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Personality Tests for Creatives

Personality tests are more than fun indulgences. They are essential tools designed to help you understand your strengths, spot weaknesses, and differentiate your work. As the online world crowds, and it’s becoming increasingly challenging to stand out, personality tests for creatives are more crucial than ever. Overcoming a creative block Like many of you, the […]

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Have you been feeling uninspired? Here’s how to use the ten aesthetics of joy to unleash creativity in your work and life. Even the happiest, most positive people feel the heaviness of our world. And lately, things have been extra challenging. Whether you’ve been consumed by negativity in the news or struggling with a personal […]

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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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My word of focus for 2021 was “Luxurious.” It wasn’t a necessarily noble choice, but after a challenging 2020, I was ready to indulge. When I shared my word of the year with friends, I remember following it with all kinds of disclaimers, assuring them that I wouldn’t turn into a jerk or start wearing […]

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Are you dreading the start of a new week? Learn how to make Monday feel like a Summer Friday.

Are you dreading the start of a new week? In this post, I’m sharing how to make Monday feel like a Summer Friday. Being a Creative is a gift. My days are typically filled with fun tasks like recording A Podcast for Creatives, playing with fonts, or writing my book. But running a creative business […]

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In this post, you'll find a The Midnight Library book review, plus all of the fiction and non-fiction books I read in March 2021. I have always loved stories about possibility. My mind delights in bending around “what-if” scenarios, like in the film Sliding Doors. I’m also fascinated by the notion of altering destinies, like [...]

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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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How can you find more energy when you are an introvert? In this post, you’ll find a two-part approach to uncovering untapped power, so you can find time to do more of what you love. Why are we so tired? “I just want to nap,” and “I just want to sit on the couch,” are […]

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Taking risks don't come naturally to introverts. In this video, you'll learn how to stop playing it safe, without leaving your comfort zone. // from Michelle Hickey Design // #introvertlife #creativebusiness #introversion

Taking risks don’t come naturally to introverts. In this post, you’ll learn how to stop playing it safe, without leaving your comfort zone. Have you always been told that the way to accomplish great things is to step outside of your comfort zone? To become a risk-taker? To take more leaps? None of these things […]

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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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