Birthday Week Giveaway - Day 3!

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A HUGE ‘thank you’ for the shares and tagging!

Hawaii continues to be amazing. We went on the CRAZIEST adventure yesterday. You can watch it in my Instagram stories. (I haven’t completely figured them out yet, so they’re a liiiiiitle rough!) We have never been to Kauai and have had so much fun exploring this island. It totally suits my introverted-ness to perfection!!!

The Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is 50% off video editing services!!!  

Maybe you’ve been thinking about creating an online course and didn’t know what to do with the videos when you were done fiming, because you’re an artist not a video editor...well, this is a great way to start. And I’m available for business strategy sessions where I can walk you through the rest of the process!!  We can make your online course dreams come true!

Regular price for video editing is $49 per half hour of un-edited video, so through this giveaway, you’ll get it for $24.50!!!  So cheap!!!  You’ll have six months to take advantage of the offer.

Here’s what you need to do to win the video editing giveaway. Do at least one of the following. Each other thing you do will be another chance to win. Make sure to TAG me where appropriate so that I see you've done it!

  • Get on my mailing list – I’m not an obnoxious emailer, I promise – lauriejacobsen.com to sign up.

  • Like my business Facebook page here.

  • Share this giveaway post on Facebook by sharing this post.

  • Follow me on Instagram.

  • Share the giveaway on Instagram and tag @lauriejacobsen #lauriejacobsen.

  • Tag any artist friends or people you think my be interested in my services on Instagram. Each tag will be another entry.

  • Blog about my giveaway. Especially awesome if you’ve worked with me and loved my service.

  • Follow me on Pinterest.

  • Pin images from my Shop Services page to Pinterest.

Don't forget to come back here and comment what you've done so I can enter you in the giveaway!

Today’s giveaway will close today at 11:59 p.m. Still going on all week is Monday's giveaway of a Squarespace website. Feel free to keep sharing and tagging that post on Social Media and go back to that post to tell me what you've done so you're entered for that giveaway.

Winners of all of this week’s giveaways will be announced March 15th, when I’m back from Hawaii and can devote myself to picking winners!! (Thanks for your patience!)

Aloha! 

Birthday Week Giveaway - Day 2!

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OMG YOU GUYS!!

Thank you so much for the amazing birthday wishes, for you calls and messages and texts and comments!  I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such an amazing group of people around me!

We are having a wonderful time in Hawaii. We went for a helicopter ride yesterday morning, swam and laid by the pool and then I had a TWO HOUR nap! It was absolute heaven! Not to mention the champagne! Lots and lots of champagne!!!

The Giveaway

Let’s get down to it, shall we???  

Today’s giveaway is 50% off of an Interactive PDF/eBook!!!  If you’re excited about turning one of your online classes into an eBook, or if you want to create something as a freebie opt-in to generate leads for your email list - whatever it is that you might want a PDF or eBook for - this is the post for you!!!

The normal price for PDF/eBooks is $9 per page of pre-formatted text, so you’ll be getting it for $4.50 per page! A STEAL, truly!  You’ll have six months to take advantage of the offer.

Here’s what you need to do to win the PDF/eBook. Here’s what you need to do to win the website. Do at least one of the following. Each other thing you do will be another chance to win. Make sure to TAG me where appropriate so that I see you've done it!Do at least one of the following and each thing you do will be another chance to win.

  • Get on my mailing list – I’m not an obnoxious emailer, I promise – lauriejacobsen.com to sign up.

  • Like my business Facebook page here.

  • Share this giveaway post on Facebook by sharing this post.

  • Follow me on Instagram.

  • Share the giveaway on Instagram and tag @lauriejacobsen #lauriejacobsen.

  • Tag any artist friends or people you think my be interested in my services on Instagram. Each tag will be another entry.

  • Blog about my giveaway. Especially awesome if you’ve worked with me and loved my service.

  • Follow me on Pinterest.

  • Pin images from my Shop Services page to Pinterest.

  • Comment on this post! Tell me what you'd love a PDF or eBook for!

Don't forget to come back here and comment what you've done so I can enter you in the giveaway!

Today’s giveaway will close today at 11:59 p.m. Yesterday's Squarespace Website giveaway is still going all week, so you can keep sharing that as well.

Winners of all of this week’s giveaways will be announced March 15th, when I’m back from Hawaii and can devote myself to picking winners!! (Thanks for your patience!)

Aloha!

Happy 50th Birthday To Me And Gifts For You!!!

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Welcome to my 50th birthday celebration!  I'm in Hawaii celebrating with my sweet hubby, but I thought that this day might be the most auspicious day in which to launch “the new me” and share with you the new way in which I plan to do life, so here we are!

Multi-Passionate Me

I am a multi-passionate person and I have tried so hard to separate the different parts of me and to be just one of the things at a time, for decades; to do one career, to follow one passion at a time. I have tried to just do one thing, to just BE ONE THING. It has NEVER worked.

Over and over I have failed at being singular in my passions and my jobs.

One of the side effects of trying and failing to be singularly enchanted with one thing, is that if another thing is calling to me (and it ALWAYS is. Is that just a byproduct of being a Pisces and a Creative?) then I feel guilty and wrong for wanting to be doing something else. I feel wrong for not sticking with whatever it was that had my attention and for wanting to move on to the next thing that is calling my name. And the result was, I was giving nothing my passion nor my energy. And that did not feel good.

Currently on my taxes for occupation it says Graphic Designer/Life Coach. I wonder how many people at the IRS go, “Huh? The fu$& is that? What does that even mean???”

When I became a life coach, I was given the advice by several people that I really trusted that I needed to let go of being a graphic designer and just be a coach. *I* had thought that I could change my design website - which was my name - to be one in which people could have a choice - hire me for design work or hire me for life coaching. I was told no. Too confusing and I should just be one thing.

So I changed my design website completely to coaching and the design part of me got left hanging in the wind. Even though I still did design work, I had no website for it and most people probably don’t even know that was doing it.  

www.lauriejacobsen.com went from being a graphic design website to a coaching website and the design part of me no longer had a home.

The Maker Me

I am SO JEALOUS of people that just paint. And people that just quilt. And people that just sew clothes. And people that just make jewelry. And people that just make pillows. You get the idea – I’ve done all of those things. Throughout the course of my life I have made/done all of the following:

Sewn clothing, quilted wallets, purses, quilts, made clocks, self-designed botanical greeting cards, coasters, rubber stamped greeting cards + artwork, ceramic bowls, jewelry, photographs, drawings, 3-D art with wire, rope bowls, pin cushions, weavings, marbled paper, crochet hats, scarves, sweaters and shawls for retreat, knit scarves, paintings, oil, acrylic + alcohol inks, encaustic paintings, plaster paintings, cross stitch, needle point, hooked rugs, pillows - cross stitch then sewn + quilted pillows + embroidered pillows, sewn coasters, embroidery on clothing and canvas bags, quilt design (patterns), surface pattern design, and for certain I’m forgetting something.

Do you see what I mean? I have an insatiable thirst for learning new things and for making all the things.

So, to sum up. I currently have two jobs and 500 maker passions.

And I feel like I have multiple personalities. I have to be the maker person on this Instagram account and only show photos of making things. Over here on this website I’m going to be this life coach person and only talk about those things. Over here is where I will be personal Laurie.

Well, I’m over it!

All of Me

I’ve made the decision to be ALL OF ME. So, from this day forward you will find all of me at lauriejacobsen.com. (Remember that website I dreamt of five years ago? Well here it is!) I will blog about all of my work and all of my life and all of my passions - all in one place. You will be able to book a retreat, or buy a piece of art or a quilt, or hire me to design your website and your PDFs, and edit your videos. I feel like a renaissance woman and a bit of a rule breaker. And it feels sooooo good.

I’ve been working sooooooooooo hard behind the scenes for months figuring out the best way to integrate two websites and two blogs into one and I hope you LOVE it because I sure do!

Giveaway

Did I mention that today is my 50th birthday??? Well, it is. And because you’re here and you’ve kept reading through all of that, I’m going to give you a big, huge gift!

Every day this week I’m going to be giving my services away at a 50% discount (see what I did there?). Today’s giveaway is 50% off of a new Squarespace website (normally $2,499.)!!!

  • Have you been thinking about switching from WordPress to Squarespace? Now is the time.
  • Have you been thinking your website needs a facelift? This is your chance!!
  • Want a brand new website for a blog or business you're going to start? This is your chance to get it HALF OFF!!!

And I'll tell you exactly how to win below. If you win you'll have six months to cash this in. Plenty of time for you to decide what you want and for me to make your dreams come true. If you want to read about what you’ll get you can go here and here.

Here’s what you need to do to win the website. Do at least one of the following. Each other thing you do will be another chance to win. Make sure to TAG me where appropriate so that I see you've done it!

  • Get on my mailing list – I’m not an obnoxious emailer, I promise – lauriejacobsen.com to sign up.
  • Like my business Facebook page here.
  • Share this giveaway post on Facebook by sharing this post.
  • Follow me on Instagram.
  • Share the giveaway on Instagram and tag @lauriejacobsen #lauriejacobsen.
  • Tag any artist friends or people you think my be interested in my services on Instagram. Each tag will be another entry.
  • Blog about my giveaway. Especially awesome if you’ve worked with me and loved my service.
  • Follow me on Pinterest.
  • Pin images from my Shop Services page to Pinterest.

It’s an easy-peasy four and a half minutes of your time to win a $1,249.50 prize!!

Today’s giveaway is HUGE, so it’s going to last all week and close on Friday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m. So feel free to share all week! Thank you!!!

Winners of all of this week’s giveaways will be announced March 15th, when I’m back from Hawaii and can devote myself to picking winners!! (Thanks for your patience there!)

And please! take a stroll through the new site and come back here and tell me what you think!

Aloha!

Jolene Marie

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When I was born I had an older sister, Jolene, and an older brother, Ron. When I was two and a half my sister passed away. She had a brain tumor that, even though they caught it late, was operated on and successfully removed. What she ultimately died of was pneumonia. Back then they didn't get patients up and walking around or breathing into spirometers like they do now. They just let you lie in bed and recover. And sadly, she didn’t. Fast forward several years and I was about to turn seven, the age Jolene was when she passed, and I was terrified that I was gong to die too. It made perfect sense to my six-year-old brain that females in my family die when they turn seven. I was petrified to go to sleep, even going so far as to try holding my eyelids open with toothpicks that I had snuck from the kitchen cabinet at night. If my eyes couldn’t close, I couldn’t sleep and therefore, couldn’t die. It was very clear to me.

At six I was a nervous wreck.

Thankfully, my parents made the decision to put me into therapy and didn’t just tell me to get over it. It was a kindness that means so much more to me now than when I was a child, but even then I knew I was receiving a gift. I was blessed with the most wonderful woman as my therapist. Mary and I met weekly. She let me make myself hot tea and put as many sugar cubes in it as I wanted. I liked it very, very sweet. I felt so grown up and special. No children I knew drank hot tea. She also brought in pomegranates and let me pick out the seeds and eat them during our sessions. It was nirvana. Mary created a very safe haven for me to go and tell the truth and be held and be heard. I was a lucky girl.

During our time together she brought in an anatomy book and carefully explained to me about the tumor my sister had, where it was located, and showed me on my own body where it would be if I had one. She explained my sister’s symptoms and asked me if I had any of them. I didn’t. It was such a huge comfort to know that because I didn’t have those symptoms, I likely didn’t have that tumor and I wasn’t, in fact, going to die.

It was really incredible and life-changing stuff.

There are a couple of amazing and Grace-filled parts to this story. The first is that I learned very early on that  therapy can be such a gift. That having a space to tell the truth and be heard is invaluable. And I became person that for my friends. I had one friend tell me that her parents were getting a divorce. NO ONE’S parents were divorced at that time, in our Catholic school community, and she didn’t want to tell anyone. She told me. I don’t know if it’s in my DNA or if it’s because I was blessed with Mary, but I have always wanted to create that space for anyone that needed one. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t.

I also learned about self-care during those sessions with Mary. Self-care can be really simple. It can be pomegranates. And it can be hot tea with as many sugar cubes as you want.

Grace is that simple. Grace is safe place to be, a person to listen and hear. Grace is hot tea and pomegranates.

This is the fourth of 31 {or more} posts that I am writing on the topic of Grace. I'll be writing about what Grace means to me and the ways in which I've found it in my life. Please leave a reply any time about what Grace means to you or if you have any questions for me about Grace.