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(Almost) Italian + Announcing My 6 Month Scholarship

1-creative-career-flip-scholarshipDear friends,

Whilst you are reading this I am swearing allegiance to the Italian flag, mozzarella, beach beds, a crazy emotional country and a dream come true. At this moment I am becoming an Italian citizen.

I have been overwhelmed with emotion since the day I heard the news. The past 16 years feel like they have passed in a nanosecond.

It has been the journey of a lifetime, maybe 10 lifetimes. I feel I have squeezed so much happiness, love, travel and personal reward into them that even I can’t believe how much has happened.

I have been wracking my brains on how we can celebrate together and how I can give back to you for sharing this journey and all my ups and downs and give someone the opportunity and the taste of the life I have had the chance to live.

I know many of you out there have creative dreams of your own that maybe aren’t taking shape the way you want them to so I figure the best gift I could give is the chance to live the life I have lived!!!

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I want to help someone fast forward their dreams to become a reality.

So I have created a 6 Month Creative Career Flip Scholarship.

I will work side by side with you weekly for 6 months, we will brainstorm where you want to go, what you want to do and create a blueprint to make that happen. I will assist in helping you rework your portfolio, branding, message, voice, marketing and social media. We can break through any beliefs or blocks that have been holding you back and together we will create structures to support your business and scheduling to help make things happen. We can create or improve pricing, packaging and presentation.

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I will guide you through implementation, creating content and all the minute detail that will help you “hit your creative career out of the ballpark”!!!

This is not a competition, there are conditions and you must fit into the following:

  1. Be proficient at your art and not a beginner
  2. Already in business
  3. Willing to devote at least 5- 10 hours a week for weekly implementation
  4. Be available and ready to commit to be on every Skype call for one hour every week for 24 weeks straight
  5.  Confused about how to move forward with clarity
  6. Have a small amount of money to invest in improvements such as website upgrades or a to engage virtual assistants where needed to improve productivity
  7. Still have fire in your belly for your creative art
  8. Are willing to make 2017 a non-negotiable to go after your dream
  9. You are ready for change! And willing to take new steps, do things differently and you are done with the same old patterns that don’t bring you joy.
  10. Want more joy, success and personal reward in your life

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You can read more about what’s in store for you HERE. 

If this sounds like YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW you can register HERE for the chance to win the scholarship.

I am super excited to give this opportunity to someone and help them make their dreams a reality.

Please note that the winner will be announced on the 9th January 2017.

Tell your friends, sisters, creative mates and anyone you know that needs a leg up to make their creative career fly.

Much love

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She Creates These Incredible Nurturing Interiors

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Photography Martyn Thompson and painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder  Large Photo by Boo Ritson

Dear Friends,

Us creative folk are sensitive to life, to the things we see, the environment around us, the smells, the touch and the effect that it has on our senses.

Super creative Claire Lloyd takes the concept of the spaces we live and work in to a whole new level. She lives and breathes her concept called Sensual Living.

The beautiful spaces you see below in this post were all created by Claire. She has a rigorous approach to designing and creating spaces that goes down to the last detail, yes folks even her nails and wood joins are pretty!

All I want to do is make things beautiful’ were the words we started our chat with yesterday and is the basis of how she creates.

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Photography Martyn Thompson and painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder

The pursuit of beauty is what motivates her, it’s innate, everything she does in her life, the way she designs, cooks, chooses textures, puts spaces together is about beauty and nurturing.

When you walk into one of her spaces it’s like meditating without sitting down and doing it. The space does that for you. There are delightful scents of cloves softly burning, textures of cashmere, a repurposed old table in some interiors and a sleek white ballet floor in others. She adapts her spaces to their location, all smart and slick in London and authentic and huggable on her Greek Island. No matter where they are,  you feel an instant sense of comfort, peace and nurturing. Her spaces are as generous as she is.

The late great female Pritzer prize winner Zaha Hadid was such a fan, she fell in love with one of Claire’s spaces and made it her home.

claire lloyd, white interior, nurturing spaces, interior lover, white floorboards, minimalist, sensual living, chandelier bathroom, white kitchenPhotography Martyn Thompson and paintings by Matthew Usmar Lauder

Claire’s long love affair working and producing beauty has seen her work with Vogue, take the position of art director on many magazines including The World of Interiors to a freelance career working with the likes of Jo Malone.

I can’t wait for the day I hand her the key to my place and let her work her magic!!!

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Photography Nathalie Priem Painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder

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Photography Nathalie Priem

claire lloyd, white interior, nurturing spaces, interior lover, white floorboards, minimalist, sensual living, kitchen island, kitchen

Photography Hannah Lewis and painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder and artwork by Lim Jammet

And for the first time ever Claire and her partner artist Matthew Usmar Lauder are sharing their creativity, generosity and opening their Greek Island Guesthouse for a bespoke retreat like no other.

If you feel like would like to dip your toe into a creative world you have never felt game to, these two will lovingly open your eyes and your creativity, help you nurture your soul in an incredible week long foray into all things creative on their beautiful Greek Island. The retreat aims to reconnect you to nature, community and your creative self.

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Photography Carla Coulson left and Claire Lloyd right

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Photography Claire Lloyd and woodwork by Matthew Usmar Lauder

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Photography Carla Coulson

claire lloyd, white interior, nurturing spaces, interior lover, white floorboards, minimalist, sensual living, my greek island home, authentic interior,

Photography Carla Coulson

The bespoke menu is long painting, illustrating, photography, wreath making, authentic Greek cooking, history lessons with the locals and of course learning how to create sensual spaces from the master herself.

Claire and Matthew are rare hosts and I can proudly be testimony to that as a couple of years ago I had the special opportunity to road test this beautiful retreat.

Go take a look at Claire’s beautiful website HERE and their bespoke retreat HERE

And if you are one of the lucky ones to go, give the cats and dogs a hug from me.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharlal Nehru

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Invitation Only – You’re Invited

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Dear Friend,

Wanna meet me in Venice, Positano, Florence, Bali, London or Sydney to create the blueprint for the next part of your life.

I have had so many requests about coming to a place near you, that in 2017 I’m hitting the road so we can meet in person for a one-day intensive in an inspirational environment.

The day is devoted to you, your business and your plans for 2017. We take your expertise, what you are really good at mix it with what you love doing and flip it to live a life and lifestyle on your terms.

 

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In a one-day intensive we get to the heart of what you want to do, where you want to go, what you hold really important and if you are confused we find clarity so that you walk away with a plan. I will help you re-define your success so you can go after your dreams.

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One of the big things from stopping many of us from moving forward is clarity. When your goals and desires are clear everything is simplified and you can become laser focused to go after your dream without exhausting yourself and wasting your energy. We can delve into what is creating the confusion, your belief systems around love, money and your creative art and how to transform them.

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We can hone into what brings you joy, elevating or refining your skills, repackaging them in a way that you may have never thought of that will bring you more freedom, less work and more joy.

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If you would like to join me you can check out the destinations HERE or if there is another date you are interested please send me a note to carla@carlacoulson.com

I would love to help you take the next steps in your creative life.

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My New Baby – Come Take A Look

creative career flip, carla coulson

Dear Friends,

It’s been a  big week!

I received my confirmation of becoming an Italian Citizen, graduated as a life coach and I launched my new project and website as a Creative Coach.

All the passion, enthusiasm and love that I have put into photography I have bundled into the next step of my journey, as a coach, coaching other photographers and creatives to live the lives they dream of living and teaching photography workshops.

I’ve called it The Creative Career Flip.

I’m on a mission to help creative entrepreneurs grab the reins of their life and go for their biggest dream. To help you see the vital pieces that are missing in your story and make them part of your everyday whilst giving you the support, knowledge and experience I wish I had when I was starting out as a photographer.

 

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Success is a big part of it too but you get to re-define what success means to you. Is it about money, lifestyle, happiness, reward, travel, creativity or all of them.

I love honing into what brings you joy, elevating or refining your skills, repackaging them in a way that you may have never thought of that will bring you more freedom, less work and more joy. I am a master at seeing the light in your story!

For the next 6 months I will be taking a break from my portrait business to give 100% of my energy and focus to the people I coach and the workshops I will be teaching.

Does that mean I am quitting photography, NO!!!!! Photography and I will go to the grave together, it’s such a big part of me I couldn’t imagine not doing it and I will be here every week (not going anywhere) with more personal photography and stories to inspire you.

I have created a video series to help photographers and creatives improve their business today that you can access on the new site.

So excited about this next step, feels like the first day I arrived in Florence

I am also going on the road and I might be somewhere near you this year!

I hope that we get to work together sometime in the future and that you can enjoy as much love, happiness, reward and joy from your journey as a creative that I have had on mine as a photographer.

So come take a look HERE, I would love to know what you think.

Sending you big love always

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Would You Like To Be This Woman?

Kris Ashpole, portrait photography

Photos Copyright Kris Ashpole Photography 

Dear Friends,

Would you like to celebrate the woman you are today? How far you have come and just how fabulous and comfortable you are in your skin?

Kris Ashpole is giving you the chance to celebrate YOU and is GIVING AWAY TWO LUXURY PORTRAITS including hair and make-up in Sydney.

Yes, you get to be pampered for a day, feel special and collaborate on photos you always wished you had to mark this moment in life or to give your business a whole new image.

Check out her beautiful work HERE and her GIVE-AWAY HERE.

Tell your girlfriends, sisters, mum and her mates. There is a woman out there who would love to celebrate her beauty and story.

Big love and congrats to the LUCKY LADY.

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