(Headshot by Junica Chavis)
Note from Jenn: This week’s spotlight is on Maqueita Eleazer a.k.a. Coach Maq who gives a whole new meaning to g-string! Her creative RBBP is a reflection of her spiritual and creative coaching practice. She used her passion for scrapbooking to inspire how she approached her fun RBBP. (All photos below courtesy of Maqueita Eleazer.)
What is your business and what makes your business unique?
G-STRING Living (verb): 1. acronym for Gracefully Standing True Receiving InNer Guidance; 2. A way of being that supports you in discovering, embracing and living as your authentic self; 3. Metaphorically represents living your life like a G-STRING: open, carefree, bold and authentic.
G-STRING Living is the self-discovery journey towards authentic living! The foundation of this journey is grounded in the truth that everything we need to create the life experience we desire is already available to us; within us there is an Inner Guidance that is continuously speaking to us. All that is required to receive from this Guidance is to discover and acknowledge its presence in your life and give it permission to express itself as you!
The G-STRING Living Coaching process is a 7- phase self-discovery journey:
Jewel 1: Transformation
Jewel 2: Surrender
Jewel 3: Mastery
Jewel 4: Truth
Jewel 5: Awareness
Jewel 6: Authenticity
Jewel 7: Balance
Using spiritual laws and the Jewels as the foundation I offer, through the vessel of spiritual life coaching, an experiential, customized coaching process laced with creativity to match the client’s specific needs and desires.
“What makes my business unique?” well… the name. I believe that I was the vessel chosen to share G-STRING Living with the world because I needed to learn to be present and not to allow myself to be limited by only what my eyes can see. G-STRING Living reminds me moment by moment to see beyond what I can see and to make choices based on the Guidance that I am receiving.
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?
The Right-Brain Business Plan is a Godsend; the angels in heaven were definitely looking out for me when a colleague forwarded me the Jennifer Lee Soul Art interview. The RBBP gave me “permission” to use my passion for scrapbooking as a means to create my business plan this has supported me in pushing through the resistance. Creating my RBBP has raised my vibration because I have finally taken all of the ideas that have been floating in my head and put them on paper which is supporting me in moving forward. I am now able to visually see my priorities and make choices that are in support of my vision.
What goals (big or small) on your business plan have you already accomplished or have made progress on?
One goal was to attract opportunities to share GSL with others, and this RBBP spotlight interview is supporting me in doing that!! Another goal is to form alliances with other creative entrepreneurs. As such, I have formed an alliance with Karen Burns of The Wytches Brew who will be creating the G-STRING Living: Jewel Sugar and Salt scrub line, it is our intention to debut the Transformation Scrub in June.
How do you use your creative intuition in your work?
I have learned that my creative intuition is the lifeline of my work. I must make all choices concerning my work according to the Inner Guidance I receive. I have learned to be patient, to trust my gut and that my feelings never lie. Every morning, the first thing I do is connect with the Source, listen and act according to the Guidance that I receive related to GSL.
What’s your vision for your business?
I am committed to co-creating an outrageous world where women are discovering, embracing and living as their authentic selves by being powerful, vulnerable, creative, courageous, loving and surrendered to their inner guidance. It is my desire that G-STRING Living will be known as a way of being for women all over the world. I even envision seeing my definition of G-STRING Living in Webster’s dictionary:).
What advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?
There is value in waiting… waiting for the natural process of the universe to take its course. As creative entrepreneurs I think we sometimes put tons of pressure on ourselves to bring our ideas to life instantly, however, nothing that is beautiful or worth anything was ever created in an instant. When you think about the germination process of a newly planted apple seed so much happens underground before we ever see its “fruit.” I call this part of the process the incubation period and during the seed’s incubation period there are so many internal and external processes that are contributing to its successful growth.
Is there anything you’d like to share about your Right-Brain Business Plan® in terms of what it’s made out of or how you made it?
When I chose to create my RBBP I decided that I wanted to visually display what I felt for GSL, so every page is a visual representation of the love and passion I feel.
The front and back cover are canvas panels that were sponged painted; I then decoupage them with cutouts of some of my journal entries. (I used sparkle Mod Podge to decoupage.)
The accordion-style pages were made by taking purple file folders (after cutting off the tabs) and taping them together.
The pages were decorated with my Cricut Expression which is an electronic, personal die-cut machine. When it came to the things that I would handle often, such as my vision, I laminated them. I used Velcro to secure those things that I would share with others or would change frequently such as my monthly and quarterly goals.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
The most important lesson I have learned since I began my journey as a creative entrepreneur almost a year ago is that, in order for my vision to manifest the energy of it has to move every day! Because of that movement, my vision will maintain the momentum necessary to pull me forward, even on those days when I just want to stay in the bed and hide from the world. My vision is like a baby it is vital that I nurture it, spend time with it and bless it daily.
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