For the curious, wild-hearted, soulful creative humans in business
Embrace 2.0 is a 3-month long group program designed to help you embrace the power of you in your creative business, work and life. A journey of finding what works for you.
Connection. Support. Accountability.
Gentle hand-holding. Focused attention. Lots of encouragement
and making things happen in our own unique, messy, and human way!
A few things I want you to know
All the answers you are seeking are all inside of you
No matter what everyone else says, I want you to know and really believe that all the answers you are seeking outside of you are all already inside of you. You just need to listen closely and learn to trust that voice of your inner mentor
You are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for
Self-doubt is something we all struggle with. I want you to know it is oh so normal to doubt yourself but even if I don’t know you personally, I can still say that you are so much more capable than you give yourself credit for
You can most certainly do it alone but you don’t have to
I have no doubt that you can do it alone and all by yourself. I want you to know that even though you are capable of figuring it all out on your own, you don’t have to do any of this alone. Having a couple of friends who have your back, hold you accountable, and are as much invested in your and your creative work and life as yourself is priceless
Asking for help and support is not a weakness
Vulnerability and asking for help when you are struggling is not a weakness. I want you to know that it is one of the most courageous gifts we can give ourselves. Asking for help where we are stuck and having someone else holding space for you while you figure it out for yourself is a gift in itself
It is, in fact, possible for you too!
Even if it seems a little too far fetched right now, I want you to know that it is, in fact, possible for you too! I am here with you in this together. We as a group are all are in this together with you.
Enrolment will open again in February 2021 and admission is by application only.
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If you are keen to join us in Embrace 2.0 for three months of figuring things out together for your creative business + creative work and life, write me an email and we’ll get you all sorted out!
“We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide examples for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the Gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves.” ― Jim Hollis
As a group:
☑ Weekly check-in calls:
Every Monday we will jump on a 90-mins long call together and share our intentions for the week with each other and plan what we are working on and towards that week. (60-mins approx. for the group members and the next 30 mins will be for the starof the month)
Together we will share our thoughts and feedback with you and with the star of the month
☑ Open Studio Hours:
A dedicated hour or two in your week to build the foundations for the kind of life you want to live and not only dream about it
We’ll have open studio co-working hours scheduled twice every week (Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am CEST). It is where we’ll all hop on a video chat and share with everyone else what you are going to work on and then getting on with working for that dedicated amount of time. Checking back in and sharing your progress or any difficulties that you might be facing and finding support. You will leave the video on or not (your choice) but we’ll mute so we could focus on getting the task at hand done with focus and intention. You don’t have to join in every single one of them but they could be a nice little gentle push that you need to stop procrastinating and start showing up for yourself and your creative work.
Things you could focus on during our open studio hours: Getting a specific task done, focusing on one of the things from your business to-do list that would move the needle most in your business, catching up on reading, practicing your creative expression – writing, painting, sketching etc, going for a walk, journaling and checking in with yourself, decluttering your space – physical and digital, organizing your desk, checking off a task from your list of things that you wish to do someday when you’ll have the time
☑ Weekly strategy group calls:
Every week we will come together to help the star of the month in making their creative ideas/ projects and/or business happen. This will be especially beneficial for you as it could also work as an idea-generator for your own work, inspire you to take action, learn and realise a few new perspectives and see it all in action while also being an integral part of the whole conversation. It will also be a great opportunity to deepen those connections, make long-lasting friendships with like-minded humans, and genuinely help each other
☑ Monthly check-in and group coaching call:
At the end of each month, a call together to evaluate what worked and what didn’t and how we can use that information to guide our future decisions. This will also be a space for you to ask questions to me directly and ask for support and coaching even if you are not the star of that month
As the Star of the month:
ONE whole month laser-focused on making your creative idea/ project and/or your business happen. A month dedicated to you and your creative work during our 6 month’s time together
☑ Weekly check-ins:
Dedicated time (30-mins) for you on the Monday check-in call every week for a month’s time. Focused on your goals for the upcoming week and evaluation of the previous week, what went well and what didn’t and how can we use those new learnings in for the upcoming weeks
☑ Hot seat:
Mid-week 60 mins long group coaching calls where you will have the hot seat for a month. You will get a chance to have all our attention super focused on your creative work and projects
☑ Honest feedback loop:
There will be a chance for your work to be reviewed. You can also submit any of your work/projects that you’d like to hear others’ opinions on during that month’s time and we will all pitch in our thoughts. Our honest feedback
☑ Email support:
4 weeks email support with me while you figure things out. It is a given that you’ll have wobbles and you’ll find yourself feeling the discomfort especially when you will be the star of the month and you’ll need to show up wholeheartedly for your ideas to happen. I will be right there with you, holding space for you and shining a light on your brilliance especially at the moments when you’ll be finding it hard to do it on your own
“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
― Napoleon Hill
Some of the things we can work together on
Helping you navigate the technicalities of building a website and/or other platforms
Designing and developing your brand’s unique voice and aesthetics
Finding your version of creative work and life practice that would work for you
Helping you in finding direction and clarity in your business, your creative work, and your life
Helping you in your creative projects that have been on your mind for a while i.e; launching that podcast, launching that offering, that product or service that you’ve been dreaming about for a longgg time
Figuring out ways you can monetise your online presence/ your work/ your business/ your creative projects and not get consumed by it all in the process so you can have the creative freedom that was your reason for starting it all in the first place
Figuring out what your ideal work week could look like and experimenting with it
Reviewing your offerings, sales pages, Instagram, Pinterest and/or your website
Letting you practice your services and offerings to build confidence before you share it with the rest of the world
Reviewing your shitty first drafts and sharing our honest feedback
As a result, you’ll
launch that website, offering or podcast that you’ve been dreaming about
monetise your online presence
get paid for what you love doing and lay foundations of a financially sustainable business
figure out a version of consistency that works for you
not only design but live your ideal workdays
have a creative practice that fulfills you creatively
let go of overwhelm and the exhausting to-do lists
have more time, freedom and joy
know exactly what steps to take to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be
know exactly what works and what doesn’t work for you
pinpoint exactly which steps are going to move the needle most in your business, in your creative work, and in your life
Also, you’ll learn to
develop a relationship with your inner mentor’s voice
differentiate between the voice of your fears and your intuition
develop the confidence to share your imperfect versions
be with your fear and show up anyway
let go of the need to do it perfectly
embrace the discomfort
find alternatives to procrastination
listen to your intuition
build creative confidence
cultivate an unshakeable self-belief
cultivate courage and creativity by doing the work and showing up in whatever capacity you can and in a way that works for you, slowly and intentionally
What the wild-hearted are saying
Embrace & Hira are one of the most exceptional investments I have ever made in my creative journey so far.
We are the harshest critics of our creative efforts, and it is heaven to have Hira help you to take a step back, breathe and break things down into smaller, more achievable steps. I would also add that Hira is about so much more than this. Thanks to Hira’s guidance and her own understanding of the creative process, I am learning this can be achieved if we do the work, come from an authentic place, develop our own voice and start the process. Oh and keep showing up! Hira is not there to do the work for you, or wave a magic wand. But she is there in your corner, cheering you on, sharing beautiful strategies and gently suggesting other options rather than spelling them out.
You are a creative. A creative who likes to create and express creatively. You either have a creative practice or your dream of having a creative practice alongside a business. It doesn’t matter which medium or how many mediums you use for your creative expression. You either have a business or you dream of having your own creative business that will allow you the freedom to create and be financially sustainable as well. You don’t need to have a business but in this program, our focus will be on building our creative work online alongside building a creative practice to make space for both joy and incomein our lives. We will be tackling all those fears and roadblocks that come up when we are trying to build a business online along with the creative practice that we dream of.
Trust me when I say this, wobbles are bound to happen and they especially come up when we are trying to do something new, scary, and out of our comfort zone. It doesn’t matter how long have you been on this journey or how you think you have already tackled those stories but they come up every.single.time! You just get better at dealing with them with time and imagine how would you feel when you’ll have a support structure available to you while you navigate that messy middle?
It doesn’t matter which stage of building an online business you are currently in. Maybe it is just a dream right now. Maybe you have started but you still feel you have no idea of what you are doing and that uncertainty makes you constantly second-guessing yourself. It has started to slowly erode your confidence and takes a toll on how you show up and share your work. Maybe you’ve already built a business for yourself but now you are realising that it is not the one that is fulfilling you. Now you are looking to pivot it into a direction that feels more like you and less like anyone else’s.
It will be about you, your connection to your inner mentor’s voice, and your intuition.
Together we will build a community that will emphasize on uncovering your own answers instead of loading you with certain expectations and/or strategies, materials and more courses to consume. You don’t need them. You have already researched enough. You already know about those strategies. You know them all already. Now it is time to take action. Clear and focused action towards making your ideas happen while also building a creative practice alongside. We will face the discomfort together. We will even help you out in figuring all those tiny steps out so it is more digestible for you and you could keep taking those steps that really do move the needle most in your business. But we’ll always remind you that you are the best judge.
If it is inevitable to have wobbles we will be there for those moments of despair to hear you out and to offer you genuine support and real-life examples plus evidence of how you are on the right track. We will have your back. Not only we will have your back but we will make sure that you have your own back too. We will help you in believing in yourself when you yourself will find it hard to believe in yourself.
This work of building a creative work and life practice that works for you is a lot about getting in touch with your own intuition and building that self-trust.
We will help you with your decisions though. No more decision paralysis. I sometimes get stuck on silly things like the designs for pins and at those times I really wish I had a colleague sitting next to me so I could quickly and casually run it by them and hear their opinion. It won’t be confusing as there will be only 6 of us. It will help you narrow down your focus and get going and rather focusing on the things that move the needle most in your creative work, your business, and your life.
We will focus on building better days. Together we will contemplate what does a better day look for each one of us and what small steps can we take towards building those better days for ourselves. We will hold each other accountable. We will motivate each other and get inspired by each other’s progress but also focus on building a version of our very own.
This is for you if
You are ready to embrace that discomfort which is an inevitable part of the journey
You are ready to commit to yourself, your dreams, and the idea of the life you want to live
You are willing to ask questions, dig deep and being okay with figuring things out as you go
You’d like to have a support system to hold you and cheer you on every step of the way while you reach for the stars
You are holding yourself back by insecurity and by a sense of overwhelm and confusion about the practical steps that you can take to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be
You are stuck because you are over-thinking, over-planning, and getting things perfect
You worry what other people think about your work
You are tired of standing on the sidelines and denying what you truly want
You are scared of being embarrassed or fear that you are not good enough, or fear failure so much so that you don’t show up at all
You believe that understanding oneself and others is an essential part of living a happy and fulfilled creative life
You’d like to have an intimate group of people who get you and are as much invested in you + your work as you are
You’d like to have bussiness buddies, partners in crime and like-minded creative folks to have your back
You want to figure out ways to make it all possible for you too
You are ready to find a version of your creative work and life that works for you
This is not for you if
You are looking for a roadmap, a blueprint or 6-figure success strategies
You are not yet ready to commit to the dream of the kind of life you want to live
You’d rather do it alone
You don’t like to talk about feelings or think that feelings are stupid
Most importantly, this isn’t what we tell each other
how things are supposed to be or should be
A note from Hira
I know how lonely it can be.
I know how scary it can be.
I’ve felt lonely and scared when I was first starting out and I had a really hard time believing that it was possible for me too. I’m by no means an expert on your creative work and life but I’m so here to hold space for you every step of the way to figure it all out for yourself.
I am so ready to embark on this journey of transformation together.
The question is, are you ready to make this commitment and figure this out for yourself, too?
What’s the vision for your creative work and life that you are working for and towards?
how does it feel to be there?
If you close your eyes and visualize, where do you want to see yourself down the road? Let’s say in five years?
Hold on to that vision. Hold on to that feeling.
This work of building a creative work and life practice that works for you is a lot about getting in touch with your own intuition and building that radical self-belief.
’embracing your wild’
The core idea behind ‘embracing your wild’ is to figure out your version of it all and then finding ways to put it into practice, really embody that vision and translate it into your day to day life alongside building a creative practice + a financially sustainable business
Imagine the person you want to be down the road, Think about how you’d like to spend your days.
That beautiful daily life of yours that you would no longer need an escape from.
What kind of routines, rituals, and habits would you have?
What would it look like to be there?
What would it feel like to be there and be that person?
How about we start making efforts to embody these ways of being in the world in the present?
Why not embody those qualities, those ways of being in the world, and that lifestyle in the present so you could enjoy the process of becoming that person?
As we don’t magically become that person overnight.
We need to start showing up to those ways of being in the world.
Step by step.
Little by little.
Day by day.
So let’s start showing up together and start becoming that person little by little every day. Let’s build those foundations and figure out our very own version of creative work and life practice that would work for us alongside a sustainable business online.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
But why a group?
It is lonely and scary!
It is scary and lonely to do this all on your own. It is especially scary and lonely because it is unconventional and radical. No one in your real-life seems to get what you are trying to do.
Building an online business is a fairly new concept and you can’t really depend on getting feedback from people in your real life who don’t see the potential yet.
They don’t understand what you are trying to do and what is possible because they are not in the trenches with you. They sure care about you but they know nothing about the online business world and how it is, in fact, possible for you too!
Having an intimate group of people around you, who get you and what you are trying to do, who support you, who cheer you on and hold you accountable, who gently nudge you to take action, who are not only dreaming of something similar but also working towards something similar is priceless.
You need a community, an intimate group of friends who believe in you, wholeheartedly.
A community that you feel comfortable in. A group of people who will hold space for you and believe in you when you yourself find it really hard to believe in yourself, your dreams, and your vision.
A space for you to reflect and figure out your own version of a creative work and life practice that works for you.
Connection, support and gentle accountability while you uncover your own answers.
The vision that you have for your life and your creative work, together we will put it into practice in the present in real time and not wait for it to actualize itself someday.
Setting the foundations of your creative work, your life and your creative business with intention so you get to actually live the life you dream about and do the work you love doing instead of staying busy and wasting your time in endlessly researching and/or procrastinating or feeling overwhelmed.
Time to take gentle action towards those dreams. When you’ll take that action, wobbles are bound to happen and we’ll be there to hold space for you while you figure things out for yourself.
Naming and claiming those dreams and we’ll help you figure out the steps you need to take to get where you want to go. We’ll help you in breaking down that huge goal of yours so you’ll know exactly what steps to take to get where you want to go – to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
I will share everything I’ve learned so far while building this creative work and life practice that works for me. It will save you the time to keep going around in circles and rather focus on the things you actually love doing. Creating your art, your work and sharing it with the world.
Things that I’d encourage you to/ you’ll need to show up for:
There will be weekly check-in’s on Monday (90 mins)
Mid-week strategy calls/ group coaching calls for the star of the month (60 mins)
All in all 150 mins every week for your active participation.
A monthly check in call (60 mins long) at the end of each month. Not mandatory but I’d encourage you to show up and evaluate what’s working and what’s not working for you so we all can pitch in our ideas to what you could possibly shift to make it work for you.
Open studio hours: A dedicated hour or two in your week for co-working sessions. You can come and go as much or as little you like.
This is for you if you either have or dream of having a creative practice alongside your creative business.
If you are struggling with navigating the messy middle, stuck in research, overwhelm and listening to all the conflicting advice out there, all that noise and outsourcing your vision and your very own answers and feeling confused.
If you are struggling to navigate the overwhelm, long and exhausting to-do lists and stop outsourcing your vision this is what you need.
Because I believe you need a space to uncover your own answers, your own version and do that without any certain set of rules or expectations and have connection to like-minded souls, dedicated support, gentle accountability and hand-holding.
Also if you are working from home and finding it hard to structure your days the way you dream of – this structure of showing up weekly will set the foundations for your creative work and life practice.
Dedicated email support of four long weeks will be available to the star of the month. Whenever you’ll hit a rough patch, have a wobble or struggle to take action but can’t seem to figure out your way while navigating that messy middle – you’ll be able to contact me via email and I’ll be right there ready to hold space for you. I will use my own personal experience and knowledge to help you navigate that messy middle. I will be in it all with you! Cheering you on and shining the light on to your own brilliance when you find it hard to see that for yourself.
As I said before, you’ll only need to dedicate your 150 mins per week for showing up. I’d say very flexible as all you need to do is show up and share wherever you are in your journey. It will be your space and my only encouragement would be to make it your own the way it serves you the best as this is the journey of embracing your wild 🙂
I believe in investing ourselves and I speak from personal experience, there is something about investing in yourself, your personal growth and your mindset – it tells the universe and your owns self how much you want really it and what you are willing to do to show up for what you genuinely want.
We start on 1st June 2020 for the next six months together.
**Six months** because it takes time to unlearn and let go of the things you think you are supposed to be doing and in building those habits and rituals that actually support you. Also because it takes time to actualizing that vision, figuring out ways to translate that in the present. There will be lots of back and forth. Experimentation.
A clear sense of who you are, what you stand for and what that vision of yours look like in real life in action.
A routine and structure of the kind of life you want. Your ideal week and workdays.
That will enable you to work on your creative projects and
– launch that website, offering or podcast that you’ve been dreaming about
– monetise your online presence
– get paid for what you love doing and lay foundations of a financially sustainable business
– figure out a version of consistency that works for you
– not only design but live your ideal workdays
– have a creative practice that fulfills you creatively
– let go of overwhelm and the exhausting to-do lists
– have more time, freedom and joy
– know exactly what steps to take to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be
– know exactly what works and what doesn’t work for you
– pinpoint exactly which steps are going to move the needle most in your business, in your creative work, and in your life
As the star of the month you will have the chance to submit any of your work/ creative projects that you’d like to hear others’ opinions on during that month’s time. That could be your creative writing, your offering, sales page, website, your instagram and/or your online presence, the design and aesthetics of your personal brand. Anything that you could possibly like to be reviewed and we will all pitch in our thoughts. Our honest feedback.
No workshops, courses or any of that sort because I know how you’ve already researched enough and trust me when I say this, it could be a very exciting yet safe thing to do – investing in courses and secretly wishing somehow you investing in that course will make it happen for you when the truth is, all that knowledge and research is not worth anything if you don’t put it into action, into practice and figure out your very own version of it all.
**The value will be:**
– develop a relationship with your inner mentor’s voice
– differentiate between the voice of your fears and your intuition
– develop the confidence to share your imperfect versions
– be with your fear and show up anyway
– let go of the need to do it perfectly
– embrace the discomfort
– find alternatives to procrastination
– listen to your intuition
– build creative confidence
– cultivate an unshakeable self-belief
– cultivate courage and creativity by doing the work and showing up in whatever capacity you can and in a way that works for you, slowly and intentionally