Name: Susan Miller
Company Name: Lighted Path® Coaching
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LightedPathCoaching/
Susan Miller is a Right-Brain Business Plan® licensed facilitator located in North Carolina. She’s the July guest host of our RBBP Facebook group so make sure to stop by and get some support and encouragement from her. Susan is offering a FREE Creative E-course for you! Sign up at this link: https://bit.ly/2ZNRvvb for Wise Woman: 7 Day Creative Journey; an expressive arts journey into your feminine soul.
What is your business and what makes your business unique?
I consider myself a creativity muse, edge-walker, light-bearer, and joy-seeker. These play out in my work as a mixed media artist, expressive arts therapist, creativity coach, spiritual director, and a heart-centered entrepreneur coach. and a Right-Brain Business Plan Group Facilitator. Through my business, Lighted Path® Coaching and Art Studio, I offer creativity workshops/retreats, inspirational art e-courses, spiritual direction, and individual/group coaching for creative heart-centered entrepreneurs. I combine art with inner healing, with the desire to open up those I teach and guide to their intuitive creative process, resulting in a deeper understanding of self with greater trust and abundant joy.
How has the Right-Brain Business Plan® helped you? What is different for you and your business after approaching planning in a creative, visual way?
As a past RBBP Shooting Star and associate coach in Jenn’s RBBP Mentorship program, I have learned SO much about my own entrepreneurship journey, as well as had the opportunity to connect with so many other creative entrepreneurs. The RBBP strategies served as a catalyst to launch a transition into more of my creative services from my clinical counseling services. I was able to see things more clearly from my own intuitive wisdom to organically move into what I was dreaming of. I learned to have an ease-filled approach rather than striving. And not only myself, but so many other creative entrepreneurs in this program grew their businesses in much of the same way.
What goals (big or small) on your business plan have you already accomplished or have made progress on?
My goal several years ago when I started RBBP was to move from more clinical counseling work into a creative business where I focused on art-making, creative workshops, and retreats. This happened when I was prompted by Jennifer Lee, as my coach, to think of my business as my artist self. I was so amazed at how this changed the flow of my business and got my priorities in order. Over time, I began to bring my creative services into the forefront, and Lighted Path Coaching and Art Studio is well-established and my primary focus. I now am bringing into fruition another layer to that piece, my own artwork, and commission work.
Why do you love teaching the Right-Brain Business Plan® and using it with your clients? What are some client success stories?
The Right-Brain Business Plan helped me so much in establishing strategies that work for sustainable creative entrepreneurship, that I want to share the good juicy news with others, and offer support as they move toward their own business growth. I use RBBP as the main strategy for my entrepreneur coaching, individually and in groups. Since April 2018, I have been providing the RBBP online program as a catalyst for supporting a group of creative entrepreneurs. They have grown their businesses in the direction they have wanted to go, growing more and more sustainable as they work on their RBBP. The changes that they have experienced have been remarkable to me, as they put RBBP into inspired action!
How do you use your creative intuition in your work?
Creative intuition is how I operate. In working with individuals and groups, I believe that it is crucial to healing and better soul understanding to open up the portal of intuition through exploring creatively. As an artist, my art-work comes from an intuitive approach that opens up to the depth of the soul, bringing forth beautiful whimsical figures, enchanting animals and birds, all inspired by God’s gift of Nature. My art workshops allow participants to explore their inner soul wisdom as the inspiration of their paintings, while I share exciting mixed media techniques to create deeply meaningful, radiant and magical art. I offer intuitive art-making retreats that are inspirational and fun, supported by nature, offering the right blend of reflection, restoration, and creativity. One of my hallmark yearly summer retreats, Intuitive Soul Art & Yoga, located in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, blends together art and yoga to offer participants life-changing creative and restorative experiences.
What’s your big vision for your business?
Presently I am focusing on the art part of my business, developing a strong body of work, techniques that are unique to me, teaching art workshops, and offering creative retreats. I have a gallery space at 311 Gallery in the arts district in downtown Raleigh NC. This has helped me to meet more artists, and am developing more gatherings and connections with other local artists. I am developing my custom portrait and pet commissions which I love to offer as a unique experience using intuitive collage and painting. I’m working on my artist website this summer where I will have my art for sale. I would also love to participate in an online art auction one day! When we put it out there, things begin to happen with more ease! I am having a LOT of fun and feel like that is so important for generating the creative life!
What advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?
There are four things that help creative entrepreneurs in growing a sustainable and joy-filled business:
1. Get a clear vision and re-evaluate regularly. This is the foundation you need to remember your why!
2. Gather around you like-minded creative entrepreneurs who are a positive influence. Support is nourishment.
3. Get help when you need it. It is worth the investment to hire someone so you can do what you do best.
4. Expect your business to take at least 3 – 5 years to be sustainable. Remember, perseverance is a muscle.
Here is my FREE Creative E-course for you! Sign up at this link: https://bit.ly/2ZNRvvb for Wise Woman: 7 Day Creative Journey; an expressive arts journey into your feminine soul.
Want to create your own Right-Brain Business Plan®? The Right-Brain Business Plan® Kit includes supplies to make your own accordion book style visual business plan.