taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Thursday, September 03, 2015

New podcast is up + thoughts on growing a team

I've been thinking so much lately about what it looks like to grow a team. For years and years I went about growing my creative business alone. And while that was good and economic and helped me stay true to my vision for awhile (ahem, years!),  I kept arriving at a place of burn-out. Even worse, I began to feel a bit isolated. Repeated burn-out + isolation = disillusionment.

About two years ago, I was deep in that space of disillusionment. I had a successful creative biz, yet I began to get restless, losing my spark and drive. I was also stuck in harmful work patterns that were certainly maintaining my biz, but left little to no room for growing my biz with new ideas, inspiration, JOY. Although I had some help in the way of freelancers, I didn't have the feeling of being a part of a team of people who were all aligned, working toward a greater mission and purpose.

Around this time, a fellow artist (Katie Daisy) mentioned her "business manager" - someone who helped shape and hold the bigger picture and vision of what she wanted to do. Intrigued, I signed up for a consultation with her biz manager, Betsy Cordes.

It was love at first phone call, and I went on to hire Betsy as my brand manager - a HUGE, sometimes scary investment in myself and in my biz. It's been about a year and half since making this specific leap and with Betsy's help, I've gained enormous amounts of clarity, inspiration, and time. I've also gone on to grow my team in other ways, including a full time Community Manager and other part time consultants and freelancers. It's a far cry from where I was two years ago. I've never felt more supported by a team of folks who work well together, and who genuinely support not just my work, but who I am as an artist and where I'm heading with my business. Here's the most important thing I've learned these last couple of years about growing not just a team, but growing a business:

It deeply matters that the people you choose to be on your team have values and beliefs and work ethics that are aligned with yours. 

An essential part of creating a profitable, sustainable, fulfilling business is choosing team members not just based on their experience and capabilities, but on whether or not you actually connect with them as people. Are their values aligned with yours? Do they ‘get’ what you are trying to do in the world? If the answer is "yes", then you end up with more joy, less stress, more sales, fewer complaints, and a business environment you want to be in, with people you want to be around, who want to be there.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have landed here. I genuinely love my life and my work life more than I ever have before. I can honestly say that every single person I work with (developers, audio/video engineers, designers, accountants, bookkeeper, copywriter, etc) are people I adore, respect, and count my lucky stars for. I feel a part of something bigger, something collaborative, something that is growing with the effort and love of many folks. Hello, joy, hello TEAM!

XO,
Kelly Rae





PS: Speaking of growing a beautiful team, we have Episode 3 of our podcast up! In this episode, I not only dive into more my personal journey this last year of growing a small, but devoted team, but I also talk with both of those team members, including my lovely and talented Brand Manager mentioned above, Betsy Cordes, and Nichole, my Community Care Mgr. 

Here we are during our recording at my audio engineer's living room:



We talk trust, heart + soul investments, why letting go is both hard and amazing, and how to find your team soulmates. Did we mention there is super silly faking of British accents? Yes, there’s that, too. Listen to the podcast over here! 





Friday, August 28, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Backyard Beauty, Taking Care of Business, and Building a Beautiful Team


I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, August 21

I took a short trip to Manzanita yesterday with a couple of girlfriends. This little town holds so much magic for me. It would be a dream to be able to own a little cabin here someday. The weather was gorgeous and so much peace in my soul. Love you, #manzanita! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1021310411454761888_4682769
NOTICE: You are hereby allowed to be happy, to love yourself, to realize your worth, to believe in great things, and to be treated with love and respect. I've seen this quote floating around the Internet, and I adore it. Good reminder going into the weekend, my friends. Have a great one! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1031236835330443657_4682769

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Side by side
Bloom by bloom
Let's grow and reach and touch the sky
Together always


My everyday smoothie. I don't miss the caffeine that much but after having these daily green smoothies for the last couple of years, I'm addicted. 
// spinach, plain Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, water //


We each hold a "treasure" from the spirit room altar and then say our prayers. We then beat the drum to close out the day in celebration. Today he informed me that "being awesome" is when "your light grows so big that you feel like yourself. I am definitely awesome and so is everyone else except the bad guys. Well actually they're awesome but they make bad choices."

Saturday, August 22



Loving this day. Breakfast, farmers market, fresh flowers, gardening, snuggles, and working on a little sitting nook in the backyard (complete with solar powered twinkle lights <-- best invention ever).


When we moved in a little over a year ago, we built True a little covered sandbox. It was awesome until he was over it and never used it. Now we are repurposing that little structure into a little sitting nook, or as True calls it, "an outdoor stage." We made some progress today on it, but still lots to do: plants, cute outdoor decor, a rug, etc. But I'm loving where this is going. Solar powered twinkle lights are in there now and I'm anxious to see how they'll look when night falls. 


Solar twinkle lights for the definite win. Found via Amazon ;)))


Monday, August 24


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Okay, friends. Six weeks until my angel painting class starts. Registration is open and the intro price of $99 is still good for a couple more weeks. LOVING the response to this class. It's gonna be a beautiful constellation of people. All levels welcome.


I'm working a little later than usual (hello Monday!) but I'm digging how bright it still is at 7:30pm. Loving these long summer days. Also, had a great convo with a licensing partner for my new brand, True. We're totally gonna create a baby line of goodies. It's going to happen, friends! 

Tuesday, August 25

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Dear You,
Remember, nothing is wasted and everything shapes us.
Love,
Wisdom


I've been in major summer mode lately. Lounging, weeding, watching WAY to much Nashville (started binge watching from the beginning - new show for me. Love!), napping, playing, and procrastinating. I don't want summer to stop. It's been the first summer in years that has felt sloow and not ridden with too much activity. Best summer ever.

Wednesday, August 26
 


Spent the day with two peeps – Betsy from February 13 Creative, and my community care and engagement manager Nichole – who have changed not just my biz life in the last couple of years, but my life life. We look oddly posed and "cool" in this photo but mostly we were giggly, chatty, and in celebration mode for all that we've created together as a team. Big huge gratitude in my heart for these two soul sisters.

Thursday, August 27


We're in gorgeous Manzanita for one last summer adventure before preschool starts next week. It's our home away from home and we sure do love it here. Working on manifesting a beach home here for the future!


That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

XO,
Kelly Rae



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Home Tour: Master Bedroom!


Hi friends! 

I thought I'd share another room tour today. As I've said in the others, we're slowly making this place our home, and we're loving it. This summer is so different from last. Last summer we were just moving in, and this summer we're settled. What a difference it is to not be in transition, no? 

Today I'm sharing our master bedroom. Enjoy the tour!

xxoxo,
Kelly Rae




This room has large ceiling that form a peak - love that! The big metal star has never been happier than in this space. Our bedspread is a patchwork of vintage sari's. We found it in a shop in HI years ago and we fell in love instantly. 

The "hello love" banner was part of my home decor collection a few years ago and I love having it as our makeshift headboard. 



Our tutu wearing manniquin is a master bedroom staple. We loved it in the old house, too. The print on the wall is one of the first pieces of art John and I ever bought as a couple before we were engaged. That was about 17 years ago! 



The letters light up. Love, love, love. 

And the curtains were made by my mom. So grateful! I love how they coordinate with the gray rug. 

The dresser was John's when I met him all of those years ago. Loved his style then, and now. 



Sweet little side table John and I found years and years ago at a little thrift/flea/junk store. We hauled it all the way from Florida to Portland. Love pieces that have good memories associated with them! 



This little bonus nook is adorbs. True climbs into this space each morning after waking us up at 6:30. 





My dear friend Mati painted the birdie painting when we taught at an art retreat in Italy in 2008. I will cherish it always. 



A little peek of my dressing/jewelry nook. 



Having moved to this space from a sweet, but little bungalow, I almost didn't know what to do with all this space. I mean, an entire nook for built-in drawers and vanity space? LOVE! 



The view from the drawer nook :)

I am grateful every stinkin' time I see this view. 



I've been layering vintage style mirrors over the big wall mirrors in the bathrooms and I'm digging the look. Makes it feel more cozy, less modern, and more fun. 

The sign is from Barn Owl Primitives. 



Best part of our bedroom? The soaker tub. This baby gets used. A lot. Love, love, and more. My friend Stephanie made the gorgeous painting as a gift for us after True was born. Here's a post that share the whole thing. So gorgeous! 

Annnnnd that's a wrap! Another room tour coming soon!

XO! 







Friday, August 21, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Family Times, Dressing Up in Joy, and Yard Sale Finds!


I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, August 14

I took a short trip to Manzanita yesterday with a couple of girlfriends. This little town holds so much magic for me. It would be a dream to be able to own a little cabin here someday. The weather was gorgeous and so much peace in my soul. Love you, #manzanita! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1021310411454761888_4682769

NOTICE: You are hereby allowed to be happy, to love yourself, to realize your worth, to believe in great things, and to be treated with love and respect. I've seen this quote floating around the Internet, and I adore it. Good reminder going into the weekend, my friends. Have a great one! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1031236835330443657_4682769

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - Audrey Hepburn A hopeful spirit if there ever was one! Here's to a weekend of celebrating your gifts! This one reads "our impossibility is our greatest gift." Print available from my shop! #kellyraeroberts #celebrate #possibility - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1036307794030709145_4682769
Adore when businesses sneak in messages of love and hope. This was a little tea shop in the woods last week. Love is SO worth it. 100%.

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And then she followed her heart...
And let joy in... Amazing things happen when let joy into our hearts. Hope you have a joy-filled weekend!


Currently in bed with a nasty cold. Hoping to drift off soon. But first I'm diving further into this most interesting biography of Edgar Cayce.

Saturday, August 15


 
Loving this capture of my parents. Aren't they cute? Endlessly grateful for these two. ♥️❤️


These two are exactly four weeks apart in age. They've been great friends since they were babies. I love that they hug each other fiercely, play well, work it out when they are upset, and hold hands while running. Witnessing childhood makes me beam. Also, True told me today that he does NOT think our house is beautiful because he "prefers rainbow colors, but your earrings sure are beautiful, mama!"

Sunday, August 16


We call this room our family fort. It's where we watch movies, rough house, play games, build forts. Anyway, the other day John and I fell in love with this rug from Pottery Barn and we decided to just start layering rugs. Why not? I'm super inspired by The Jungalow right now. Plants. Rugs. I'm so not a minimalist when it comes to decor. I'm a collector and maximalist and loving how our home is coming together, layer by layer. I have a home tour coming up for you guys soon!

Monday, August 17
 
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She was learning to silence the noise,
and reawaken to her own bright bloom.
Here's to reawakening, my friends. Let's make this week a good one.



It's a dressed up in jpy day over here. Also, so happy to have little piggies while I await a hair cut. It's the little things, no? This week is a biggie: filming a new video for my upcoming new website, making new art, working on the backyard, and more.


Tuesday, August 18


So good.
Regram from Sabrina Ward Harrison.


Based on the extreme cheekiness that's happening in this photo, it's safe to say we're having a good time. Susan Roderick is here filming a new video for me, ya'll, and she is so fun.

Wednesday, August 19
 

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Dear Child.
I promise to come alive with joy when you enter the room (I want you to feel loved and celebrated). I promise to encourage you to dream big and reach toward possibility with faith and courage along the way.
I promise to create, play, dance, and sing with you (joyful creative abandon will be valued). I promise to teach you about how to be brave in sadness and brave in love.
There will be pain, fear, joy and love.
I will be with you, side by side, to guide you through all of it.
I promise to practice gratitude with you so we can feel joy and abundance in all things.
I promise to provide a safe, nurturing home where you have full permission to be who you are.
May you always know how deeply you are loved, how your life shines brightly and how your heart is never alone.


Paint on hands is always a good thing.

Thursday, August 20
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She was on a journey back to her wings...


Did you guys know we have small gift books out in the world? Big thanks to @jasituphandstamped for posting this beautiful look at one the gift books! This page reads "May you hold fiercely to what matters most." For those who might be interested, these are available at the online retailer Garden Gallery


Scored this beauty at a yard sale last week.


That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

XO,
Kelly Rae



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Introducing True® by Kelly Rae Roberts!


It is with so much excitement that I'd like to announce a new brand/collection that I've been working on for what seems like forever. Soon after True was born (almost five years ago!), I was inspired to create a new collection of work that captures all the sweetness and tenderness of being in a family. 

All these moons later, it's finally here......

True® by Kelly Rae Roberts communicates the essence of togetherness– the small moments, the big loves, the nuanced beauty of everyday living with those we love. True love, true connection, true living– this is the heart of the messages, the imagery, and the intention behind this brand.

I want these pieces to find their way into living spaces where stories and connection are shared, where imperfect living is celebrated, and where honest, real, true love is nurtured. I believe in surrounding ourselves, always, in beauty and truth. And I hope these pieces inspire you to do the same.

I wanted to share some peeks from the lookbook. Please enjoy..............



ALWAYS & FOREVER TRUE

For those of you interested, these prints are available in my print shop.

Ultimately, my hope is that this growing collection find its way into homes where love and togetherness are celebrated– in family rooms, kid rooms, living rooms– anywhere families come together. I envision everything from large statement wall art pieces, to small gift sized products, to stationery and photo albums, to soft goods, to home decor. The options are endless and I seek to partner with a company that shares my values– one that celebrates creativity, love, connection, and ultimately, all things True.

Big love,
Kelly Rae




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