Issue 06: Short + Sweet

Issue 06: Short + Sweet


Short + Sweet

Who else is ready for the kids to be back in school?!

On one hand, I can't believe it's freaking August already. On the other hand, I'm ready for school to start so my days can return to a somewhat normal schedule that doesn't revolve around balancing getting work done with trips to the pool, keeping an 11-year-old occupied, and family visits from out-of-state guests.

Don't get me wrong. I'm so grateful that, as a mom, I have a job where I can work from home and flex my schedule around to include summer adventures with my daughter. But I struggle to find the balance when she's home all the time and I get a major case of mom-guilt for working instead of entertaining her.

Today, I scheduled a playdate with her best friend and they're running around the house having the time of their lives in between bugging me about when we're going to the pool. So, I'm gonna keep this newsletter short and sweet. It's summertime and it feels like half the city is on vacation anyway.

Stay cool + have a great week!

Elle VanDyne, Community Creatrix
I'll be pretending I'm here instead of at a public pool | from Unsplash

poolside reads so you can pretend like it's still kinda working...

When you're constantly on the grind, does it feel like your creativity takes a backseat to crossing things off your to-do list? 10 Ways to Stop Artist's Block shares some simple tips for getting out of the rut and getting the creative juices flowing again, no matter what your niche is.

Sometimes our weird hobbies turn into great biz ideas. But sometimes, you just need a weird hobby as an outlet. Pashko's Fashion founder shares a short read on his favorite way to take a break and inspire creativity for business.

Whether you're back from vacation and misplaced your motivation, or you just need a swift kick in the ass, check out How to Get Motivated When You Don't Feel Like It to learn tricks for setting the stage for optimal success. 

exciting new things from the community...

Vendors + Leaders Wanted

Preparation for the 2019 Behold.Her Self Worth Conference in DC is underway. They're looking for vendors + workshop leaders to join them at the conference in November. 

This is a great chance to get your business in front of lotsa local women! Scroll to the bottom of the linked page for applications, and tell 'em CollabCreate sent you!

Self-Worth Conference Details

Food + Beverage Pop-up

I shared this last week, and I'm sharing it again because this is a fantastic ongoing opportunity for new food + beverage companies in the DC area.

CollabCreate is partnering with a new co-retail space in downtown DC and we're looking for companies who want to sell in a prime location! Share this with your fave food + bev small business.

Email Elle for more details...

ways to grow, connect + collaborate...

#Hashtag Happy Hour

On August 11th, we're making #hashtags fun! Join CollabCreate + Femme Fatale for a BYOB happy hour where we'll crowd-source favorite local hashtags to share and collab on hashtag exercises while lounging in style at Poppir Place in downtown DC.

Bring your fave drink and meet other creative entrepreneurs while we help you take (some of) the pain out of social media work.

Learn more + get your tix!

Flowergirls: Smoke + Mirrors

What better way to wrap up the summer than with the chillest bunch of ladies in town?

Join Flowergirls on August 30 for a womyn-only party featuring music, pipe painting with local artists, an open photoshoot, and plenty of flower power to share.

We'll be there... join us for the fun!

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