take Your Oils With You!

 

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The First Time I Tried On Guard Essential Oil, It Blew My Mind

On Guard Essential Oil Blew My Mind.

I’m going to tell you about my experience with On Guard Protective Blend (Essential Oil), BUT FIRST…

If you are a reader of my blog or just a follower in general – you know I don’t bullshit people. I’m a very big advocate for others to use this approach. No sliding into peoples DM’s, no sneakily recruiting without mentioning the brand you represent. All of those strategies suck!

Tell your story, people will come.

I tried my first drop of Doterra a long time ago when I purchased a bottle of Easy Air from a market stall. Desperate for something to help my son’s health issues, I would have tried anything. While I did use essential oils, I had no brand loyalty.

Easy Air is life changing. I didn’t realise right away though.

It wasn’t until I ran out of Easy Air and went back to mixing a random brand of Lavender and Peppermint. – I saw a huge difference in quality. For anyone who bangs on about Doterra being expensive – don’t knock it until you try it AND COMPARE IT!

What happened When I Used The On Guard Oil?

I’ve been sick. Disgustingly sick.

Run down to the bone sick. 

Feeling like my lungs are in a blanket of phlegm sick.

When my package of Doterra essential oils arrived my plan was to diffuse Easy Air so I could attempt to get some sleep.

I love new and shiny things, curious about the smell of On Guard, I took a whiff.

Wow, you can really smell the Clove Oil!

It’s kind of like….I didn’t like the smell, yet I loved the smell. What is up with that? 

I put some straight on my wrists.

I know, I know….first time user, I should have diluted it. I took a walk on the wild side.

What happened next I didn’t expect! 

It took about 30 minutes, but the relief was incredible. I can’t even explain it. I don’t think I even WANT to know the exact science behind it. 

I Slept For 4 Solid Hours – During The Day!

Normally I wouldn’t sleep during the day. But, picture a woman hanging onto the last few marbles she has left. This was me. I desperately needed to crawl into bed and hibernate for a few hours, but I just couldn’t sleep. Too sick to work, too sick to switch off.

On Guard Is Meant To Be An Uplifting Oil.

It is. It uplifted me and gave me enough relief that I felt free. Sickness had me under lock and key for almost a week, I couldn’t even breathe let alone frolic in my creative space. 

On Guard Essential Oil, has a lifelong spot in my oil collection.

There is NO WAY this little baby is leaving my home.

I have fallen in love.

I can’t even explain how this oil makes me feel. The overwhelming “Flu” fuzz in my head has lifted to the point where I can still manage a conversation!

I am still unwell, but thanks to this oil I feel supported in between what the doctor has prescribed. 

YAY!

 

 

CUSTOMER INFO:

On Guard Protective Blend is an Essential Oil exclusive to Doterra. It is also one of Doterra’s most popular oils!

Ingredients: Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.

What kind of scent is this oil?  Warm, spicy, camphoraceous & woody

Where To Buy: When you sign up as a Wholesale Customer or a Wellness Advocate you will revive Doterra at a discounted price.

Click HERE to enrol or HERE for more info.

 

 

 

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The Stranger Things Font Generator. Strangify All The Things!

Strangify All The Things!

The nostalgic Stranger Things font is a spin off from the iconic Stephen King title font.

Nelson Cash has created Make It Stranger, a text-generator that lets users write anything in the ‘80s retro font.

 

 

You can Strangify Your Own Designs

The Stranger Things font used for the title of the Netflix smash hit TV series is a customised version of ITC Benguiat

 

I used the Stranger Things font generator to theme up some of my Doterra Essential Oil blend recommendations.

The Stranger Things Font Generator would be perfect for creating Invitations to a Stranger Things, 80’s Pop Culture theme party.

 

 

 

See the font evolve into the official Stranger Things version HERE and get an insight in the development of the final product.

 

 

Have fun with your DIY Stranger Things creations!

To change the size of your final download I recommend Re-Uploading into Canva to adjust for your social media platforms.

 

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List Of Canva Tutorials To Help You With The Basics

3 Canva Tutorials To Help You With The Basics

My Canva tutorials are created based on frequently asked questions in our social media groups. Most of the topics are cover are super basic, but a lot of Canva subscribers don’t realise the features hidden within this awesome creative platform!

 

Canva 101 – Create a basic 3 layer image.

This is the most popular tutorial which gives a basic overview of create an image for social media using the “Facebook Size” option. 

To watch, Click HERE.

 

Canva Logo – Make a basic button logo using Canva

This is a question that is raised a lot. “How can aI create my own logo until I can afford to invest in a graphic designer?”.

This is simple, easy. If you use the right font and background you will have a professional looking logo for use in your business.

Tutorial HERE.

 

Canva Watermarking – Create a basic watermark using Canva.

Some features of Canva are for premium members only. If this is something you cannot currently invest in, do not fret. Make a list of the creatives you need which require the premium features and get them all completed during the trial period. Tutorial HERE

 

 

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How To Make a Basic Watermark Using Canva

“Help! I need to make a watermark!”….

I hear you. Use Canva. Its quick & easy.

If you already have a professional logo, even better. 

In this tutorial I show you how to make a watermark which you can keep on hand in your Canva library. If it sinks too far to the bottom, just reupload it.

You can also store it in the “Logo” department if you have premium Canva, making it even quicker to access. 

 

You don’t HAVE to turn the transparency down, this is something you might want to do manually on each image. In this case, just keep your logo on hand and turn it down to your requirements. Some backgrounds do better than others with different levels of image transparency, as you can see on the video cover below. 

 

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Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia

Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia

Welcome! You have come to the right place for Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia.

 

My little store sells several Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils and ships all over Australia!

I am increasing my range every month with new products for you too use with your Doterra Essential Oils.

This include bottles for personal use and aromatherapy tools to use in your business.

 

I have noticed a bit of a gap in the market when it comes to Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia.

While there are a lot of Roller Ball bottles available, the 1 – 2ml range seems lacking.

You shouldn’t be giving out 5 – 10ml Free samples to “prospective” customers.

This is far too much and gives the impression there is little value in the oil when you can just give it away for free.

 

The 1ml – 2ml Roller Bottles are perfect for Customer samples.

Check out the 1ml dropper bottles too! They are also very handy to use in your Doterra business.

 

The current range of Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia also includes:

  • 10, 5, 2 and 1ml Roller Ball & Dropper bottles.
  • 8ml Colour & Patterned glass spray atomisers.
  • Funnels  
  • Bottle Unlocker Keys (Coming soon)
  • Premium Dropper bottles In Gold 
  • 10ml Roller Ball Bottles in an exquisite Ombre Blue

 

My range of Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia are all made of glass.

 

Some have the option of a clear roller ball or a silver roller ball. Why?

Plastic: The balls in these slowly break down after a while. Plastic roller ball bottles are cheaper as the manufacturing costs aren’t as high. These are perfect for the 1 – 5ml sample bottles that you give out as the customer won’t be looking to refill these unless they are buying more oil. This is when you can supply them with a 5-10ml Roller ball bottle for their blends that will last.

Metal: The Metal Roller Ball Bottle lasts longer. These are the bottles you want to purchase when you are using them as a personal product or selling them to customers for prolonged use – not just samples.

 

Your Roller Ball Bottles Range In Price. Why?

Currently I stock “Investment friendly” roller ball bottles.

These are very easy on the pocket, the glass isn’t super thick.

They are great for samples and personal use, but they vary in quality.

The more expensive a roller ball bottle is in my store, the thicker the glass is and the stronger the cap & insert is.

An example of a premium bottle, with thicker glass is the Ombre Blue 10ml Roller Ball Bottle. 

As my range  increases you will see glass thickness and quality ratings being implemented so you not only know the quality based not he price, you will also be able to judge from customer reviews.

POPULAR SELLING PRODUCT

5 PACK – 10ML ROLLER BALL BOTTLE

Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia can be used with other essential oils.

This is stating the obvious. The store was built to serve the Doterra community however, anyone can buy the products.

These Roller Ball bottles also suit perfume and other types of mixtures. The spray atomisers are great for making your own body & breath spray too!

 

Visit HERE to see the entire range Roller Bottles For Doterra Oils Australia

 

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Leaving Your Job To Work For Yourself Is Terrifying

I left my “JOB” 6 months ago to work for myself.

The crazy part is my “job” was a self employed position too, it didn’t resemble the freedom and flexibility that the work from home dream is made of.

Like every other person I know, flipping a switch to a completely different role – self employed or not –  is risky and nerve-wracking.

I had been working up to this point for 2 years, part time hustling on the side in the digital world.

I reflected back to a time when I worked for someone else and the road I traveled to get here.

 

I have been in business for many many years.

In between caring for my son who had Cancer from birth and raising a total of three children, I have been in business for almost 20 years.

I had just turned 20 when I decided I would never work for an employer again, it was terrifying.

I don’t think the financial risk is the biggest scare factor either, it’s dealing with other peoples opinions.

Deciding you will never be an employee has an apparent arrogance about it, you will be told at least once in your life that you should “Just go and get a job”

The person who says that wants you back in THEIR box, not yours.

You are not an Entrepreneur if you are broke.

Bullshit.

Entrepreneur Definition: a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

See that word….HOPE.

It’s what all Entrepreneurs have when we step out on a limb and develop something that came from an idea.

Entrepreneurs often take a considerable risk when they open a business or develop a product.

The risk could mean landing on ground zero with nothing to cling on, nothing but another idea.

 

Believe me, I have been there.

There is nothing worse than the term “Failed Entrepreneur” because it goes against the whole definition of what it is to be one.

We take risks. We land on our ass, we take risks again.

We lose our cars, our lifestyle and our minds, we built them back up again.

We make a million dollars, we lose a million dollars (or in my case, more)

The point is, we are driven to create and we have hope and faith that one of our ideas will change peoples lives.

 

Then It Happens.

You will wake up when day and say to yourself “I am here, this is where I’m meant to be”.

It won’t take money.

It won’t be the invites you get or the VIP tables at functions.

It won’t be a new car or the ability to take a holiday anytime you want.

You may still be scraping for rent money when it happens.

It’s the inner feeling of knowing you are where you belong.

It’s from this point you will start making waves, because you are BORN FOR THIS!

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The Brain Is Wired To Be Social!

The Brain Is Wired To Be Social!

Have you ever wondered why yawning causes other people to yawn? Mirror Neurons!

Have you ever wondered why, when someone else laughs, even if you don’t understand the joke – you start laughing too? MIRROR NEURONS!

When you know the intention behind someone’s action, the mirror neuron’s in your brain is activated.

 

How Does This Help Us In Business?

The mirror neuron’s give us the capacity to imitate other peoples behaviour. When you see somebody doing something, your mirror neurons are firing, allowing you to experience the same action without carrying it out physically. Let your audience feel your experience!

These neuron’s are the brains way of relating to each other and the world. We are WIRED TO BE SOCIAL!

You Have Just Watched Some Emotional Video Content.

How do you feel?

If the person is beaming with excitement, are you excited?

This isn’t as simple of something being funny or sad.

Mirror neurons allow us to experience the FEELING of another persons joy, sadness, anger and more simply by watching.

 

 

Theres a place in your brain which allows you to:

Feel other peoples experiences…WOW!

Have you ever been to a store and received exceptional customer service and while the product doesn’t usually excite you, you feel high on life.

This is because the storeperson was so positive, their smile was infectious – using the mirror neurons!

Have you ever watched a persons content online and found yourself smiling along with them, despite the content not being a comedy piece?

This is your mirror neuron’s helping you connect emotionally to that person.

 

You Have Successfully Connected With Your Audience:

On A Neurological Level…AMAZEBALLS!

I’ll say it again, we are WIRED TO BE SOCIAL! The very core of our existence is designed to connect and engage with each other. This is why social media is such a powerful engine.

Our purpose as humans is to interact with each other on an emotional level and there is plenty of science based evidence to back this up.

 

Tell a happy story, an inspiring tale, a sad and tragic account of a past event:

Do It With Emotion. Give It Everything You Got!

This is why it’s so important to show up and be authentic. The real stories, the truth of who you are, where you came from and why you strive to achieve certain goals often has a very powerful backstory.

The things than happen over the years shape who we are and can be used for powerful storytelling.

Don’t be afraid to get out there and put your emotions on the frontline because on a neurological level, we are wired to connect and share the raw emotions involved in each experienced told by one another.

 

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Creating a Super Basic Button Logo In Canva

Design Your Own Super Basic Transparent Logo In Canva

Making a Transparent Logo In Canva:

You will need premium Canva, simply choose PNG download and tick the “Transparent” box before downloading.

 

No Premium Canva? Removing Your Own Background:

You will need to choose dark button colours if you are removing your own background, you can then upload to LunaPic.

You can either crop the logo or use the transparent background removal tool.

Alternatively some services charge $1 per picture for background removal, this is cheaper than the $10 monthly fee of Canva if you rarely use the service.

 

 

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