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195: Your Questions Answered

Answering TONS of listener questions all about running a creative business on this week’s episode of #ExploreYourEnthusiasm. Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast195

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In this week's episode I'm answering your questions!

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192: What I’ve been reading: January 2018

Continuing to learn and grow is an important part of running any creative business. Learn all about my favorite books from the past six months at TaraSwiger.com/podcast192

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Monthly reading updates are back!

I’m going to start sharing, every month, the books I am reading and loving and the ones that are most impacting my business, mindset and decision-making!

Last year I read 70+ books and in 2015 and 2016, I read over 100 each year.

And for those 3 years I have reported in on my reading every month, in a blog post. But I kinda accidentally stopped, in July of 2017. There was no real reason, I just kept forgetting to do the blog post! I polled y’all on Instagram (are you following me on Instagram? If not, go do it – you get to vote on everything from I talk about on the podcast to watch on my Netflix queue!) – and you said you wanted me to go back to sharing my weekly list and you preferred me to do in an audio/video format. So that’s what we’ll do – 1 podcast a month on BOOKS. You can find allllll of my other reading posts and what I’ve been reading for the last 3 years right here.

So today I’m not going to cover January’s books, I’m actually going to go back and catch up on my favorite books since July, the last time I wrote about it!

All of these books are under $20 and I highly recommend each one.

Do you have a book suggestions you think I should read? Come tell me on Facebook!

Do you like episodes like this where I cover a lot of books, or would you prefer me to go deeper into one book per episode, like I have with Slight Edge and How Emotions are Made? I’ll put up a poll on Instagram, so be sure you’re watching my Stories!

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191: Stretch Goals: the key to hitting big goals

Setting goals for your creative business is a tricky thing. Sometime huge goals are super motivating, and some times they’re totally paralyzing! Learn all about the key to achieving your big business goals at TaraSwiger.com/podcast191

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Did you set a stretch goal this year?  How do you know what the right amount of stretch IS? How much is too much? What is ridiculous and what is a good kind of challenging?

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190: What if your success is a fluke?

Do you ever feel like all your success, in business, or just in life, might be a giant fluke? Learn how to overcome that fear at TaraSwiger.com/podcast190

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What if last year was a total fluke?
What if it all goes away?
What if it *seems* like your business is going well, but it’s all going to fall apart?

Yeah, have you been thinking that, when you have a business success? A good launch, a good year, a new client?

You are not alone.

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188: How to make a fresh start

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to set goals in your creative business. Learn all about getting a fresh start with your goals at TaraSwiger.com/podcast188

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Welcome to the new year!
This is the time of year when everyone is thinking about their plans and goals and what they want to create…and with that comes a big dose of self-doubt.
“Well I've never done that before.”
“I failed to hit a goal last time.”
“I have never set such a big goal!”
Today – how to start FRESH – how to move forward on your goal no matter what happened last year.

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187: How to plan for what you really want in 2018

New Years resolutions are always tricky, especially when you have a creative business. Listen to this episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm to learn how to plan for what you really, really want out of the next year at TaraSwiger.com/podcast187

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New Years resolutions are always tricky, so in this episode we'll be talking about how to plan for what you really (like, REALLY, REALLY) want out of the new year.

Previous New Years Episodes:

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186: My favorites: 2017 edition

What was the best part of 2017? What amazing things did I discover and do and experience this year? It's time for my yearly round-up of my favorite things of the last year, listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast186

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What was the best part of 2017? What amazing things did I discover and do and experience this year? It's time for my yearly round-up of my favorite things of the last year!

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184: Sane Holidays: 3 questions for the busy creative

The winter holiday season can be the busiest and MOST profitable time of the year in your creative biz. But it can also be the most overwhelming, and least enjoyable time of the year. Learn how to have a busy, profitable, enjoyable, and sane holiday season at: TaraSwiger.com/podcast184

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Welcome to your busiest, and potentially your most profitable time of year! And…also potentially the LEAST sane time of year. If you are dreading the holiday season and busyness and scramble, I wanna help you get you ready to have a killer season and fantastic good time.

As we leap into Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, I hope this collection saves a bit of your own sanity.

On CraftyPod:

On Karina Dressess:

I gather all my favorite sanity-saving posts on this Pinterest board (new articles are added all the time!).

Don’t forget to sign up below to get access to Holiday Sanity Guide in the Black Friday Bundle!

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183: How Emotions are Made (and how that impacts your business)

Feelings, both positive and negative, are part of being human. But when we try to deny or ignore what we’re feeling, our feelings can really mess up our creative businesses. Learn all about how to not let what you’re feeling mess with your creative biz on this episode of #ExploreYourEnthusiasm! Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast183

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Think about all the decisions that are impacted by your emotions:
Doing a scary thing, you feel fear – is this a sign you shouldn't do it? Getting a grumpy email from a customer – do you react with anger? Or with shame? How does that impact the email you send in response?

Emotions are part of a healthy life, and I'm a big believer in FEELING your feelings, not just shoving them down or ignoring them. They can shine a light on what's going on and what you need to do or stop doing.

Because when they're ignored, or when you act on them unthinkingly, you can really mess up your business! You can lash out or hide or give up entirely, depending on what your emotions tell you.

Links I mentioned:

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182: Fear of disapproval: get over it

Fear of rejection and disappointment are too real when it comes to running a creative biz! In this episode learn all about how to let go of the fear of disappointing people so you can get unfrozen and keep moving forward in your biz. Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast182

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Are you unsure of your next step, because you’re afraid of the reaction you’re going to get? Are you avoiding rejection, because you want to have the approval and acceptance of your customers and audience?
Yeah, me too.

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