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May 28, 2015

How to deal with difficult clients

How to deal with difficult clients. Click through to read.

What’s your least favourite thing about running your own business? If I asked you for the top three things that cause stress, I’m pretty sure dealing with difficult clients would be somewhere among them. You know, the kind of clients who are constantly on your case, or have bloated expectations despite being price conscious, or clients who don’t pay on time (well, we covered those ones here). We all want to LOVE our clients, but sometimes the relationship can just get too strained, and even make you resent your client. Often the underlying issues are not that major, but when you’re juggling many clients, the one who’s a sticking point always stands out and cause stress. So, what do you do when a client relationship is in dire straits? Especially when you don’t want to jeopardise your reputation, or find it really hard to set boundaries or speak up.

1 Client who has a million ideas

Sure, ideas are a good thing. A creative client is a dream, but sometimes a Pinterest-crazy client with too many ideas can get a little bit tiresome, especially if those ideas don’t really work in the context of your work, or take the project to a direction that’s not right for your creative aesthetic.

My best tip:

Step up as the expert. Expert is such a big word, but if you are taking money for your services, you are aligning yourself as an expert in your discipline, so act like it. If a client has an idea you don’t think will work, let them know why. Give them enough information about the way you work, and what your vision and aesthetic is like, and there will be a lot less confusion. Clients often want to be led in the right direction, that’s why they’re hiring you, the expert.

2 Client who calls 10 times a day

Trust me, I get you. You feel much more comfortable corresponding via email in the first place, so that you can keep your thoughts together and have a record of what was discussed, I’m with you on that one. But once in a while you get a client who LOVES to hang out on the phone, and who loves to phone you constantly to see where you are at with the project. You develop a nervous tick around your phone, and your palms start sweating when it starts to ring again. I know it feels like they are harassing you, but trust me, they’re not. They are most likely just excited about working with you, and want to feel special and like they matter to you.

My best tip:

Put systems in place for client communication. Make it a habit to send weekly updates on what you achieved that week and what you’re going to work on the following week. If you offer them reassurance that you are working on their stuff and that they matter, and they have enough information about how your process and timings work, they will hopefully find less reason to phone you constantly. With the most keen ones, arrange regular skype calls to keep them in the loop and happy with the progress, that way the communication is on your terms, and for the rest of the time you can get on with actually doing work without constantly glancing at your phone with a heavy heart.

3 Client who has too high expectations

Even though you’ve agreed on a price and your client has signed off on a statement of work, some just can’t help but try to get more for their money. They will try to add tasks or keep changing things endlessly making the hours you work stretch on and on…

My best tip:

Be polite and professional, but firm. Remind them of what your agreement was and what’s included. Tell them that you’re happy to do extra hours or revisions, but it will cost them extra. Put the ball in their court and ask them if they want you to put together a quote for the extra work, and they can then decide whether they want to go for it.

4 Client who keeps changing their mind

You’re weeks into working on a project, or ready with a concept or a plan for a shoot taking place soon, and your client asks you ‘Oh, but could we do it this way instead?’. It’s a heart-sink moment. You’ve invested time and creativity into this thing, and now they want to do a 180, there’s nothing that will kill your excitement for working for a client faster.

My best tip:

Let go of the ego and see that it’s probably not the end of the world to change the concept. However, you do need to get paid for the work you have already done. Explain to your client that you’ll invoice them for the hours worked so far, and that you’ll create a new quote for the new aspects of the project. A better way to handle this would be to charge half of your fee upfront in the first place, so that the client really grasps that the work doesn’t begin until they’ve decided on the direction and paid, and that their payment won’t be refunded if the project is changed or cancelled. Education up front is always the clearest option, and sets expectations correctly.

5 Client who doesn’t pay on time

If you’re struggling with not getting payments in on time, go read this post about getting paid, and download the email scripts to help you with how to word things nicely and still get your clients to pay.

Have you come across any other awkward scenarios to add to these? I would love to know how you handled those!


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May 26, 2015

The Heart List / 7 / The things that bring you most joy at work

The Heart List: Chapter Seven. Click through to get your own printable template, and to share your lists with us!

It’s kind of crazy how fast a fortnight goes, but here we are, it’s time for yet another chapter of The Heart List. And this week we’re honing in on the things that bring your joy in your work and business.

Here’s how it works. Below, you can download a printable pdf of the current Chapter. You can then fill yours in, blog it, and link to your blog post in the comments below, so we can all visit each others lists and get inspired!

Click here to download The Heart List: Chapter Seven: Download

Chapter Seven: List the things that bring you most joy at work

Over time it’s easy to start feeling a bit disillusioned and run down by all the routines of running a business, so it’s really important to take time out and connect to the aspects that give you most joy about the work you do. Knowing what truly lights you up is also a great way to hone in on where you should be focusing most of your energy in order to keep momentum going, and feeling like you run a business that feeds your heart and soul. As I run a couple of businesses, my list is a bit of a mesh-up of everything I get to do. Here’s my list, I’d love to see yours!

  1. Feeling fully alive when inspiration strikes.
  2. Coming up with new ideas.
  3. Helping others find their magic.
  4. Having the freedom to create my schedule and life.
  5. Creating new products and services.
  6. Surrounding myself with beauty.
  7. Always moving – never static.
  8. Creating a business that reflects myself.
  9. Getting to play daily.
  10. Learning more about myself constantly.
  11. Getting to connect with inspirational people all over the world.
 
Do post a link to your own list in the comments below! You can find all the lists here.
 

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May 22, 2015

Behind the scenes with Mert & Marcus for Stella McCartney

Last year me and soon-to-be-guest-blogger Liz Wan got to be a part of something pretty exciting. You might have seen the latest Stella McCartney campaign for her signature scent Stella, which was beautifully shot by the amazing Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. Well, we were on hand to document the behind the scenes action, from the hustle and bustle of the dressing room preparations, to the fascinating process of Duncan Hamilton creating lifelike ice sculptures of the perfume bottles, to observing Mert & Marcus on the set weaving their magic.

It was especially fascinating to observe how a shoot like this brings together such a large group of top professionals from different creative fields, and how all the moving parts add up to the gorgeous end product. Hopefully this little behind the scenes glimpse might give you some inspiration and an idea of all the different creative disciplines that are involved. Enjoy!

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

Watching Duncan Hamilton create his ice sculptures was fascinating. Almost as fascinating as listening to his stories from the past several decades of creating art from ice in the wildest of settings!

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

Probably the sweetest lady in the business. She was such a joy to be on set with.

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

It was kind of amusing being surrounded by bottles of the scent I use pretty much daily. Familiar and surreal all at once.

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

As well as shooting stills for the print campaign, the TV commercial was also being filmed at the same time.

Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography
Her Lovely Heart behind the scenes photography

All images by Marianne Taylor & Liz Wan / Her Lovely Heart for Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

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May 20, 2015

Guest Blog: Respect your hidden power & purpose

Respect your hidden power & purpose. Guest post by Emily Johnston. Click through to read!

Guest Blogger Emily Johnston is a photographer who loves the sense of freedom travelling gives her. In this episode she talks about the power that lies within all of us.

One of my favourite Yogi Bhajan quotes is:

‘Show some respect for your hidden power. Awaken it!’

By ‘power’ I believe he meant talent, gift, capability and expertise. In my opinion every single one of us has a hidden power, and it is this unique power that is the reasons why we are here today – living on this world in this lifetime.

However, many of us have been taught to turn down our power, brainwashed into thinking a mundane life is acceptable. But playing it safe or small is no longer an option. The world is in desperate need of more miracle-minded people, just like you, to wake up to their true power and purpose.

So, stop wrestling with your ego who, lets face it, is not your amigo, as it often tries to talk us out of all the good things in life. Do what makes you feel happy instead.

When you feel great, you attract greatness, otherwise known as success. So, ask yourself what makes you feel great ? Then make it your mission to do just that, and have a whole load of fun along the way.

And if you are still feeling the fear, first, read my last post on feeling the fear and doing it anyway, and second, take yourself out of the situation and do it for those around you.

There is no greater way to tap into your power than to be in service. If you’re feeling disempowered, immediately find a way to serve by doing something, anything, that utilises your power and helps others. This action will instantly remind you of how powerful you truly are and reinforce the essential idea that your power is best used to light up and serve the world.

Allow yourself to be the light and let that light shine brightly on all those who flow in and out of your life. After all, as I’ve said before, like attracts like. The energy that we bring to a situation determines what we will receive back. If you want people to believe in you and your business, you have to start believing in you and your business.

Respect your hidden power & purpose. Guest post by Emily Johnston. Click through to read!

10 signs you’ve discovered your inner power when it comes to your business:

  1. You’re a little freaked out by the magnitude of everything that you have to do – not because you don’t want to do it, but because you want so badly to succeed.
  2. You get a little twinkle in your eye and can’t stop smiling whenever you’re asked what you do or would like to do.
  3. You’d rather stay up brainstorming and researching than watching TV.
  4. You’ve got an ravenous appetite for books, blog articles and anything else that you can get your hands on related to your field.
  5. Your head is constantly spinning with ideas. You have aha moments in the car, in the shower, in the supermarket and many other random locations.
  6. You’re constantly thinking of ways to improve your life and the lives of others through your business.
  7. When you think of a life without your passion, you feel empty.
  8. You’ve found yourself cutting out negative thinkers from your life. You won’t let small minds talk you out of big ideas!
  9. Following your dreams has taught you that you are no longer willing to settle for just a job that pays the bills but crushes your soul.
  10. You found yourself nodding throughout this list, reaffirming that you’ve found your place. And knowing that you’re courageous enough to unleash your hidden power, gives you a completely indescribable feeling in the most wonderful way.

Go awaken your power !!

Images: Emily Johnston


Her Lovely Heart


May 15, 2015

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'Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues.' Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

Lately, on Instagram, we’ve tried to accept our faults in order to appreciate our virtues…

'Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.' Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…wondered whether it might be time to start believing in fairy tales again, because…

'Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.' Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…does anyone actually ever grow up anyways? Wishing you a colour & laughter-filled weekend!

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May 14, 2015

Advice for creatives: How to make getting paid less awkward

Making getting paid less awkward. With free email scripts. Click through to read and download.

There’s one aspect of running a business that creatives, or the more sensitive souls among us, find especially painful. And that’s asking for money in exchange for our services. Somehow associating money with our creative work makes us feel insincere or challenge our artistic integrity. But the fact is that when you run a business, one of the prerequisites is that you do collect payment from your clients. When it comes to asking for payment, do any of these thoughts ever run through your mind?

  • I’m afraid I’ll look greedy.
  • I don’t want to get into a confrontation.
  • Creativity shouldn’t be about money.
  • They will realise I’m a fake.
  • How should I even ask?

That’s cool, I guarantee you’re not alone with your thoughts, most sensitive people will run through the same list of questions. It definitely doesn’t mean that you’re incompetent in any way, and you should absolutely tell that voice that’s telling you you’re a fake to suck it.

But since asking for money can be such an uncomfortable thing, it really pays (ha!) to have processes in place that will make it easier for you, and which will make both parties feel more comfortable. Here are my top tips for making it less uncomfortable to get paid.

1. Get paid up front

Have you ever ended up doing work for free just because you found it too intimidating to chase a client for payment? Sure, sometimes agreeing to collect payment after the job is done works. But sometimes you send out your invoice and don’t hear back, or your client starts bartering after the work is already done.

It can feel weird to get paid before doing any work, especially when you’re starting out, but it’s really not that unusual. You as a business owner have a responsibility to stay in business. That’s not a luxury, or cold hearted, it’s common sense. It also means your clients will have some skin in the game and take you seriously when they book your services.

2. Set up a payment plan

Setting up a payment plan is a good idea if you sell services that are a bigger investment for your clients, and which need to be booked in advance, such as photography packages or bespoke design services. A payment plan will help your client to spread the cost over a longer period of time, and also allow you to know you have money coming in at certain times.

3. Have a contract in place

It’s crucial to create a contract or a statement of work, which outlines everything that is included (or not) in the price, and any terms you might have. Your contract should also clearly state any deposits and further payments, and when they’re due.

4. Don’t be afraid of deposits or retainers

This is especially relevant if you offer a service, such as wedding photography, where the event might take place in the future, or when you have a waiting list for your work. A deposit is the best way to make sure your client is fully on board, and understands that they are not only paying for your talent, but also your time.

5. Educate your client

Educate your client throughout the process, repeat your terms as many times as possible, starting from your initial emails, your contract, and any welcome pack you might send out. There is no such thing as too much information.

Having terms in place helps people understand you are a real business, and not just offering your services as a hobby. For example, you want to be specific about what happens in the event of non-payment. It’s much easier to refer back to you contract, which states that all work will stop at the event of non-payment, or that deliverables will not be delivered, when dealing with a lovely client who keeps promising to pay you tomorrow.

Making getting paid less awkward. With free email scripts. Click through to read and download.

6. Invoice promptly

Make sure you always invoice your clients promptly, on the dates that you have indicated. It’s up to you to set the tone of your business, so if you are slow at getting your invoices out, your clients will take that as a sign that they can also be slow with their payment.

7. Be friendly but professional

When sending out invoices use friendly language. Talk about how excited you are to be working with them, and reiterate some of your terms and timelines in a gentle way. This will remind your client about what goes into your work, and helps them to value your time.

8. If your client is not paying

Don’t instantly assume the worst. It could be that they are having some cashflow problems, or that they are simply someone who means well, but is not very organised or good with keeping on top of their finances. Sometimes a client can just suffer from a bad memory.

Having said that, you still deserve to be paid.

If you need to send a chase-up email, always keep the first one lighter in tone. Remid your client to get back on track, without making them feel bad. Express how excited you are about the work you’ve produced, and talk about the whole process so that your client will reconnect with the value you are providing.

If you still fail to receive payment, it’s time to enforce your terms. Keep personal feelings out of your communication, but make it clear that work will cease, or products won’t get delivered, unless you’ll receive payment by X date.

I hope these tips will help you put in place processes that will make getting paid a lot less painful for you. As an extra, you can download these free email scripts for getting paid, which you can then personalise for your own use.


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May 13, 2015

Goodie Bag / 21 / Motivational desktop wallpapers

This week has been all about the hustle! I’ve ticked so many things off my to-do-list (some of them had been hanging around so long they’d started gathering dust!), and finally started working on new projects I’ve been planning, along with making huge steps towards finishing others that just need some finishing touches. It feels SO good to get stuff done, and in honour of this feeling, here are a couple of desktop wallpapers that might help you to get your hustle on, too!

Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com

Designed for Her Lovely Heart by Marianne Taylor.

Click here to download all the Hustle wallpapers for free: Download

See more free goodies here!

Do you have a design you’d like to submit for our Goodie Bag? Create one design, or example of a digital product, and email it to submissions@herlovelyheart.com with the subject line ‘Goodie Bag’. We’ll review your submission and get back to you if it’s a good fit for the site!

 

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May 11, 2015

The Heart List / 6 / Biggest business frustrations

The Heart List: Chapter Six. Click through to get your own printable template, and to share your lists with us!

I can’t quite believe that this is already the 6th chapter of The Heart List! This week, I wanted to approach the list from a slightly different angle, and list some of the frustrations running your own business can bring up. The idea isn’t to dwell on the negative, but rather try to pinpoint some specific annoyances, so that it will be that much easier to target those when working on making running your business more fulfilling.

Here’s how it works. Below, you can download a printable pdf of the current Chapter. You can then fill yours in, blog it, and link to your blog post in the comments below, so we can all visit each others lists and get inspired!

Click here to download The Heart List: Chapter Six: Download

Chapter Six: List your biggest business frustrations

When trying to list all my biggest business frustrations, I realised that some of the frustrations I used to have don’t apply any more, which is lovely to realise. But at the same time I had still held on to that feeling about certain tasks being a pain, so it was super useful to write down the ones I’m actually still dealing with, in order to let go of the ones that don’t apply any more. I reckon there’s still quite a lot to work on, but just having all these niggles down on paper makes me feel so much more empowered to actually do something about them. Plus, this exercise gave me about a gazillion ideas for posts and newsletters. Here’s my list, I’d love to see yours!

  1. Not having enough time for everything I want to do.
  2. Losing focus at stressful times.
  3. Sometimes feeling intimidated by others.
  4. Not being able to do everything myself.
  5. Fighting against comparison to others.
  6. Hating routine.
  7. Trying to figure out where I want to be in 5 years time.
  8. Having to constantly evolve skills as technology advances.
  9. Fighting for time off.
  10. Dealing with email!
 
I would love to see your list, do either write it down, or post a link to your own list on your blog, in the comments below! You can find all the lists here.
 

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May 8, 2015

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We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

Lately, on Instagram, we’ve tried to be worthy of all the beauty in the world…

Your choices of action may be limited but your choices of thought are not. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…remember that our choices of thought are limitless…

There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…and realise that it’s up to us to celebrate life, as often as we can.

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May 7, 2015

Guest Blog: How to edit your portfolio

How to edit your portfolio: guest blog by Siobhan Hennessy.

Photographer Siobhan Hennessy spent a decade as a Picture Editor for one of the world’s top photographic agencies. In this guest blog series she draws from her experience of editing some of the best images in the world, in order to help you gain a clear focus on how to best present your work.

In today’s world of image overload, trying to get your artwork noticed is harder than ever. How you market it, where you display it and how you sustain momentum are all important aspects of running your business, but nothing beats good editing to make your images stand out. Strong editing skills can sometimes demand detaching yourself emotionally from your work – easier said than done, I know. But this seemingly harsh approach will ultimately bring you closer to your vision and help you find your inner voice.

1. Be honest with yourself

In order to maintain authenticity in our work, we must create a vision that is uniquely our own. And, of course, as we all have an individual eye, it can be hard to see things through someone else’s at times. But the art of editing your portfolio involves just that – stepping away and being objective.

2. Less is always more

If you have created some imagery that you are particularly proud of, challenge yourself to strip away the excess, leaving only the most perfect image(s) behind. I’m not suggesting you bin anything, but maybe create a separate folder containing only the very best. Next time you open it, you will be even more proud of your work.

3. Consider the sequence

Whether you are an artist, photographer or illustrator, how your work unfolds before the viewer’s eyes is of key importance. You are narrating a story through images, and that generally means a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s your job to ensure they read it just like you see it in your mind. Take a natural path, one that is easy to follow and avoid unnecessary distractions.

4. Believe in yourself

In my experience, artists often struggle to believe in their abilities. Maybe that’s a necessary part of the creative journey and is what drives us to create more. But the more you believe, the stronger your vision will become, and before long, everyone else will believe too.

Image: Siobhan Hennessy


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May 6, 2015

Goodie Bag / 20 / Hand painted desktop wallpapers

Changing my desktop wallpaper often (usually weekly, sometimes even daily!) always gives me a little jolt of fresh energy, so finding or making new ones myself is something I really enjoy doing. These hand painted wallpapers might be some of my favourite ‘spur of the moment’ creations yet! I hope you’ll like them, too!

Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com

Designed for Her Lovely Heart by Marianne Taylor.

Click here to download all the painted wallpapers for free: Download

See more free goodies here!

Do you have a design you’d like to submit for our Goodie Bag? Create one design, or example of a digital product, and email it to submissions@herlovelyheart.com with the subject line ‘Goodie Bag’. We’ll review your submission and get back to you if it’s a good fit for the site!

 

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May 5, 2015

Art to Feed Your eyes / 2 / Instagram Inspiration

It’s no secret that we LOVE everything about Instagram over at HLH. Possibly even more than posting our own Instagrams, we adore finding new, inspiring people to follow. Here are some of our current favourite Instagram accounts, bursting with colour, inspiration and uplifting ideas. Enjoy!

aww.sam

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Product designer and photo stylist aww.sam has filled her Instagram with the most original, inspiring images. Plus we can’t not be swayed by her love of pink!

alisonpiepmeyer

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

The Instagram account of alisonpiepmeyer, managing editor of Oh Happy Day, is bursting with colour and infectious energy.

amyventures

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Graphic designer and stylist amyventures fills her account with clever and fun ideas, executed to perfection.

courtney_tess

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Photographer courtney_tess describes her Instagram account as ‘the magic in the in-between’, and that’s just what we love about it, every day moments seen through the eyes of someone who looks for that something special in every scene.

creativekipi

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Marjorie Lacombe aka creativekipi describes her account as a place ‘where color and creativity combust!’. We are utterly smitten with her pastel-coloured world and clever DIY ideas.

idreamofkelly

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

The Instagram account of idreamofkelly is filled with colourful glimpses of every day life. Her photos make us want to live more colourfully.

ispydiy

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Jenni Radosevich aka ispydiy makes things and takes pictures of her creations. And she certainly has us hooked.

jayzombie

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Photographer Jessica Zollman aka jayzombie sees the world in a delicate, and yet colourful way. Her images are like a breath of fresh air when they pop up on our feed.

jengotch

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

If you ever need a kick of pure adrenaline, fun and ‘everything is possible’ spirit, the Instagram account of real life superwoman jengotch is just the ticket. (Plus also, some of the cutest cat pictures.)

ohhappyday

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

The Instagram account of ohhappyday blog delivers DIY inspiration and a healthy dose of colour and confetti for every day.

rain_bird

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Artist Raven Roxanne aka rain_bird is behind one of our favourite Instagram accounts by a working artist. She consistently posts the most beautiful paintings, and fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses. Pure inspiration.

sketchinc

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

The Instagram account of sketchinc is filled to the brim with the cutest Kokeshi dolls made by hand Becky Kemp. Not only are her creations the cutest, but the photos of the designs are simply gorgeous, innovative works of art in their own right.

studiodiy

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

It’s party every day on Kelly Mindell aka studiodiy‘s Instagram feed. We love her ideas and gorgeous colours that inspire us daily.

thebannerie

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

It’s inspirational when someone concentrates their efforts around one genius idea, and does it so WELL. That’s exactly why we love thebannerie, brainchild of Gilit Cooper.

thecraftedlife

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Rachel Mae Smith aka thecraftedlife is a craft & DIY blogger, with an Instagram account full of pretty, fun and creative.

theproperblog

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Stylist Lexy Ward of theproperblog understands our need for pastels and pretty things, and we adore the way she sees the simplest things in most beautiful ways.

theuncommonplace

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Designer Katie Thierjung of theuncommonplace keeps our sprinkles & sweets quota filled. We might be trying to stay off sugar, but letting our eyes feast on her gorgeous Instagram is surely allowed!

twomacks

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

We adore the creativity in the images from twomacks. In every image there’s always something that takes us by surprise.

violettinder

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

For those of you who like your colours BRIGHT, violettinder is a match made in heaven. Her creations are like a punch to your retinas, which we’ll gladly take, daily.

zioandsons

Visually inspiring Instagram accounts. Selected by Her Lovely Heart.

Styling & creative company zioandsons has a style that seduces. A beautiful colour palette and simple, perfect compositions have us clicking the heart button every time.

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Visually inspiring Instagram accounts selected by Her Lovely Heart.

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May 4, 2015

Finding a better way for dealing with stress

Finding a better way to deal with stress. Click through to read!

Stress. That word we’re always trying to avoid but something that most of us tend to live with daily, often quietly and alone. It’s so ingrained into us that ‘stress is bad’ that we try to mostly brush it under the carpet rather than deal with it, never less think that it might be beneficial to us in some situations.

Do you often find yourself thinking ‘it’s just a stressful phase, I’ll get through it and then I’ll be fine again’? But really, is it just a phase? I’m the first to hold my hands up and admit I’ve spent the better part of this year in a ‘phase’ like this. I’ve been in the middle of trying to organise one of the biggest moves of my life, with huge lifestyle impacts, and everything else that goes with it (Getting to live by the sea, exciting, yay! Having to deal with estate agents, solicitors, removals, and relocating a business, stressful, boo!). I also recently got a diagnosis for a health issue which has caused a lot of pain and inconvenience over the years (Finally knowing is relief, yay! Facing a possible hysterectomy in your 30’s, wow, stressful, boo!). Both of these things have affected my ability to function properly, which hello, more stress, and as a result I have felt more and more isolated with my big ball of stress and anxiety.

And then I got to thinking, is it healthy to dwell on how stressful these things are, and are these things actually more stressful than other things, or rather just a more convenient reason to dwell on that stress? I mean, don’t we always find things to stress about? Whether it’s stressing about your children, or rather stressing over when or if or whether you’re able to have them. Whether it’s having too much work, or not having enough work. Whether it’s about achieving something, or stressing about not losing what you’ve achieved. You see where I’m going with this? What ever our situation, we will find a way to stress over it.

Suddenly I see so clearly how badly I’ve dealt with this particular patch of stress, and why it’s grown into such a big monster. I’ve been doing my darnest to try to avoid it. To distract myself with ice cream and bad tv, instead of using the extra energy stress provides for forging forward with other things I’m stressing over slacking on. Isolating myself so I wouldn’t bore people with my worries instead of asking for advice. Feeling like I don’t have anything to give, even though sharing some of my experiences could make someone else going through similar stuff feel less alone.

I think we all go through life experiencing stress, and mostly feeling that our experience is somehow different, when in fact it’s probably pretty similar to what most are going through right at the same time, even if their reasons for stress might vary.

Here is some of my own advice I will try to take on board from now on:

1. Don’t isolate yourself

Share in the human experience. The worst thing you can do when feeling stressed is to think that you’re the only one experiencing it. Reaching out to others helps you realise you’re not alone, and that it’s normal to have to deal with some stress.

2. Use stress for good

Use the extra energy and adrenaline stress creates for getting things done or pushing through your fears. Let it help you smash that deadline, or deliver that big scary presentation.

3. Don’t feel guilty about being stressed

It’s normal, it’s a part of life. Stress itself is not harmful, rather our response to it.

4. Help others

Often when we’re stressed we feel like we don’t have anything extra to give to others. But I’ve found that one of the best stress-busters is actually offering help to others, not only does it pull you out of your own thoughts, but it makes you feel good about your capabilities.

5. Have a trusted list of stress-busting activities at hand

I listed some of my favourite stress-busters in this Heart List. Having such a list at hand when you really need a break from stressful thoughts is invaluable. Although from now on I won’t use the list just to ‘manage’ stress, I’ll also try to adjust my overall attitude towards stress, and not let things get too desperate again!

6. Realise that you are doing something meaningful

We rarely stress about things that mean nothing to us. So if you are feeling stress, it’s a sign that you’re doing something that means a lot to you, whether it is being good at your job, wanting the best for your kids, or trying to change some aspects of your life for the better.

Do you have any tips for dealing with stress in a healthier way?


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May 1, 2015

Latest from Instagram / 22

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

Lately, on Instagram, you might have spotted a bit of a theme with quotes on navigating tricky paths. Personally I’ve had a lot on my plate both mentally and emotionally, with trying to not lose faith over never-ending property dilemmas and dealing with a somewhat terrifying health issue, so I’ve naturally veered towards quotes with thoughts that comfort at a time of turbulence…

Whenever you fall, pick something up. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…this is one of my favourite new finds. Such good thought to hold on to…

Anne Frank quote. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…and if I ever need a perspective check, this is the one that will instantly make my worries seem smaller.

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April 29, 2015

Goodie Bag / 19 / Hand stamped alphabet wallpapers

To be honest, these wallpapers came about as a bit of a therapeutic exercise. I needed to take my mind of some property and health nightmares happening at the moment, and I thought a good way to go about it would be to hand stamp the alphabet, naturally! There’s something soothing about completing a manual task like this, and it helps focus the mind on something else than the constant noise of a stressed mind. Plus it’s highly satisfying to actually complete a manual task! I hope you’ll enjoy the results, which you can download as free desktop wallpapers below.
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com
Free desktop wallpaper by Marianne Taylor for Her Lovely Heart. Click through to download from herlovelyheart.com

Designed for Her Lovely Heart by Marianne Taylor.

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April 28, 2015

Inspiration Board / 10 / Happy Stripes

The promise of summer always makes me yearn for more stripes in my life. At the first sighting of the sun, out come the breton tops and stripy accessories. There’s just something carefree and uplifting about stripes, and never more so than when they come in a multitude of colours!

Her Lovely Heart stripy Inspiration Board. Click through for details!

Soft Green Stripes art print by Yasmina Baggili from Society 6.
Hello Stripes spiral notebook by Plum Street Prints.
Navy stripes laptop sleeve by Creative Laughs.
Shocking pink washi tape from Amazon.
Navy and gold weekend bag from West Elm.
Ceramic neon stripe mug from Paperchase.
White rainbow stripe vintage Polaroid OneStep SX-70 instant camera from Etsy.
Coral stripe iPhone case by Creature Cases.
Navy stripe and sequin camera strap from Etsy.
Kittens get thirsty too pink stripe tumbler from Bando.

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April 27, 2015

The Heart List / 5 / Ways to stay more focused

The Heart List: Chapter Five. Click through to get your own printable template, and to share your lists with us!

Another Monday, another Heart List! This time, we’re going to list some things that will help you stay focused to keep working towards your goals.

Here’s how it works. Below, you can download a printable pdf of the current Chapter. You can then fill yours in, blog it, and link to your blog post in the comments below, so we can all visit each others lists and get inspired!

Click here to download The Heart List: Chapter Five: Download

Chapter Five: List ways to stay more focused

My mind has been pulled into a hundred different directions lately, and I can feel that affecting my focus, it’s like the ‘why’ of it all starts getting a bit fuzzy, and you can’t quite grasp what all the work is for. I think this has been my favourite list so far, in terms of sensing a clear shift towards clarity after reading it through. Here’s my list, which I’ll promise to try to adhere to, I’d love to see yours!

  1. I will pursue my dreams until they become a reality.
  2. I will write tomorrow’s to-do-list tonight.
  3. I won’t waste time on doubting myself.
  4. I won’t give up.
  5. I will stay true to what makes me happy.
  6. I won’t be afraid of asking for help.
  7. I will get up when my alarm goes off.
  8. I will take better care of myself/eat better.
  9. I will set both realistic & wild goals.
  10. I will visualise success.
  11. I will stop wasting time on things that won’t feed my soul.
 
Do post a link to your own list in the comments below! You can find all the lists here.
 

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April 24, 2015

Latest from Instagram / 21

Be the poem. Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

Lately, on Instagram, we’ve tried to remember that we always have a choice to be something beautiful…

Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…got a reminder that happiness is a choice that comes from within…

Latest from the Her Lovely Heart Instagram. #hlhinstaquotes

…and tried to let go of emulating anyone else, the only way to shine is to be the best version of yourself.

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April 23, 2015

Guest Blog: Feeling the fear and doing it anyway

Facing your fears. Guest post by Emily Johnston. Clicl through to read!

Guest Blogger Emily Johnston is a photographer who loves the sense of freedom travelling gives her. In this episode she talks about the importance of treating others with kindness.

If the truth be told we are all one choice away from a new beginning. Every choice begins with an intention, your intentions create your thoughts, your thoughts create your choices, and your choices create your life. So if it is that simple why aren’t we all living in our dream world full of smart choices? FEAR! It is fear that encourages us to make the wrong choices.

Every choice you make defines your future in one way or another, so think about where your choice originates from before you react – is it static or dynamic, wrong or smart, fearful or fearless?

Static choices

Static choices are formed from ancient limiting beliefs, social conditioning, set limits and safe comfort zones. This negative mindset then creates a belief system based on fear from the past that we recreate in the present and project on to the future. And before you know it you are stuck on a merry-go-round too fearful to jump off.

Dynamic choices

You also have dynamic choices, which embrace the here and now. You know when you are making smart choices because you don’t second guess yourself, nor question your ability to follow through. You feel free, safe and energized. Your mind is also open to the endless possibilities that await you.

Be SMART about it

Here is how I remind myself to make S.M.A.R.T dynamic choices, be it for personal or professional reasons:

S – Stretch more than you can reach. You deserve the best.
M – Miracles do happen. Believe in yourself.
A – Align yourself with your inner truth. You will be guided.
R – Recognise progress and achievements. You have made smart choices before so you can do it again.
T – Time. All great achievements require time.

Getting past your fears

What to do if your heart calls you to do something different because you know deep down there is more to life than your present situation, but you are too scared to do anything about it? First of all, forgive yourself for having fear-based habits. At the time you formed them, you didn’t consciously know any better. Know it will take time to break these habits and detach yourself from fear, but the more you welcome a shift in perception, the easier it will become.

Second, take time to regularly tune out the continuous noise of this crazy world we live in and listen intently to the silence. Most likely you will instinctively know what to do. Trust yourself. If your dream turns out to be unconventional or out of the ordinary that is totally fine, too, as long as it sits comfortably with you is all that matters – go for it!

So, the next time you feel the fear call on your inner Joan of Arc – be brave, laugh in its face and then say out loud: ‘You are not real. You are just an illusion created by my misguided imagination’. Pass on this message to all those you know who are struggling to make that leap of faith, too, and encourage them to jump with you.

Remember, you have the right to choose what is best for you at every moment of your life, so listen to your inner self and know that when your choices come from your most fearless, optimistic, authentic, loving self, it will be a choice that inevitably moves you to success.

Images: Emily Johnston


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April 22, 2015

Quote of the Week / 31

‘Boredom is simply the absence of an interesting perspective.’
~ Brandon A Trean

Brandon A Trean quote wallpaper by Rosie Harbottle. Click through to download.

This Quote of the Week will hopefully give a little jolt if you often find yourself feeling bored and restless. There are so many different ways to look at things, and so many opportunities for creating a little magic every day, that boredom really is only a trick of a mind too preoccupied or tired to make most of the now. P.S. don’t confuse boredom with idleness, sometimes it’s more than healthy to do absolutely nothing!

Rosie Harbottle hand lettered this absolutely stunning Quote of the Week, and you can keep giving your mind a kick in the butt with this gorgeous original desktop wallpaper.

Brandon A Trean quote wallpaper by Rosie Harbottle. Click through to download.

Hand lettered for Her Lovely Heart by Rosie Harbottle. You can see more of Rosie’s lovely work on her website, and follow lots of prettiness via her Instagram.

Click here to download this gorgeous wallpaper set by Rosie: Download

Click here to see all Quote of the Week posts. Do you have a design you’d like to submit for our Goodie Bag? Create one design, or example of a digital product, and email it to submissions@herlovelyheart.com with the subject line ‘Goodie Bag’. We’ll review your submission and get back to you if it’s a good fit for the site!
 

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