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On acting the part + a book update

In this post, I give an update on my book writing journey and share how acting the part can help you stay the course as you pursue a creative dream. We all have creative dreams. Maybe yours is to see your work in an art gallery, host a retreat, write a screenplay, or design a […]

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For me, creating a vision board has become an integral part of beginning a new year. In this post, I share my process, reveal my finished 2022 vision board, and offer encouragement to help you create one for yourself. The calendar says that the new year began on Saturday, January 1st, but I wasn’t ready […]

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How to Create a Digital Vision Board

In this post, you’ll learn how to create a digital vision board and establish a ritual that will help you attain your biggest dreams. At the beginning of the year, my mastermind group was choosing a group activity for our upcoming in-person meetup, and my friend Kalyn offered a brilliant idea: Digital vision boards. My […]

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Sometimes life throws us curveballs, but it doesn’t mean that we should stop creating and sharing our work. In this article, Michelle shares tips on how to stay on track, even amid uncertain times. At the time that I’m writing this, COVID-19 is running amok and most of us are in quarantine. Everything feels unstable, […]

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In this post, I share my word of the year for 2020 and how I’m letting it guide the future of my creative business. That time I thought I was too good for the “word of the year.” Like many bloggers, every January 1st, I declare a focus word or phrase to guide the 365 […]

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Where should you focus your efforts to grow your business? If you’re struggling to figure out whether email marketing, Instagram, Pinterest, or one of the many other alternatives will be the best avenue to grow your creative business, a powerful tactic from the book, The One Thing, by Gary Keller, will help you to determine […]

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Looking to grow as a creative business owner without having to think so hard about it? Adopting these five habits will help you to achieve the success that you’ve been looking for, without all of the strife. From Michelle Hickey Design #personalgrowth #creativebusiness #habits

Looking to grow as a creative business owner without having to think so hard about it? Habits are your key to finding the success that you’re hoping for, without all of the strife. We creatives a colorful group, with varying experiences, interests, and goals, which is why I encourage you to identify the habits that […]

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The possibilities that are waiting for us are so abundant, that most of us can’t even imagine that they exist. In this post and video, Michelle shares how her decision to make one change, led to becoming the truest version of herself, and a life that was beyond what she could have ever dreamed of. Is […]

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Sometimes thinking big means starting with the basics. For me, this was digging deep and getting to the heart of what is going to make my business thrive: my audience and their needs. Through the design of a new reader survey, I was able to uncover part of the reason why conversions have been so […]

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Free Printable Planning Sheets for bloggers and small business owners! Two designs are included: one for keeping track of your brilliant ideas and the other to manage potential collaborations and sponsorships. Both will get you inspired to take action and grow your business and/or blog. Designs by MichelleHickey.Design.

Two planning printables for bloggers and small business owners to help you get organized while elevating your business: coming right up! Inspired by my word of the year Fellow bloggers and small business owners, I don’t know what happened to me at the start of this year, but I have got a fire lit under […]

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A modern maker with a classic approach to design.

An elder millennial, I learned graphic design the old-fashioned way, but for the past fifteen years, I’ve practiced those principles in the digital space. The result: content that stands the test of time.

I work with clients to craft everything from the ground up, establishing a strong foundation and energizing your visuals with meaning. Impactful content goes beyond what we see. We’re here to make your audience feel.

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